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Dinner at On the Border in Waco, Texas

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Horse shows are fun because you have the chance to eat out and catch up with horsey friends. At the Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II, our first night out we chose to eat at On The Border in Waco, Texas.

We started off with some chips and salsa and ordered guacamole as an appetizer. The guacamole tasted fresh with good spices. It was mild enough for anyone to eat.

I ordered the hand-rolled enchiladas suizas. The dish came with three chicken enchiladas topped with a tomatillo cream sauce, with rice and refried beans on the side. The meal was prepared well and had good seasoning. The shining star in this dish was the tomatillo cream sauce. It was tangy, light, and creamy. The cream helped the sauce stay smooth and added another flavor dimension.

We took the Border brownie sundae to go. It came with a walnut brownie, vanilla ice cream, and two containers of chocolate and cinnamon sauces. It was very decadent. The brownie was moist on the inside with a little crinkly crust on top. Both my mother and I enjoyed the cinnamon sauce. I’ve never had a cinnamon ice cream sauce before and will definitely be making one the next time I’m in a mood for a cool, summer treat.

While I’m not a fan of chain restaurants, On the Border is one I would visit again.

Laura’s Perspective:

I’ve eaten at On the Border before, but not in Waco. I’m not a fan of chain restaurants, but it never hurts to try. I was pleasantly surprised by On the Border. The restaurant was clean, well organized, and packed with patrons. Our server rocked – he was prompt, courteous, and friendly.

My entree was the street-style mini tacos. I chose roasted pork, but you can have chicken or fajita steak. I’ve grown very fond of these little bites of goodness and am eager to try street tacos wherever I go for Mexican food. Honestly, this dish was too much for me to eat after a day of schooling at the show. Granted, these tacos are small and there were only three, but it was too much for one meal. I took the sides (rice, beans, avocado slices, pico de gallo, and red chili tomatillo salsa) and two street tacos back to the hotel.

Utilize the lime and extras when you eat street tacos. This type of taco typically comes in a corn tortilla and is served open-faced. Squeeze the lime over the tacos and be generous. The freshness of the lime coupled with savory meat is to die for! If you have a special salsa served with the tacos, use it. The chefs know what they’re doing when the elements of these meals are paired together.

Mentioning the fresh tortillas is necessary. If you’ve read our blog for any length of time, you know how we adore fresh, homemade, hand pressed tortillas. On the Border does not disappoint.

I shared the guacamole with Afriel and it was delightful. Way too much to eat in one sitting, but my hungry daughter had no problem polishing it off. The brownie dessert was enjoyed – very much – in our hotel suite later that night.


On the Border is located at 4320 W. Waco Drive, Waco, TX 76710. The phone number is (254) 227-5040. Prices are reasonable and credit cards are accepted. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II in Waco, Texas

Ribbon Summer Festival II.
Double Jeopardy and Laura Townshend, the 2’6″ Hunter Classic winners, with trainer Paige Erwin.

The life of showing horses can’t be summed up in one word. At least not from my perspective. We recently attended the Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II in Waco, Texas. I can put this particular show into three words: It was  GREAT!

David Morse, of Morse & Associates, is the mastermind behind the Blue Ribbon Show Series. The Blue Ribbon Summer Festival is held annually in June. The only downside of this circuit is the terrible Texas heat. The upside? This is the last USEF AA-rated and THJA A-rated show until September. You betcha riders and horses line up to be part of the action. This year’s shows served exhibitors from as far away as Florida.

I must give a personal shout-out to David Morse. When I originally sent in my entry forms, my daughter and I were both planning to show and we were each taking a horse. Within days of submitting our entries, we had my daughter’s show hunter seen by Cliff Honnas, DVM, of Texas Equine Hospital. Our beloved Newspaper Taxi was diagnosed with spinal issues, received back injections, and is awaiting surgery. I emailed David Morse to pull our horse from the show, and David made the process so simple. When we actually arrived at the show and checked in with the show management office, Newspaper Taxi’s entry form had been pulled by David. There was no need for me to present Dr. Honnas’ documentation or explain why our other horse wasn’t there. David, you rock! Thanks!

