She Rides I Pay, The Store….

by Elizabeth on April 3, 2014

Store OpeningHello friends. I am happy to report that the Howell family is alive and well. I have received many complaints for my long absence from this space. Well, I’m baaack–and with exciting news to share. About six months ago, I opened a mobile equestrian-inspired gift store filled with horse show necessities and luxuries. I’ve traveled to a variety of shows with our 16-foot-trailer/store. We spent six weeks in Manchester, Vermont, at the Vermont Summer Festival horse show. I’ve attended several one-day shows on the Vermont Hunter Jumper Association (VHJA) circuit, had a great week at the New England Equitation Championship in Springfield, MA, and went to the four-day extravaganza that is the Equine Affaire, also held in Springfield. I have just returned from four weeks at HITS Ocala and was quite dismayed to find winter had no yet left Vermont upon my return!

My product mix includes items that are useful, such as the amazing EIS cool fil shirts, and fun–how many iPhone cases should a Lilly girl have? As many as she wants! Lilly Pulitzer Phone Cases from She Rides I Pay

I’m carrying Arista Equitation vests and jackets, which are beautifully designed and cut for riders. I’m proud to offer the Ece Equestrian line–the designers of these elegant shirts hit the fast-forward button–their technical fabric offers strong sweat-wicking properties and takes a beating in the barn. These shirts come out of the washing machine looking just as fabulous as when they came out of the original packaging. And they are handmade. In the garment district, in New York City. Yes, that’s cool.

This weekend I’ll be at Steeple Ridge Farm in Charlotte, Vermont, for a VHJA clinic. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the horse people. After the terrible winter we’ve all had, a bit socializing will be good for us!

Please friend my page on Facebook if you haven’t already, Facebook page.

On April 13th, I’ll be at EvenStride in Byfield, MA. I’m still adding dates for April and May so please let me know if your barn or organization is hosting a horse show or clinic.

 

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Hello friends

by Elizabeth on April 17, 2013

Well, it’s been a long time. We’re all alive and mostly well. Samantha continues to ride. Our “new” horse is IMG_1223named Chili Pepper a.k.a. “Chili” or “Baby Chill” or “Dufus.” He is a seven-year-old Holsteiner purchased from Annie Dotoli and Aster Pieters of Tibri. We purchased Chili with the generous support of a family member in December, 2011. It has been an interesting journey with Chili. He is very young, something he continues to remind us, lest we forget. Samantha had encouraging success with him last show season in the 3′ equitation. She qualified for the Mass Finals and New England Finals. She rode leased horses at both of these finals, as Chili was not quite ready.

At Mass Finals, she won her open equitation 14 & under class and came in 20th the following day in the MHC Junior Medal Championship out of about 120 riders. It was wonderful. She rode Quintess, a beautiful chestnut mare leased from Kathy Fletcher owner of Grazing Fields Farm.

 

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MHC Days of Champions

October 3, 2011

We’ve just returned from the Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council Days of Champions  held in Northampton, MA. It was a great weekend, aside from the pouring rain. What can I say? Samantha and Mondavi were outstanding. Nerves were running high. Not mine! OK, well, mine and Samantha’s. Her first class was the Open Equitation 14 and Under. […]

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Colic Surgery For The Girl

June 3, 2011

I’ve been missing. There’s a story behind it. Here it is. When you are responsible for the care of someone else, be they canine, equine or human, there are times when you inevitably fail them. If you are critical in your self-assessment of this care, you no doubt can find fault frequently. I pulled a […]

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Celebration

March 18, 2011

It’s been a busy month of business travel, which has taken me away from visiting with all of you—I hate it when that happens! On the horse side of life, we had our Vermont Hunter Jumper annual awards banquet last month. It gave us a good excuse to get dressed up in the middle of […]

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Dear Lauren, Eight Reasons Why I Still Hate You, Love Elizabeth

February 4, 2011

The lovely and talented Lauren Sprieser, my fellow blogger and online friend, is trying to tell us all that the seasonal relocation of her barn to Florida ain’t all that it’s cracked up to be. It seems her friends, colleagues and readers (ahem) are sending her emails, texts and phone calls expressing a certain je […]

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The Many Moods Of Mondavi

January 22, 2011

Greetings sports fans from the frozen tundra that is Vermont. I continue to hibernate, coffee cup in hand, looking out the window, thinking about going to the barn to watch the girl ride, but it’s really cold! The girl continues to put in long hours at the barn, ever the faithful and committed young horseperson. […]

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George Soothes the Winter Brain Freeze

January 5, 2011

The holidays are over and we’re settling in for our remaining five months of winter. As I read about Lauren’s seasonal relocation to Florida, I assessed my own state of mind and find that I am (surprisingly) OK. There will be no trip to Ocala this year. There are no business trips on the horizon […]

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