Clicking the pics may show some equitation at its finest.
This flock of A-10 warthog's flew by the other day, probably on their way back to Davis Monthan Air Force Base from one of Arizona's bombing ranges.
Even though the boondocking area here at the Pima County Fairgrounds is not as crowded as it was, there are still five RVs here, and that's a lot more than there used to be, which leads me to believe that there are more people boondocking nowadays than there used to be.
I've seen several of the new small travel trailers staying here at the boondocking area, the kind that's light enough to be pulled by a small car. And other than vans, the small travel trailers seem to be pretty popular now, and I would guess that's because they're inexpensive and small enough that a young couple can afford them as a way to find out if they enjoy RVing.
And I guess that it does make a lot of sense to buy a trailer that can be pulled by the car you already own and cheap enough that it doesn't put young folks too deeply in debt. But they don't stay around the boondocking area very long because they either have a small contractor-type generator that's so noisy even they can't stand it, or so few solar panels and batteries that a couple of cloudy days puts them out of business, and they have to move on.
Even though I try not to think of the future, sometimes it creeps into my head and rattles around in there until I can't ignore it. And in this case, I felt that when my time is up here at the Fairgrounds, which is somewhere around the end of February, I might mosey down to McNeal Arizona and Whitewater draw to pay a visit to the Sandhill Cranes once again.
Since the Sandhill cranes leave sometime around March, I didn't think I would get a chance to visit them again, but if I can get there at the beginning of March, maybe most of them will still be around. And by that late in the season, the Cranes have probably eaten all of the photographers in the area, so they won't be as much of a threat to me. Nothing for sure yet, but I had planned on spending three or four days there before the cold weather drove me away, but the extended forecast looks a lot warmer now.
One of the concessionaires at the Hunter jumper event. Looking through this store it makes me wonder how much stuff can you hang on a horse before he's too heavy to jump
Sometimes the horses get together and discuss how things are going.
I guess the horses ears were cold.... Nobody cared if my ears were cold.
I would imagine probably everyone here is against hunting, but this sport is based on hunting, and the only thing missing is a Fox to chase, and a gun to shoot him with.
Then again I'm not sure if the English actually shot the Fox, they hunted to hounds, so maybe the dogs killed the Fox. It sounds kind of brutal to me, especially since I used to have a pet Fox. I hunted but I ate everything I shot.
Did you know these English riding saddles don't have a saddle horn? Why is that? Probably because a saddle horn is used in conjunction with a lasso, and since the English didn't have any cows to lasso, the farmers looked pretty foolish roping a pig.
A lot of concentration.... Or is it? Remember what I mentioned before that scoring these events is very subjective and based on visuals and how the judge FEELS you and the horse are doing, or, if you LOOK like you know what you're doing. That's all part of what's known as equitation, or how well you and the horse look together.
So she might not be concentrating at all, it's only important that she looks like she is.
Another helicopter that flies around the Hunter jumper event. There's a lot of cameras hanging off of it, so it's either a police helicopter, or a news helicopter.