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March 1, 2011

Hacking With Friends

Elly Schobel enjoyed of day of hacking in the balmy South Carolina weather. Photo by Elly Schobel.

Yesterday was one of the reasons why I LOVE living in South Carolina—a balmy 83 degrees, bright blue skies, perfect footing and, oh yes, it is the end of February!

So instead of working on our new Grand Prix freestyle, my beloved Andalusian stallion Oyente' and I joined the fun-loving and highly entertaining Charlotte Nagle, Heather Carlson, Susan Trotter and Arden Mason for a leisurely hack. And yes, it was a blast.

Back to the serious training today at Andrea McGhee's place. My good friend and longtime dressage student Corinne Ashton and her Dobbin came for another training session in preparation for their FEI dressage debut later this month. Corinne asked me to explain the series changes to Dobbin—I just enjoy riding this exceptional horse, and he took to the four, three and two tempis like he had done it all his life. For those of you who do not know Dobbin, he has been a successful three- and four-star event horse for years and retired sound in 2010 to become Corinne's first FEI dressage horse. Have I said yet how much I love that horse?

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