This was my first rated show with the horse I’m leasing, Double Jeopardy (Monte). He’s an eighteen year old Oldenburg/Thoroughbred cross, and an adult hunter champion. He’s owned by Caren Luckie and trained by Pam Hunt of Hunt Farm. Thanks for allowing me to love, ride, and show your amazing horse!

Double Jeopardy and Laura Townshend at the Blue Ribbon Summer Festival II 2013.

I’ve mentioned before that it takes a village to prepare a horse. I want to thank Jaime Zavala, professional show groom, for taking such good care of Monte while we were on the road. Without Jaime’s special care, we would not have achieved the success we found at this show. My daughter, Afriel, was instrumental in keeping me cool and calm between classes. Thanks for all the bottled water and wet towels!

Robin Burgess of Sunset Cliff Farms was also nice enough to give me tips about the ring we rode in. As we were schooling in the early morning on Tuesday, she rode up, said hello and told me the outside lines were a long five. Thanks, Robin!

We had a super show. Great food all week long (we will be posting our reviews shortly) and it was so good to see all my horsey friends.

These videos are Monte and me riding the 2’6″ Hunter Classic rounds. And, of course, our victory gallop!

Pin Oak Charity Horse Show 2013 in Katy, Texas

k Charity Horse Show 2013
Newspaper Taxi and me taking a stroll. Dig the coffee and my handsome horse!

In March 2013, a lifelong dream was realized. I was an exhibitor at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Katy, Texas. I’ve been to many to Pin Oak shows as a youngster, but always as a spectator. You’d probably be surprised that my last Pin Oak show was in the 1970s, held at the original Pin Oak Stable. So visiting the Great Southwest Equestrian Center and being part of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show was a total kick!




The morning of the first day of the show, following our trainer, Paige Erwin, to the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.

At the show barn.

This video is of Newspaper Taxi with Paige Erwin in the first round of the Pre-Green 3′ Hunters on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Newspaper Taxi and Paige Erwin showing in their second round of the Pre-Green 3′ Hunters, Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

One of my Modified Adult Hunter rounds with Newspaper Taxi on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

One of my rounds with Newspaper Taxi showing in the Modified Adult Hunters on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

History of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

The original Pin Oak Stables, owned by Jim S. Abercrombie, had only one goal in mind: to help children. This began in 1945. Three years later, Pin Oak gave funding to develop the Texas Children’s Hospital, and later on, to Houston’s Ronald McDonald House and the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. Since then, the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has created art projects for patients at the Texas Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. This art contributes to the horse show by making equine-themed images that are used for promotions and as souvenirs. Pin Oak is currently contributing to the construction of a new hospital located off Interstate 10.

Pin Oak Charity Horse Show 2013
Walking back to the show barn stabling area.

Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of a handful of horse shows that includes American Saddlebreds, Andalusians, roadsters, and Welsh ponies along with the hunter/jumper divisions. This type of show is a dying breed, unfortunately.

The original stable was destroyed in 2002 to build Pin Oak Middle School. The horse show facilities were relocated to the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. However, the Pin Oak tradition rides strong as tens of thousands of people travel from around the world, every year, to attend and exhibit at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.



Coraggio Hunter/Jumper and the Pine Hill GHHJA Halloween Show

Lucy & Willow at the Pine Hill GHHJA Halloween Show
Lucy & Willow at the Pine Hill GHHJA Halloween Show

Every now and again a girl has to gush about her horse. In this case, I’m totally bragging on the big grey horse, Newspaper Taxi. We attended the Pine Hill GHHJA Halloween Show, October 17-18, 2012, with our new barn, Coraggio Hunter/Jumper. What a blast!

The barn had a highly successful show with Champions and Reserve Champions in multiple divisions. In spite of a rainy start on Friday, the weather cleared by Saturday morning. The cool, brisk days were amazing for both horses and riders. Coraggio’s annual trek to the Pine Hill Halloween show was well worth a few wet schooling days.

This video compilation showcases the special people and horses at Coraggio. The Pine Hill GHHJA Halloween Show is already on our personal list of shows to make in 2013!

Course, I have to show off my horse in his first round of the Low Hunter division. Paige Erwin, Coraggio’s trainer/barn owner, is riding. Newspaper Taxi (Chance) is coming back nicely after taking the summer off. More shows to come – soon.