Friday, August 24, 2007

HorseShow Honeymoon Photos

The Bride & Groom decided many months ago to forgo the traditional honeymoon 'escape' and spend their first married week preparing and competing at a local horseshow.

Amanda's mare Diamond Pecos Bar (Penny) was ready for her first show, but when the trailor pulled up on Saturday morning, she refused to load into the trailer. The bride was not going to let this stop her from getting to the honeymoon horseshow, and decided to ride the stubborn mare 20 kms down the transCanada trail to the show site.

Once arrived, Amanda & Penny had missed all of their classes. The only classes left were those that neither had trained for or had ever done previously. Here were the results: 4th out of 4 in Trail (ironic that she was spookey in TRAIL class after spending 3 1/2 hours trail riding to get there without any freak-outs), 5th out of 12 in Command, 3rd out of 4 in Reigning (they even won money in this and beat out a competitor who trains for it!!!! WooHoo!), 4th out of 12 in Bareback Ride-a-Five. Amanda even got her name in the local paper for winning the McAlpine Farm Best Sportsman Trophy at the fair.

We are certain that the pair would have done really well had they made their actual classes in the morning. But most importantly, everyone had a great day and Amanda won the Sportmanship Trophy! Miracles of miracles... the mare loaded to get home to the farm and the pair were spared a long walk home.
Here are some photos of team 'Fraser' during the Reigning class - I think that the Bride & Groom may have to look at training up the fillies for this event, as we all had so much fun with the reigning!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Is the Honeymoon over?

Of course the Honeymoon isn't over, but the Bride is back to work at Concordia University! Drummond is off this week, spending time working on the farm and doing home renovations with his brother Hunter. The Honeymoon will be back in full-swing this fall, when the happy couple vacation in the Eastern Township among fall foliage... canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and more for the newlyweds!!!

Our post-wedding week was one spent cleaning-up after the wedding, relaxing with both our families, visiting our best man Daryl (who is recovering nicely and is appreciative of all your calls and words of encouragement - he had surgery this week), and going to a horseshow (which has lots of stories, ribbons & a trophy too!).

Big thanks to Carolyne & Ross for the lovely video of our day - what a special gift to us that we hope share with friends & family.

Here are some more photos sent to us by our guests, we will be sure to post more as the photographer sends us hers and our guests continue to share their pics too!


Amanda (aka Mrs. Fraser!!!!)

Map: Directions to the Event

Map: Directions to the Event