Monthly Archives: May 2009

Back with the horses and loving it!!!!

Thought this would be a good time to update what’s going on around here…the internet connection is very iffy so now that it’s seems to be steady…here’s the news!

I’m back in Toronto and the horses look fabulous.  Lindsey has done such a good job, they have all developed well and made huge jumps  in their work.  Baby William definitely does not look like a baby any more!  He will be showing Third Level on the weekend as the Palgrave show doesn’t offer Young Horse classes.  William would rather be a 6 yr old not a 5yr old this year anyway!  Thanks to Lindsey’s great piloting, Lance has figured out passage/piaffe and ones!!  Mr. Overacheiver for sure!  Fred looks sooo good…changes are there and she is carrying herself like a young PSG horse.  She is right on track for the show!  William Third Level, Fred Fourth Level and Lance PSG and Inter One; Palgrave, Cornerstone Show this weekend.

Linds and I found some thin interlocking foam mats for their stalls and installed them today.  We’ll see what Fred does to them overnight…ugh.  She can redecorate a stall faster then anything I’ve ever seen.  As I type, I’m sure she is throwing mats out of her stall, bouncing them off William’s!  If the mats hold up, we’ll take them to the CDI in Blainville.   Always nice to have more protection on cement for that 2 week show.

The weather today was so cold.  We did a little shopping and I now have a toque for the weekend (that’ll mean warm weather for the weekend…either way I win!)

The coach is working great as a place to live for Linds and I.  It’s parked 30 km from the barn and we’ll only be 10 minutes from Palgrave.  It’ll come with us to Montreal.  It has been so lovely not having to pack and unpack for each show.  Uber-lovely! 

Tomorrow I’ll post photos (hoping the internet is a reliable as today!)

Vickie

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Hello from Ontario!!

It has taken me a while to get my first blog entry – the access to internet at the RV park is a bit temperamental…

It has been a crazy couple of weeks and I am starting to feel at home in Ontario. The horses are doing wonderful as you can see from Vickie’s updates. They are all settling in at Gillian’s barn and loving the green grass (27C here today – not rubbing it in or anything!!). We had a successful first show and are training hard to get ready for Palgrave the first weekend of June. Ottawa was a great opportunity to get our feet wet and I’m really looking forward to improving on our results.

I had two great lessons with Gillian today on Freddie and Lance. Both horses felt good – looking forward to tomorrow’s rides. William was wonderful as always – I tested out the flying changes today which we haven’t been working on lately because of the FEI 5 year old test. They still work!! So we decided to enter him at 3rd level for the Palgrave show as they are not offering the FEI Young Horse Tests.

Mom and Curtis are on their way home tomorrow morning. Thanks to them for their driving and help at the show. Mom will likely come back for the Blainville show – the horses love having “grandma” around to brush them, tell them how wonderful they are and feed them treats!! Peter (soon to be named “Stable Boy”) is coming out for the Palgrave show – it will be great to have him here.

I am so grateful to be here with these wonderful horses and thankful of everyone’s support. I’ll keep you posted of our progress….

Miss you all at home!
Lindsey

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Lance, Fred and William’s big adventure…Lindsey’s anxious hour.

After putting a good ride on all three, yesterday was turn out day.  All three horses have regular daily turn out while at home so we decided give it a try at Gillian’s.  Gillian’s paddocks are in great shape and they have enough grass that grazing should keep them busy after a little buck and run around the pen.

Lance and Fred were true to form and went for a joyous run and buck and then they each settled down to some serious grazing.  Green grass is just too tempting once they had gotten all the travel/show kinks out! 

Now William is a different story…    He is such a quiet stallion, you don’t even really know he’s in the barn but turn him out and boy does he like to play in his pen!!!!  I’ve even caught him bucking in his shelter in his pen here at home.  Yesterday he took no notice of the grass and after watching him for a while, Linds pulled the plug on play time.  We’ll try again today and decide whether he’ll be an indoor horse till he comes home in July.

Forcast for today is 28 in Bolton, wish I was there to enjoy it but having Alexander arrive today from California will keep me busy enough for the rest of the week.  More details about him with pics later!!

Vickie

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Update…Phoenix to Toronto, Edmonton to Toronto…all of us to Ottawa and back!

After the terribly exciting couple of days waiting for Mack, meeting Mack and getting to know Mack; Thursday, May 7; Ivars and I reluctantly hopped on a jet for Phoenix to pick up the coach and drive it to Toronto.

The horses left here May 5  and arrived in great shape in Toronto at Gillian’s on May 8 (Friday).  Lindsey was there to meet them and get them tucked into their new home away from home at Sutherland’s.  Lindsey had a very busy week, including a lightning fast trip to California to test ride a new horse.  I’ll let her fill in the details when she can access the blog from Toronto!

