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Robby Johnson
Sep. 28, 2005, 01:00 PM
I think I did.

As I told Dezi this a.m. as I was driving to work, the lump of coal has been inserted in my hiney, and in just 30 days we shall see if I've made a diamond.

Training Rider division at Holly Hill.

Holy moly - this dressage test is making my eyes hurt!


Robby Johnson
Sep. 28, 2005, 01:00 PM
I think I did.

As I told Dezi this a.m. as I was driving to work, the lump of coal has been inserted in my hiney, and in just 30 days we shall see if I've made a diamond.

Training Rider division at Holly Hill.

Holy moly - this dressage test is making my eyes hurt!


Sep. 28, 2005, 01:06 PM
Robby, we all have to die someday and what better grand and glorious way to live! I'll lay good money that in 31 days you will be entering the next training competition.


Robby Johnson
Sep. 28, 2005, 01:12 PM
You're a good man, Ayers. I will totally drink at least 12 for you on Sunday night! Thanks!

With so much that has changed for me, it's interesting to realize that I'm still making progress. Rhodey tends to be a wonderful benchmark for me.

I never thought when he walked off that trailer three and a half years ago that I'd be here typing this, because I had no expectations from him. I can truly say with him the journey has been the thing.

And after his run at KY, I think he's got enough game to at least have a go!


Sep. 28, 2005, 01:41 PM
Go Robby! That's great news - I loved the video clips you had on your other thread. You guys make a lovely pair and I'm sure Training will be FINE! You both look ready to take that on.

Star is going to a Baby Novice event next week -with real water and a half ditch.

Deep, relaxing breaths until we pass out from headrush -OK?

Robby Johnson
Sep. 28, 2005, 01:48 PM
Deal! Come to NC and play with us in December Hilary!


Sep. 28, 2005, 02:17 PM

I am just THRILLED for you!!!!! You and Rhodey will be great. Training should not be an issue at all for you.

If I were you, I would remove that chunk of coal from my hiney. That big ole diamond just might get stuck there after cross country. Honey, both of you are already diamonds. Hugs.

Sep. 28, 2005, 02:21 PM
I predict your next four weeks will be an endless loop of wishing the show was tomorrow followed by hoping you'll accidentally drop the hairdryer in the bathtub (or get trampled by cattle or electrocuted by the toaster, etc.).

The good news is, eventually the show WILL be tomorrow.

You'll be fine. You'll have fun. I saw those videos -- even if you have to ride the whole course like you rode that coop, you'll be ok. Rhodey seems like he really wants to get the job done.

Robby Johnson
Sep. 28, 2005, 02:39 PM
JER, I haven't used a hair dryer since 1992, but I love the creative outlook on accidental suicide.

How 'bout Dezi and I record my first coursewalk on Friday afternoon and then maybe someone can tape me "having a go" on the weekend.

If it's good, I'll share it with you!


Sep. 28, 2005, 02:39 PM
Hopefully ride times will allow video proof of this great endeavor!! This time I hope to provide commentary also!!

You will be great dahling!

Robby Johnson
Sep. 28, 2005, 02:39 PM
OMG, jinx!

Sep. 28, 2005, 04:19 PM
You'll be great!

Sep. 28, 2005, 04:24 PM
good for you!

I know there'll be pictures.... http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Sep. 28, 2005, 04:27 PM
Wow! You must be very excited/scared. I've seen the vid, and the pair of you look fab. I'm sure you'll be fine.

Good luck and remember to have fun!

Sep. 28, 2005, 04:58 PM
Congratulations! Remember, the horse doesn't know what color the fence numbers are painted. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif You'll be great! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Sep. 28, 2005, 05:09 PM
You'll have a great time!

I actually found the Training test much more intuitive and flowing than Novice, and can use it to keep the mare more focused by giving her a little more to do.

Pocket Pony
Sep. 28, 2005, 05:12 PM
Yay Robby!!!! You MUST, MUST, MUST have a video taken and post it here. Wow, I wish I could see you and The Precious in person. Wow, wow, wow!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Sep. 28, 2005, 05:38 PM
You're going to do great! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I remember that same feeling when I entered my first Training with Traveler, like "what the heck am I doing!" I was doing fine at the actual event until I walked the course, then I felt like being anywhere but there. My husband actually got mad at me because I kept saying, "I'm going to die..." Yeah, great positive thinking. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

But, it was the most amazing experience ever - the elation of crossing the finish line with a wonderful round behind us, after all the fear and doubt beforehand, was unbelievable. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Go get 'em!

Sep. 28, 2005, 06:53 PM
You and The Precious ROCK!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I've seen the videos too, and I am so excited for you! You'll have to share all the ups and downs as you get ready (mostly ups, I'm certain!) with those of us that will be showing vicariously with you! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

I remember your post about filling out your first BN entry with him -- you've come a long way, baby! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Libby (The Monster says you guys go kick some butt. He'll be at home, making mommie look for his shoe . . . http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif )

Robby Johnson
Sep. 28, 2005, 07:15 PM
Kelly, when I moved Willow up to T I was so excited to "have a go." She was such a confidence builder. Rhodey felt a bit like her at Kentucky, that sort of "I know what you're thinking and, yes, let's do it!" feeling.

So, I'm guardedly optimistic but I'm still guarded. I do hope it'll go well. I have been working on his medium trot all summer!


Sep. 28, 2005, 07:19 PM
I am right there with you Robby!!!! Holly Hill will be Army's first Training!!! It did seem sooo much easier on a spicey little mare---I don't remember being this nervous on Melody.

Maggie just keeps saying, "just shut up and ride!" We'll have to get together saturday for a good luck toast!! I think you'll do great!!!

Robby Johnson
Sep. 28, 2005, 07:20 PM

You (and Maggie) are SOOOOOOO on! We really have mirrored each other over the years haven't we? That has been so cool. I cannot wait and knowing you and Army will be doing it alongside makes me feel very happy!


Sep. 28, 2005, 07:27 PM
I am sure I have pissed you off on one of my obnoxious posts, but I don't know who you are or what you do but you are a riot! You CRACKED me up with that coal thing.... Keep that sense of humor - it comes in handy as you move up.
P.S. I did peak at your photos and I think you look way ready for Training... what about Prelim.?????

Sep. 28, 2005, 09:46 PM
You'll be just fine. Rhodey won't know that it's any different. I remember coming off my first Training and thinking that it had just the right amount of thrill in it.

Sep. 29, 2005, 04:13 AM
The best advice I have ever received...
one fence at a time. Really! Have you schooled single T stuff? If you just focus on each fence as a single obstacle, it makes the course so much less powerful.

You guys will be fine! I feel like I know you since I always read your posts, but I've realized that I never reply to any of your threads. Cyber stalker, cyber stalker!!

gully's pilot
Sep. 29, 2005, 05:36 AM
Oh, Robby, you rock! I know you'll have a blast.

Gully and I are moving up to T in our next event, though that'll probably be in February. He rocked over the AEC Novice course, and we've schooled all the training jumps at River Glen, but still it feels like a big jump. I take solace in the training level dressage--new tests for 2006, but stretchy trot is Gully's favorite thing, and we've never gotten to show it off before.

Will you let us know how it goes?

Sep. 29, 2005, 05:53 AM
Robby, have a BLAST!! Before you know it, I'll be waiting at the vet box for you and Rhodey's CCI*. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Sep. 29, 2005, 07:17 AM
You better video tape the course walk and commentaries and the as much of the SHOW as you can! We all want to feel like we are right there with you! It will be a great rush for you! Novice jumps are too small for the Rhoadster!

Robby Johnson
Sep. 29, 2005, 07:48 AM
CluesGirl, no need to stalk ... I love chatting with everyone!

I have jumped a few T fences on Rhodes - some at competitions where they were shared with N, and actually at his very first ever XC school (after he rolled the rolltop over) he trotted some training fences with me hanging onto a neck strap. Stringing them together is another story but the truth is that he likes a big gallopy kind of course and Holly Hill definitely provides that. I love that event!

TLE - will you vetbox at a 1/2*? Because if this goes well and someone organizes one next spring, that is going to be my goal!

OK Dezi, we have our creative marching orders. Make sure you bring your French beret and a whole lot of attitude! LOL!


Robby Johnson
Sep. 29, 2005, 07:48 AM
p.s. GP - how did AEC go for you? I'm so happy you got to do it! Kim (Severson) said last year, about the course, "it's Novice Olympics!"


Sep. 29, 2005, 07:55 AM
Woohoo! You go, Robby.

