Monday, December 27, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We arrived at Iron Spring Farm in Ocala and met up with Alex Robertson, who showed us a beautiful Friesian named Tsjesse. He was a real doll (Tsjesse of course!) and pet of a horse, but no slacker as he has shown successfully up to Intermediare I. Iron Spring is impeccably kept, with immaculate grounds, barns and buildings, and everyone was very friendly and welcoming. We both had a great ride on Tsjesse, saw a few younger horses, and then began the trip back south to Mt. Dora and Apopka to see our third horse.
In Apopka, we met our friend and trainer Nancy Smith, who was instrumental in setting up the remainder of our trip. She arranged for us to try Donatella, a stunning Westphalen mare that she competed to Grand Prix. Unfortunately, due to daylight we had to cut the riding short and decided to overnight in Mt. Dora instead of making the drive to Wellington, in order to give her a second try on Tuesday.
The day dawned clear and cold with temperatures hovering just above 25 degrees!!! Poor Dolly was shivering as I got on to warm her up even though she had a nice toasty quarter sheet on. I feel so priviliged to have had the opportunity to give Dolly a try...she is one special girl!
We continued on to Wellington, where it finally broke into the 50's by midafternoon, and saw several lovely horses. The best was waiting for last though and it showed up in a gorgeous chestnut Hanoverian mare named "Who's That Girl" aka "Gorgeous" to her friends around the barn. Gorgeous has the most amazing walk, a super trot and lovely canter. She is very kind and really tried her heart out for both me and my student.
Despite the cold weather and a misadventure or two, (WHERE's the tollbooth?!!) we had a great time and made it safely back to Cleveland around 10:30 pm Tuesday night. Now the real work begins, watching video and deciding which horse is the best match, and arranging second rides and vettings. Thanks to everyone who made this trip a success and everybody cross your fingers for "Gorgeous"!
I'll keep you posted. Literally.
Monday, November 15, 2010
We also hosted WEG Event rider Boyd Martin for a clinic over two days in October, and had a blast with our friend! He always brings so much enthusiasm, joy, and excellent info to the table. Everyone learned a lot, and thanks to everyone who attended! It was great to see some of the local event riders and trainers come audit and ride. Sarah and Chris had South Farm looking beautiful, and we could not have had a more picture perfect day for schooling cross country! Thanks so much to Boyd for making the time to come to Ohio and coach all of us! On a personal note I was able to ride Kathy Henry's horse Exklusive, and had a great time. Boyd hopped on to straighten out a few of the kinks and it was fun to watch the horse go around with a pro on his back.
We followed the clinic up by taking four horses to the Chagrin schooling dressage show. Tracy Baker, Tiffany George-Kete, Cindy Pordon, and Marian Shaughnessy competed and got some great experience and we all had a fun time. Thanks to Quinn (Tracy's daughter) for grooming, and Christy Maschke for making the all important Dunkin Donuts run!
Finally, we took Angela's horses DP Lidcombe and Buenos Noches (Goodman) to the LEC Dressage show this weekend. We couldn't have finished the horse show year off better if we had tried. Lidcombe led the way winning his first class on Friday, garnering another blue ribbon on Saturday with a whopping 70% and Second on Sunday, earning him a qualifying score for Regionals next year on his first show out with us. Goodman was no slouch either...he won his class Saturday with a personal best score at 3rd level of 67.4%, and was second on Sunday, also earning himself a qualifying score for Regionals. He was Champion at 3rd level for the weekend. This horse has really turned up a notch, and I am excited to take him to Aiken and bump him up to Fourth Level. Dare I hope for a Prix St. George by the end of the year? Only time will tell.
