Post by Circle F Farms on Jun 8, 2012 12:36:20 GMT -5
So there I was, on of my very rare free afternoons, just wandering through the bookstore in town and there it was.
Such a gorgeous antique scrapbook, sitting there by itself as though it was waiting for me to come pick it up. Bound in perfectly cured leather - and so very soft! - it was just begging to be filled with memories. The shopkeep could easily see it was meant for me and let me take it home for free. I was just as generous and purchased an ample amount of archive pages to attach photos to.
Upon arriving back at the farm I went straight to the office - still unfinished, but my bookshelf is already there and it makes a perfect "quiet hideaway" to scrapbook in. On the way I made a quick detour and grabbed the photo file.
I just love the smell of real leather, and it's gotten so hard to find. This piece even has a hand carved horse head complete with flowing mane - I can almost feel the energy of the horse as he looks about ready to leap off the cover and into real life.....
Before I realize it the room is shrouded in the shadows of night. I jump up from my nest, stash the journal on the bookshelf, and race downstairs to do my part of the evening chores.
Entry 1: Our first community show May 2012: 3-Day Event, USEF Advanced (Dressage Test A) - All Breed, hosted by Sinclair Eq Center - Did Not Place Horse: Dany O Day (Dani) Rider: Amy Wyatt
Post by Circle F Farms on Jun 26, 2012 19:30:15 GMT -5
or did until Dani decided to torch it...confounded mare!
Been absolutely crazy around here of late...imported a bunch of foals from other ES network stables and have high hopes for the lot of them...almost enough foals to make a herd just of them! I had a major blonde moment when two foals arrived from EV...I forgot I had put in for them!
We have expanded our operations and have set up our Foal Conditioning Station (meh ) in Equestria. Currently the foals are just gamboling around, but since there's nothing there except the new ranch house it's not that big of a deal. We sent Andy with them, though he will occasionally play hooky and be spotted back in Appaloosa
The first one off the trailer was Jazzy - she's a trip! Easily the Boss Filly, she is obviously going to be the new Alpha Mare when they grow up and move back to the main farm. Such a little looker, she is...she's also our first Dominant White! I had though she might have been a Splash until her DNA test came back and I could not be more thrilled to have been wrong! More good news for her as it seems LEC is willing to register her as "White" which totally makes my month!
Jazzy's joined by EV-bred QH filly Dawn Till Dusk ("Tilly") and our first appy the Nez Perce filly Midnight Sky. Skye is already shaping up to be one of my personal favorites...can't really say why, exactly, there's just something about her. Don't have pics at hand of either of them, but I will soon.
Silver gets a buddy, too, with the arrival of EV-bred QH Orange Crush. "Tropic" is slated to be paired with Tilly to help develop our own QH herd; being a Snowcap appaloosa all of his foals should be appy spotted. Being a Cream means he's already been entered into our CPHS registry. With Belle on the waiting list to be cloned Tropic should be quite the man about band for our fillies.
Registering our stock is proving something of a headache, though, as no two registries seem able to agree on colors and/or patterns. We have Frame Overo's registered as Tobiano, Creams registered as Champagnes, and a Paint who can't be registered as APH since he was born with a Unicorn horn. We do have a query in, however, as to whether TC's non-Uni foals from QH and APH mares may be eligible for APH registration and we hope the response will be in the affirmative. Heart and Sunshine were accepted by APH, and (color notwithstanding) all of our Unis and QH are listed with the appropriate breed registries. In fact everyone is now listed in their respective breed registries and only AGH and the color registries are still outstanding (well, and Jazzy, but her official app will go out later this week). Lucky me as I now get to file registry papers from the new office at the Equestria branch!
Speaking of "outstanding", Amy and Dani brought home a 5th jumping Grand Prix in DREC's Hunter Jumper show. This nets us standings for HJC as well. It's our first community placing in three shows to date (Also new mare Ariela's first show). Next up are FWF Dressage (Prix Caprilli for Dani and Amy) and DBVEC Western Pleasure (Andy and Digit and Bryan and TC) both of which close 5 July.
On the breeding front Heart is pre-entered to SHR's produce of dam show representing KSMH with Dawn and Snowy. This is the first show for KSMH registered horses and we hope to place well; funny that they're all ISHR as well
Snowy has started schooling over fences and has very nice hunter form. So nice that I wanted to enter her into a community Hunter show, but she's still on Temp papers for KSMH so I guess we'll have to wait for the next one. I realized recently that Goldy would make a very nice sire for Snowy's first foal....A guaranteed Cream, 3 possible pinto genes to inherit, KSMH main book eligible...and if that really is a Rack I see Snowy trying to perform out in the paddock then I could be one lucky owner indeed! KSMH recently registered our first Certified stud (over at RFE) and if I get the filly I want from Snowy then I will for sure be scheduling a booking with him.
