We took Sophie to Ilderton this morning to see a horse show, and spent most of the afternoon hanging around with horsey folks and enjoying the atmosphere. I don't know a lot about horse shows, so I spent most of my time looking at how pretty they looked and how gosh-darned spangly many of the riders' uniforms are. I know the "horse people" that were at the event were looking at things like gait and how the horses held their heads, whether they responded properly to commands, etc. but as a casual spectator that's all a bit out of my league. I have received a bit of a horse-show-preparation education thanks to Linda, who was riding in today's show and was one of the reasons we decided to go. Did you know that show horses wear tail extensions, for example? Or that their hooves are painted before going in the ring? It's a whole new world, I tell ya! We enjoyed chatting with Linda before her performance, and also enjoyed a visit with Sophie's school friend Matt and his Mom Stephanie, who were at the event cheering on Matt's Grandpa. It was a nice social day in a new setting for us... we're checking the schedule and may head back to Ilderton for another show later in the summer.