I predict that you'll have increasing angst between now and the third fence on course, that by the fourth fence you'll realize that you're actually having a good go, and by the finish line you'll be thrilled and rarin' to do the next one.

We'll all be cheering for you!

Sep. 29, 2005, 08:23 AM
Yay, Robby! You guys will be great. The training level dressage tests ride beautifully... we actually got our lowest dressage score ever at our first T last year. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Sep. 29, 2005, 08:27 AM
For you? Anything darlin!!! You know that! But that means you need to vetbox for me & Frankie when we eventually get there. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Sep. 29, 2005, 08:37 AM
Ooooh, mememememe! Can I sign up to help too?!

I'm letting go of the illusions that I'll ever get to do that myself as a competitor, but I can still hang on to my dreams of grooming, can't I?

I promise that I can slop ice water real good! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

tle, not to steal Robby's thread, or anything, but when is the Ocktoberfest show at KY, and you are taking Frankie, right?

Libby (who also wants a copy of the video produced from Robby's big T weekend! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif )

Sep. 29, 2005, 08:40 AM
I'm not sure about the beret, a do-rag might have to substitute! Attitude a-plenty as always!

No P-McMuffin sandwiches between now and Oct. 30th for you my dear!!!

I feel a gauntlet thrown down to get my hiney in gear so we can do the 1/2 * together!!

Robby Johnson
Sep. 29, 2005, 08:47 AM
I am having McNuts Grill every day from now until then! LOL!

No gauntlet - we'll need teamwork to pay the fuel costs to get to a 1/2*!

TLE, I thought you meant you'd be an official "in the vetbox." To do vetbox for me would be awesome! I'll definitely return the favor!

And Libs, having you there would be icing on the cake. The Precious will likely just stand there and pee, but will be highly miffed at the sponging of the water. He prefers it lukewarm.


Sep. 29, 2005, 09:24 AM
Oh... at this point I dont' know and hadn't thought about it. I was a volunteer in a couple vet boxes just because I was there anyway adn that's where they put me. I'm heading to MidSouth to help with mudroom, shr, annika and deltawave but not in an 'official' capacity.

Libby -- Octoberfest is Sunday, the 30th. Yes, although I haven't actually sent in the entry, I do plan on Frankie going BN. It's supposed to be an easy course, but right now, it's the atmosphere and just getting the idea of the show (vs a race!) in her brain rather than dealing with larger questions on course. Are you going to be there?

gully's pilot
Sep. 29, 2005, 10:31 AM
Robby--At the AECs we were 30th out of 31 in NH after dressage, with what was for us a pretty decent test (yikes, but true!). Then we rolled over xc with no scary fences, no awkward bugger distances, no near-refusals at the water (as we've done in the past--ask me some day how I got the scar on my right knee). And it didn't feel like we were going fast, but we came in 3rd fastest of everyone--I figured it at 441 mpm. Then we clocked around sj. It was almighty excellent, and I am perfectly prepared to suck at dressage at a higher level (while at the same time working very hard on dressage, please understand). Gully was so much fun--he completely knew why we were there, and was ready for the party.

The fences were about as big and tough as the could be and still be novice; I loved it, as I thought it was a good prep for moving up.

Sep. 29, 2005, 11:11 AM
tle -- I was hoping it might be earlier, but at this point, I don't have a firm weekend picked to go to Lexington, but it looks like I'll be heading up that way in the month of October. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

The Monster is slated to do a dressage show on the 29th, but my errand in KY is much more important, http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif so if it works out to be that weekend, I'll stop by the Horsepark and cheer you guys on!

I know it won't be the weekend of Mid-South, because Mr. Bensmom has offered (uh, is being drafted, kicking and screaming http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif ) to come along with me and help with the driving and he is having minor surgery on the 21st, so that weekend is not an option. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I'm leaning toward going up next weekend, but I haven't made up my mind yet . . . http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Robby -- I'll be keeping my eye out for .5* for next Spring. What if they have one at the new Florida HP -- can we drag you down here for that? I haven't heard whether or not that is under consideration, but anything can happen, right? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Sep. 29, 2005, 11:15 AM
RBJII all will be fine....though you must start repeating the mantra now...Look up and kick on!

Sep. 29, 2005, 01:03 PM
Robby, wow how exciting. You and your Precious set a great example for others and I am so excited for you as you make the big move up to T.

Good luck and have so much fun out there!!!

Sep. 29, 2005, 01:26 PM
Oh come on Robby.... its not the entering thats the issue, its the competing!!

Now heck when I look back to the fateful 1987 (yikes http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif) event at Middletown H.t. where I took my cute little roan mare "Catch of the Day" to her first training, I choke with disgust. LOL. But seriously here's the worst case scenario...

Got a 75 in dressage during the old days where anything over 60 meant at some point you dismounted and starting doing the test on foot with the horse watching! Stadium came before xc and we were so awful we got eliminated there at the same moment that the judge was going to excuse me anyway! Oy vey! And then to be a good samaritan we volunteered to be an outrider to get the scores and she tried to dump/kill/run off many times. But the point of the story is this.... I survived. Did another training as my first time and have gone on to a full career in eventing.

DON"T SWEAT the little stuff. The only one who doesn't know there's any difference is Rhodey. And the only way he'll know is if you tell him. Otherwise he's doing the same swagger in dressage, the same pricked ears on xc and the same "I'm here dad, lets leave long at the last" in stadium.

Its the same game. Just do it.

All my love sweetie


Sep. 30, 2005, 04:57 AM
you'll be fine!
What xcountrygirl said! The only one who knows is you, and good for you for going out of your comfort zone ( says she who never drives faster than 120 )
What JER said made me laugh - how true, I feel like that a LOT! LOL

Sep. 30, 2005, 05:07 PM
Ah, Robby...you'll have a blast!! And, the dressage tests are WAAAAAY better. You actually get to DO stuff instead of just change direction.

Seb http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Sep. 30, 2005, 05:54 PM
You'll be fine! The Precious will LOFF it, you will LOFF it, the whole world will LOFF watching the videos. All will be well and then before you'll know it you'll be doing Prelim / *...

And check your PMs PLEASE!!!!

mountain girl
Sep. 30, 2005, 07:13 PM
That's super! You have earned this, now OWN it and have fun!

Sep. 30, 2005, 08:35 PM
WooooooHoooooo!!!! Robby. You guys are going to ROCK! And from what I can see from your video Rhodey has plenty of scope to do the job.

Rainier and I did a Training derby in the middle of August and the Dressage Test Training C was so much fun. Rainier was so into the test (he's gotten really bored of both Novice tests and anticipates alot). But the Training test makes so much sense and moves along... We actually ended up getting a 22 on our dressage test...

As scared as I was... it was soo much fun in the end. And Rainier seemed to really have a blast.... I just know you and Rhodey will too.

I'm expecting video though....

Good luck Robby....

You're going to have a blast!


Oct. 17, 2005, 06:11 PM
Ok Robby its getting closer... how does that dressage test look now? How is Rhodey doing gearing up for it?? And most of all how's your mental state??

Inquiring minds want to know!!!


Robby Johnson
Oct. 17, 2005, 07:16 PM
LOL, it's going really well. He is going great right now and I have been getting regular help with my dressage.

He is jumping really well too, though I am about to have a sequence of pre-show lessons with my show-jumper friend. She usually helps me string it together, and I just need to focus on establishing the appropriate canter and letting go of the reins!

Thanks for asking!


Oct. 18, 2005, 06:41 AM
I was wondering about you and Rhodey also! You are still going to videotape it right and post here with commentaries I hope! You guys are going to be kicking butt! I don't even know you and I AM excited about it! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Maybe you can sneak us some video of your jumper lessons? Would love to follow your progress into your first training level event!

Oct. 18, 2005, 06:45 AM
Robby, when you figure out the trick to letting go of the reins, can you fill me in?

Good luck, from one former hunter rider with baggage to another!

Robby Johnson
Oct. 18, 2005, 08:16 AM
With Rhodey, who has one of the most metronomical types of canters, I have to establish a pace off of my leg that allows him to jump the fence size, but that doesn't push him past the distance. That seems to be my "gap" right now. I want to gun a little as opposed to waiting for him to put in the extra step.

The reality is that I got myself all mentally worked up over having time penalties in the show-jumping. But that is sort of the show-jumper he is. I would rather have a smooth/consistent trip and 1-2 time penalities than a disorganized go.

So, that is my plan for the Training move-up.

