The Cheesecake Factory pasta with pesto, mushroom, and chicken was a huge serving that I couldn't finish it. So, I had to asked the waitress Nicole to pack the food. It's still in the fridge and will heat it later for dinner.
It was an eventful day on Sunday. Sort of doing the Borat cultural learning thingy; did the American Quarter Horse events as well as laughing out loud at the comedy stand up club (next travelog entry).
We headed out way early at 7.15am to the WestWorld out in Scottsdale to enjoy the Sun Country Quarter Horse Show. It's a great ground with lots of horses, cowboys, cowgirls, trailers, and events. There are the amateurs and the professionals trying to make it to the national competition. What a competitive sport!
We were quite lucky to have met Cindy who came all the way from California with her husband and shared her great amount of horse knowledge with us. Apparently, Cindy competes the amateur competition and I had a good time asking her so many questions about the horses.
Just like the dog competition, there are so many breed of horses like the American Quarter horses and the Arab horses. These horses are bred and then trained for the different projects, i.e. competing in different sports. Wondering about how long does a horse live, Cindy told us that with good science and medication, horses can now live up to 31 years old when it was on average of mid-teen before.
Our colleague here Susan who competes in the dressage competition told us about the small surgery the vets perform on the horse to improve their teeth, especially the frontal ones and the molars.
Our favorite event has got to be the roping, where they start off chasing the small calf and try to tie in the calf's neck using the rope. It gets harder in the duo competition when two riders have to get out of the within 10-seconds after the bull is released (it is timed electronically using the installed sensors!) and one will rope the neck and the other one will rope the back leg; thus he's called the legger.
It was certainly great to experience this horse show and I look forward to learn more about it. Enjoy these photos and I will upload some videos I shot during the roping event on YouTube later.