The Devon Horse Show 2016

Ever since I found out it was a thing when I was a little girl flipping through the pages of Practical Horseman, I’ve wanted to go to the Devon Horse Show. How could I not? It’s practically The Masters of the horse show world, and I share a name with it. I even have a poster from the 1986 show that I’ve had since I was a teenager waiting to be hung in my office at home (side note: I’m continually hunting for one from 1984 – please let me know if you find one!).

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This year, the timing of our trip to Philly coincided with Devon’s show dates. Anthony, being the wonderful horse show boyfriend he is, agreed to go check it out with me.

We headed out on Wednesday to catch the Regular Confirmation Hunters and the High Performance Hunters in the Dixon Oval. There were some younger jumpers going on in the Gold Ring, but you all know my heart belongs in the hunter ring because I’m a control freak perfectionist. After scoping the show grounds, we found some nice seats in the grandstands.

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Philly Food and Beer

Phillies Stadium

I know lately that this has been more of a horse blog than anything else.  Last week Anthony and I took a trip up to Philadelphia to see his daughters. While we were there, we did some sight-seeing and a lot of eating and drinking. Unfortunately, since I’ve strayed from my food blogger ways, I don’t tote around a DSLR in my purse anymore (my shoulders and neck thank me). Due to that, I often forget to snap pics of everything I eat and drink, so I apologize in advance. I did remember to get a few memorable pics though.

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Sunday Brunch

Brunch is one of my greatest pleasures in life. I also really love hosting for friends. At my old, one-bedroom apartment, hosting for more than 2 people was quite challenging. Naturally, once I got settled in with Anthony, I invited my girls over for Sunday brunch.

Sunday Brunch Spread

I loved my Lilly Pulitzer-themed table. I used the napkins I scored during White Girl Hunger Games (aka Lilly for Target) and grabbed some cute pink paper plates and napkins from Target (I hate doing dishes) to complete the look.

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Maturity

I remember the first time I ever rode Petunia.

It was at last June’s FCHJA show. My trainer had already ridden her in several over fences classes, it was brutally hot, and she asked if I’d ride her in the flat class. I quickly said yes, since I’d be drooling over the majestic bay mare ever since I first laid eyes on her. Next thing I knew, I was getting a leg up and walking into the ring. Didn’t even have a chance to get acclimated to her in the schooling ring. Talk about a catch ride.

Needless to say, it didn’t go well.

Nothing catastrophic happened, but she was a much more complicated ride than I’d anticipated and I could barely canter her in a straight line without her wiggling or swapping her lead. I was a little deflated. I’d had visions of  blue ribbons on her from the get-go.

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Change of Scenery

At the end of February, I left my beloved Riverside and decided to live in sin with my wonderful boyfriend.

It’s been a great four years, Cherry St ✌🏻️ You’re stuck with me now, @anthonyc.k 😘

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With a new neighborhood comes a new restaurant scene. And in this case, I’m now living in the land of chain restaurants (the horror!). But don’t worry – I haven’t given in (unless you count Capital Grille, which I don’t).

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