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CAF Event Camp Withdrawal -please post your pics, videos, stories!

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  • CAF Event Camp Withdrawal -please post your pics, videos, stories!

    I am pathetic...I am going through event camp withdrawal!
    In my defense I have not ridden since camp due to this heat blanket or whatever polite term the weatherman uses for "hot as 400 hells".

    Can we all share our photos, videos and maybe notes from camp?

    I'll start (no videos -camera upchucked) but here are photos:
    http://photobucket.com/cafcamp2011

    And notes in the form of blog posts:

    Day 1: Event Camp-Balance/ Tempo /Rhythm-And Really Great Food!

    Day 2 & 3: More Event Camp-Show Jumping, cross country, whipping and other weird activities

    Day 4: Camp ends. Bittersweet & Breakthroughs

    Blah 115 heat index today…
    http://cuonxc.blogspot.com

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    Awesome! Thanks for posting!

    LAZ, I love the paint job on your jumps!

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      If you're pathetic, then so am I b/c I too am suffering from post-CAF camp letdown. Last Friday, the day after camp, some of the other "campers" and I were musing that we just didn't know what to do with ourselves now that camp had concluded...you're walking on clouds for four days and then sadly, we all must split and return to our realities (which aren't that bad really, but still).

      CAF's camp was the highlight of my year in 2010 and though I didn't think it possible, it was even better this year. With a grin on my face, I have been reliving moments from camp over and over in my mind since it ended. Already counting down to 2012.

      Some of you know me and some of you don't but a little background... My clyde cross (Face) and I have been working very hard the past 1.5 years or so. Though our dressage and stadium are coming along, x/c is something I struggle with due to various reasons - most of them reside between my ears. After a crap x/c lesson with Peter Atkins last October (my fault, not his) in which my brain and heart scrambled resulting in my premature departure from said lesson, I vowed I was NEVER going to leave a lesson feeling that way ever again...embarrassed, dejected, disgusted w/myself, you name it. I needed to kick it up another notch and put in the hard work to improve my riding and fortify my confidence. Deadline: CAF camp 2011. By golly, come hell or high water, I was going to enjoy every minute of camp, including x/c!

      Since that time, my long-suffering coach (LAZ) has been working alongside Face and me...improving my seat/security, counseling me through my nerves, pushing me outside of my comfort zone, etc. I've also been pushing myself - competing at mini trials sans coach at new places in an attempt to toughen-up, riding w/out stirrups (on my own w/out LAZ making me do it in a lesson), etc.

      So here it comes...event camp. Are we ready? I think so. Bring it on! Well, let me tell you, I cried happy tears more than once last week. And just sitting here thinking about it makes me well up again.
      • I did grids w/Peter and dressage w/Dorothy on Monday. Grids felt like butter (Peter hugged me afterward and told me how proud he was of us ) and though it was hotter than 400 Hells that day, we had a productive lesson w/Dorothy as well. Leslie's demo on Monday night was wonderful and he was super to do that for us.
      • Tuesday was stadium w/Peter and x/c w/Leslie. Both were amazing and awesome and included some of those happy tears behind my sunglasses. I could NOT have been more pleased w/Face and I could feel our confidence building as we went along on x/c. Little ditch? Sure! Big ditch? What the hell! Why not?!
      • Wednesday was a ride-a-test w/a dressage judge in the morning and stadium w/Mary Lowry later that morning. I could feel Face was a little tired in that lesson, but he was still a good boy. We all loved Mary. She worked with us on pace, balance, half seat, etc. Would love to ride w/her again.
      • LAZ allowed us to request our lesson for Thursday. In order to keep pushing myself, I requested x/c w/Peter. Peter has some history w/me and Face now, so I wanted to continue w/him. I put on my game face and headed out for my first x/c lesson w/Peter since walking out on him last October. Long story short, that lesson is on my top-ten highlights of my life list...probably near the top. If you'd told me that Face and I would be doing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLS2W...&feature=share or this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaKWN...&feature=share or this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcxPRVkcWwg&NR=1 a few months ago I would have looked at you like you had three heads.
      Have we "arrived"? No. Do we still have a lot of work to do? Sure do, but when I think back on that fated lesson last October and fast forward to camp at which we jumped some Novice fences (novice, people!), jumped obstacles that used to scare me to think about, cantered through water, did a down bank to a one-stride to a little vertical...well, I can't help but smile. I hate to brag, but I'm so proud of my pony, too. Such a good soul and as it turns out, he was ready all along. He was just waiting for me to start getting my act together, bless him.

