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Lynn Symansky

August 28, 2014

Words From The World Games: We're An Army Of Six

As I lay here in my "snooze box," which is the equivalent of a very small luxury freshman dormitory room, I feel like it's the calm before the storm. Or I suppose it is actually already storming. Please somebody turn off the water, this cross-country can not handle one additional drop of rain!

All horses looked great at the jog yesterday and have been looking super in their work this week. Trailblazers Buck, Sinead and Phillip are our U.S. representation for dressage today and they put in solid tests, rounded out by Kim, myself and Boyd tomorrow. 

August 19, 2014

Nothing Runs Like A Deer

I bought Donner six years ago. He was 5, and I was retiring my previous four-star horse to the lower levels. I initially got Donner as a project.

He was a beautiful stamp of a horse, had a good canter and a good enough jump. He was wild, but the price was right so I figured I'd take the chance. Either he would turn out to be something for me in the future, or I'd put some work into him and sell him on if he didn’t turn out to be an upper level horse.

May 24, 2014

Sometimes Life Just Likes To Rain

Osborne 9 jumped well at Jersey Fresh and
wasin second in the CCI**. 

March 31, 2014

Ice Cream Stick Wisdom Makes All The Difference

This winter has been trying.

I began 2014 completely motivated and excited to build upon the successful preceding year. This year I decided to be a little selfish, and for one month I left my students and clients behind so I could devote a little time to my own training. While I took a big financial hit, I headed to Ocala with just my more experienced horses. I would then meet my students, clients and the rest of the horses in Aiken mid-February.

But as we all well know, Murphy’s Law of horses states that when you make concrete plans, they rarely go as you intend.

December 30, 2013

Why Waste Winter?

While some people detest the off season or quiet work, I really love it. My goal is that every horse I have coming back into work after vacation from a long season or big three-day comes back stronger and more mature than before. In my training, I use this time to stay away from physically strenuous training and instead focus on filling in holes.

October 28, 2013

A Good Result, But I Want A Great One

A Post Three-Day Hangover: the feeling one gets when months of blood, sweat, tears, money and emotional and physical stress come to a grinding halt at the end of a three-day event, and one is left thinking “Now what?”

I think we all have one brewing after the culmination of Pau. One becomes so intensely focused on achieving a goal, and then in an instant it's over.

October 26, 2013

Donner The Deer Earned His Halo

Well, I'd say it was an overall good day for camp America at the Pau CCI****. There were some brilliant rounds, but sadly a few heartbreakers. Hannah Sue Burnett's Harbour Pilot slipped coming around a turn at the first water, and they both ended their day early there. Kristi Nunnik and the lovely R-Star jumped the wrong option at this same water and also had a shorter trip than they would have liked. Good news is both horses and riders are absolutely fine and are just annoyed and hungrier for more!

October 23, 2013

Now, We Get Serious

Playtime is over. We’ve had so much fun over the last week and a half in Chantilly and then in Pau, but now it's time to get down to business.

We even had a chance to go to Paris and see the Eiffel Tower, and unfortunately I also picked up an amazing bout of food poisoning or an awesome stomach virus. Luckily I survived, and many apologies to Hannah Sue Burnett, who had to suffer through the evening as my poor roomie that terrible night.

October 19, 2013

Of Wine, CrossFit And The Mental Game: Four-Star Prep In France

Well, the event is getting closer. It's been nice to have this bit of down time in our own little world in France, working on some last-minute preparations before we head to Pau for the four-star.

We've been riding through and filming our dressage tests and then watching our rides, and setting up some jump exercises similar to what we think we may run into at Pau...minus the enormous mounds, tight galloping lanes, and atmosphere.

October 15, 2013

Donner Is More Than Ready For France

Greetings from France! The Pau CCI****-bound U.S. and Canadian horses are all settled in at the gorgeous Fursan Equestrian facility in Chantilly, France, for the next few days until we ship 10-plus hours to Pau on Monday.

Donner is a bit tight and wild at the moment, but he's relaxing more and more with every ride. While a flight to Europe takes a lot out of some horses, unsurprisingly it seems to have had the opposite effect on mine.

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