Monthly Archives: February 2010

A very challenging weekend.

We both feel a little beat up this morning.

The Burbank CDI was a challenge from a lot of angles.  The training and work at home is going so well thanks to Shannon’s experienced, committed guiding hand.  We have all learned so much and now are in the process of putting it all together in the ring…up the work, expect the best and apply it under the scrutiny of international judges…Fred, William, Lance, and Lindsey are on a fast track to the next level this spring! 

Friday was lovely and sunny.  William was the first test and he surprized us all and didn’t need his normal half hour warm up.  He was ready to enter the ring with about 15 minutes in the warm up ring.  We walked him lots but he still was a little flat during the test.  FEI 6yr old Finale, 70.9%.  (There is a glitch with his mark in the office and we should have the official test Tuesday…thanks Jennifer!).  Fred was next and she made her way through a Fourth Level test in the indoor.  She got through it.  Tough venue, indoors.  She was obedient but tense and backed off.  Too bad her test wasn’t outside.  Then Lance, PSG.  He did great but had 4 mistakes in 4 important lines.  The quality is getting better and he is dealing with the higher expectations very well but it came a little too quick for him in the test and he made some mistakes.  Good boy…he tries so hard.  60%, 8th place.

Saturday the monsoons started.  The whole show was moved indoors.  The CDI horses first then the open show horses.  We decided not to ride in the Open Show (Fred and William) and battle the rain and cramped warmup.  So just Lance’s ride in the am.  He was good and had no mistakes but was not as forward as he would need to be in the indoor arena.  61.7%, 6th place.

We seemed to find a break in the rain to do the important things needed for yesterday…walking Lance to the warmup ring, hitching the trailer, loading the horses, driving back south along the coast.  We missed the “no rain window” when we arrived at Arroyo and unhitched in the sogginess.  We’ll unload the trailer today in the sunshine.

This was a tough show and we both are feeling the effects of a lot of work with small successess but we are tough competitors and are looking forward to the work ahead of us and our next show in Del Mar.

Headed to work Alex and Walker, walk Fred, Lance and William…gonna be good day!


The cheering squad arrives, coffee in handGail, Curtis, MJ and Bud.

William, FEI 6yr old, M. Routinier (France) judge

Fred, Fourth Level, indoors

Lance, ready for PSG

Overnight rain, clean wheelbarrow.

"What's with this rain!!!" (Fred)


"We're ready Linds." (Shannon, Vickie and Lance)


Lance and groom extrodinaire, Curtis.

Linds and Auntie Christine


Fred's fan club, Curtis and Christine.

Let's head out...Intermediare One

Lance, warm up indoors.

Lance, down centre line, Inter One.

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Jog, vet inspection…check.

We had a very laid back day yesterday.  Schooled Lance in the CDI ring, dealt with the vet inspection for all 3, worked William in his competition ring, rode Fred in both indoor rings and then spit and polished Lance for the jog.  He jogged quietly and happily up and down and we got a thumbs up from all on the panel.  On to the CDI!

Today William’s ride (FEI 6yr old, Finale)  is at 8am, Fred (Fourth Level) at 9:03 and Lance (Prix St George CDI)  is at 11:09.  As Lance’s ride time is determined by draw after the jog, we waited to see if there would be a conflict with Fred’s ride at 9am…we lucked out and we have enough time to ride Fred and then plenty of time to get Lance ready, warm him up and ride at 11.  The weather is threatening rain, monsoons on Saturday, but today is just cold and windy.  The CDI will be moved indoors in case of rain, don’t know how they’ll handle the open show…a lot of rides to cram into the indoor.

Barb and Curtis arrived in the afternoon.  Great to have some extra hands to help out!  Uncle Bud, Gail and MJ joined us for dinner and will be here to cheer us on today.

Shannon will be here today.  She’s going to have a busy day as we get to show all three horses today.  She also is coaching another Canadian,  Ashleigh Luc-Tyson.  Ashleigh works out of Scottsdale in the winter and San Diego, with Shannon and Steffen, in the summer.

Time to get this show on the road!


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Vet inspection and jog today.

Our Albertan trucks at Arroyo Del Mar.

I’ve driven many places, driving many vehicles…large motorcoach, small Bimmer and several sizes of horse trailers.  The drive yesterday from Del Mar to Burbank was a white knuckled 3 hours!  Bumper to bumper traffic for the most part and knowing that 99% of the drivers are totally oblivious to sharing the road with any sort of “farm vehicle”.  I was so glad to park our rig and unload the 3 horses!