      Thank you so much to LAZ and all the clinicians! I can't say enough good things about camp. The quality time spent w/the coaches, other riders (including the OP and Moose...love them!) and our horses is incomparable.

      Signed, Happy Campers, Amy & Facers
      Last edited by AEM74; Jul. 21, 2011, 01:00 PM.
      "If ever I did not have a horse or dog in my keeping, I should feel I had lost touch with the earth." ~Beryl Markham

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        #4
        You my friend *should* brag. The improvement in only a year was remarkable!
        It made me smile to see that you had put on your big girl panties on and gotten it done!

        ETA -can I please borrow the big girl panties? I would very much like to ride novice at camp next year too!
        http://cuonxc.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          I'm not done with camp--still sorting stuff out to be ready for Camp II!

          The most important thing is a load of sand is coming so I can reset the pool on a level surface and refill.

          And I need help deciding what color to stain the new Pheasant feeder & BN rolltop, I think the lambs creep is adorable as it is.

          Jump field ditch is getting revamped and maybe (if we can sort out the drainage) the sunken road is going in.

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            Originally posted by cuonxc View Post
            ETA -can I please borrow the big girl panties? I would very much like to ride novice at camp next year too!
            Oh, please. Need I remind you of the big ditch to the 2-stride to the Novice rolltop that you and your cute little beast sailed over on Tuesday in our lesson w/Leslie? No panty borrowing necessary (thank goodness). Ya'll are doing great!
            "If ever I did not have a horse or dog in my keeping, I should feel I had lost touch with the earth." ~Beryl Markham

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            • #7
              I was there for the Leslie Law demo and I took several videos which you can see here.

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4QnFKwl9ZE

              If anyone can put me in touch with the owner of the bay horse I'd appreciate it so I can share the videos with her. I'm pretty sure I found her on facebook.

              I still vote for painting the fence purple, and I do happen to have a gallon of lilac paint laying around.

              Squeeee just noticed that I was mentioned in a blog. gasp.

              Lori Goldsby is an excellent chef who has been on the Martha Stewart show and makes LAZ's barn the best barn in the entire state for show food. Last Saturday I drove up to watch some friends ride and have lunch there, but mostly to have lunch there!
              http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                I was there for the Leslie Law demo and I took several videos which you can see here.

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4QnFKwl9ZE

                If anyone can put me in touch with the owner of the bay horse I'd appreciate it so I can share the videos with her. I'm pretty sure I found her on facebook.!
                Enjoytheride, the bay and liver chestnut are both owned by Melissa Miller. Here's her site: http://www.melissamillereventing.com/.
                "If ever I did not have a horse or dog in my keeping, I should feel I had lost touch with the earth." ~Beryl Markham

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AEM74 View Post
                  Enjoytheride, the bay and liver chestnut are both owned by Melissa Miller. Here's her site: http://www.melissamillereventing.com/.
                  The chestnut is a horse we got off the track at Hoosier Park--JC name is What a Rebel. I called Melissa when he came up for sale & said "I've got one that I believe will go advanced, come see him". He was a turd. Ran off with her, bucked, etc. I made her buy him anyway and he's been doing intermediate with her and getting ready to move up to Advanced--it was fun to see how much he's grown up.

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                    Originally posted by AEM74 View Post
                    Oh, please. Need I remind you of the big ditch to the 2-stride to the Novice rolltop that you and your cute little beast sailed over on Tuesday in our lesson w/Leslie? No panty borrowing necessary (thank goodness). Ya'll are doing great!
                    I do not have enough walking around sense to have fear/confidence issues. I could happily *trot* the entire novice course. I cannot, however, canter a 20m circle *&^%!

                    So big girl panties are firmly on (though they are really sweaty this week ewwww and I would very much like to take them off) and I WILL be able to canter without causing a spectacle at next year's camp!
                    http://cuonxc.blogspot.com

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