We arrived in Phoenix to 103 temperatures…lovely.  Had a great lunch with Aleks and Neil and reluctantly said our goodbyes and headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Ivars got the best birthday gift from the kids…a telescoping ladder.  A perfect addition to the coach’s inventory!  It was a stunning trip through the Arizona mountains to Payton and on to Holbrook.  The desert colours are so subdued and subtle but altogether quite dramatic.  The heat was hard on the coach and we had to slow down quite a bit on the grades to keep everything cool.  Thanks to Ivars and his wonderful tenacity for long drives, we arrived in Albuquerque late Thursday evening, fueled the coach and crashed at the Flying J. 

In my typical early rising style, Friday I was up before sunrise and let Ivars sleep as we left New Mexico behind and headed into Texas.  Nothing like breakfast on the road watching the sun come up!  Texas didn’t surprise us much with the topography.  Road kill was mostly armadillos?!

We pushed through Oklahoma found an RV park just outside St Louis Missouri.  With the weather watch radio we followed a tornado and we were on watch for the next tornado coming up behind us.  I must say that was not very fond of that aspect of our travels this trip!   Missouri is very lovely, lots of lush green meadows and lots of streams.  We had to make a pit stop and fine tune the slide awning (duct tape to the rescue!!).  The telescoping ladder works in a hurricane!

Saturday once again I was up very early and on the road.  Ivars makes a great breakfast while I take the first leg of the trip.  Starting that am in Missouri, we headed into Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, on to Detroit, Michigan and ended the day in Canada outside Windsor at a truck stop!  We had a great day…lots of wind, very little rain (we were expecting downpours!).  We travelled driving 4 or 5 hours each and traded off as we tired.  I was very excited to get to Toronto and pat my horses and help Linds get organized for the Ottawa show.

Sunday morning we again hit the road with sunup and we arrived at Gillian’s north of Toronto early afternoon.

Now that was the Amazing Race America.  Meanwhile Amazing Race Canada was making it’s way across the county!!  Barb and Curtis with the FCS truck and 4 horse trailer (full of feed, tack box and all of the paraphernalia needed for showing 3 horses) were also looking forward to getting to Toronto early enough to relax a little before the trek to Ottawa.  They arrived the next day.  We really had the best route as Barb and Curtis had to deal with sub zero temperatures and some dicey digs for each night.  A great big thanks to B and C for getting the rig to Ontario!  It certainly will make a difference to our transportation options while in Toronto.

Lance, Fred and William were a little tired from their trip across the country.  We did a little stretch ride on Sunday.  Monday we added a bit more work and had on the schedule to ride tests on Tuesday.  All three were still too achy to put together a whole test so we schooled bits of the tests on each one.  Monday we had the magnetic blanket with us, as it had arrived with Barb and Curtis.  It made a big difference to how they were moving so we had good feeling heading to Ottawa.

Wednesday am we all headed to Ottawa (5 1/2 hours away).  I drove the horses and Ivars drove the coach, letting Curtis in on the details of navigating a large RV with air brakes.  We parked the RV at the show grounds, unloaded the horses and took them all for a good long walk and graze.  They all thought green grass is soooo wonderful, even Fred couldn’t lift her head from the grass!  Ivars headed back to Edmonton, boo hoo 😦 and we had an early dinner and tucked everyone in and headed to the coach to bed!

Thursday was great weather and we schooled all three.  It was their first time schooling outdoors for 2009 and they all thought it was very wonderful to be in the great outdoors.  All three schooled quite well in the am, we hand grazed them for a while in the afternoon and they had an early supper (they are still adapting to the time change) and we ended the day.

Friday we schooled all three in the morning as their tests we scheduled for the afternoon.  The rides were all quite good.  Lance’s first ever PSG test was 64.?, sixth place in the FEI test of Choice class (very large class).  It was very emotional to see him in the ring with Linds in her tails…what a long journey it has been, including colic surgery along the way.  William was his normal jolly old self and scored a 69.? in the FEI 5yr old and Fred was just too frightened to relax in the ring that day in her Fourth Level test (she warmed up wonderfully so we looked forward to her next test).

Saturday poured.  Period.  It poured.  William’s ride was early afternoon so the game plan was to warmup and check the footing out and if safe ride the test.  We made a decision to ride the test and he was great, 73.?, comments…a wonderful future FEI dressage horse!  We were very pleased with his results but felt the footing was to slippy to ride Fred and Lance’s tests.  They were still recovering from the long trailer ride and were not at their strongest.  They had a wonderful time grazing and were ready for Sunday.

