Pennsylvannia Horse World Expo 2013 – the DEMO!

Alicia, Mackenzie, Nick, KristaPhoto: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Alicia, Mackenzie, Shannon, Krista
Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Last year MGAA – Mounted Games Across America took part in the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo.  We hosted an information booth in the vendor area, and we did a one hour demo to a packed house.  This year we were invited back!

We had a fantastic time slot, Saturday from 4-5pm in the Equine Arena.  We showed up with five teams including three masters level, one intermediate and one (fossil) adult team so we could represent the diversity of MGAA riders. And lets not forget the amazing MGAA ring crew, announcer and referee.  Nothing happens in MGAA without all the volunteer crew.

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Simon and I rode with two of our usual teammates, Linda on her pony Blue and Kim T. on her new pony Milli, as three of the members of the fossil team.  Friends, Phylis and Kim W. joined us to complete the team.  We had a fantastic time, leading up to, during and after the demo.  I always enjoy riding with Linda and Kim T. but it was a treat to be able to ride with Phylis and Kim W.

The other four teams were fantastic as always.  Mackenzie got a collective  “OOOOOH” from the crowd as her association stack toppled but followed it up with a big running vault and received a roaring applause.  All of the teams looked professional and amazing, as they sped up and down the arena shuffling mugs, and scooping bottles.

The demo started a bit bumpy for Simon and I.  He was distracted and pumped up by the crowd and I was a little nervous.  I felt like I was driving a school bus through the speed weavers race, and our litter race was abysmal.  I decided to pull up to a full stop for my scoop, which caused Simon to pop a little, begin to paw, stomp and kick his litter.  fantastic.  We picked up our games from there, and I was pleased to complete all of our handoffs smoothly.

It was also fantastic to see Kim and Milli make their debut.  I am so happy for them.  It looks like Milli found her calling, and I can’t wait to see what Kim and her achieve together.

Enjoy these fantastic photos compliments of McKayla and EquiStar Photography.

Krista and Simon - Mug Shuffle Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Krista and Simon – Mug Shuffle
Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Kim W. Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Kim W.
Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Linda and Blue - Mug Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Linda and Blue – Mug
Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Linda and Krista entering the arenaPhoto: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Linda and Krista entering the arena
Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Kim and Milli in MugPhoto: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Kim and Milli in Mug
Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Linda - BottlePhoto: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Linda – Bottle
Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

I love this photo of MilliPhoto: McKayla EquiStar Photography

I love this photo of Milli
Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Linda - BalloonPhoto: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Linda – Balloon
Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Simon and I warming upPhoto: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Simon and I warming up
Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

Photo: McKayla EquiStar Photography

At the end the riders greeted the crowd, passing out Batons and t-shirtsPhoto: R Crowley

At the end the riders greeted the crowd, passing out Batons and t-shirts
Photo: R Crowley

MGAA Booth ~ PA Horse World Expo

The Pennsylvania Horse World Expo was pretty cool.  My teammates, Linda and Kim and I went up to Harrisburg to work the MGAA booth all day Friday along with friends Genevieve, Tommy and Annie.  It was a really good time and the booth was pretty busy.  The video running, the photos on the blue display board and the big joust board out in front of our booth all attracted people and we spent most of the day chatting about mounted games, MGAA and telling people how they could give it a try.

I spoke to some jousters, as in full metal jousters, eventers, hunters, barrel racers, trail riders, pleasure riders and people of all ages.  I talked to people who traveled from as far away as New Hampshire and also people down in my own area in Virginia!  We gave them info about clinics in their area, directed them to our website and invited them to watch the demo we would be performing the next day.

Kim and I walked around the venue, taking in the sights and did a little shopping.  I picked up a trailer aid, which I have been wanting to get for my trailer, and a new set of blue cotton reins for Simon.  There was a lot to see and just about everything equine you can imagine to purchase.  We stopped by the event rings and round pens and got a feel for the whole venue, which took hours.  My feet hurt.

Our friend and fellow games rider, Kyley, had her booth, Painting Pony, across the aisle from us.   Kyley’s pony, Minnow, was in the booth and performed painting demos several times throughout the day.  Minnow Is Kyley’s retired games pony, come painter and trick pony.  He is a Chincoteague Pony and he is also adorable.  He hammed it up for the crowd climbing up onto his pony stand and reaching over the corral to greet passersby.  Check Painting Ponies out at http://www.paintingpony.com/

It was a day well spent.  I am pretty enthusiastic about mounted games and can ramble on about it all day long.  But, the only thing better than talking about mounted games all day, is actually playing mounted games all day.  Which is what we did on Saturday.  But you will have to wait until tomorrow to read about that!

If you would like more information on mounted games, MGAA or Blue Ridge Games, feel free to post a comment, send me an email kristashine@hotmail.com or click on one of the corresponding links in the side bar on the left.

Mounted Games at the PA Horse World Expo

I mentioned in my previous post that MGAA, Mounted Games Across America, was going to have a booth and be performing a demo at the PA Horse World Expo this weekend and that Simon and I were taking part.

It was a really fun time, and it was a really cool experience.  Ill be sure to post about the Booth and demo in detail, but for now, Ill leave you with a video that one our our amazing members, Annie Seymour put together of the demo.

Kicking off the Games Season

In just a few days Simon and I will be at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, in Harrisburg, PA.  We will be riding, with our mounted games team as part of a demo competition for MGAA, Mounted Games Across America.  MGAA also has a booth that will be operating Thursday through Sunday. 

Tomorrow morning Simon and I are driving up to teammate, Linda’s  house.  Then Linda, myself and our teammate Kim will get together to have a practice and get our ponies cleaned up and show ring presentable.  It should be a fun day! 

Friday morning we will be driving up to the expo and working the MGAA booth all day along with a few other friends.  I am looking forward to checking out the facility and looking at all the cool booths.  I am also very excited to talk about MGAA and mounted games all day long. 

Saturday we will be loading the ponies and driving up to take part in the expo.  We are riding at 4pm, so if you happen to be there, be sure to cheer us on.  We are team Old School and will be dressed in navy with yellow.  One of the best parts about mounted games is that as a spectator you can cheer really loud and pick a team to support. 

Ill be sure to blog about the experience next week.  I am excited to ride in such a different type of venue, but I am also excited to take part in it with my team.  It’s a cool way to kick off the games season! 

http://www.horseworldexpo.com/PAmain.shtml

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