I could probably go on for quite some time using them ripped and torn and flopping on the end except that I am scheduled to ride in the California Dressage Society's Adult Amateur Clinic in a few weeks. I've participated in the clinic before. Each CDS chapter is allowed to choose one member to participate in its region's AA Clinic. CDS has three regions: North, Central, and South. My chapter participates in the south.
So what does the clinic have to do with my crappy whip? Well, the truth is that Hilda Gurney is this year's clinician. Hilda's barn is located in the Ventura area which is where I do most of my showing, so she has judged me more than once. I've also seen her show her horses many, many times and am always impressed with her rides. So, my whip ... no way I am taking one of them to ride under Hilda's watchful eye.
So, lessons with Hilda Gurney. Let's hope Speedy stays sound, Blue Truck keeps running, and I don't break any appendages in the next few weeks.