Monday, May 14, 2012

Forward Balanced Rhythm




That is our goal as riders. Not only on our horses, but in life as well.

We had an AMAZING weekend in Lexington KY at the Kentucky Horse Park watching the top competitors in our sport dual it our for a chance at winning the watch at the ROLEX 4* 3 Day Event.

Thanks to The Shirley Family & Tracy Adams Kooman for allowing me this wonderful experience. The weather was absolutely wonderful. We had a great group! We also saw other friends, students and many, many fellow eventers and fans there. Nothing re-energizes you more like going and watching these amazing athletes (both horses & humans) gallop miles across the beautiful horse park, jumping fences that are as big as cars!

Someday I hope to have a crowd there watching me gallop across those beautiful rolling hills!

Shortly after returning from ROLEX we loaded up and headed south to Iowa City for Catalpa Corner Charity Spring Horse Trials. I brought Lucy to compete in the Novice A division. She was fabulous. I thought she was going to be a little hot in the dressage because all she wanted to do in the warm up was extended trot and passage...but she was perfect in the ring! Very steady. She earned a 30 to put her in 3rd place in a tough trainer division. Due to the bad weather and all of the rain, they changed the format of the show so that we would do everything in one day. We were to head right from show jumping to cross country. Next time that happens I will be sure to put on Lucy's show jumping boots first! We had two rails down in show jumping on a tough course, where many others were having rails. She was double clean on the cross country and bravely went into a tough water complex! Hopefully that means she is growing up! One more Novice then the plan is to move her up to training! She finished 3rd overall in her division. We packed up and headed home to arrive just in time for a crazy lightening and rain storm. By the time we all settled in at home we were ready for a quick warm shower and hopefully in bed by 330am! Successful weekend!

This weekend was perfectly amazing! The weather was absolutely beautiful and we crammed so many fun activities into the weekend! First it started with a great Friday night at the farm with lessons and rating prep. The kids were great helping one another out and helping each other get horses and equipment ready for the next day's Pony Club ratings. Saturday morning was an early one for them as they all worked hard to pass their ratings - which they did! Congrats! Then we all headed down the road on horse back to the Polo Fields where the Long Lake Hunt was hosting a Steeplechase! It was a BLAST! The kids had so much fun! It gave everyone, riders and horses, the confidence they needed in the spring! The weather was amazing and you couldn't have asked for a nicer crowd of people! Sunday, Mother's Day, we all went off cross country schooling at Deb Stern's beautiful farm Meadow Breeze. Again - the kids were all great! More then willing to do everything, horses became braver, kids a little more cocky and everyone left on a great note!

On a different note - Bracelets came in! $10 each - let me know if you want one! Here are the photos of them:

Also I am doing another order for clothing - just sent out an email! If you did not receive it and would like to put in an order - please contact me and I can send you the information!

So now the final days count down this week until Otter Creek Spring Horse Trials! We all had a great tune up this weekend and I really am looking forward to getting Hannah out! I have gotten a lot done in preparation due to this nice spring weather and feel really prepared! Hannah is nice and fit, a little crazy, but fit! Lucy is all ready to do her best after her Catalpa warm up show. I know these weekends are going to fly by as they are packed with fun and (hopefully) nice weather! A typical XC run at Otter Creek Spring involves some sort of a down pour at some point in the day on Saturday...usually when the upper level riders are running! Hoping for sunny weather and a cool breeze!

The next weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, we are headed off to the Schweiss Farm to go Cross Country schooling! It is open to anyone - please contact me if you are interested in riding!

My game is all that and more.

"When the game is over I want to look at myself in the mirror, win or lose, and know I gave it everything I had." - Joe Montana

Keep up the hard work - RIDE STRONG 2012!

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