Today was the perfect start to the weekend!! Great horses, beautiful weather, new shoes for the horses and finished early!!
I expected to have tired horses today but they all felt great. It’s good to know that their fitness is improving to handle five days of hard work and they still come out happy and energetic to do their job on Friday. Shannon is away at the show so I worked them all by myself and practiced everything we worked on in our lessons this week. Day off for the horses tomorrow.
I plan to head up to Burbank tomorrow afternoon after the gym and tending to the horses at Arroyo to watch Shannon and Ody ride their Grand Prix test. They are the last ride of the day so it will fit in well to my day. I’m looking forward to seeing Shannon compete for the first time!!
Off to the movie tonight with a few girls from the barn…..Happy Friday!!
I think I would consider the last weeks since arriving in California a dressage bootcamp for all four of us. The horses and I are working hard to make the final push to get ready for the start of show season.
I had a lesson on Freddie on Tuesday and she was a star!! We worked on the canter work from the PSG and it felt fantastic. The half passes and pirouettes are coming along nicely. The flying changes have been the most challenging for her so my goal is to make her completely honest and correct in the connection as we school the changes. They are starting to become much more reliable. William had a lesson on Monday where he was expected to behave like a big boy even though it was Monday, a little chillier weather and there were several horses having lots of fun in the paddocks nearby. During today’s lesson, he showed Shannon and I how much he had learned and was such a good boy. He catches on so quickly!!
Lance has been all business this week during his lesson and is trying so hard to figure out the work from the Grand Prix. This week’s big excitement was Steffen taking a turn in the saddle on him today. It was great to see him go, as I’ve been the only one in the saddle for a year and a half. Steffen provided me some helpful suggestions on riding Lance. He also confirmed that we are 100% on the mark with what we are working on and the necessary progression. Pretty Cool!!!
Lance taking a morning nap before bootcamp.....
Shannon is heading to LA for another show tomorrow morning so I’ll have a few days to work on my own. Good luck to Shannon and Ody!!
As we prepare to head to our first show, the progress Lindsey and Shannon are making is “just what the doctor ordered”.
With all three horses at FEI level it is a lot of work, a lot of responsiblity and requires a lot of management. A big thank you from all of us to Shannon for her expertise, committment and good spirits that is so cherished on this part of our journey. We are very grateful to be at Arroyo and working with Shannon each day. This is a journey of stride by stride, day by day and keeping our goals in sight. Thank you again to Shannon for everything.
Linds and I touch base at the end of most days and I am really excited about getting back to California and getting up to speed on each horse in real time! Our first show is in Thermal Feb 10 -13 then our first CDI in LA Feb 23 -27. I’m then back in Alberta for a while before heading back for the Del Mar CDI. My eco footprint will not be very good this spring…lots of flights back and forth, but make sense at many levels around here! So we’ll have photos back on the blog very soon…my camera is charged and ready to go!
Out to move some snow around…
10. The near empty carpool lane is begging for the BMW to use it during the agonizing gridlock morning traffic.
9. I overheard the waiter and the bartender at Jake’s discussing why I drink wine all alone at their restaurant every sunset.
8. Self portraits with the IPHONE are not really useful training tools like Vickie’s 40 frames per second camera.
7. The horses are missing their extra treats.
6. California hay bales are a two-girl job.
5. Other TJ Maxx shoppers look at me weird when I sneak up behind them and ask “isn’t this cute?”
4. Her Costco card. I ate all my favourite food in the motorhome already.
3. I lose sleep at night wondering what might breakdown in the motorhome.
2. The two coach collaboration between Vickie and Shannon ensures I get the most from each lesson.
And, the number one reason why we miss Vickie….
1. For her never ending enthusiasm, passion and energy for this amazing journey we are on!!
Lindsey rode Lance and Fred with Shannon.
We have been really working on getting Lance to understand the nuances of staying off the inside leg and totally committed to staying to the outside rein. Shannon and Linds worked his pirouettes and piaffe/passage really emphasizing the inside leg/outside rein theme. Fred was the same theme and convincing her to stay honest to the connection within the work. Worked some passage as well with her as well. As always, it’s the basics that make the work right. As the work gets more difficult, the basics need to be impeccable. Fine tuning the basics for the horse and for the rider.
Lindsey worked William without Shannon. He’s such a smart cookie, he really got the lesson from the day before and let Lindsey know…”I got it, I got it!” Smart little man!!
Everyone from Arroyo is headed to the show in Thermal today. Lindsey may be able to get a lesson from Shannon this am before they hit the road. It’ll be quite quiet around there the rest of this week…she’ll have the pick of any of the arenas to work!!! We’re not going to this Thermal show but our show season will start with the Thermal show Feb 9 -13.
Barb Holmes visited Lindsey for the morning rides. She and Jeff and Jessica are having fun in Disneyland this week and Barb did a little side trip to sit in the sun and watch dressage at Arroyo. Lucky girl!!! So nice to have friends from home visit while we’re away!