As I sit here in sunny Florida looking out the window at how incredible Scotty Keach and Matt Flynn’s farms are, I’m feeling very grateful and lucky that I just spent the day riding horses and caring for them, and that this is considered my work.
Well, I guess that weekend didn’t go quite as planned...
I would have to say I do feel a bit kicked down after having that 20 on cross-country at Fair Hill International this weekend. I think Ping was super, and I have to take full credit for the fact that I didn’t bend out the line in the keyhole to corner to corner combination in the main arena that day.
Well, I have to say that at the end of my last blog I was hoping for bareback and three-star champions at Plantation Field, and I guess even though I had to settle for reserve champion in the CIC I think I can still count last weekend as a win as far as competition weekends go.
Its been a while since I’ve checked in with everyone here at the Chronicle, and I have to apologize—my new workload does make some tasks a bit tougher to get to!
In all honesty, I think I’ve been holding my breath in getting Cambalda back in action and having something good and positive to write about going into the fall season (and what seems to be the rapidly approaching end of the season).
Well, Luhmühlen has now come and gone, and though the event most definitely did not go as planned, I am relieved that Ping is OK. He’s happy out in a field enjoying a well-deserved vacation after quite a long spring lead-up to Rolex and then Germany. I have to say that I think Luhmühlen is a stellar event, and while Germany does not seem to favor me, I do quite favor it!
The rollercoaster in the life of an event rider is often times an interesting one, and I have to say that the past few weeks of my life have lived up to that ride and then some with Rolex Kentucky and now Jersey Fresh in the rearview mirror.
Rolex was such a big buildup, and I know in the back of my mind I was holding my breath, anticipating the downfall that so often comes when you’re trying to get to a premier event like that.
Rolex, Rolex, Rolex is all that seems to be on everyone’s minds these days, including my own. But while I’m very excited about Kentucky and getting to compete Ping there, I’m also so excited about how well my lower level horses are going and holding my breath that they’ll continue on a good path for the future.
It’s funny when you think about competing—how it’s always the goal to be going at the upper levels and aiming towards big events. But in the end, I enjoy producing the young horses, and I get such a thrill out of their progress.
Greetings, everyone, from the passenger’s seat of my truck, which is on the way to yet again another fun-filled weekend of eventing! I hope everyone’s doing well. While we’ve been cracking away at the events down south, I’ve heard that those who are still up north are preparing for the events up there... Which sounds like it means riding in the snow at the moment.
Well, I have to say, things have been pretty busy since the last time I checked in with you all when I first arrived in Aiken. It’s hard to believe that the first month of our stay here has come and gone, and that Rolex is now only eight weeks away... Time does seem to pass by faster and faster.