On a side note I am happy to report that Zigzag has made a full recovery and is back in full work. He is feeling better that ever, and I am looking forward to getting back on a regular competition schedule with him. While we have to re-qualify for Prelim, it will be great having him back on the horse show roster.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
As for "Z" he thought it might be a good idea to kick out and get his leg caught in the stall at the Erie Pa Horse Trial, while I was walking Cross Country. He scraped himself up pretty good but appears to be sound. He really does not like being on stall rest though, and is starting to become a handful to hand graze. He is getting a 12 day check up from the vet tomorrow, so hopefully she will have good news, although I am not convinced. I had to scratch the rest of Erie after being in 2nd in my division, as well as not entering at South Farm.
I was thrilled to get a call from my old trainer and mentor Kathy Henry to see if I would like to catch ride a fantastic horse for her. We took him to Erie and he had a lovely dressage and stadium, but needs a little confidence in the cross country. As this is a new horse for me and I have only ridden him a handful of times, I am sure he will come along just fine. A neat side note is that I helped to break this one in with her and Alison Kroviak when he was just a baby, and he was always my favorite! I even had an email at one time that was his name! He unfortunately also decided to sabotage himself and cut his leg so had to also be scratched from the South Farm horse Trial. Unbelievable!
Before he so timely hurt himself however, we were able to participate in some PR for South Farm's Horse Trial this weekend. Kenny Crumpton from Fox 8 News came to South Farm and did an informational piece on three day eventing and what would be going on at the Horse Trial. Sarah and Chris had the place looking amazing, and gave a great interview! Holly Shine was the demo rider over fences and did a spectacular job over the Weldon's wall and Stadium, and I was the dressage demo rider. It aired Thurs 9/2 at 5pm and was a great piece! I hope that it generates some public interest for South Farm, the horse trial and eventing throughout our community, and I thank Sarah and Chris for letting me and Kathy be a part of it with such a wonderful horse.
Go check out the horse trial at South Farm this weekend beginning Saturday...they have picnic baskets pre-made, so take the family and have fun watching some real athletes at work!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Goodman was second on Saturday at 3rd 3 with a 62, and 3rd on Sunday with a 65.8! He came home qualified for Regionals and Reserve Champion at Third Level! Congratulations to Angela Hambrick on the success of this horse, and thanks to Nancy Smith for the expert coaching, and Mary Anne Milleman for reading!
Onward to WPDA August 14 & 15th!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
See you there!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Today Angela and I took Goodman for a lesson with Nancy Smith. We have been working with her for over a year now, and always enjoy her expert advice. We began in trot and she was very pleased to see Goodman moving consistently to the bit, and having a stronger outline and greater self carriage. We worked the shoulder in to half-pass to haunches in, and got some better quality half pass. In the canter we also worked on the half pass and walk canter transitions. Its amazing how a simple walk canter walk can show you how lacking your horse’s hind leg is! Goodman was a real star though, and quickly upped his game and began doing lovely transitions. We finished with some double steps, and a renewed sense of where to focus in his daily work. I am so proud of this horse because he continues to get better every day. His focus and confidence are building all the time, and he is more and more dynamic (is that possible?!) the stronger he becomes. Thanks to Angela for giving me the ride on this awesome horse! What a gift!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
I recently came to the realization that I have "lost focus" on my personal goals as a professional. Not purposely or intentionally, but because other goals seemingly got in the way or began taking up my time. Its not like they disappeared from view or I forgot about what I want to do and where I want to go, but they just faded out and got a little blurry. Time to press the "refocus" button and re-evaluate the goals I had put in place at the beginning of the year.
There are so many little goals and steps to the larger ones it seems easy to lose track of everything, so I have decided to make myself a roadmap of each smaller thing to lead to the end result. I actually had to start from my goal at the end of the year (running Z Prelim) and trace it backwards in order to make sure that I dont miss anything. This seems to be very beneficial and is keeping me from getting distracted by the small day to day occurances that take up so much time. I also have come to the realization that having several areas with goals for clients/horses/career makes this a bit more daunting! It is going to be quite the juggling act, but I know with all the awesome support from my family, friends, and clients that we will all get there.
Time is ticking......
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Zigzag went to the Combined Test at South Farm and went around his first Preliminary Stadium. He was a real trooper considering that he was a little (okay, alot!) foot sore behind. We ended up second and I was thrilled.