Fortunately he has gotten this very keen and bold way of going XC over the past few horse trials he has done. I can pretty much just sit up and relax on him and that is a good feeling as well.

He definitely responds better to an "equality" type of ride. If you get to aggressive on him he sort of shuts down.

So, we will definitely not be worried about time in either phase. Just confident, clean trips.


Oct. 18, 2005, 08:31 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Robby Johnson:
So, we will definitely not be worried about time in either phase. Just confident, clean trips. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

and remember to BREATHE!! good luck and have fun!!

Oct. 18, 2005, 11:57 AM
Robby... I was JUST thinking about you and Rhodey as I drove into work this AM... and I came on the board to post a good luck to you and lo and behold others had you in thier thoughts as well.

You guys are going to ROCK!. Please... please... please... make sure you've got video for us all. We want to hear all the lovely details as only you can tell them.

Goodluck.. have fun.. Be Bold... Ride Tough...

: )

judi and rainier

Oct. 19, 2005, 06:11 AM
Rhodey sounds like Roo Robby(try saying that 5 times fast!). The metronomal quality is interesting in an event horse. Roo gets in his little da dum da dum da dum mode and I have to talk to him constantly to make sure I can get his attention when we need it. Is this your first training ever or just on this horse?

Robby Johnson
Oct. 19, 2005, 07:25 AM
It's my first T on this horse but only my third T start ever, and that was, gulp, 4 years ago!


Oct. 19, 2005, 08:29 AM
If you ride like you did on that video you had posted here then you have NOTHING to worry about! Those are just speed bumps to Rhodey! Your dressage was beautiful! Rhodey knows he's a total dandy!

Oct. 19, 2005, 10:58 AM
Good Luck Robby! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Beeing reading your posts about you and Rhodey... Looking forward to hearing about how it goes! I'm sure you'll do wonderfully!

Oct. 19, 2005, 04:33 PM
Have a blast! By the way, congrats on your ATC team win-sounds like you guys had a great time.

Oct. 19, 2005, 04:53 PM
Robby, You know I'll be thinking of you and The Precious.

Just be sure you eat a hearty breakfast... perhaps a Bigsack McMuffin

I expect a report asap.


Oct. 19, 2005, 05:17 PM
GOOD LUCK!!! You'll be great! Just remember that it's supposed to be FUN!

Robby Johnson
Oct. 19, 2005, 07:33 PM
I was going to have the McNuts Grill, Lisamarie8, not the other! LOL!



Oct. 19, 2005, 10:13 PM
Just do the Hunter Princess count -- ...1-2-1-2... to keep the rhythm. Works great when I remember to do it. Or you can substitute your own personal mantra with in the same rhythm, mine being ...left leg - left leg...

And don't forget to have fun and get lots of photos for us to drool over.

Oct. 21, 2005, 01:23 PM
For those of us not US eventing enabled - when IS Holly Hill? Is it this weekend???

Oct. 21, 2005, 04:12 PM
Have fun, Robby and Rhodey. Three and a half years? How could that be? Wow! You should be so proud - you were both beautiful at ATC. Will be with friends at MidSouth this weekend and thinking of y'all.

Oct. 21, 2005, 05:36 PM
Only half 'enabled' ... but looks like next weekend
US Eventing Calendar (http://www.useventing.com/competitions/prov_cal_2005.htm#Area%20III)

Oct. 21, 2005, 09:29 PM
*Digging out her pompoms and cheers*

And completely OT, but OMG you guys pay $155 in ENTRY FEES????? My last start was $35NZ - for training!!!!

Robby Johnson
Oct. 25, 2005, 11:56 AM
Quick, somebody, start turning the wheel to close the Nerves Floodgate. It erupted this morning.

Danger Will Robinson, Danger!

What if I cannot see a distance? What if I have a rail? What if The Precious stops? What if I bounce off in the water? What if I forget my test?

What if I get eliminated in the show jumping?

Kileyc, bring Corona Light!


Dale Area 1
Oct. 25, 2005, 12:04 PM

I have to laugh, you sound like me before an event. And I only aspire BN.

You and Rhodney will be perfect, one jump at a time, go with the flow and most importantly, my favorite -- special coffee before dressage. It really takes the edge off.

Good Luck -- xoxo --from the woman who disloacted her shoulder leading her horse -- I didn't even get on yet! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Oct. 25, 2005, 12:16 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Robby Johnson:
Quick, somebody, start turning the wheel to close the Nerves Floodgate. It erupted this morning.

Danger Will Robinson, Danger!

What if I cannot see a distance? What if I have a rail? What if The Precious stops? What if I bounce off in the water? What if I forget my test?

What if I get eliminated in the show jumping?

Kileyc, bring Corona Light!

Robby </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If you can't see a distance... close your eyes and pray... if you have a rail, smile, because its only 4 penalties and your first T, if you stop, you get to try that distance again! if you bounce off in the water, you get to go swimming - its likely (with all this rain) you won't even notice... If you forget your test, you can laugh at yourself afterwards and have a brilliant test from then on cause you've already reached the end of the world, right? and if you get eliminated in SJ, you don't have to worry about falling off into the water jump!

Don't worry - you'll be fine! One event isn't the end of the world - just remember that! and you couldn't do any worse than I, this past season I have been eliminated in dressage (4 errors - long story - but it was the judge's fauld), fallen off XC because my horse & I BOTH forgot we had to leave the ground in order to clear the obstical, and had a stop and EVERY SINGLE FENCE durning our stadium lesson at Young Riders...

So you'll be FINE! Smile, leg on, and don't pull.


Oct. 25, 2005, 12:24 PM
...and I second Dale's special coffee before dressage...
and after..
... and before XC warmup...
...and after XC...
...and before SJ warmup...
... and before your victory gallop http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
...and after you've completed your first Training ever so we can all have one too in your honor!

Oct. 25, 2005, 12:25 PM
Robby, good luck. You and the Precious are going to be fine. When you're going round, just remember that you are jumping not so big jumps that really aren't anything to be afraid of. our good horse will just go; he's been trained for it, and he'll bail his partner's *ss out of the fire more times than you can count

Leann's going to be at Holly Hill this weekend, maybe. If you see her, razz her a bit for me on the grounds that she's there with you instead of here with me baby shopping. If she doesn't run Holly Hill, she might come to Starkville with me to preview sale weanlings and broodies at MSU.

Oct. 25, 2005, 12:25 PM
Oh Robby! I wish I could be there to be your personal slave/videographer, but alas, the Boyd Allen calls.

You are so going to totally kick ass.

q's mom
Oct. 25, 2005, 12:29 PM
The good news is that at that level, the jumps arent too terribly big so there's not that far to fall!! JK. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif Be sure to kick on and ride to the base. You'll do great!

Oct. 25, 2005, 12:45 PM
My dearest Robby:

You and Rhodey will be amazing. You two are ready for this and The Precious that he is will take you confidently around the course. Before you enter the dressage arena, close your eyes, take a deep breath and visualize how gorgeous you two look and you will ride a gorgeous test. Then go kick butt on cross country!!!

Wish I could be there to cheer you on, but will be with you in spirit. Hugs and good wishes from me and "the girls".

Robby Johnson
Oct. 25, 2005, 12:45 PM
Oskaar, which of your Drama Queens needs you more right now? I do, of course! Change your plans or call up The Forces that would be your mother. As it is now, I have no videographer so might not be able to post my commentary!


Oct. 25, 2005, 12:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Kileyc, bring Corona Light! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Perhaps if you switched to Bass Ale or Newcastle the Nerves Floodgate would be closed for goodhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

friendly advise from a beer buff,

Robby Johnson
Oct. 25, 2005, 01:35 PM
I cannot afford the calories. I will never look like Lindsay Lohan if I drink beer like that.

But thanks for the offer! If I do well, I'll have one just for you!


q's mom
Oct. 25, 2005, 01:39 PM
Lindsay Lohan?? Surely there *must* be a more classy diva you'd like to model?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Robby Johnson
Oct. 25, 2005, 01:53 PM
Well, there was Sharon Stone, until she climbed up on the crazy tower and took over the broadcast.

Oct. 25, 2005, 01:58 PM
Goodness Robby-

I wasn't nervous at all until I opened page 4 and the first thing I read was your eruption of nerves. Now my blood pressure is busting out of my ears.

Kileyc and I worked on her lengthen trot last night. you guys will be moving up together! Yippee!

Me, I have to wait another season for the fun stuff...sheesh...babies.

