Monthly Archives: February 2014

Batten down the hatches!!!

It’s been really dry in California this year…like really, really dry…extremely dusty and brown vegetation everywhere.

So when the weather people forecast a rain event, everyone mans the battle stations and battens down the hatches.  The rain expectation is 2 inches or so (more rain than they’ve had all year) in one day.  So all the low lying areas are expecting flooding and the ground will be saturated everywhere.  Here at the house we’ve brought indoors anything that might get airborne in the high winds and are waiting to see what this storm is going to bring.

The dressage court at Arroyo is covered with a tarp and the big jumper ring has been rolled to help seal the footing.

As I sit here writing, I watched it start to get light out as the sun began rising.  Now as the front is advancing  inland, it’s been getting darker and darker.  The winds are picking up so the 6:15 sunrise should be a dramatic view from the deck.

Lindsey has avoided the rain issues here but is dealing with cold snap at home for her weekend of lessons.  A big thank you for a warm barn and arena!  Sending warm wishes home…

Lindsey and Lance, Wednesday morning before her long flight home.

Lindsey and Lance, Wednesday morning before her long flight home.

So off to Arroyo…Shannon will ride Lance again today and long line Fred in the covered arena.  Hope we don’t get swept off to the ocean in the rain run off!

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Rehash…rehash…we have moved on!!!

There was a lot of rehashing of the past weekend’s rides going on yesterday at the barn.  Having so many trainers at one dressage centre makes for a great support system.  Working it out, talking it through and moving on! 

All three horses worked great yesterday…to quote Shannon…”The Lindsinator is in the house!!!”  And she was.  On all three of them.   All three horses learned some important lessons at the last CDI!!!!  Even the two that didn’t get in the trailer!!

Lessons today on Lance and Fred with Shannon.  Yeah!

Lindsey is leaving tomorrow to make a quick trip home to catch up on lessons.  Get ready for it girls…gonna be some very good work in the arena!!!  (and even though it’s cold out, you might 🙂 be sweating a bit!!)

Off to a great day at Arroyo,

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Disneyland?

After a weekend like the last one, yesterday could have easily been a Disneyland Day.  Silly ears, silly cartoon characters and ice cream.  Hmmmmm….

But waaaaaait, neither of us can eat ice cream and we didn’t pack our Princess dresses!  What to do!!???  Well….Mickey’s ears will have to wait…we have equine issues to work out!

So we started our Sunday morning fueled by Pannikin Orange buns, a tall, hot green tea and we were out to Arroyo.  Everyone got on the treadmill, the Vibe Floor and was fed.  Next on the list…riding.  The lessons learned in the warmup from Burbank were applied to riding Fred and William.  it was wonderful work and and we are ready for our lessons with Shannon this week.

Filling out entries online for the next 2 shows. Easy peasy!

Filling out entries online for the next 2 shows. Easy peasy!

We’re taking Lance to the National show at Show Park here in Del Mar next weekend (March 7/8) (He needs more practice in the show ring!!!!  Ya think?????) and then on to the CDI in San Juan Capistrano end of March.

Off to a quick workout and then Arroyo…

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Gold Canada Gold!!!!!

Cheering, waving my mitts in the air!!!!  What a great games in Sochi for Canada!!

Canada mitts

We both want thank you again for all your kind words and support for us this weekend.  It really meant a lot.  It’s so great to know we have such an amazing cheering squad.  Sometimes the journey is very long and every bit of support is cherished.  Thank you.

Yesterday’s warm up was even better than Friday’s.  Linds tackled the issue head on and Lance was on the program.  Once he cantered down centre line, he got confused as to what his job really was and went off task, in his ever helpful way.  There is no room in the lightning fast Grand Prix level to have a misread in the half halts between horse and rider…it unravels very quickly and is impossible for a good recovery.

So we know the work needed for the next couple of weeks and we’re on it.  The negative emotions and thoughts have been worked through (a good bottle of Californian Chardonnay was part of the conversation) and we are ready for the work ahead.

If you had a some time, David Wilson,  from Californian Dreaming Productions, would love to hear from you about his phenomenal efforts he and his crew put together for this show. They brought live streaming to you from the show ring.  His email is     David@cdpequestrian.com

Now…off to fill out our entries to the next couple of shows…

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On to the Grand Prix Special this morning…

Firstly…thank you so much for all your support; your emails, texts and facebook messages.  They mean a lot to us.  My access to the internet is limited during the day so I do apologize for not updating you more quickly on our results.

Next…let me take back my comment about the indoor ring being horse friendly.  It looks wonderful and the footing is simply amazing.  During the warm up on Thursday the horses looked focused and happy in work.  But yesterday was a different story.  The horses went from a busy outside warm up ring to solo in a highly energized indoor ring.  We don’t know if it was the sound (the Geo-Tech footing is rolled very hard and each footfall echoes through the building) or the change in environment.  The low marks in all the CDI classes reflect the problems we were all having yesterday.  Tension, spookiness, unfocused horses.

Except for Steffen and Legolas…they were wonderful, 76%.  A beautiful, masterfully ridden test.

Lance and Linds had a great warm up outside yesterday; through, relaxed and ready.  As he came down centre line he got over excited and he then started making decisions about how he would execute the movements that didn’t really include Lindsey.  When Lance gets excited, he tries to be too helpful.  Linds got everything out of him she could but he was Mr. Excited Happy and he should have been Mr. Focused Happy.

So today will be a fine tune on the half halt, build from yesterday’s warm up and concentrate on keeping a better focus in the work.

Our ride time is 10:08 am PST and we will be ready.

Thank you for California Dreaming Productions for such a wonderful show and providing live streaming all day.  Here’s the link to the live streaming…

http://www.californiadreamingproductions.com/live-stream-test/

Off to check out of the hotel and head to the show grounds….

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Jog done…on to the Grand Prix…

This CDI 3*W in Burbank is indoors.  We got to school in the indoor yesterday morning.  It has great, new footing; is very open and very horse friendly.  Schooling went very well.  Lance was focused and on the program.  As per our plan, we didn’t do very much; just touched on the main points of the current work and stretched him out.  A good first day warmup.

The jog was in the late afternoon and the weather was lovely.  Lindsey jogged in her official “Canadian” uniform and everyone looked great!

Ready for the jog...looking very Canadian...khakis, navy jacket, new red scarf!

Ready for the jog…looking very Canadian…khakis, navy jacket, new red scarf!

Lance is ready!

Lance is ready!

"Oh wait, I think I hear something!"

“Oh wait, I think I hear something!”

Ready!

Ready!

And they're off!

And they’re off!

Accepted!!!

Accepted!!!

Lindsey is the foreign rider delegate for this CDI so she drew the order of go for the classes.  We’re 6th up in the Grand Prix, 2:08 pm.  (If you are wondering, the seeded riders go towards the end of the class.)  6 is a good number!

Off to the show grounds for the day…

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Today is packing day.

We leave for Burbank tomorrow so will spend the afternoon packing the trailer.

It’s going to be a bit weird only having one horse at this show…but this show is all about Lance; Lance and Lindsey and the first CDI of 2014.

The work Lindsey has been asking of Lance and herself this month has been very intense; focused on accuracy, power and most importantly relaxation.  This has been a very important last 6 weeks and they both have been amazing.  Add into the mix the blip of an injury for Lindsey and amazing has gone to phenomenal.  I am so proud of them both!!!

So one horse (one very important horse) and one student (one very amazing student) and very important horse show…we’re on our way and we’re ready!!!

Frb 6 3

Off to Arroyo…

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