Jakob had his 11th birthday and we celebrated by having an outdoor campout with a few of his friends and then going to Geneva on the Lake with Aunt Minnie for some fun on the bumper boats and at the beach. All the boys had a great time, and my personal favorite was the campfire in our backyard and making smores. Thank goodness Ivor and Minnie were there or we may not have had a fire at all! My birthday was also this month, and I had a lovely couple evenings with Ivor and Jake, and then my parents at the Grand River Winery. My wonderful parents generously gave me a new top hat for dressage, and Mary, Tim & Jamie suprised me with the best showjumping boots you can buy for Z. Jake and Ivor gave me the coolest, tiniest, little pink ipod that is about the size of a stick of gum, and I promptly loaded it with freestyle music to ride Goodman by, and of course some U2 & DMB. I am so blessed and lucky to have such a supportive family. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!!
While I haven't gotten Z to an event yet, we are having a good time working on getting legged up, polishing up our dressage, and getting more and more consistent at the 3'6" & 3'9".
Happy Birthday to all you June B Days!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Angela Hambrick's Buenos Noches competed for the first time at Third level at both shows and was very relaxed. He got better and better as the weekends went along, and I am very excited for Angela and this horse's competition schedule this summer. Marian Shaughnessy's lovely mare Panglossian competed at 2nd and 3rd level at the first show and had respectable scores and went into the ring without missing a beat. At the Prix de Ville Marian competed for the first time at 1st level, and showed real class and composure throughout the weekend. Our Prix de Ville Team was also made up of some first timers to the rated dressage arena...Tracy Baker on Double Stuff, Cindy Pordon on Fahrenheit, and Clair Sulerzyski on Quintessential. They all worked very hard and had alot of fun. Tracy and Clair both scored in the 60s on their mounts and had very consistent tests. These horses had never been to a show of this nature, and both handled it very well. Cindy competed for the first time at 1st level and did an amazing job trying to get "Iz" to "play ball". Sadly, despite Cindy's hard work and good riding, Iz had other ideas. I am so proud of Cindy for her fortitude, perseverance and patience! She truly showed us what it means to be a good competitor!
Back at the barn, everyone has been working hard and riding lots of horses. We welcomed an old friend back to the farm in Sue Luria and her horse Cali, who came for a little tune up. Its great to have another prospective eventer in the barn! This past month I also had the pleasure of teaching the Barett Clan and doing some fun trail rides with Kim McConnell, Tom Barett, and his kids that were in from Europe. Its great having some new faces!
Speaking of new faces, the farm is really beginning to look like a five star facility, as renovations are in full tilt. The aisleways, washracks and atrium are almost done, and the new roof for the arena will begin this coming week. Be sure to check out the website (www.whitenorthstable.com) in the coming days for pictures of all the construction.
That's all for now...I have a date with Mom and the nursery to pick out more perennials!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Marian and Leggs are really working like a team and showing some great trot work and transitions. Tracy and Stuffer have been refining their tests, and learning all the little details that help to make a good ride. Cindy an Iz have been working very hard on their lengthenings and I am so proud of their progress! They have really transformed the quality of the trot and canter over the last two weeks! Clair is pulling out all the stops with Quinn and has done a great job improving his canter and consistency. I am thrilled with everyone's dedication and hard work, and feel very privileged to be coaching our team. No matter what happens I hope everyone has fun and makes it a positive experience!
I also have Angela Hambrick's Hanoverian gelding Buenos Noches going to the show competing in the Third Level open classes. This horse is getting stronger and stronger everyday, and is finally showing some true half pass and pirouettes. He has begun to let me ride him a little more, and wait for me to tell him what is next instead of anticipating and taking over. I can't thank Angela enough for giving me the room to work with this horse on a consistent basis, as well as the opportunity to show him and try to get him going in the upper levels. He is extremely talented and I know she is as excited as I am to see what he can accomplish.
