Just a week after the Pickles family acquired a new horse that they named Patch, Allison (Pickles) Ott had some news for her parents, Doug and Londa, news that was going to change a lot of things, including her time in the show ring.
Allison and her husband, Joe, were going to be parents.
Move forward a couple of years and Allison is now a working mother of a toddler, with limited time for training and competing in the national pinto shows.
Allison loves heading out for a competition and spending time with the “extended family” of horse show people, but it’s a different story now with her own family—especially her two-year-old son, DJ.
Here’s her description of life on the road.
“When you are gone from Friday evening until Sunday evening, it is exhausting, as showing is exhausting. You don’t sleep well as it is not your own bed. You’re scared you are going to be late to get up, DJ doesn’t sleep well, the dogs rustle at every movement outside the trailer, etc.”
And then there are the thoughts of returning home to catch up on laundry, cooking, cleaning—all before getting ready to go to work Monday morning.
It doesn’t end there. Monday evening is designated as the time to clean the trailer so it’s ready to go for the next show. The catching up continues Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and then it’s Thursday.
“That’s packing the trailer night so we are as ready as we can be to pull out after work.”
That’s a routine that just doesn’t work like it used to. In year’s past, Allison averaged three competitions a month. Last year, the pace fell to just eight total.
That’s why she thinks it’s so remarkable that she earned enough points to place second in the national pinto organization standings. The winner attended 45 shows...