Thursday, September 2, 2010

Onward and Upward. I hope...

After a tumultuous month of "stuff" we look to be slowly getting back on track. Due to several deaths in the family we unfortunately had to scratch the WPDA show in order to spend most of the week going to funerals. More on that later. Much to my behest, Goodman will have to man up and go to regionals without a "primer"...I know he is just the horse to do it. He is all tuned up and ready to show his stuff in Michigan next week. We are all very excited for him and his owner Angela Hambrick!

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!