Good Luck to everyone competing this weekend...it is sure to be lots of fun!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Cindy Pordon & "Fahrenheit" (a.k.a. Isabella)- Cindy and Iz have been together for six years. They have enjoyed a partnership filled with doing the hunters, dressage, and riding the trails throughout Hunting Valley. Cindy has been focusing on her dressage, and she and Isabella had a great showing at the last Chagrin Valley Schooling show. Cindy and Isabella are a lovely pair, & will be making their debut at 1st level during the Prix. I am sure they will more than rise to the occasion, so come cheer them on!
Marian Shaughnessy & "Panglossian" (a.k.a. Leggs)- Marian and Leggs have been fervently working on moving up and are proud to be competing at 1st Level for the first time at the Prix. They have been forging their partnership for a little over a year, and have quickly become a wonderful team. Marian and Leggs also enjoy going for hacks with Marian's husband and his horse Seamus through the Metropark in Chagrin. They are sure to impress in a few weeks!
Clair Sulerzyski & "Quintessential" (a.k.a. Quinn)- Clair and Quinn came to White North a few years ago from New Jersey and Doug & Marilyn Payne's barn. They were aspiring eventers when a pasture accident sidelined Quinn unexpectedly. He has recovered in fine form and they have competed in the hunters, as well as a dressage schooling show this past fall. I am excited for them to make a comeback at the Prix, and show us how its done!
Tracy Baker & "Double Stuff" (a.k.a. Stuffer)- Tracy is a real competitor who has delved into a little bit of everything from running barrels and team penning, to competing at the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic in the Jumper divisions. Stuffer is owned by Sunnie Hellman, and she works cows and trail rides him on a regular basis. Tracy and Stuffer have been working together for the last year, having fun and working his Western Pleasure gaits and sliding stops. They are a great team and I can't wait to see this cowgirl channel her inner dressage diva, & Stuffer show us what cow horses are really made of!
The team will be showing on Saturday 4/10 and Sunday 4/11 at Lake Erie College. I will be posting times here and on the White North website. Please come support our riders and let them know how special they are, and how proud we are that they are representing our farm!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
First, no one and I say this firmly, goes around trying to ride badly. If you feel that you need to talk to your pal next to you while you stand watching the adult amateurs warm up at the Training level dressage class and discuss how effectively or ineffectively they ride, maybe you should be thinking this:
a. How brave that person is for putting themselves out there to go to the show in the first place.
b. How hard they are trying to get the horse round and through the best way that they know how.
c. That possibly this horse and rider combination has been through alot, and its a victory to just have the horse be relaxed and calm in the ring.
I could go on and on with examples like this, but I think we all need to remember that everyone comes to the show to ride their best, and just because its not up to your personal standard it is not for you to judge. The show already hired someone to do that.
Secondly, if you feel the need to make a comment regarding how someone looks in their riding attire, perhaps you should think again about how courageous they are for trying to look the part and have a clean, neat presentation. It takes a considerable amount of guts to put on a pair of skin tight white breeches and button up a dark coat that shows every donut and cheeseburger you've eaten in the past month. I commend anybody for going the extra mile to look dapper for the show, no matter your size and shape.
Lastly, I'd like to clear up a myth. Trainers enjoy riding horses to see the horses learn and have light bulb moments as much as they enjoy teaching their human students. They show your horse so that you can be proud of it and say to somebody, " Gosh that's my horse!" Great trainers ride the horses for the pure enjoyment of the success of the horse, not because they are "trying to take your horse away" or want the horse all to themselves. We are all privileged to ride these amazing animals and forge relationships with them to the extent that they will literally skip across the ring and trot in place to please us. What a gift!
