We've been working our tail feathers off here at the AERC Convention.
This post is a little scattered because I'm trying to cover all the bases without actually being organized. Somehow, that never works out as splendidly as I think it should.
|Lots of pretty stuff for sale at American Trail Gear|
Sherri and Diana have been instructing me in the fine art of being a convention vendor. It's hard work! I think I'm not actually a "natural" at it, but I'm learning a lot.
|Gail suggested that we go to a Bask restaurant...ooooh, good food!|
We are endurance riders, however: food is fuel, and we refuse to run out of fuel!
And then, there's the shopping. Funder is looking for a Specialized Saddle. Anybody got one for sale?
|She looks dubious?|
|Endurance Bloggers' All-You-Can-Eat Sushi dinner, (clockwise from left): |
Allison, Merri, Mel, Aarene, unknown guy at another table,
Ashley, Lucy, Funder
I conducted an Endurance 101 seminar in a GIGANTIC room (think: Olympic swimming pool). It was a pretty good session.
|A girl and her microphone: it's a beautiful thing|
The audience worked hard to make it good, and I always appreciate that.
|The session was very interactive. New riders asked questions, |
and then 5 or 6 more experienced riders would offer solutions...
all of which made sense, although sometimes the solutions
contradicted each other. Endurance riding is like that.
Merri and Funder helped to demonstrate how to teach vet check and trot-out techniques when there's no horse available.
|Pink'un is a terrible endurance pony. She bucks, she pulls back, and she kicks. |
Also, she hates to trot-out.
And for our next trick: we'll be back in the booth selling shiny tack and a cool book today. If you're in the area (hint, hint) stop by and say "hi!"
We'll pack up tonight and hit the road for home tomorrow. But right now: egad, I've got to run--the trade show opens in 10 minutes and I need to be there!