Okay…Sunday!!!  I didn’t bring long underwear, toque or warm gloves, should have.  The grounds were a goopy, sloopy quagmire. The morning was windy, freezing rain, no sun.  Fred had a Fourth Level test at 9:15.  Off to the warm up ring and down centre line.  She was a good girl and conquered her fears, second place, 62.?.  We decided Lance did not need to try and bite the bullet and work in the almost snowy weather.  Pack up and head back to Toronto.  We were on the road by 10:45.  Curtis did a great job and captained the RV and Linds and I broke trail with the horses.  Everyone unloaded in Toronto, fuelled up the RV and the truck, set up the RV at the RV park and made it to the airport to hop on a flight home!  I left at 6:30 and arrived Edmonton at 9pm.  Good to be home, looking forward to heading back on the 30th.

Gillian left Ottawa later in the afternoon and called to let us know William had won the high point award for Canadian Bred Horse for the show.  Very satisfing as a breeder to have bred him, he is a stallion for the future!

Vickie

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We’ve got a baby!!! Mackenzie (Mack) Bailey Montgomery

A very eventful day yesterday…to say the least! 

After a day of labour and waiting, Baby Mack arrived into this world by C section at 8:20 am, Tuesday, May 5.  He’s amazing and beautiful and so special (did I mention amazing!!!).  9lbs 5oz, 22 inches long.  (Grandpa Ivars says he’s a keeper!),  He looks just like Andrew.  Andrew has a Minnie Me!  Kirsten did a wonderful job and she is feeling great.  A short stay in the hospital and then she’ll be home with baby and Buster.  I get to cuddle him all day today…that’ll have to last till I return on the 19th.  😦

All three horses left yesterday afternoon with IHT.  They should be in Toronto on Friday.  Linds will meet them at Gillian’s (after her whirlwind trip to California!).  She’s test driving a couple of horses today.  Can’t wait to hear her report on the geldings!

Well up to the hospital and a day of pure joy!

Next updates will be “on the road”.

Vickie

Baby Mack

Baby Mack

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Dressage Camp Mon/Tues, Horses on the Van Tues…Still no Baby!!!

Linds and Lance warming up

Linds and Lance warming up

We’re packed. 

Other than last minute addons the list, everything needed is packed.  Some tack to go with the horses on the van and the rest (feed, blankets, show gear) will follow in the truck and trailer.  The horses will be in Toronto on Friday and the truck and trailer should be there by Tuesday.  The whole team will be altogether by Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning (13) we all leave for the Ottawa show.  The Alberta caravan heads to the Capitol city.  Wonder if we should hang up the cowboy boots and hats for the weekend or just giver a big yeehaw as we arrive!

Tomorrow is my birthday and it looks like our first grandchild might be arriving.  Kirsten and Andrew are booked in for induction in the am.  Ohhhh it’s going to be so wonderful to meet this little one (and sooooo hard to say goodbye as I head East!). 

Ivars and I are booked into Phoenix Thursday am to pick up the coach and drive it to Toronto.  We haven’t driven through this part of the States and we are looking forward to the drive.  We’ll have to keep a watch for tornados as it is tornado season and we will be in Tornado Alley!  I have a new camera and will be test driving it on the trip so maybe get some good storm shots?

Tomorrow is the start of Dressage Camp.  We have some enthusiastic riders from the Yukon for Camp on Monday and Tuesday.   Everything is just about ready. I have finish up lunch and we’re good to go.  It’s going to be a busy couple of days!

Lindsey will be adding to this blog as we go along as well.  Watch for her updates from a rider’s perspective!

Vickie

Linds and Fred, warming up, May 01, 2009

Linds and Fred, warming up, May 01, 2009

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Still no baby!!

Ok…we’ll all on major packing, organizing, training getting ready for our trek to Toronto. But the burning question for the time is “When is that baby going to arrive”!!!!
Our eldest daughter Kirsten and her husband Andrew are expecting our first grandchild. Baby was due a week ago and we are happily awaiting!!!!
Toronto trip is getting nearer and everything is almost ready. Horses leave with International Horse Transport on Tuesday and will arrive at Gillian Sutherland’s on Friday. Lindsey will be there to meet them and take them off the truck. Barb and Curtis will be driving our truck and trailer to Ontario so we’ll have transport to and from the shows. Ivars and I will head to Phoenix on Thursday to pick up the coach and drive to Toronto. Linds and I will have a comfortable place to camp out at Gillian’s and for each show. Ahhhh a warm shower at the show grounds.
We very pleased to get on the road but I really am going to miss that baby!!!

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