Monthly Archives: February 2015

Welcome home…

After a long travel day yesterday, this is how I spent the last hour or so…

Northern lights 2


The northern lights display was wonderful on our drive home from the airport! Mostly green, some pink…awesome!!!

Off to the stable to start a very busy week!!! ❤


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Planes, trains and automobiles…

Today is my travel day home.



I’ll be home for 2 weeks.

Lindsey will be home this weekend as well. Flying Colours will be hopping!! We’ve learned a lot this month (thanks Shannon) and will be enthusiastically sharing it in the arena while we’re home!!!

Off to finish packing…


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As our Auzzie BFF Emz said…

“Mr. Fat Lips strikes again!!!”

We missed the Grand Prix Special ride because just as Lindsey and Lance were to head down centre line, I noticed he had cut his lip on his curb chain hook. On the left side. (He cut it on the right side in Del Mar last year).



We have the inside of his mouth (and the nose band and the bits and all the mucosal linings in his body!!!) figured out. We bent and shaped the curb chain hook on the right side so it wouldn’t interfere with his lips. (We have ridden in several horse shows since Del Mar and it all works!!!)

But in 20/20 hindsight, I should have taken the creativity I applied to the right curb chain hook to the left curb chain hook as well…ugh!!!

So I’m going to check out the many types of curb chain hooks to see if we can make them even safer yet. (Emz said if I can’t find rubber curb chain hooks, I should invent them…great idea Em!!)

We are now back in San Diego. Lance and Magic are back in their stalls at Arroyo Del Mar. Fred and William were happy to see us yesterday and will go back to work today.

We found a nice restaurant for dinner last night and came home and broke into Ivars wine cellar at the condo. (We had a bit of a dilemma when we found out the wine opener was with Barb and Curtis in Palm Springs…hello big black diesel truck…cork screw in glove box? Yes!!!) (I love my husband!!! ❤ )

Lindsey’s off to the gym this morning and I’m going to find my yoga mat…William and Fred are waiting for us!!

(Steffen’s freestyle is scheduled for 1:00. Too bad we’re not there to see it. I’m sure he’ll knock it outa the park again!!! Go Steffen!!!)


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Everyone tried their best…

And today we’re going to try a bit harder!!

First 2015 CDI Grand Prix done!

First 2015 CDI Grand Prix done!

Lance warmed up great for the Grand Prix test but going from outdoor arena  to indoor competition arena just unsettled him enough that he backed off the impulsion too much to really make this complex test work well. Lindsey rode very well, so very, very well. Lance tried really hard and did his best but not enough impulsion is not a good enough answer to the difficult GP questions Lindsey was asking! But thank you Lance for trying!

At the end of the day, we watched Steffen and Legolas write the book on how to ride a Grand Prix test!!! Masterful!! He pulled out all the stops and risked it!!  77%!!! Congrats Steffen!!

Today we’ll address the concept of “no backing off at all Lance!” in the warm up ring and see if he can take that concept to the competition ring. Grand Prix Special at 9:50 (PST), live streaming at California Dreaming Productions (same as yesterday).

As today is our last day of competition here, we’ll pack everything up this afternoon and head back to Arroyo.

Off to start packing…




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Jog done…

This will be a photo heavy post!

Jog photos, Canadian wine and cheese photos…

Thanks Shannon and Steffen!!(we commandeered their canopy for the Canadian wine and cheese event!!) and thanks Barb and Curtis for the beautiful spread!!

Lance, hanging out with Lindsey, waiting for the jog...

Lance, hanging out with Lindsey, waiting for the jog… 

"It's our turn next Linds!!"

“Hey look!! It’s our turn next Linds!!”

The Canadian Wine and Cheese at the end of Barn 7.  Thanks Shannon  and Steffen!!!

The Canadian Wine and Cheese at the end of Barn 7. Thanks Shannon and Steffen!!!

More Canadians!!

More Canadians!!

Canada 5

Canada 6

The sun setting on a wonderful day.

The sun sets on the jog…game day tomorrow!!

The ride times for Friday are posted at…

(Olivia (PSG) 10:16; Grand Prix times… Shannon 1:37, Lindsey 2:31, Steffen 3:55)

Off to find tea and get this day rolling!!!



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Jog today!

And now life gets real…

  • Today – jog is at 3pm
  • Friday – 1:20 – 4:12 Class: 501 CDI Grand Prix (we’ll know our ride time after the jog today)
  • Saturday – 9: 30 – 11:02 Class: 502 CDI Grand Prix Special
  • link to the live streaming –
  • live streaming – Friday and Saturday 5am to 5pm (PST)

We got to work in the indoor arena yesterday (the show ring). Lance was wide eyed and very nosey…he finally started thinking about his job by the end of the session! He finds this indoor ring very, very interesting and would like Lindsey to just follow him around to go exploring the bleachers, the ring, the squishy footing, etc, etc, etc. Give him a pail and a shovel and he would have loved making sand castles at X!!! No sand castles Lance…how about piaffe?

Today will be be another session in the indoor with (we hope 🙂 ) serious Lance!




Off to find a large cup of tea!


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On the road…tomorrow!

Lance and William had lessons with Shannon yesterday. Fred had a lunge session in the round pen (She is recovering from a dermatitis on her legs this week. She is on 2 antibiotics and an anti inflammatory till tomorrow…poor Fred, she’s had a tough month!!!)

We’ll have a normal day today with the added tasks of getting things ready to pack in the trailer for our trip to Los Angeles tomorrow.

Tomorrow we plan on being on the road for about 9:30 to 10 am. Traffic is an issue around LA while hauling a horse trailer so we’ll time the trip around the rush hours.

First CDI this weekend!!! And we’re off…

This will be Fred in her turnout pen this weekend..."Where's Lance!!!"

This will be Fred in her turnout pen this weekend…”Where’s Lance!!!”

(William won’t care…any day spent soaking up the sun and rolling in the sand is just fine with him!!!)


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