Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are prepared for the coming winter months. I’m certainly never ready for the cold.
I’m currently sitting on my good friends Hawley and Gamal Awad’s couch in Temecula, Calif., where I’ve woken up at 3 a.m. due to the time change! I flew home for a week to spend some time with my family and friends and horse shop before things start getting busy back at True Prospect Farm.
Well, I’m sitting here in our tack room at Boekelo CCIO in the Netherlands after walking the course with our crew and waiting for Cambalda’s ring familiarization. This morning Phillip and Atlas had a workmanlike test this in the cold weather, and Clark delivered a lovely test on Glen this afternoon, so our team (while I am writing this) is sitting in fifth.
Well, it’s been awhile since I checked in, and I know there’s been a lot going on in eventing land with the announcement of the team for London!
I’m so happy that Big Phil and Boyd are on there and really happy for newcomer Will Coleman, as I feel like he’s really earned his spot and has been working so hard to get there. I know everyone has been talking a lot of about that so I’ll move on... I’m sure the Chronicle Forums are buzzing! Ha ha.
Well, things have sure been interesting in my life the past few weeks, and I can’t help but admit that I just seem to be having a bit of a low year! These things happen, though, and then it’s just that much better when things go right.
I guess I should share the story of how I recently injured my knee.
Well, things have really been happening at TPF lately, with the big move back home to Pennsylvania. And in the meantime, we competed at The Fork Horse Trials, which was, in keeping with the current theme of my spring, a good and bad weekend for me!
I ran Indie in the intermediate, and I really have to say, with how he started this spring—a little green and rough—I am beyond impressed with how he’s improved. He really stepped up to the plate at The Fork this past weekend.
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve gotten back on my computer and updated my blog for everyone at the Chronicle.
The action in Aiken has obviously been in full gear here for a while, and it’s been a real rollercoaster for me to say the least. Some ups and downs have happened since I’ve been here with the TPF crew, as No Objection got hurt in the field and is having to have some time off. It really bummed me out, but what can you do? He still has a chance of getting to the Bromont CCI*** (Quebec) this spring, so we'll see.
Well, the past week has been a bit of an exciting one for me, as I had some "unforeseen complications," to put it mildly, during what was supposed to be a routine trip to Ocala, Fla., and then on to Wellington for the PRO DerbyCross.
Well, things are starting to heat up here at True Prospect Farm, as we’re getting ready to head down to Aiken.
I was lucky to have a clinic recently with show jumper Lane Clarke, who flew out to help me and all of my amazing students last weekend as a good kick-off to the 2012 season. We were all impressed with the level of enthusiasm and attention to detail that Lane had when coaching all of us, and he helped me on all my horses, from a 4-year-old up to my advanced horses.