If I Had 100,000 Dollars

  You must have heard the song If I Had a Million Dollars by the Barenaked Ladies, but what if you were given 100,000 dollars? It's a popular post going around the equine blogger community that I thought would be fun to try.

So what would I do if I had 100,000 dollars to spend? An Eventful Life created the first version of this post. Her only instructions were as follows:

"Imagine someone gave you $100,000 free and clear. Assume taxes are already taken care of and you can spend the whole amount. The catch: you have to spend the whole amount on horse-related things. What do you buy?"

  First of all, I would make sure that I shared every step of my experiences with all of you, the readers of Pure Horse Sense. Just because I received this generous amount of money doesn't mean that I would ever stop blogging.

  Next I would buy myself a horse. Like most girls, I have wanted a horse ever since I was little, but finances never allowed me the opportunity. Now that I do, I'd spend $8,000 on a good horse. The bloodline of a horse doesn't concern me as much as it's personality and health. As long as it's a good, strong horse I'll be happy with whichever one I get.

  Next I would spend $3,000 on tack for my new horse. I'd leave $18,000 to pay for 3 years of boarding fees (usually $500 per month) so that I can save up enough to always be able to pay for boarding with no problems.

  I'll then need to spend $30,000 on a good used GMC or Chevrolet pickup truck and $10,000 on a trailer. That way, I can haul my horse to local shows and trails.

  I'd put $10,000 into a savings account so that I can have access to it for emergency vet bills and to eventually help put a downpayment on some land of my own. I'd spend $5,500 on trips to Calgary, Alberta to visit another Spruce Meadows competition and to Rio, Brazil to cheer on our athletes in the 2016 Olympics. Of course, I would blog those trips to share with all of you as well.

  Another $10,000 will be given to good horse charities to help those who need it most. Money can make us greedy and if we're not careful, we can spend it way too fast. No matter what, I think it's important to remember who you were before and to not let the cash in your pocket affect you.

  That leaves me with $5,500. I'd use that for going to competitions and to clinics. I'd also use it to help pay for the gas.

  Even if there weren't these restrictions for spending the 100,000 dollars, I think I would still spend it more or less the same way. If you'd like to read some more blog posts about how other bloggers would spend their 100,000 dollars, you can read An Eventful Life's here or Viva Carlos' here.

  How would you spend $100,000 if you were given the same rules as this post?

  Thank you for reading Pure Horse Sense and have a wonderful week.

  Until next time, happy riding!

My Equine Visit

  Well I am back from my little getaway and I am now ready to sit down and write the two new blog posts that I promised all of you. The first one, of course, will be about the horse related event during my trip. I'm sure many of you were wondering where I went, well now you're about to know. Are you ready? Here's a little hint, I went somewhere in western Canada.

  I went to... Calgary! Which is not too far of a drive from Spruce Meadows!

Picture taken by me

  We were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day to watch many great athletes compete against each other for the Pan American Cup on July 14, 2013.

  Thirty-three competitors put their partnership to the test by going through a course with a height of 1.60 metres. In the end, only five went clear which lead to a jump off. 

  Some of the athletes competing were the Americans Reed Kessler on Cylana, McLain Ward on Zander, Kent Farrington on Uceko, Beezie Madden on Simon and Leslie Howard on Tic Tac. Some of the Canadians were Eric Lamaze on Power Play, Ian Millar on Dixson and Jonathan Asselin on Showgirl. 

Reed Kessler and Cylana

Picture taken by me

Eric Lamaze and Power Play

Picture taken by me

Ian Millar and Dixson

Picture taken by me

  In the end, the American Brianne Goutal on Onira, the Canadian Tiffany Foster on Verdi III, the Colombian Daniel Bluman on Sancha Ls La Silla and the Irishmen Conor Swail on Lansdowne and Cameron Hanley on Antello were the five that made it to the jump off. During the jump off everyone was on the edge of their seats hoping their favourite rider will go clear. Unfortunately, no one did so the first place went to the pair that went to fastest time with one rail down. That lucky pair was Conor Swail and Lansdowne!

Conor Swail  and Lansdowne during the Jump off

Picture taken by me

  All in all, it was an amazing day filled with a good group of competitors on two difficult courses. I truly felt like a little girl in Disneyland as I have always wanted to visit Spruce Meadows. It was great to visit some of the horses in their stalls, to spend a little bit too much at their tack shop and to sit in the sun watching the riders you see on television compete right in front of me.

  If you ever get the chance to visit Spruce Meadows, I recommend that you do. Make a day out of it, pack a lunch or buy it there and enjoy the competitions and the horses. My friends and I were surprised to learn that it didn't cost us a thing to enter and watch the competition. The competitions that do have an entrance fee are only five dollars. We couldn't believe it since we were going to watch some of the best in the sport.

  Overall, it was a wonderful day filled with wonderful memories. Here are a few other little pictures I took during my visit. I apologize for the quality of the jumping pictures as they are not the best. I am trying to save up of a telephoto lens to get a closer and more clear image without having to edit it too much.

Picture taken by me

Clock Tower

Picture taken by me

Horseshoe Globe

Picture taken by me

Picture taken by me

   That is it until the next post which will be up very shortly. Though this was not the usual type of blog post that Pure Horse Sense is used to, I thought it would be nice to be a bit more personal and blog about my Spruce Meadows visit with all of you. With all that said, I'll leave you with one last picture; the first thing you see when you arrive and the last thing you see when you leave.

  Until next time, happy riding!

Picture taken by me