Monthly Archives: March 2015

Almost home!!!

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Sitting in Calgary, one more flight and I’m home! It’s warm, not snowing and the mountains are glorious!!

The lists are long to get caught up this week but I’ll get it all done and have some fun with the babies as well…almost home!!!  🙂 ❤


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I love early mornings…



We have decided not to chase a Pan Am position for Canada this year. With the loss of the first San Juan show opportunity, we would need to revise our competition plans and add on several more months of showing away from Alberta. That would not be feasible for us this year.

The decision about Pan Ams was very hard but it’s done. So now we’ll spend some time revising and editing our summer plans.

Yesterday we sent in our entries to the Del Mar National CDI at the end of April. We will be showing the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle!!! We have a great freestyle for Lance and the freestyle night is so much fun at this show. We’ll be under the lights in the Grand Stand!

The Del Mar CDI will be our last show here in California. We will be home the first week of May as planned. We are working out our May schedules and will have dates in May for the Core Mechanics for Riders workshops soon.

We love visitors and had a great dinner with Iris, Rachel and Hunter at Jake’s. Wonderful food and a great view of the ocean!!

Our date last night...Hunter!!!

Our date last night…Hunter!!!

Another great day ahead but first…off to find my yoga mat…



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Now that was a wonderful day!!!

Thank you so much for your wonderful words of support and encouragement. It really means a lot!!! (Barb has reminded Axel that Lindsey and Lance are from ALBERTA not BC…hopefully he’ll have that update today!!!)

65% in the Grand Prix CDI is a decent score (especially after dealing with the ups and downs of the past week), certainly not the score we were aiming for but we’ll take it. Lindsey did a wonderfully amazing job in the saddle and Lance tried his very best on a very, very hot day (31C) to dig deep and get it done. I am so proud of them both.

We have an early morning start to the day as the Special is a morning class today. (Yeah!! we’ll beat the heat!!!).

We should be able to get Lance back to Arroyo in San Diego this afternoon for a well deserved day off tomorrow.

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Coaches, rider and Lance…rehashing the day, discussing the future

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The tweeting seemed to work yesterday so I’ll keep it up today!! My twitter is  @argals

Off to get this day started!!





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1. Insert double bridle

2. Ride

3. Jog

4. Yes.  On to the Grand Prix

Yesterday was a success! His cheeks are healing (no friction at all during the ride), the jog was great and today is the Grand Prix

Lindsey and Lance, waiting at the jog.

Lindsey and Lance, waiting at the jog.

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Lance in his snaffle and drop noseband for the jog.

Thank you so much for all your encouraging words and thoughts including this note left on the truck outside the condo yesterday. I think we recognized the pretty pink lipstick used to write the words!! Thanks Emz!!



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So today we’re on to the Grand Prix. Our ride time is 3:09 and Shan is 2:39.

Note…I tried to get on the California Dreaming website last night and they are having difficulties. Hopefully they will have it straightened out by broadcast time this morning.

My twitter feed will be very active today if they haven’t worked out the bugs! I’ll update news as I get it.  You can find me on twitter @argals

Off to Pannikin and a great cup of tea for the drive to San Juan!!



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Today’s the day…

We’re at the show at San Juan Capistrano. Today is the jog for the CDI. And today is the day we put Lance back in his double bridle…

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Two bits, two sets of reins and a noseband. Required for riding at this level.

We have been working him in a snaffle bridle all week with a drop noseband (so there is no irritation to his cheeks) and Lance’s cheek has almost totally healed. Today’s the big test day…work in the double bridle.

A very exciting day ahead. (who said “jog” day was boring!!!)

Off to battle I 5 freeway traffic….grrrr….




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Congrats Team Peters!!!

Congrats to Steffen!!! First and Second place, Grand Prix San Juan Capistrano CD!! 76.7% on Legolas and 74.9% on Rosie!!! Go Team Peters!!!

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Don’t forget the California Dreaming Productions live streaming with Axel Steiner continues today and tomorrow! An amazing learning experience with the best riders and very insightful commentating! Thank you California Dreaming Productions!! (drop them a note to let them know how much you are enjoying the opportunity to be involved at this level!! 🙂 )

Shannon “officially rode her arse off” (she’s a very polite girl… 🙂 ) and Magic’s test was wonderful! 65.2% Congrats Shannon!!! (We were helping out at home; riding the bench, half halt to half halt!!!)

We had a very productive day at home. Lindsey worked out a lot of stress by hitting the gym first thing in the morning. I caught up on things here at the condo and then we were at Arroyo to work William and Fred. Very productive rides, very satisfied Canadians.



Today we’ll catch some more rides online and ride William and Fred.

Lance’s mouth is healing nicely. Thank you for all your supportive words and thoughts. 🙂 (He is wondering why I keep sticking my finger in his mouth without peppermints or granola bars involved in the process!!) He’ll have another day today of treadmill and turnout only. Tomorrow will be a walk day in the snaffle.

Off to find my yoga mat then out to Arroyo…


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We didn’t jog yesterday…

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Yes…now we get it…

Lindsey had a great ride yesterday morning…in the snaffle, lesson with Shannon, in the CDI ring, with Olympian riders, with the Canadian Technical Advisor observing, working Grand Prix movements…in a snaffle. She rode masterfully. Lance was learning and listening and working, working, working.

The snaffle bridle has a different noseband than the double bridle. There is no irritation to the cheek in the snaffle noseband so we worked him in the snaffle for 2 days hoping the inside of his cheek would heal and we could put him back in his double bridle. We have to show him in the double bridle where there is some chance of irritation to his cheek. I checked him after yesterday’s ride and made the decision that the inside of his cheek was not healed enough for us to show him with his double bridle.

Difficult decision


And that’s why Peter Pan has it mostly right…Grown up 3

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So we put our adult faces on and made big decisions, decisions that will affect the next two shows.

Lance is now back at Arroyo; turn out this morning, treadmill and a good brush…but most importantly healing for the CDI show next weekend.

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One step at a time, forward and upward, keep on going….but look back and see where you have come from…and smile.

Off to work Fred and William and to be back to the condo in time to watch the Grand Prix online! Go Team Peters!!!


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