June 24, 2011

Saturday Pet Blogger Hop for 6-24-2011 - A Week Of Celebration With Dogs, Horses and Equestrians

Lexi, Nitro, Tallulah, Bailey, and I are excited to participate in this weeks Saturday Pet Blogger Hop. Special thanks goes out to our Pet Blog Hop hosts, Life With DogsTwo Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plume! If you would like to read some entertaining pet blogger posts in the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop, just click on one of the host links above or click on the purple Pet Blogger Hop button on the right side of our homepage. Happy Pet Blog Hopping!

This week the Roanoke Valley Horse Show is in town. What that means to all of us CEC's (Chief Executive Cowchicks) is it is a time to celebrate everything equestrian. All of us who are involved in the horse industry find one way or another to make sure we find time to run over the the Salem Civic Center to watch all the amazing riders showing their horses and visit with old friends. Many of these talented equestrians travel all over the country following the horse show circuit to earn points and make a living. What you will also see on the RVHS show grounds is all the horse show dogs who travel with their owners on the circuit. The following photos are from this past week where you will see a mix of the fancy horse show tents, horses competing, friends hanging out on their horses, and of course the dogs casually walking around the show grounds like they don't have a care in the world. Enjoy! Lexi and Christina

These two photos were taken up on hill overlooking the RVHS showgrounds. We have had mean storms move into the area all week long.

Show grounds Chihuahau..

The show stables do a great job decorating their show tents.

R.V.H.S. Welcome Wagon (they are big fans of Nitro so as soon as they spotted him they came over to say hi and give him kisses).

I love the gates as a added special landscaping effect...very pretty.
BFF's just cruising around the show grounds...

Horse show hound...

Nitro kissing a little Corgi girl...
Driving and talking on the cell phone...such distractions!

Meadow Wood Stables. I used to keep my first horse Reiny at Meadow Wood when she was about 12. Reiny is 27 now and lives here on Bluebird Farm. Meadow Wood is just up the road from us.

I love the name of this farm "Carousel Farm" although I think they should have a couple of carousel horses on some of their tent poles (for special effects).

Amber Nolan's pretty pup.

Oh my.... so many beautifuf jumpers at this show.

This is the CrossView Farm mascot dog owned by Tabitha and Matt Thompson.

Look at the intensity in both horse and rider...

These two Jack Russels belonged to the afternoon Hunter-Jumper announcer. They were adorable!

Just chillin...

Nitro loving on our friends Willow Kerns and Rachael Sampson.

Our friend Alli Heath with CrossView Farms and her beautiful horse "Handle with Care" aka Moose. Below: I was lucky enough to get a great headshot of Moose.

Pretty boxer boy...

Here are a couple of our local barrel racers. L to R: Kristina Wray and Bailey Hatcher.

Below: Scenes from the Jack Russell races (and I use the term loosely because there was all kinds of small breed dogs running) and the American Saddlebred classes from Friday night's horse show.

 Jack Russell: "I worked really hard for this critter and I'm not giving it up!"

Saddlebred classes..


  1. I always enjoy the RVHS, and finally planned my trip to coincide with the terriers. I usually miss them. I need to take some kind of horse lessons though. Wish I knew more about the different show classes, breeds, etc. One thing I do know, they're all beautiful animals! BTW, I'm in love with Moose! What a good looking horse!!

  2. What great photos! I almost feel like I was there, too. Thanks!

  3. Great photos! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love the storm photos. I think our storms have settled down for a few days... nothing but sunshine today, or so it seems. I like those black gates too! Very sharp looking.


  5. Thanks for sharing with us! Mom loves horses so much but we cant find any places that she could go for a ride :(

    We came from pet blog hop n hope to be friend with u :)

    Autumn & Jasmine

  6. Looks like a fun day - it's been too long since I've been to a show!