Robby Johnson
Oct. 25, 2005, 02:01 PM
My horse, this week, has decided that he can no longer lengthen his trot stride. This is a damned shame because he has a bitchin' medium. I hope it revisits us Saturday. At an appropriate time in the test.

Can't wait to see y'all!


Oct. 25, 2005, 02:15 PM
It's this weekend?? wahoooooo!!! you go Robbyboy!
we will be pulling for ya! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Oct. 25, 2005, 03:27 PM
Have a great time - #1 priority - you both! Since I was thinking it was last weekend, the vibes are still out there, just a little stronger now. Ride, she said!

Oct. 25, 2005, 03:48 PM
Robby, I am rooting for you and your Precious. Most important advice I have for you is to breath!

Good luck to you all!

Oct. 25, 2005, 09:37 PM
That is sooo funny Robby... lengthen is what I have been working on as well, Army has NO lengthen! But a h*ll of a stretchy trot! Did you see the ride times? You better be ready to lead the way for me and Army... we are about an hour behind you! I want to hear all about how easy stadium and x-country were! Look forward to seeing you Friday night for that toast!!!

Oct. 25, 2005, 10:23 PM
You'll be just fine. Rhodey looks like he could jump the moon. No one ever died from not having a lengthened trot. Just follow the advice in your own signature line.

Oct. 26, 2005, 04:30 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">cannot afford the calories. I will never look like Lindsay Lohan if I drink beer like that </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Geez, all this time I kind of picutered you having that Colin Egglesfield look. (hoping you were not "that guy" pictured on your profilehttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Now, only those educated souls (like me) that read People magazine will know who I am talking abouthttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Oct. 26, 2005, 04:36 AM
Just breath Robby. It's not the end of the world if you don't have a stellar dr test. It's also not the end of the world that you get massive time penalties. As I was panicking last fall while waiting for my go on x-c as there was a hold on course because a rider decided to break his leg on a table, YVEventer said my horse can trot these fences. WHEW! Yes, he can, and yes, we did on some of the combos.
Take one movement at a time.
As Jan Thompson said last week on our x-c walk:
Take one fence at a time.
Don't remember that last fence you messed up. It's over and done with. Go on to the next one.

Oct. 26, 2005, 05:42 AM
You'll be FINE Robby - the Precious isn't going to want to get his toes clipped by those rails so he'll keep them up, and heavens, he might chip something if he hits a XC fence, so he'll fly over those too.

Relax, and during your dressage test, stick your stomach out. It's impossible to be tense when you're giggling at yourself trying to do a Santa impression. The real point, of course it that sticking out yoru tummy makes your horse relax too (so his lengthening will return). No one will be able to see that you're trying to do Santa (0r Jack LeGoff, take your pick) so it's just your little secret.

You must tell us all when you return! And go ahead, have that Newcastle- you'll have nerve'd off all the calories anyway.

Oct. 26, 2005, 06:59 AM
Do I need to take you out for a McNuts Grill on Thursday for lunch???

Maybe we can find some Rocky Mountain Oysters somewhere for you to snack on!!

You'll be great, and I am jealous, I wish I could be there!

Robby Johnson
Oct. 26, 2005, 07:34 AM
I totally need the McNuts Grill for lunch. Call me!

Oct. 26, 2005, 08:48 AM

Remember, you've done this before and Rhodey looks like he could jump the moon. I moved up to Training this year for the first time on my horse that I've brought along. If we can do fine, you'll be fine.

Good luck and we're all waiting for the update on how well things went.

Oct. 26, 2005, 09:16 AM
I have a question about all this....

Does Rhodey know that you refer you him as 'Precious' on this forum http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Might be something to discuss before you head out on cross country http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
(much more important than those lengthenings http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif)

Robby Johnson
Oct. 26, 2005, 09:34 AM
Good point.

Perhaps a re-branding effort is needed.

Until the weekend is over, he shall be called Barracuda.


Oct. 26, 2005, 11:27 AM
What, you can call this Barracuda?!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

You guys are gonna be awesome -- drown those butterflies with something appropriate and know that you and Rhodey (precious or not http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif ) ROCK!

Libby (sorry, dear -- I couldn't help it -- I love this picture! See what happens when you let eventer types into your blog entries? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif )

Robby Johnson
Oct. 26, 2005, 11:33 AM
I'm so busted.

Oct. 26, 2005, 11:35 AM
Barracuda, my ass.

Good luck, have fun, and BREATHE!!!!

Oct. 26, 2005, 11:39 AM
That is one cute Barracuda!

Oct. 26, 2005, 11:48 AM

We can have ourselves a little Holly Hill gang

your Barracuda
my Big Bad Booms
and kileyc's Kung Pow

cheers to that!
Well see you friday night at the fire pit with your drink of choice!! did somebody say Woodchuck Pear??

Oct. 27, 2005, 06:14 AM
Good luck Robby! Rhodey's...er...Barracuda's janty, shiney self with the immaculate braids will blind the judges, medium or no medium!

Have fun times, be marvelous, and I'm sure everyone is expecting a full report and photo album upon your return, so remember your camera http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Oct. 27, 2005, 07:15 AM
Bensmom: Now that picture is "Precious"!!!!

Robby & Rhodey: Kick Butt!!!!

Oct. 27, 2005, 10:26 AM
OK I swear.... you and "Pirhana-Precious" (Barracuda's don't bite they just kind of swim.)
will be just fine. Practice lamaze breathing.. "Hee hee hee Hoooooo. He He He Hooo." Imagine Denny, Jimmy, and David watching you do this and enjoy that mental image.

Its just another event. The dressage is different, so what. The fences are different...uh huh they were every other time at Novice too!! The stabling and the footing and the volunteers and so on and so forth are all different. This is just another event. YOU must work on you. (Sadly) Bush will still be president afterwards, the war will still rage on, Free will still be trying to recouperate....the only life changes are in you. But the point is this. Your big picture is just a snapshot in the world. And every rider you know has had an event/show/class/hunt/endurance ride/lesson/clinic etc with these nerves going on. They survived. So too will you my dear friend. And you'll find the bright side, "the most amazing jump" moments and areas that need work.

Enjoy the weekend and remember these friends that cheer for you regardless of your score. That is the part of compepting that makes a 4 in dressage, a stop or time penalities liveable. And find some Bach's rescue remedy, its a much better 'enhancement' than alcohol.

All my best wishes for success,


Oct. 27, 2005, 07:45 PM
That was a great post xctrygirl! I am borrowing your words of encouragement! this will be my 2nd training on army... and you are right...as per my post on my move up w/ 142 penalties... goes down as one of my highest moments in this sport, when my pony and I Bonded and grew into a training team together!

See you tomorrow night for that toast Robby! BTW... army and I jumped our first trakehner (sp?) tonight.... he SOOOO did NOT care!

It'll be a great weekend!! I can feel it!!!

Robby Johnson
Oct. 28, 2005, 05:15 AM
Kiley, I'm all excited!

Last night (Thursday) we jumped The Precious and he was a rock star. My friend who helps me actually got on him when I asked her to, because I'm a visual learner and it gave me confidence to watch him go with someone else, and put him to a 3'9" vertical. She is an accomplished s/j rider and it took him a few tries to figure out how to wrap himself around it but he never faltered in his attempts and the third time was the charm, and the fourth time he did the bending line to the swedish.

We reset it to 3'3" and I did it on him and he was perfect.

I do feel a bit like a hunter princess for having someone else ride him but, in truth, the confidence it has gave me was worth it.


p.s. April, yesterday at lunch I told Dezi, "oh shit, I guess I'm going to have to jump a trakehner too!" LOL!

Oct. 29, 2005, 02:15 PM
Thinking of you and hoping all is going well! Let us know if Rhodey was more Barracuda or more Precious!!

Oct. 29, 2005, 04:05 PM
Gunnar, I just noticed your signature line from the Church of England's Book of Common Prayer.

It's truly poetry.

Thanks for using it. When I see it, I get the warm fuzzies inside.

Oct. 30, 2005, 12:08 PM
Hey y'all--

I'm sure Robby will post the full on report, but from my phone call last night, he ROCKS!!!

He WON dressage with a 29, and, are you ready for this???

Got a 10 on his final halt. I swear.

He had one rail in SJ but said Rhodey was fantastic and jumping very well.

Robby, there is a lovely bottle with a pretty yellow label waiting for you when you arrive in CLT.


Oct. 30, 2005, 12:49 PM
Ok this is killing me. Robby send us word. How did you finish????

Congrats on dressage. Did you get the lengthening??


