Sunday, June 27, 2010

Busy Schedules & Birthday Wishes

What a busy couple of months we have had! After the fun at the Prix de Ville, we went on to two more dressage shows, a combined test, and lots of lessoning! Goodman and Leggs continued on to the Dressage at Grand Haven show as well as the Dressage Derby. Both horses are improving all the time and I am excited to say that they helped me earn my USDF Bronze Medal at the Dressage Derby. I am so grateful to all my clients for generously providing me with such lovely horses to ride. My medal scores were earned on Buenos Noches owned by Angela Hambrick, Legado de Rio owned by Angela Hambrick, Magion owned by Marian Shaughnessy, Panglossian owned by Marian Shaughnessy, and Riverdance owned by Betsy Daane. I could not have done it without them! I also want to thank Nancy Smith for all the excellent instruction and advice over the last year, fine tuning my dressage riding.

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!