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August 7, 2011

Conquering Morven, Day 1 & 2

Well, this is not quite the weekend I had planned, but we're making it work.

First, Landon returned to Hunterland much sooner than expected—a stall opened up with a new trainer who places a much higher premium on flatwork than the last, so his owner needed to move fast. I'm disappointed, of course, but happy he's in good hands.

August 3, 2011

Sue Makes Me Look Good

I was not a tomboy as a kid, but I was no girlie-girl. To this day, I can do about three things with my hair. I didn't learn how to put on makeup with any real authority until well after I'd graduated from college. I bought my first flirty, girly skirt as a 20-something. I like jeans; I hate high heels.

July 25, 2011

Diary Of A Hot Week

Tuesday, July 19. High: 90 degrees, Heat index: 98 degrees. I start my day at my normal time—getting on Fender about 6:45—which means we're done working the horses who live here at about 11. It's a little uncomfortable at the end of the day, but we do OK. After lunch, though, the fun ends. About half my lessons cancel, but a few die-hards show up.

July 20, 2011

Lexington, Day 4: The Grand Finale

Our final day at Lexington continued our good fortune, though everyone—two-leggers and four-leggers alike—was pretty pooped.

Tres had a much better Grand Prix that wasn't reflected in the score, and I rode Ella like her hair was on fire, with GREAT success… until the canter. The trot, piaffe and passage scores were all much higher, the walk was the same, and then I made dumb mistake after dumb mistake in the canter stuff. And hey, guess where all the coefficients are hiding in the Grand Prix test? The canter! Doh!

July 16, 2011

Lexington, Day 3: Good Rides and Great People

Thank goodness for great helping hands! Our team had 11 rides today, beginning at 8:30 and ending after 4, and I would absolutely have keeled over sometime after lunch were it not for my amazing Stephanie and for my awesome student Allison and her parents, who drove down solely to hang out with us for the weekend. How amazing is that?

July 15, 2011

Lexington, Day 2: Party's Over

The weather continues to be swell, but other than that, the party's over. This horse show thing is WORK!

July 15, 2011

Day 1 At Lexington: The Club Med Experience

I just freaking love Lexington!

We've had a good track record with karma here, and it certainly continued today. We had a pleasant drive down (although there is some bad tire juju in our camp; my poor student Mel, who'd had several breakdowns in a row, passed her bad moo onto my student Francine, who had to change a flat on the side of 81 today), the weather dropped 10 degrees, and all the horses worked like superstars. And then we had margaritas. This is the life, people!

July 13, 2011

Scooter Drama

For those who've never been to the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va., it is a big, sprawling, lovely facility. It's got a gajillion showrings; even more schooling rings; oodles of big, airy barns; great electric outlets all over the place. There's a lot to love.

But it's impossible to make that big a facility also compact, so I knew I was going to be doing a lot of walking this coming weekend. Until ride times came out, though, I didn't really think about it. Then I sat down to make up my schedule.

It is total chaos.

July 5, 2011

Flying Changes

Ella was my first young horse, and she came into my life just as I was graduating from college and venturing out on my own as a professional rider. It was a HUGE transition, going from having Lendon Gray's eyes on me daily to making training decisions for myself. And knowing what I know now, I made so many mistakes it's amazing she didn't stomp me to little blonde bits.

June 29, 2011

PVDA Ride For Life And Tres' Grand Prix Debut

Finally! Some horse shows!

I've been really frothing at the mouth for the last couple of weeks, watching all my friends go to shows. I promised my clients that, because I'd gone to Florida, they could have the early-in-the-season shows, and I'd get my own guys out when the weather turned foul mid-summer. But for whatever reason they didn't get ready to show until this late in the year, too. So off we went, five horses, to the PVDA Ride For Life in Maryland.

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