Oct. 30, 2005, 01:23 PM
What kind of person gets 10s on their final halt???? Robby, I fully expect to see you and the Precious in the Intermediate class at your next event http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif. I can't wait for the play by play update.

Oct. 30, 2005, 01:47 PM
YeeHaw - A 29 and if that alone wasn't good enough, a 10?!?!?!

XC for training level was done hours ago, we should have a report by now. I may just have to give Lida a call.

Reynard Ridge
Oct. 30, 2005, 04:32 PM
Wow. A 10 on final halt. Well, Robby, you have it all over that Anky Von whatsis chick those blessed DQs have their knickers in a twist over. She apparently can't halt at all! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Robby Johnson
Oct. 30, 2005, 05:15 PM
We won!

We won our division!

I cannot believe it.

He was a super star all weekend, and his rail was totally my fault. I thought he would be coming off the forward step so didn't over ride the line to the skinny, but he held a little and I had to add some leg, which caused him to roll the rail up front.

But today, on the XC, he was a total machine. I took some shots (stills only, sorry!) of the new water and will share tomorrow.

He's downstairs right now all tucked away and happy.

I love him!

Thank you all for your kind and encouraging words and your support. It apparently made a difference!

Em, I got the lengthening - a 7 with a "clear difference" noted!


Oct. 30, 2005, 05:20 PM
WooooHooodey. I have been following this thread from the first day waiting to hear that. I am such a closet Robby/Precious groupie it isn't funny.

Way to GO. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Oct. 30, 2005, 05:24 PM
How wonderful for you!

You must have been flying home in the clouds on such a high!

Oct. 30, 2005, 05:32 PM
OK I am plugging into everyone's mental conscience the Song I ahve in my head now and that would be appropriate to surround Robby and "Precious" with....

Maestro....if you please (Hit Play Sample) (http://music.yahoo.com/track/7448377)

I am very proud of you Robby and indeed, I would celebrate with that Yellow Label bottle!!!

*Dancing and 'whooping' for Robby and Rhodey*


Jazzy Lady
Oct. 30, 2005, 05:46 PM
CONGRATULATIONS! That is so amazing! Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Way to go!

Oct. 30, 2005, 05:49 PM
&lt;!!!happy dance!!!&gt;

I've been thinking about you guys all weekend and hopinghopinghoping that it was going well!

I kept reaching for my phone, but thought, nah, he'll let us know!

I can't believe that you guys WON the darn thing.

That is unbelievably awesome http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif And, with a 10! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif Congratulations, you guys definitely ROCK! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif


Pocket Pony
Oct. 30, 2005, 06:01 PM
Go Robby, Go Rhodey, Go Robby, Go Rhodey!!!

I have been thinking of you and this event - I actually was thinking of you last weekend and wondered why no update until I figured out it was this weekend.

But please, please, please give us more of an update - I want details! How was the XC course? What kinds of questions were asked? Were you nervous, or did you settle into your groove once you got there? C'mon, tell all!!!

I am sooo thrilled for you, you are a rock star!!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Oct. 30, 2005, 06:33 PM
xctrygrl - that song is soooo perfect!

Robby and Precious, I'm so proud of you both!!!!

Oct. 30, 2005, 07:11 PM
Huge, huge congrats Robby! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Well, Robby, you have it all over that Anky Von whatsis chick those blessed DQs have their knickers in a twist over. She apparently can't halt at all! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

RR, thank you. I just spit OJ all over my monitor. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

Mary in Area 1
Oct. 30, 2005, 07:44 PM
My, my. I am SO proud of you boys. We DQ's are especially impressed by that dressage score! And Robby, I ALWAYS thought you could score a 10 just standing still! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

Oct. 30, 2005, 08:04 PM
Well, you go, R&R. I'm not surprised. Y'all are one elegant pair.

You got your lengthen. Rode well. And won! Free's good vibes are flying back at you. Congrats!

Oct. 30, 2005, 08:10 PM
Way to go, guys! I'm so proud of you both! Enjoy your time feeling "on top of the world"....you've earned it.

Oct. 30, 2005, 08:10 PM

Congratualtions! A well deserved finish on a good course. This sport is fun, ain't it? I bet life is just that much better today. Colors are more vibrant and nobody can harsh your buzz. Enjoy that untouchable feeling. It is a rare and awesome gift you and Rhodney give each other.

When is the next training? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Oct. 30, 2005, 08:49 PM
Huge congrats to you and Precious!

Oct. 30, 2005, 09:53 PM
Congrats Robby. Rhodey was just waiting for a dressage test that showed him off eh? You've got to be on cloud nine.

Congrats... congrats.. congrats. You've inspired all us making the big move up as well.
Give Rhodey a big carrot from Rainier....

: )

judi and rainier

Robby Johnson
Oct. 31, 2005, 03:33 AM
OK, here's the official report, that I am now inspired to write before I head out to clean out the trailer and park it.

Yes, yesterday morning, likely the result of a big margarita at Posado's on Saturday night, I awakened at 12:45 a.m. with a clutching grip on my chest, gasping for air, then tossed and turned all night.

"Who the Hell do I think I am?" I asked myself.

On Friday afternoon, we walked the XC the first time with a big plastic goblet of white wine.

Note to file: this is an excellent way to do your first coursewalk. Halfway around I was like "eh, it's all doable!"

Seriously, the Novice at Kentucky Classic really did prepare us for the move-up as it was the hardest Novice I'd ever ridden.

The Hewletts have done an AMAZING job with their new course. I cannot wait to ride it again next Spring. The first three fences are nice inviting gallopy fences in a big field.

He left the box in a settled canter and took the first fence, a hanging log, easily. Onto fence 2, which was a post-rails with nice big logs, a little ascending but with a slightly narrow face. He was perfect there, leaping up and over in a big effort that soliciting my first "oof" on course. (The Precious has somewhat of a back crack that will "oof" you on landing. Sometimes I "oof" 4-5 times in the show-jumping.)

We landed after two and I pressed him for his first gallop to number 3, which is a big log. No problem there and we galloped downhill to the only question on course that had me gulping. I'll post the pics later today.

4AB is the sunken road for the Training. You gallop downhill and into the "road" then up the bank and one stride out over a big rolltop. The stride walked a little short, which I suppose is safe for that type of question. My goal was to ride a Blyth Tait "contained energy" type of canter while focusing my eyes through the rolltop. It worked really well as fortunately his throttle went idle a tad going into the road (I love it when they listen like that and let you just close your leg). He show-jumped over the rolltop and I gave him a big pat and, at that point, we both let out our breath and he ran onto ...

Fence 5, a nice size doghouse, which seriously just got in our way but also produced "oof" number 2.

Fence 6 is the Weldon's Wall in the fenceline. He was brave and bold there and we jumped into the second field and got ready for what I like to call "Badminton Water." Badminton Water is fence 7 and 8 AB. You jump 7, a big hanging log, and have a little bit of land before the long water (so excellent with crushed gravel footing) and then up a bank at 8A and a bending 3 strides out over the hanging log that is the B element.

There were apparently lots of spectators at the water because when we lined up he "hung" just a tad so I tickled his shoulder with my stick and he jumped it, landed, thought about taking two steps along water's edge, paused to trot into the water and immediately picked up canter then was beautiful over the 8AB out. He got a huge praise and I settled totally at that point - the two big questions were out of the way, and thought, "holy smokes, my horse is cooking around this Training level track!"

Fence 9 was a nice big table, something of a let-up, and he galloped down to the base and flew over it.

10AB is a one stride - two nice logs. At this point I was beginning to sit on a horse who was locking onto me, so I had to break the connection a little loose and get him to add a few steps as I didn't want him to jump past the distance at B. It was a good plan as my friend with a similar type of horse said it had rode very tight for her.

Fence 11 was a big oxer on the uphill so we flew it, then galloped down to the big chevron ramp, which rode great as well.

The gallop down to 13, the second water, was interesting. I had decided not to lollygag as I was in a competitive position and I wanted to see how close I could get to the OT of 4:51. I figured I'd be a hair slow as it was my move up.

On a former racehorse with 34 lifetime starts, that is hardly a worry, as I'm finding out. I get giddy when we start galloping as I can tell how much he loves it and I think he can sense how much I love it, so we have this very symbiotic type of galloping relationship.

However, the water was a drop and was totally concealed behind a mound of dirt, and was off a shortish left hand turn, so I did have to sit up and do my Kim Severson "whoa" which worked like a charm, cantered left and he dropped right into the water, in typical Rhodey Splash mode.

