Monday, June 30, 2008

CCHA Horse Show



It's been a busy few months, which has put blogging way, way down on the bottom of my to-do list. Sorry folks.

So much has been going on. We now have three dairy goats which keep me busy with twice-daily milking. I've learned to make cheese and yogurt from the milk and it's a big hit with family and friends.

We have a new foal on our little farm. Luna, our black miniature mare gave birth to an adorable paint filly on June 12th.

Alex and I have been taking weekly lessons at a local riding school. I've ridden for years but after my ankle-shattering fall last year decided to rebuild my confidence by taking lessons. Last weekend, just a week shy of the anniversary of my fall, Alex and I showed at the Carolina Classic Horseman's Association Horse Show.

I rode Tyson, a huge former Grand Prix jumper, and Alex rode Stormy, a beautiful white Arabian. We both placed in the show, with Alex taking home a fifth place ribbon and me taking home a third and a fifth.

I'll try to do a better update soon. In the meantime, enjoy the video! Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.

21 comments:

thimscool said...

Well, in spite of his name, Stormy seems to be a gentleman.

It's good to hear from you.

Morgan said...

Stormy is the perfect gentleman, and if ever Alex were going to enter a life of crime I think it might be horse rustling. Every kid at the riding school adores that horse. I know how she feels. If I had room for one more I'd certainly want to bring Tyson home.
Hope all is well with you and your family, Luke. I bet that baby is really growing.

laughingwolf said...

kids n critters, nothing more natural

and grats on the new baby, granny!

goat herding seems to be paying off, too :)

Morgan said...

Thanks, Wuff! Zena the foal had her first halter lesson today and her first turnout with the rest of the ponies. Both went well, although the turnout went a little better than the halter lesson owing to her not used to any kind of restraint.

I hope to post more soon, and add a video of the foal and possibly the goats.

laughingwolf said...

coolios... gonna send me cheese samples? :O lol

ngraysmith said...
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thimscool said...

You can make a small fortune selling goat cheese at the farmers market here in Yupieville (assuming it's organic).

Morgan said...

What I make is organic and I've had people I've given it to - including a friend who works as a sought-after persona chef - rave about it. But in order to legally sell the cheese I'd have to have my kitchen inspected by USDA, and no home kitchen can pass that kind of scrutiny. Everyone I know who sells goat cheese has a kitchen separate from their house. The dairy where we purchased Zoe, our big Alpine doe, has an amazing kitchen housed next to the milking parlor. They have a lot of money tied up in that building. It's a family operation and they get $17/pound for the cheese at the Raleigh farmer's market.
I think there are community kitchens people can use, but none right close by me. Eventually I might consider doing that, but for now I'm just bartering the cheese and yogurt for things I want or need and am going to start making soap to sell, since no USDA permit is required for that.
It's a shame there's so much red tape. The cheese is really easy to make. I made ricotta last week for a homemade lasagna and it was so much better than store bought.

Morgan said...

Wuff, if you can come down to N.C. I'll give you all the goat cheese you want. :-)

laughingwolf said...

deal! now all i gotta do is get a damn passport... i used to waltz across the border 3-4 times a week, no prob, now i'm suspect! of what? aging? grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

you know you're going to have to save up and build that special kitchen... $17/lb... wow!

Morgan said...

With all the illegal farm workers running around this locale, i can't believe it would be that hard for you to sneak across the border. Just disguise yourself as a Mexican.

JohnR said...

Re: The picture you posted.

Why so serious?!?!?!?

laughingwolf said...

not likely, morg... at 6'4" and 250 lb? phat chants ;) lol

laughingwolf said...

happy 4th to you and yours, m'dear morgan :)

Morgan said...

John, I think I looked so serious because I was concentrating on keeping the right diagonal. Plus Tyson was a bit "up" and I really wanted to do well in that class. I did; I took fourth but was so shocked at placing at all that when exited the ring I took the fifth place ribbon. :-)

Morgan said...

You're right, Wuff. You'd certainly arouse suspicion. I rarely see big, tall Mexicans.
We had a nice Fourth. We worked around the house, had a cookout with the kids and were pleased to discover we could see the fireworks display set off by our local rescue squad from the house. We bought some little fireworks for the kids and set them off in the driveway, but our favorite were these awesome rainbow sparklers that rain showers of sparks. I'm pretty much like a kid when it comes to anything with fire. i don't know who enjoyed it more, me or the little ones!

Andrea said...

Hey Morg, I know you're really busy but I've had a new blog for a while - stop by sometime cuz I miss ya!

laughingwolf said...

oh, yes you do... YOU enjoyed it most, cuz you da mama ;)

with all the critters you have now, you must be worn out by the end of the day :)

Morgan said...

Yeah, but it is a good kind of tired. Really, I think having all the chores makes me more energized. Larry commented the other day that he's never seen me in such good shape and he's right. I told him I need to write a book called "The Farm Girl's Workout." Who needs a gym when you have hay bales to lift, stalls to much, goats to drag around, water to haul..you get the idea. :-)

Bobbb - Citizen of Earth said...

Cool on the goats
And the cheese and all
Sounds fun

Grats on the equestrian endeavors

laughingwolf said...

no kidding, all the farm girls i knew were in the best of shape :O lol