So I will step off my soap box for now in the hopes that we can all appreciate that everyone is riding their best at every given moment, and that trainers are out there to help, not hinder. We must remember that we ride these beautiful animals only because they allow us to, and put up with all of our mistakes in our effort to "make them better". We need to be grateful of the owners that give us the opportunity and the horses that generously give all they have when we ask it of them. If only we humans could learn a lesson from them, to be a bit kinder and gentler with each other, we might have a much more positive outlook on what's happening in our horsey universe. In other words, shut up and ride!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
So on to what I learned. I think that this is a discussion to be had on several levels. First, there is of course, what i learned about my riding. There is nothing like immersing yourself in your craft for a long period of time without any distractions or stresses from "the real world." It showed me that I need to be more motivated and disciplined in my riding. I found that the fitter I got, the better I rode. I enjoyed taking care of the horses myself, and it was wonderful getting to know each one of the horses better. As far as techniques, this is where the "You just have to go do it" applies. The thing that really resonated with me was during a lesson Boyd said, "There is no secret recipe or exercise I can give you to figure this out. You just have to go do it and not be afraid to make some mistakes." As soon as I stopped worrying about the mistakes, I started riding better and better. Our confidence over bigger jumps increased, and culminated with a great cross country school the last day of the trip. As for the dressage horses, Silva helped me to be more specific, ride in a quiet slow manner, feeling where each leg of the horse is at all times. With Goodman she really figured him out quickly and got me to ride him slower and smaller to organize his body and give him confidence. She worked the half pass and changes and was able to show me how to "put the pressure on" without pushing him over the edge. She worked on my seat which helped me to ride Leggs more effectively and be strong in my core. I also was able to watch some of the Team training sessions with Capt Mark Phillips and Oded Shimoni, giving great insight into what they are looking for from the people at the top of the sport. I think I have come away with alot of great ideas, and a game plan for the next year to bump my riding up to the next level.
Being away from your family also allows you the time to redefine yourself and discover some things about yourself that you may have forgotten, or never knew in the first place. It reminded me of my strength and enthusiasm, as well as how we can let "life" get in the way of things that really matter. It is a great time to evaluate who you are as a person, remind yourself who you are without the labels of being a wife/mom/daughter/sister/co-worker...the list goes on and on. I hope I have come back a better wife and mom to my boys; I know I am much calmer in my heart.
Its great to be home, and I am excited and optimistic for the year ahead with all of our wonderful horses, students, and of course family.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Frank's Discount Tire is a brand new shop (they have four locations) and decorated like your 1950's soda fountain joint. The register area is set up like a diner, complete with red leather stools around it. Prints and life size statues of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and the like adorn the walls, and the place abounds in neat antiques from the era, like the old fashioned barber chairs in the waiting room in which you can sit and watch the huge plasma screen TV.
Walking in, I explained that I was the girl whose Dad from Ohio had called, and that the electric brake box was not even lighting up. The man waiting on me was probably in his late twenties or early thirties, with a buzz cut and neatly dressed. Everyone was smiling and making light conversation with me asking me where I was coming from, where I was going to, what I did, etcetra. As I explained what had transpired through the morning, the man said, " Oh, I thought you had a brake problem. My guys here aren't trained to really deal with electrical problems like that, but the place down the road is, I'll give them a call." I literally leaned on the counter completely defeated, and said, "You must be kidding...." He began to reassure me that it was only a few miles away, but then interrupted himself, and said, " You know, just hold on a minute." He went in the back and reappeared a few moments later with a big grin, and said, "We can take care of this...let me get your information." Relieved, I gave him my name, address, and phone number. When he asked for the keys I realized that I had Rose in the truck, and explained that I needed to get my little dog out of the car. As I warily asked if I could bring her into the waiting area, explaining that she is just a little dog, can sit on my lap, he stopped me mid sentence, and said "of Course you can! Normally, we have a bulldog, hanging out in the office!" I was stunned. I couldn't believe that these people were so accommodating, friendly, and willing to let me bring my little dog into the lobby. I collected Rose, handed them the keys, and promptly seated myself, dog, purse and computer down in the waiting area.