We started the day very early and had 2 lessons with Shannon at Arroyo before heading out.  They all loaded well and we were on the road at 9am.  They travelled great and we unloaded (read…wrestled the tack box into the tack stall!!!) and met all our fellow Canadians in the CDI barn.  All the Canadians are stabled in one barn and with all the fervor in Vancouver, there are a lot of maple leaf flags and assorted Olympic Canadiana everywhere!  Almost feels homey!!!

The virus has settled down in the stable at home and everyone will be back at work next week.  Thanks Dr. Herbers!

Today the vet inspection starts at 10am and the jog is at 3pm.  We’ll ride everyone and add spit and polish to all the show tack.  Fred and William have early ride times on Friday am and then the CDI PSG will start at 9:30.  As the ride times for the PSG are determined by draw, we’ll have Lance’s ride time after the jog today.  The weather forecast is great for today so we’ll enjoy every minute of it!!! (they are calling for monsoons again for Saturday…ugh!!!)

Off to the show grounds…


William getting ready for LA show.

Lance, ready Burbank CDI.

Kim and I found a dry spot in the old "jumper ring" for a lesson. The girls had fun on the bank!

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Crazy week…oh wait…it’s only Monday!!!!

My phone bill from yesterday is going to leave me in tears…virus in my barn, dealing with vets, a family medical issue…thank goodness I have a phone!!!

We are planning our week around the upcoming show.  We leave Wednesday am for Burbank with Lance, Fred and William.  This will be Lance’s second CDI here and the first show for Fred and William.  We are still waiting for confirmation on all their entries…don’t ask…ugh, we really need Shelagh Holmes in the show offices here in California.  Del Mar is about 2-3 hours south of Burbank so we’ll time our travel with the horses as best we can to avoid the heavy traffic on the I5.  Heavy traffic is a slow moving parking lot and frequent enough on all interstates in California. 

We can’t see the I15 from the motorcoach but we can sure hear it!  It gets a little quieter in the night but still is the underlying background noise for everything around here.  If the evenings ever warm up and we can open the windows; we’ll need ear plugs to sleep!

Rain yesterday and it’s still raining this am.  We worked in the covered arena.  Kim had a great lesson and the other 4 worked very well.  Light work out for Lance, Fred and William as they’ll be going all week and will have lessons with Shannon Mon, Tues, Wed.  Thursday at the show is the in barn vet inspection and the jog for Lance.

We’re not taking the motor coach to Burbank so will miss the rest of the Olympics from Canada. 😦  Hope CTV has great reruns next week!

It’s going to be very busy in the covered today…


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Yeah CTV Olympic coverage!!!

Yesterday was an easy day around here.  Walked all the horses (no turnout as the paddocks were too wet from the overnight rain), worked Alex in the covered arena and cleaned some tack. 

Aleks and Neil drove in from Phoenix for a short visit.  Rosie played in the ocean and chased waves for the morning.  We joined them for lunch at a dog friendly cafe and guess what they wanted to do for the afternoon???…watch Olympics!!!!!  Yeah!!!!  Back to the motorcoach and hand over the remote…CTV and TSN, live and replays…Canadians in San Diego cheering and thoroughly enjoying the coverage from Vancouver!  Too bad Aleks and Neil couldn’t stay for Super Sunday hockey games today 😦

Friday was the start of a major virus going through my stable at home.  I am very thankful for my wonderful staff that are holding up the fort at home and dealing with all the many details needed to organize an outbreak like this.  This will be a very tiring week for them and I wish I had a teleporter that I could be at home and here each day. 

5 horses to work today…off to Arroyo Del Mar.


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Back in San Diego…

Back in San Diego and it’s raining again.  Seems I missed the warm weather…it happened last week while I was home in Alberta!  The days home were jam packed filled with catching up and of course watching the cutest baby in the world learning to crawl!!!  Go Mack Go!!!

Off to the stable and then visit with Aleks and Neil…update to follow (blogging around Olympic coverage…thank goodness the motorcoach has Canadian Star Choice, yeah CTV!).


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Back to Alberta for a few days.

We had a really nice day yesterday.  Kim had a lesson on Walker and made some big leaps forward in her feel. She has a list of homework items to work on with Lindsey while I’m gone.  Alex was such a good boy.  Arroyo was very quiet and he was concentrated and happy.  His task this week will be to stay this concentrated as it gets busy again around the stable.  Lovely work yesterday…yeah Alex. 

