Thursday, March 12, 2009

Piper's Big Day

This Saturday, Equine Voices (the PMU rescue that I adopted Piper from) is having their annual spring fundraiser (check out the details here). They will have food vendors, a raffle, silent auction and dessert auction (mmmm), a bake sale, information booths and equine related demonstrations through the day. I baked up some goodies for the bake sale and a red velvet cake for the dessert auction. I also donated a bracelet for the silent auction.

But, the most exciting part of the day is that Piper will be one of 4 featured horses that have been adopted from the rescue! We will have our 5 minutes in the spotlight, to show off for the crowd where she is at with her training, tell a little bit about her history and how she came to be with us.
We've been working with her everyday, figuring out how best to use our 5 minutes. Lee is going to narrate while I demonstrate basic groundwork with her, flexing, bending, backing up, leading and stopping. I will also do a little bit of round pen work, sending her off and turning her back, having her face and then walk to me (even though we won't be in a round pen, but at the end of the arena near the crowd). That could prove to be interesting... with all that space, I hope she will cooperate with me!
We might also use a tarp and some other items to show the desensitizing training we have done. This picture was taken last summer... Piper has never been afraid of the tarp and will walk around with it covering her like this! We drag it around the round pen and she will chase after it, jump on it and "kill" it. And then bite it.
Piper is still very young, she'll turn 2 in May. We've had her almost a year and she has been so much fun to work with, she's very smart and quick to learn. She knew nothing when we brought her home. It took me about 45 minutes to get her from the trailer to her stall the day I brought her home... she didn't even know how to lead! We've come a long way with her since then.

This is her in May of last year. She was so little! It's amazing how much she has grown in almost a year.

I'll be sure to post about our experience on Saturday. We're really looking forward to it!

15 comments:

Maria said...

What a special girl (a lucky girl) and a special relationship you have with her. Best of luck in your 5 min. and with raising lots of funds. Looking forward to hearing how it went.

Rocki said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. Makes me miss Fancy, but happy at the same time seeing your beauties on your blog.

Have fun & congrats to you & Piper for being featured!

Deb said...

That is exciting to get to show how far your baby has come, will be looking forward to pictures

Sarah said...

Oh she's lovely!!! I so miss having horses. Good luck with you 5 minute - look forward to the pitures!!! Have a great weekend!! Sarah

the7msn said...

Wow! You've done so well with her. I can't believe she's wearing that blue tarp! You will dazzle the crowd at the open house.

Anji Gallanos said...

What great progress she's made. It's awesome she'll be able to show off. Keep us posted.

Mikey said...

Awesome! You've come a long way! Love that tarp thing, that's very funny! What a great horse :)

blackfeatherfarm said...

Good luck to you and Piper. I guess after Saturaday you will only have "ten minutes of fame" left !
I will be looking forward to seeing how it went, I hope they are able to raise the funds they need.

Lady Ridesalot said...

Hope you have a great weekend. Good luck with Piper's debut!

Christina said...

Lucky girl! You have a wonderful home, live in my favorite state, in my favorite part of Az. I will be cheering for you here in windy Ok.

Rebekah said...

Hello! I happened to stumble across your blog, and I'm glad I did. Good for your for rescuing your Piper -- I'm a firm believer in rescues (our dog is a pound-hound). Your jewelry is absolutely beautiful, I'm just getting into beading and I loved browsing through your Etsy store. I'm a big turquoise fan! Anyway, thanks for the good read -- and I'll be back later to find out how you and Piper did in your 5 minutes! :)

Phyllis said...

It's so wonderful that you were able to save her. Have fun showing her off Saturday.

I have never, ever heard of a horse playing with a tarp like that - too cute!

Desert Rose said...

It is a beautiful story...so worthy of more than the 5 minutes you have but I know you will both do great!!!

Maria said...

I love the Dale Evans quote, may like to post that sometime if it's ok. Also, what is that doll on your hitching post, just noticed that in your title header pic?
I agree with the comment, your jewelry is beautiful, what a wonderful talent.

backattheranch said...

very cute and exciting! I love the tarp demonstration.