In which we survive Convention, buy stuff, sell stuff and have a real blast
2014 PNER Convention!
|The Usual Suspects dressed up in our finery for the PNER Banquet|
We went there with boxes of used tack to sell, lists of tack to buy
|Rosemary lusted for the saddle, but didn't buy it.|
and the intention to have a lot of fun.
|It's impossible to escape Seahawk Fever, even for Santa.|
|Two Green Bean riders show off their new membership cards alongside|
Santa Jim's evil twin (Bean-there, Done-that rider Paul Latiolais)
I led two Endurance 101 clinics (standing room only for session 2!),
|Green Beans getting ready to ride!|
and sold some books.
|The Endurance 101 booth, prettied up by the addition of Monica's Helmet Project bling|
|Becky Bean from the Blog of Becky did NOT die of appendicitis,|
although it might be more reassuring if she'd blog
more than once every second month. Just a hint.
I managed not to buy much. The new line of "PNER gear" was irresistible, so Jim and I now have grey sweats advertising our favorite endurance organization. Raffle winnings were, as always, very popular.
|Major winnings from the raffle table!|
We spent a lot of time socializing, of course, and meeting up with people we mostly only see online.
|Rosemary and Monica in an extremely British conversation.|
And then there's the banquet and dance.
|Heaps of people, clapping for winners and hoping to win raffle ride entries!|
None of the Usual Suspects were getting important awards (although I got to announce a couple of awards, and that's always fun)
|Rockin' the formal wear, the striped fingerless pirate gloves...|
and the reading glasses
But after the banquet is the DANCE.
|Endurance riders love to dance!|
And for the DANCE, we like to dress up in fancy/funny outfits
|Is this photo a million times cooler than any|
prom picture anywhere?
Yes. Yes, it is.
|mid-point in the dance, the fun continues|
And when that's all over
|snoozin' in the Party Van on the trip home|
It's time to go home and get ready for RIDE SEASON.
Because life as an endurance rider is GOOD, ya know?