If you have ever been to the south, you would know that everybody there treats you like you have been friends for a hundred years. Perfect strangers strike up engaging conversations, and this place was no different. I seated myself a few places away from a middle aged lady, who of course was enamoured with Rose. Soon after, another lady walked in and sat right next to me. She reminded me so much of my sister in law's mother... quite the gentile, southern belle. She was probably somewhere in her late fifties, with salon perfect curls that fell just above her shoulders, and a sweet way about her. I told her all about Rose and my exciting morning, and she related to it by telling me all about how she was dog sitting for her neighbor. We were having a lovely chat when the most unlikely thing happened, in walked an Elvis impersonator.
Elvis impersonators are always so interesting to me.... I once dated a guy whose Dad was in an Elvis impersontor's band, and all the people take this stuff very seriously. This guy was no different. He stayed in character the whole time as he made rounds talking with the employees, and customers. He was dressed all in black with shades, rings, and cologne. He came over and started talking to Rose (she was sitting on my lap), petting her on the head, and then he began to sing to her. He cupped her tiny head in his hands and she started licking his wrist as he sang to her, and she closed her eyes. She was in seventh heaven. It was so bizarre. I thought, " When I tell people this story, no one is ever going to believe that this happened." When he was done singing he took his shades off and asked if he could give her a kiss! He smooched Rose on the nose, and in his best Elvis drawl, told me, " Ma'am, you have a nice day." I was smiling so big with astonishment at the entire scene that by this point my cheeks were hurting and my eyes were watering. Incredulous, I looked at the sweet lady next to me, speechless, and she said, " They just have the nicest people here. You sure found the best place to be honey."
Several other people stopped to talk to Rose and I, and one nice man who raised Boston's and reminded me of my Dad offeredto buy me lunch at the place next door. I declined and a real southern gal (think Kathy Bates in a mumu) sat down and was talking a blue streak. Shortly thereafter the technician came out to say he was done, and explained that the auxiliary brake box either needed a new battery or had a short on the trailer, and kept shorting out all the electric. He left it disconnected and told me he had to replace a circuit breaker and some other thing. He showed me that all the lights were working as well as the regular trailer brake, and I was ready to get under way. I went back inside to pay, and the man that had been helping me was on the phone. The guy next to him said, " Ok...that's going to be $300." I smiled and started to hand him my credit card, and he said, " Oh no! I'm kidding! Jeremy will take care of you in a minute." He came around from behind the counter and started telling me how he liked Boston Terriers, that his bull dog was usually hanging out, and how it was too bad he wasn't here today to meet Rose. Clearly, Rose was a real celebrity. Jeremy finished up his call, and was ready to ring me out. I said, " I can't thank you guys enough. There is no place in Ohio where I would have been able to bring my dog in, and everyone here is so nice. How much do I owe you?" Jeremy leaned across the counter, arms folded, and said, " You don't owe me a thing." I said, " Oh no, seriously you can't do that! What about the guy out there," He interrupted me and said, "Don't you worry, I will take care of him. You are fine. You just get home safe." I started thanking him profusely, and he handed me his card and said, " If you ever need anything again, don't hesitate to give us a call." Without looking at the card I stuffed it in my purse, said thank you for probably the hundredth time, and walked out to the car.
I decided it would be smart to top off the gas tank before getting back on the highway so that I could just drive for awhile, as by now it was 12:30, and I still had a good 12 hr drive ahead of me. As I was filling the gas tank, I thought, "Boy, I don't even know that guy's name." When the other cashier had said that "Jeremy will help you in a minute," I hadn't clearly understood if he said Jeremy, or Jaime. I pulled the card out of my purse to see, and read, "Jeremy Angel." I read it again, hardly believing my eyes. "Jeremy ANGEL?" I sat down in the driver's seat and tears started to well up in my eyes. I was stunned. I immediately said, "Thank you God for taking care of me." After taking another minute to process what had transpired over the last few hours, I picked up the cell phone and called my Dad. When he answered I said, " Well, I am back on the road, and you are never going to believe the story I am about to tell you." As I told him the events of Frank's Discount Tires, he started laughing that laugh that only knowing fathers can do. When I was done and had told him Jeremy's name, he said through a teary voice, "God is good. God is so Goood!"