I was giddy and getting giddier!

The trakehner came quickly after the second water, off a short 90-degree turn to the right, but it rode beautifully (it's a great trakehner), then we wasted no time galloping into the woods, where we took the triple-bar going uphill then found our way through a little trail and around to 16ABC. The A element was a big rolltop, with a big tree limb hanging over the right side, so it made the face about 8 feet wide. From that you bent and went up a small bank, then off the drop on the other side.

He was soft and bubbly over the rolltop and excellent on and off the bank, so we turned to gallop over 17, a ramp down into the dark woods.

This fence has always made me puke and I'd never ridden it! Fortunately they've cleared some of the woods for a new way out, which made the "dark hollow" a wee bit lighter. We had no problem there, plus it was so much fun to feel like we were flying through the air as the landing drops off considerably.

Out of the woods and into the field we galloped on to the last fence, the produce stand, which is a table with fresh produce beautifully arranged atop it. 3 strides out I asked him to balance and he responded, which impressed me as this is within the range of the finish, then we galloped across the finish at 4:38, making time by 13 seconds.

I was elated and thought to stop my watch at 4:45. That made for a 7 second hugging and patting session.

Rhodey pulls right up to a walk, walks off on the buckle, I hop off and start undoing girth, removing pinney, etc. He attempts to begin grazing.

He is such a pro!

I have to say that I was thrilled to've thought I'd held my second place. My horse did not put a foot wrong the entire track and, indeed, it felt no different to me than going Novice. However, when we moved back into first place I couldn't quit smiling.

I have never won an event, and I always go back to the mystical, magical moment when Heather and I found Rhodey, and when he walked into my life that cold rainy night and I fell in love with him seriously at first sight. OK, that's sappy and saccharine but it's true.

I was approached by a BNT in the warm-up about whether or not he might be f/s. I half jokingly said, "ask me when I finish" and while I was incredibly flattered, the answer is "positively not!"


Oct. 31, 2005, 03:43 AM
Of course he's not f/s...!!!!!!!!!!!!

You've waited a lifetime for this....revel in it and enjoy! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Oct. 31, 2005, 04:32 AM
Oh Congrats! I hope to hear More wins at Training level. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Oct. 31, 2005, 04:49 AM
WOW WOW WOW ! how great is that? Huge congratulations, Robbydear and big scritches to Rhodey!
well done!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
(and yes, I inhaled my espresso reading the Anky vonwhatsis line too, thank you!) http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Oct. 31, 2005, 05:02 AM
Congratulations, Robby and Rhodey! Remember what I posted on page 2? It came true.

I can't think of a more deserving partnership to win THEIR FIRST OUTING AT TRAINING!!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

(Love the comment about getting a 10 for standing still!)

Oct. 31, 2005, 05:08 AM
Robby, how much fun was that to ride the course with you! Would love to see a video, but didn't even need it. I pictured really lovely galloping strides. And as much impressed with the walking off on the buckle, etc. afterwards. I only won one H.T., but I remember sleeping with my ribbon. So, I was 44! I went to sleep smiling and woke up the same. Know you did too! Hugs to Rhodey!

Oct. 31, 2005, 05:18 AM
Robby, I am so, so happy for you. It couldn't have happend to a nicer pair!!

Oct. 31, 2005, 05:36 AM
Wooohooo! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Brilliant! I'm so excited for you guys!

Oct. 31, 2005, 05:57 AM
Congratulations Robby--you guys looked great!!! I got through what I thought was the scary part of the course and poor Army had a heart attack on the down into the water! I trotted him, but it still surprised him and he spun up the hill clearing the crowd off the mound (oops!), so I came back walking slowly (kicking with all my might) and he stepped off the bank one toe at at time into the water, then tried to get a drink!Goob! The crowd all said GOOD BOY! Then we galloped off to finish the course confidently.

Still making some greeny mistakes, but he sorts through them then goes on. I definately think that was one of the more stout trainings I've ever done... SO WAY TO GO on going clean. Hope to see you there in the spring!

Oct. 31, 2005, 06:26 AM
geez kileyc, not just more stout...everything on that course was MAX!! you never got to rest. So much for Holly Hill being a good move up course. They had some tough questions!!

The novice and training courses were amazing!

Robby Johnson
Oct. 31, 2005, 06:45 AM
I love Army and I think that's a fun thing for him to do - nothing like a little crowd control, eh?! LOL!

Purplnurpl's horse is jaw-dropping, FYI. I didn't know who she was as I saw her in the dressage ring (I was going out to walk XC) and, wow, my jaw dropped!


Oct. 31, 2005, 06:45 AM
WOW Robby! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif How fantastic! I was happy to get around my first training with no stops--but to WIN? I would be floating for a week! You guys ROCK! Major congratulations (and secretly I am glad that you aren't in Area VIII since you would be kicking our a$$ next year . . . ) http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Robby Johnson
Oct. 31, 2005, 07:24 AM
“Sunken Road”

Down the hill it sits

You keep coming. It doesn’t move.

Suddenly, you’re there

“Badminton Water”

Line ‘er up!

No turning back now!

Get Er Done! (Photo taken from water made possible by my waterproof Dubarry boots, which rock it, btw)

Oct. 31, 2005, 07:32 AM
Way to go! Loved your report. Congrats on an obviously awesome start to your training career. Sounds like it might be a short career at training - on your way to Prelim.


Perfect Pony
Oct. 31, 2005, 07:54 AM
What a fantastic way to kick off training level! Congratulations!

Oct. 31, 2005, 08:00 AM
Huge congrats! And that sunken road looks like fun, I love the steer's head on the up bank.

Oct. 31, 2005, 08:35 AM
Oh, congratulations!! What a way to start a new level.

I think you can stop waking up 6 hours early in a fret (or maybe that's the key? I hope not)

Can't wait to see pictures.

Oct. 31, 2005, 10:00 AM
oh thanks Robby!!

When you told me that he was special I giggled. If only you knew how dorky he was. He totally went to pre-school on the short bus. He needs one of those "my mommy says I'm special" tee-shirts.

But he was a good boy this weekend. Won his division with a 28.
I wasn't sure if he would make it through that novice cross country, it was insane for a baby!! Big and Technical. But the boy was a machine. Drug me though everything. He hasn't seen anything like that. I"m sure all the novice and training riders were in the same boat.
Then on Sunday he was so tired it was like kicking a trailer house through the show jumping. I held on to 1st by the bare skin of my rump!

I can't wait to see pictures!! Jim Stoner hurry up with those!!

Congrats! Nothing like winning your first out at Training!!

Oct. 31, 2005, 10:16 AM
Robby-Congrats on your great weekend. Sounds like you and Rhodey had a wonderful time.
I can't wait to see pics!

Oct. 31, 2005, 10:21 AM
Congrats, that is a fantastic debut!!!!!

Oct. 31, 2005, 10:21 AM

Major Hugs, my friend!!!!! And, I am sure The Precious got LOTS of carrots. Congratulations. It doesn't get any better than this.

Thank you for sharing your jump-by-jump cross country round. My heart was pounding just reading about it. I am so thrilled for you, Robby.

Jazzy Lady
Oct. 31, 2005, 10:43 AM
I want to see PICTURES http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Oct. 31, 2005, 10:53 AM

ditto on the pics!

Robby Johnson
Oct. 31, 2005, 11:35 AM
The Precious gets iced oatmeal cookies as those are his favorites. He got 3 when we returned to the trailer after his XC. (He was cool and recovered by then!)

He does love his carrots, though. I'm sure they're much more healthy for him.

Congratulations purplnurpl. I only saw a little glimpse of you on the cross and he looked great. Very bold and go-ey. Was he born chestnut, or do you know? His brown/red tail would indicate yes, and it makes him distinct!


Oct. 31, 2005, 02:51 PM
Robby, you and Precious are Stars. I just knew you would be. Thanks for the great story of the course. It sounds very exciting and so much fun. It seems you had little or no trouble.

How do you get a 10 halt? Please describe exactly what took place!!

Congrats again and kisses to your boy!

Robby Johnson
Oct. 31, 2005, 03:39 PM
The secret of the 10? My pony was a little lazy and was all too willing to quit working. And he naturally has a square halt. This is why he is The Precious.


Oct. 31, 2005, 03:57 PM
Congrats! And, well done!!

Seb http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Oct. 31, 2005, 05:42 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Robby Johnson:
The secret of the 10? My pony was a little lazy and was all too willing to quit working. And he naturally has a square halt. This is why he is The Precious.