I mentioned Ariela...our first Arabian and she is a doozy! I've always had a soft spot for greys and this one is no exception. Expecting a filly, imagine my surprise when this very leggy yet very elegant mare stepped lightly off the trailer and into my heart. She's currently in training, as she arrived completely unbroke, and is being shown lightly on the flat while she adjusts to her new home.
As green as she is I'll be showing her personally; her ground manners are to die for, though - such a perfect lady! She is a dream to ride and has no problem whatsoever keeping her mind on her work...
The only really 'down' thing that happened was in Dani hosting a bonfire on our Cross Country course. Not the way Amy and Bryan pictured their night out, but it was enough to draw out the neighbors and 2 full Fire teams.
I suppose it was all for the best, though, as one of the damaged jumps was ...ahh...removed...before we could clean it up...it doesn't help that the local constabulary can't fight.
Post by Circle F Farms on Aug 19, 2012 23:12:47 GMT -5
Thanks! Real life got in the way over the last few months, but I finally got all the profile pages up and updated and KSMH now has three books on the register so that just leaves CPHS to launch pages for. The books are open and there's Pretty sure I can get that this week before things get crazy again.
OOC: IRL schedule is INSANE! At the end of August I have Jury Duty and am fervently hoping I don't get sequestered. In September I have 3 IRL card game Tournaments and one of those is some 6 hours away. October should be fairly quiet until around the last week when my birthday and Halloween hit back-to-back, then a similar schedule for November and December likely with more Tournament across both plus the Regional event in January.
Post by Circle F Farms on Nov 13, 2012 16:47:55 GMT -5
Been all tied up off the farm and not able to spend anywhere near as much time with the horses as I would like. Got a good news bad news kind of season behind us as we had to bow out of most of our pre-entered shows, but Snowy and Heart now have corrected APH papers, TC is approved for APH eligible foals, and Jazzy is LEC registered.
Bonus Skye being accepted as eligible for Appy papers; turns out her dam has a full sibling in the registry giving me something of a loophole...course I had to pay an extra "supplement" fee to plug the holes in the pedigree, but at least she got in! Her foals, with careful pairing, will be eligible for Nez Perce, Appy, AND KSMH and maybe more! (like CPHS, maybe )
One thing that saddens me is the discovery that my favorite Walkaloosa stud got gelded. He's got a son out there, though, and if I can find him I KNOW I can find a mare for him. He's supposed to be at Featherstone, but he doesn't have a profile so I need to find an email for them.
(OOC/IRL: life blew up. Plain and simple. Got an event this Saturday, another 2 Dec, traveling for Christmas with an event the following weekend, another 5 Jan, then traveling again for a 3-day the weekend of the 18th. I haven't even updated my game since the last post, but it's on my to do for tonight....along with all the mods, etc that I got form you awesome people
Hopefully I can get fully back into the swing of things come January, but for now the best way to find me will be via FB, there's a link at KSMH. KSMH and CPHS are both OPEN and Accepting new submissions; CPHS only requires the presence of one copy of the gene so other than pure Arab pretty much any breed is eligible. Use the form and email at KSMH until I get the CPHS pages up - something else I am way behind schedule on. Note that I'm checking that email 1-2 times a month, but I AM checking it.)
Post by Circle F Farms on Nov 15, 2012 20:34:56 GMT -5
Yay! The construction crew finally showed up and the new barn is up at the Weanlling facility. Property is cross fenced with 3 colt paddocks and a big run for the fillies to go out as a herd.
Here's Jazzy, Dawn, Misty, Skye, and Snowy in their brand new run....it would be better if Dawn and Snowy would quite using their Genius trait to lift the latch and let everyone out (actually I think it's more Snowy), but I think they like it in there.
Silver seems to like his new paddock, as well. He'll be getting a neighbor once Trick or Treat (Sweets?) arrives.
Silver and Misty are scheduled to be sold in game to further LTW, but the others will hang around for a bit.
**note: for anyone wondering at the roll-back on Snowy from mare to filly: I had a massive crash a few months back which necessitated some serious house cleaning of my game files. Her adult save was lost, but I had a copy of her as a foal from the previous save that I could port in. Tilly and Tropic are also safe, I just have to import them.