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July 6, 2010

More Photos From The Ride For Life

Professional horse show photographers have an increasingly tough gig these days. Cameras are getting more and more moron proof, which means the average quality of a photo taken by Suzie Q. is getting better and better. And while the Internet makes it easier for them to share their work with the world, it also makes it easier for the world to steal their work, cut into their bread and butter.

June 29, 2010

PVDA Ride for Life, Day 2 and 3

Well! That was a horse show!

Our day started with normal morning chores on Saturday, but as none of my students rode until the afternoon, I got twitchy and decided to ride Ella a little bit.

June 26, 2010

Rock Lobster and Ride For Life, Day 1

We're at the PVDA Ride for Life this weekend, but before I write about that, a brief example of why, even after 2½ years in the South, I'm still a Yank.

After the two-hour drive to the lovely Prince George's Equestrian Center, I stepped over to the Port-O-Potties. Imagine my surprise when I opened one up to discover a crustacean on the floor, waving his little claws at me. Naturally, my first thought is to go get my camera (yes, there is something wrong with me), and as I return to the stabling, I say to my working student, "Hey Nicole! There's a lobster in the bathroom!"

June 23, 2010

Pony Club Rally

I love youth education; it's one of the things most dear to my heart, and I like giving back to the youth equestrian community where I can. So last weekend I judged a Pony Club eventing rally at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, Va., a lovely place.

I'm a huge fan of Pony Club. It produces riders with good basic skills who have to demonstrate those skills before they move up; riders with good stable management skills; kids who take the health and comfort of their horses extremely seriously and know as much as any vet tech.

June 17, 2010

Down Time...Of Sorts

I'm in a showing lull, hooray, hoorah. Ella and some students are going to the PVDA Ride for Life next weekend, but other than that our next outing isn't for weeks, and I'm VERY grateful for the downtime.

Downtime means focusing back on the training and not on the show work. Midge is really cookin' along; I'm using Kyra's piaffe-to-canter-pirouette exercise to great success, and I've expanded it into the canter half-pass, another weakness. I make walk half-pass, two little quick half-steps, then canter half-pass for a few strides until I feel his balance start to falter.

June 11, 2010

Hit The Road Jack

One of the things I did this winter while there was 812 feet of snow on the ground was watch a lot of the Winter Olympics. (Another thing I did was bake myself into a diabetic coma; more on that later.) And while watching the Olympics, I saw an interview with superstar speed skater Apolo Ohno. He talked about his training program, how much time he spends at the gym, his diet, his meditation. He takes himself incredibly seriously as an athlete.

June 7, 2010

Fairvoya S

Ladies and gentlemen: Cletus has entered the building!

A little after midnight, Sweetie foaled out Cleo's long-legged, short-coupled chestnut filly: three white socks and a star. She's been textbook so far from a veterinary perspective, which is terrific. I have almost exactly zero experience with foals—I did foalwatch at the Thoroughbred breeding farm that Lendon Gray trains out of while I was in college, for extra cash—so I'm very grateful that I am not in charge. I chose not to fly out of bed in the middle of the night, so I first came to see them early this morning.

June 7, 2010

VADA/Nova June, Day 4

As my first ride on Sunday wasn't until 1:30 in the afternoon, working student Nicole and I had a leisurely morning. We watched freestyles (saw the most fun junior level kür I've ever seen). We watched young horses. We wandered around. We had lunch. And when we came back to get crackin' on getting Midge ready for his class, the clouds started to roll in.

June 7, 2010

VADA/Nova June, Day 2 and 3

I believe that everything happens for a reason, so for some reason, the Powers That Be did not want Fender to go to Illinois.

June 4, 2010

VADA/Nova June, Day 1

I've spent so much time at the Day's Inn in Leesburg, Va., that it's beginning to feel like home. (For the record: they have GREAT pillows.)

Yes, we're back at Morven Park yet again, the last of a three-weekends-in-a-row tour of insanity. This is the last shot for Fender, who's 12th right now in the 4-year-old standings and going great, and Midge, who needs a 68.5 to get back in the ballpark, and even then there's no guarantees. Yikes.

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