Robby </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

We should all do so well with a lazy pony. Have you gotten a 10 before?

Robby Johnson
Oct. 31, 2005, 08:32 PM
Never a 10 before. He has gotten a 9 before.

Check out his pics!

http://www.photoreflect.com/scripts/prsm.dll?eventthumb...-1&start=0&password= (http://www.photoreflect.com/scripts/prsm.dll?eventthumbs?event=043T004K21&amp;b=0&amp;t=-1&amp;start=0&amp;password=)

I hope this works. A gag-o-rama pic in the showjumping but he left from seriously 2" out, and still left the rail up. I love him at the water.


Pocket Pony
Oct. 31, 2005, 08:39 PM
Oooh, I love the water pictures, what was he doing? And I think picture #19 is my favorite. You guys are such a great pair!

Oh, and I told Mr. PP about your fabulous event and he said "wow, that is impressive!", so I'm not the only one in my household who is a fan! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Oct. 31, 2005, 08:43 PM
Congratulations! You guys look super, and so happy together http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif --Jess

Robby Johnson
Oct. 31, 2005, 08:54 PM
lol PP, he was trying, of course, to avoid getting his feet wet. The Precious hates getting splashed, hence his "jump" in. That is actually my favorite. I am digging my tight leg position. It so seldom happens it makes me wonder if it's really me!


p.s. Jess, I saw Dan a month ago at a horse show in Memphis. He'd escaped Rita and came to Arkansas to hang out with Leslie.

Oct. 31, 2005, 11:07 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Robby Johnson:
lol PP, he was trying, of course, to avoid getting his feet wet. The Precious hates getting splashed, hence his "jump" in. That is actually my favorite. I am digging my tight leg position. It so seldom happens it makes me wonder if it's really me!


p.s. Jess, I saw Dan a month ago at a horse show in Memphis. He'd escaped Rita and came to Arkansas to hang out with Leslie. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Oh my gosh Robby. You aren't kidding about that back cracking jumping style of his. He looks like he'll go upper levels with absolutely no problem at all. And I just LOVE LOVE LOVE that picture of his LEAP into the water. I had to laugh as every water is a big DRAMA for Rainier.. he goes but he sure lets you know it's a BIG DEAL.

Really Robby.. you should be on cloud nine. Just a spectacular job.. Where do you go from here eh?

Congrats to a wonderful pair.


Oct. 31, 2005, 11:32 PM
I luv the water shots although #19 looks like the one that gets hung on the wall.

My question for all of us Southern fans of Precious and Robby is when do we get to see you two at Red Hills?

Robby Johnson
Nov. 1, 2005, 04:07 AM
Hush your mouth, Briarrose! I hear that's Training Olympics there! LOL! I am going to try to sort out a trip to Aiken in February if I can afford it. Do you ever get up there?

As I am from Mobile and my family is still there, and when I have the opportunity to get coached by Jim Graham I am all over it, it's not totally inconceivable for me to think about doing a Fort Rucker or a Poplar (another Olympics I hear), depending on diesel costs, etc.

I also love the first picture of him coming out of the water. I think he looks like Primmore's Pride. Well, kind of! He is my personal Primmore's Pride.


Nov. 1, 2005, 04:24 AM
Whew! Thank goodness you weren't at Waredaca 1/2* last weekend! It would have burst my bubble!
Congrats! What a gorgeous jumper he is. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Nov. 1, 2005, 05:02 AM
Robby, very cool pictures.

I moved to KY (by way of AHSA in NYC) from Aiken. Would be great if you could spend some time there. So rich in lovely, major courses. Jumping Branch, Paradise, FENCE, Pine Top, Sporting Days, (guess Hopeland is no more) - also River Glen and Poplar not far.

Nov. 1, 2005, 07:50 AM
Is that a blue happy mouth bit I see there? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Nov. 1, 2005, 09:35 AM
Wow!!! What a great acheivement Robby, you must be just on cloud nine right now. You two look like you were just made for each other, what a wonderful thing!

Nov. 1, 2005, 10:15 AM
The pics are great Robby. My fav is 19 as well. I love how he doesn't want to get his feet wet. Silly pony.


Nov. 1, 2005, 11:14 AM
Robby, the pictures say it all. Precious is a star and quite the leaper. You guys make such a great pair. It is apparent he can jump whatever you aim him at http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif and you should have fun as you rock the Training world. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Watch out Prelimers, Robby is on his way!

Congrats again. You should be very proud as we all are of you and your Precious! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Nov. 1, 2005, 11:20 AM

What fantastic pictures!!!! Like everyone else said, The Precious looks like he can and will jump anything. Y'all looked wonderful. Loved the "Leap" into the water and the one first one coming out as well, but I have to say, #19 is "the shot"!!!! Hugs.

Nov. 1, 2005, 11:25 AM
Robby, he looks like a superstar and you look great too! He looks like he has tons of power. Love the water photos also!

Nov. 1, 2005, 11:48 AM
#19 would be a blow up over the mantle shot and my Christmas card picture!

Nov. 1, 2005, 11:52 AM
Darlin', when you get ready for Red Hills, we'll be rolling out the red carpet for sure!

But, we no longer have a Training course http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Oh, sure, some of the fences are still there, so that we can do our clinic every January, but the course itself isn't offered any more.

&lt;sigh&gt; So, it would be like the Training Olympics, because you'd have to start at Prelim! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif But, you'd get to compete over a course that *I* get to supervise the titivation of, so can we be on your Prelim schedule once you guys move up?

I promise a terrific time, and I'll even provide your very own entertainment director! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Poplar's training would be a good choice for you guys though -- Much of what is on it sounds very much like the course you rode this past weekend -- so that would be a good one for you to put on your schedule for the Spring. If you do that, I'll fight the local COTH'ers for the right to come up and groom for you! (wait, that might actually discourage you! Aiiee!)

I'd like Monster to go to the Ocala HT in the Spring, and hopefully Poplar as well. I just have to get him ready for someone else to show him!

I'm off to look at the pictures . . . http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


Nov. 1, 2005, 11:54 AM
oh goody goody, pics

That shot in SJ where he is turning inside out to keep the rails up - he gets extra pats for that. Did he give you the "that was YOUR FAULT" look over his shoulder? (I get those - even when it wasn't my fault http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif)

My favs are 11,14 and of course 19.

Nov. 1, 2005, 11:57 AM
Barb -- I love 11 & 14 too -- in fact, the whole water sequence is terrific!

And, as everyone else has said, 19 should be an enlargement. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Great work, guys!


Robby Johnson
Nov. 1, 2005, 01:17 PM
Bensmom, that is good to hear re: Poplar. I am really wanting to bring him East for a winter event, and either that or something in Aiken is what I'm thinking.

I can actually be at Poplar in 10 hours. Certainly not a stone's throw, but really not that much farther than Kentucky.


Nov. 1, 2005, 01:32 PM
Yay, Robby! What a great debut. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif You guys look fabulous.

KBG Eventer
Nov. 1, 2005, 02:16 PM
You guys look awesome! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

You've probably already seen it, but Poplar has it's Training course on it's website. There have been some changes, but you can get the drift.

A friend of mine did her move-up to Training there and did quite well.

Robby Johnson
Nov. 1, 2005, 02:31 PM
I did indeed go look at it after I posted earlier and I agree it looks pretty do-able. I didn't understand what the B Merry (is that what it's called?) question was, nor did I see any water. Any thoughts on that?


KBG Eventer
Nov. 1, 2005, 02:58 PM
I'm not sure why their not showing the water. If I'm remembering correctly there is some type of hanging log before the water, then a drop,through the water to a bank, and a "canoe paddle" ( I've done the bank and paddle on my 13.3 pony so you and the Precious should have no problem with it http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )

B. Merrell's is some type of sports bar/restraunt that sponsers (something along the line of that) Poplar. That is the last jump on the course.

Nov. 1, 2005, 03:32 PM
Robby, the B. Merrill's jump is a table at the very end of the course -- basically, a stone table, I think?

The water is very nice and do-able. A hanging paddle, a log and the water are all around and they use different elements sometimes.

I think you'd be really happy with the course. And, you may have seen on the website, they have that really cool footing they imported, and they do dressage on that, and sometimes stadium there as well. Stabling is amazing and Pine Mountain is a pretty little place to visit -- Callaway Gardens is really nice if you want to spend an extra day or two. Usually fun competitor party as well -- though they do have karoke there. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

I think you should plan on it http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


Nov. 1, 2005, 05:41 PM
Congratulations! You must be up in the clouds right now! And that picture of him jumping, or rather leeeeeeeaping, into the water is priceless! Great job!