I’m headed home to Flying Colours for a couple of days…to get caught up, set up March details around the stable, squeeze in lessons for everyone we left behind and give Ivars and the kids a big hug!!! 

Thank you to Shannon…this week at home is possible because Lindsey, Lance, Fred and William will be your competent, nurturing coaching hands. 

A day in airports ahead…


Kim, Walker and Vickie, lesson on Sunday.

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Our first show done.

Lance and Lindsey, Intermediare One, 62%, great ride, 10th place.  First show done and now back to training and get ready for Burbank CDI at the end of February.  This was a great way to start our show season.  The show was close to home (3 hours away), we had lots of help from family (thanks Barb, Curtis, Archie, Ali and Baby Brayden!).  Although William and Fred didn’t get to compete, they worked well and they’ll get a turn to come down center line next show.

We left Thermal about noon and arrived at Arroyo before sundown.  It was good to unload the horses and unpack the trailer in daylight.  We’re still getting used to no twilight and planning our day around early sunsets!  Now to deal with mounds of laundry here at the coach and at the stable…on the list for today…

We’ll work Alex this morning and then Kim and Walker will have a lesson.  Maybe, if the paddocks have dried out, they’ll all be able to get some turnout in the afternoon???!!! 

I’m headed back to Alberta tomorrow and will be back in Del Mar on Friday.  Sooooo looking forward to seeing my family!!!  A couple of days at home will let me tackle the stacks of stuff that have grown on my desk for the last month and pat all the ponies we had to leave behind.  It’ll be a couple of very full days at home, lots of lessons, lots of catching up and lots of hanging out with kids and hubby!

Gonna be quiet day…hope the sun shines!


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A day of ups and downs…but a good day.

We arrived at the show grounds found our time for Lance’s PSG test and then tackled the problem of ride times for Fred and William. 

It seems the show office received all three entries but the CDI people stapled Fred and William’s Open show entries to Lance’s entry.  They processed Lance’s but missed Fred and William’s.  Unfortunately they charged Lindsey credit card for all three.  They could not seem to find any times for us to show in the open show for Friday but found a time for Fred on Saturday morning.  The time slot would not work as Lance’s class was running at that time as well.  Sooooo…what to do…Fred and William will just school at this show and we’ll focus on Lance and the CDI.  Very disappointing to be here and not show all three horses.  This show committee needs the expertise of Shelagh Holmes!!!!  I guess this being the first CDI here there are bumps to be worked out but too bad we got 2 horses left out of the whole show!!  We were doing the zen thing and we just let go the frustration and focused on showing one horse!!!

Lance and Lindsey had a great warmup in the indoor CDI warmup ring with Shannon.  They headed down centre line and both did a great job.  61%, ninth place, Gunter and Steffen, first and second place, 69% and 68%.  I’m so proud of Linds and Lance, first show in 8 months and after all Lance’s issues in Decemeber…good job Linds, good boy Lance!

Today is Lance and his Intermediare One test at 9:38am.  We’ll finish up around noon so we’re going to head back to Del Mar early and maybe I’ll be able to get an early flight back home tomorrow instead of Monday!!  Gonna be another good day!!!


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Jog done…on to the show.

Today is Day One of the show. 

We arrived Wednesday, unpacked, spent the day getting all the horses acclimatized to the show grounds.  Thursday we presented Lance to the FEI vet who inspected him in the barn in the morning. Later in the day, Lindsey walked and trotted him in front of a panel of inspectors (judges and vets).  The panel watches the horses move to assure themselves of the soundness of the horses to compete in the CDI the next day. 

After the jog, the show committee draws names to place the order of go for the rides in the CDI classes.  The PSG class (Lance’s class) will run from 9 to 11:30 am today.  At the end of the day yesterday we hadn’t yet heard the order of go yet so we’ll head to the show early and find the ride times posted at the show office. 

The show office seemed quite swamped all day and they hadn’t had time to work on the schedule for the Open show so we still don’t have times for Fred or William’s rides yet as well.  We’re just going to wing it today! 

Barb, watching Lindsey's lesson with Shannon.

Lindsey and Lance walking around the outdoor "Open Show" rings.

Lindsey and Lance in the indoor "CDI Show" ring.

Lindsey and Lance, ready for the jog.

William and Fred worked very well yesterday (Fred and Linds worked with Shannon just after lunch) and they are both ready to ride down centre line…if we can get ride times!!!!

It was a wonderful day yesterday and gonna be another today!


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