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Lauren Sprieser

May 25, 2010

PVDA at Morven, Day 2

There's a first time for everything, and Sunday I had an interesting first—the first time I've ever been excused for disobedience in the ring.

Ruh roh.

Poor Midgey. It was monsooning, and Morven Park's indoor is older and loud and leaky and creaky, so he was a bit up anyway. Then, not five minutes into our warm-up, another competitor comes flying into us sideways, her stallion bucking and kicking, and puts Midge in a corner. I spend the whole rest of our warm-up trying to get his confidence back, unsuccessfully, but he feels OK, so in we go.

May 24, 2010

PVDA at Morven, Day 1

Back to the show ring we go, after a nice long break. Fortunately, six weeks wasn't so long that we all forgot how to do what we do, and I had some very good rides.

The worst of the day was Ella, who led things off by being way too relaxed for her first Young Rider Grand Prix test. Just blah, and nothing about Ella should be blah. Everything was 6s and 7s except for an out-of-character bungle in the first extended trot (duh!), and the piaffe, which can't happen out of big, open, swimmy passage, something I thought I was done with. Bollucks.

May 21, 2010

Bellinger

It's not all bad news, though, at Sprieser Sporthorse. The last few weeks have been a little dark—Cleo, a staffing crisis, sale horse drama, and the general chaos that comes with being Boss of the Applesauce times about a kajillion—but this week, I've got something to celebrate, too. Billy, my wonderful Trakehner, the man who started it all, turned 18 on Tuesday. (I was going to buy him an Equus to celebrate, but the centerfold just isn't that great this issue.)

May 14, 2010

Clairvoya

Life with horses is a roller coaster. For every horse you have that exceeds your wildest expectations, you'll have one that never measures up. For every horse that you take to the top, you'll have at least one who gets almost all the way there, only to be felled by something unseen.

I've gotten several notes about Cleo's rather conspicuous absence from my blog over the last few months. That's because I'm still a little heartbroken about it all and have found it very hard to write about. She's the One That Got Away.

May 11, 2010

Jump-Start

I've had a really nice break between shows for my horses, and it's time to get back on the ol' bandwagon—training movements and figures, instead of just doing bodywork. Aw man. What a drag.

May 4, 2010

Taking On The Jellies

You know that scene in Finding Nemo where Crush the turtle describes hero Marlin's run through the jellyfish forest? "First, you were like, whoa! And then we were like, WHOA! And then you were like, whoa."

I feel, like, whoa.

I spent the weekend with five students on seven horses at a recognized show run by CDCTA, one of our great local GMOs. Normally this show is typical spring weather, which is to say that we never know what it's going to be—hot, cold, wet, dry, whatever. This year, The Weather Gods chose hot. Like, HOT.

April 30, 2010

Busy Season

Everything in the last 10 days is a blur—showing, clinics, lots of teaching, travelling, sales. I'm in dire need of some R&R, but there's none in sight, so onward and upward.

My mom and I went to Florida last weekend for a whirlwind 24-hour trip—to see some horses for her and some barns available for the winter season. Found great options for both. I still need more research on barns, but we just finished vetting her horse, and all is well, so he'll hit the road tomorrow and be here by this weekend. He is TOO CUTE. More on that later.

April 25, 2010

Planning Ahead

I'm one of those type-A folks who really, REALLY loves to plan ahead, in sort of a sickening way. I'm learning to be able to roll with the punches - I'm good with the horse stuff, the life stuff not so much - but I like having a goal, an end result to strive for, and I like having a plan to get there.

Since the many variations of The 2011 Plan, depending on which horses are ready for what level, all include competing in several CDIs. And that means that The 2011 Plan involves at least a short stay in Wellington, Florida.

April 22, 2010

Mr. Schumacher Comes To Washington

OHMYGOD. Ella is flipping amazing. What did I do in another life to deserve a horse like this?

(I think it goes without saying that our Conrad Schumacher clinic was pretty awesome.)

April 14, 2010

It Takes A Village, Part Two

My team is like my family. And fortunately for me, I have a BIG family! My sponsors are up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest, so I have a big support network that spans from Michigan to Pennsylvania, New Hampshire to Tennessee, with a few places in between. Thank God for the Internet. I’m able to keep in touch with them from anywhere I go. Some of my sponsors I’ve never even met, something I very much hope I get to change.

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