Nov. 1, 2005, 06:18 PM
Joining the party late, but just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

You guys look great and it is so inspiring to see another OTTB success story. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Nov. 1, 2005, 06:33 PM
You know what I have an idea.... and maybe its weird, and maybe you'll decline and say "no" but let me try.

I miss eventing so much but Lad is still on "steeplechase" course. I am fit as a fiddle to gallop but sitting trot right now would kill me. Plus Charlie and I are selling one house and buying another. So time isn't there either.

Robby, you and I met at Rolex so I think this next part kind of brings us full circle in a way. Robby would you and Precious be horribly offended if I wanted to live vicariously through you and help send you to run at Poplar? I can help cover about half the entry, which looks to be $280 with stabling. That would open up some room for gas money and hotel costs and of course the vital videographerhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

If this gets too schmaltzy, I'm sorry. I just kind of feel like my 'active event life' is out there lost to real work and life. I'd rather see yours bloom a bit and enjoy it even as I am stuck here and in Ny for the winter.

And well maybe this should have been a Pt, but hell. If this is your "olympics" then clearly your supporters could help rally to get you there.

All my adoration and congrats on a great first out.


Nov. 1, 2005, 06:43 PM
I highly recommend Poplar Place. It is BEAUTIFUL. I will be there for the February event!! All of their courses are great. You'd have a blast.

Nov. 1, 2005, 06:44 PM
Oh, and of course, CONGRATULATIONS. I was at HH also, it was a tough training course!!

Robby Johnson
Nov. 1, 2005, 07:49 PM
Em, that is so sweet of you! You are so kind and generous! I think I'll be able to handle it but your offer is so kind ... I might take you up on it depending on diesel costs!

Thank you so much!


Nov. 1, 2005, 08:34 PM
Loved the photos. Especially loved looking at the photos and thinking about your posts about Rhodey over the past few years. Congratulations again!

Robby Johnson
Nov. 2, 2005, 03:20 AM
Peggy, when I ride Rhodey I still think of the horse who showed up in Arkansas. How sweet he has always been, how much he allows me to do to him, even though he doesn't love it (the grooming and fussing over him), and how funny my move-up to Novice was, when we had a total of 4 stops on the XC! LOL! He is a very sensitive horse where "rider tune in" is concerned. And he's funny in his own regard. He likes to stand and watch the horses leave the box at the XC warmup. He will stand there on the buckle, rattle out big breaths, etc., but when I take him away to trot, canter or jump, he gets a bit on the muscle until we go back to where he can watch.

Last night he got a soapy bath because he was a mud bug (he is clipped but it was warm so he got to go out nekkid and I think it's important for him to be a horse when he's turned out), but I have begun obsessing over his legs and making sure he's in one piece. I guess his value to me has increased even more after his performance this weekend, which I didn't think was possible.

He now gets a bedtime snack. I bought him a bag of alfalfa cubes, which I soak in hot water and cover with canterlopes' crocked flax seed concoction.

Because I live in the barn, I do a late night every night, and this is a fun way to put him to bed. Also, now that the time has changed, I can totally get on him at 6 a.m. and ride for 30-1 hour before going to work. Today I intend to give him a half-hour hack around the farm, and the neat thing is that if he has a thorough grooming each night, I don't have to do anything but knock him off in the a.m. So, I think this is going to be my winter schedule as I don't have outdoor lights at the big ring, and the indoor is so tiny.

Geez, guess you can tell I am chugging coffee here at 5:20 a.m.!


Nov. 2, 2005, 03:47 AM
Wonderful pics, Robby, you both look great! I was telling Mr Fred about your success (he sends his congratulations too!) - and we both said how lucky Rhodey is to have found himself in your hands. He is a wonderful horse, and deserves it - but I bet every night, after you leave the barn, he just hugs himself to think how lucky a boy he is! (as he tucks into his soaked alfalfa cubes). http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

ps I got a call yesterday - thank you!!!

Nov. 2, 2005, 04:42 AM
Hi Robby - just saw your post - CONGRATULATIONS !!

The Precious looks like he's having a ball! Well done! When are we going to see you over here for Badminton or Burghley ?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Future Sport Horses - Excellence in Event Horse Breeding (http://www.futuresporthorses.co.uk)

Robby Johnson
Nov. 2, 2005, 06:09 AM
I would love to come to the UK to spectate at a big event. Who knows? Maybe one day soon!

Fred, I'm thrilled you got a call! Excellent news!

I did my 6 a.m. hack and it was great fun. It's brisk here, and he swaggered down to the arena very proud of himself. I think he knows he's done something special.


Nov. 2, 2005, 06:33 AM
Robby - Competing not spectating !!!

You need to have goals you know ! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Future Sport Horses - Excellence in Event Horse Breeding (http://www.futuresporthorses.co.uk)

Robby Johnson
Nov. 2, 2005, 07:01 AM
Things Robby Never Has To Do And Is Happy About:

1.) Have children.
2.) Be a movie star. (OK, I still am not 100% at peace with this.)
3.) Ride around Badminton or Burghley.



Nov. 2, 2005, 08:14 AM
Never say never Robby! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif My whole goal in life was starter and now I'm looking at prelim. So, if Badminton and Burghley are out what about Rolex? http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif


Nov. 2, 2005, 09:31 AM
Yes, I say shoot for Rolex! Y'all look great at your first time out training (not to mention your fabulous result). You'll be hitting the one-star/two-star courses before you know it. Four-star won't be too far away!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Nov. 2, 2005, 05:23 PM
Robby, I just caught up with this thread & am thrilled for you!
I have never met you in person, but caught a glimpse of you and The Precious at...Kentucky Classic maybe? My flights back home for horse show grooming have been frequent, and they've been running together!!
I hope to meet you both in person next season when I hope to take my Jake baby novice.
At which point I will be totally freaking out!!

I, too, LOVE his leap into the water. He looks as if he has all the potential in the world.

I also agree with the never say never part....a good horse can take you many many places you never thought you'd go.

Nov. 2, 2005, 06:40 PM
Robby, may I share your three things that I never have to do and am very happy about, as well? I'm not ambivalent about #2 -- I've thought the idea of having to be in a film was horrifying. Which Mr. Bensmom, who tried out to be an extra in Something Wild, thinks is hilarious. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Because, after all, no one has ever asked me. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

Thanks so much for sharing the Precious with all of us here. I so appreciate that there is someone else who soaks alf cubes for late night bedtime snack! In fact, that is all Ben can eat now that he is on the IR diet - that and beet pulp, but I enjoy giving it to the other guys at bedtime too. Sam, the vibrating horse, thinks that that is the Best Meal Ever. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif He vibrates so much for nighttime snack that I'm often afraid he'll wake up my landlord and his house is two pastures away. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

You guys are a great success story and we'd love to have you here in Area III in the Spring! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


Nov. 2, 2005, 07:05 PM
Robby, I have so enjoyed following you and Precious here. You both look awesome!!!Thanks so much for taking the rest of us along on your adventures. I too just got back from late night snack time in the barn. What a pleasure it is!

Nov. 2, 2005, 07:50 PM

You guys look great...you both look like you are having such a blast..especially through the water! I'm jealous that you live at your barn and can see "The Precious" anytime you want...great job!

Nov. 2, 2005, 09:18 PM
All I can say is that your love and respect for Rhodey just totally come through in that post. A wonderful read. You and he are both lucky to have found each other.

You make me feel like less of a sentimental geek for the way I feel about Star; how I leave the barn each time thinking about how fortunate I am to have him in my life.

Nov. 3, 2005, 10:45 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Robby Johnson:
Things Robby Never Has To Do And Is Happy About:

1.) Have children.
2.) Be a movie star. (OK, I still am not 100% at peace with this.)
3.) Ride around Badminton or Burghley.


Robby </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif thanks, RBJ - I nearly choked to death on my cuppa! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Nov. 3, 2005, 11:15 AM
I concur with all of those, Robby. Except I wouldn't need the ( ).

Nov. 3, 2005, 12:18 PM
I'm super late to this thread, but you two look great! I love his "Eeeeee, it's wet down there!" hop into the water. Congratulations!

Nov. 3, 2005, 04:42 PM
You have an absolutely GORGEOUS beast there! He is incredible XC, a beautiful jumper and seems like quite the thrill to ride http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. Congratulations!