I wonder now if I went back to exit 58 in Lexington SC, if Frank's would still be there with a guy named Jeremy ANGEL at the cash wrap, or if I have been in a strange stream of consciousness like the movie, "Its a Wonderful Life!"
I would like to think that it really is there, and that Angels come into our lives when we least expect it.
Side note: I made it to the barn at 12:30 to check the horses, and home at 2am, thanking God for the most inspiring & amazing journey.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Everyone here has been so fun to get to know, and I must say that one of my favorite past times is going to the Waffle House in the AM and getting breakfast to go. YUM!
Tomorrow I get to go watch Boyd have his team training sessions, and then have a jumping lesson with Z. Lets see how much I can cram into the next few days!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Everything else is going well. The weather has finally started feeling like SC...65 and sunny! Yippee! The horses are being good and Goodman finally had to get body clipped. His hairy legs were starting to embarrass him! (and me. :) ) I have done two XC schools with Z and had some other great lessons on the other horses. I cant believe there is only one more week. I must admit it is going to be really hard to leave this beautiful farm and good weather to return to the snowy north.
This week should be very fun with Silva coming back for lessons (cross your fingers I get to ride Goodman with her) and training sessions for the team at a farm nearby that I will hopefully get to watch. Until next time....
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I think I finally have a system nailed down to accomplish all the daily tasks and also work at Boyd Martin's. Its a bit grueling, but worth it to be in the midst learning and getting lessons from the best people around. My day starts at 5:15 with getting over to feed, clean, and ride our horses. Then its outside for them, and I am off to Boyd's. The neat thing about Boyd's is that everybody does everything from cleaning stalls, to riding. It is a very interesting system. I am generally there until 5 or 5:30, and then its back to the other barn to bring everyone in, feed and try to figure out what blankets to have them wear. I get back to my room between 7 & 8:30pm, just enough time to grab a bite to eat, take a shower, and go to bed.
I have to keep this one a bit short as its late, but check back for updates on my lesson from yesterday, and cross country schooling day tomorrow!
Friday, February 5, 2010
The horses have yet to arrive due to our friend mother nature and her beautiful winter snow storm, but I was able to unpack, organize, and even get a few groceries today, despite the rain. I drove around and started to figure out how to get places...its really great having a computer so that I can Google map and see the best way to get where I am going. Thanks Angela! :) The GPS is great at sending me the long way around the block! (Grrrr) The farm where the horses are staying is beautiful. It is called Sandy Hills Farm, and there is pasture everywhere! The stalls are huge 14x14 and have dutch doors and huge windows for the horses to hang their heads out. Its is set up like a shed row with awnings on both sides and a courtyard in the middle. The cross country course looks fun and should be a great for tuning the horses back up. There is an excellent bank complex, corner, water, skinny etc etc etc. I will get pics soon.
I have also been privileged to stay with Shari Dale and her boyfriend "D" in a lovely one room apartment with one of the biggest bathrooms I have ever seen. Their farm is located at the end of a development, and is in the beautiful European style. It is kept immaculately clean (who would have thought I could ever walk down a barn aisle in slippers!) and Rose is getting along great with their dogs Ruby and Luna. Speaking of Rose...she has been a great travel partner and is loving her new digs. I am enjoying the quietude, and cant wait to start at Boyd's tomorrow. I will hopefully be doing some riding for him as well as watching the training sessions with our "A" list Team riders.
Friday, January 22, 2010
A big thank you also goes to Angela Hambrick, and Marian Shaughnessy who are sending their lovely and talented horses with me, making it possible for me to go and take Z for training as well. Also, a big hug goes to Kathy Goss for providing a trailer while we are there to move the horses around. I am truly blessed to have so many generous clients to support my endeavors and invest in my ability and future as a professional. I could never express my gratitude fully to show how appreciative and touched I am by their constant generosity.
There is so much to do....packing, making lists, checking supplies...packing.....the countdown is on!