Monthly Archives: April 2016

Not quite as planned…

The warm up for the Grand Prix yesterday was right on. The work Shannon and Lindsey have done this month has been effective, clear and classic…on the hind end, not in the shoulder and active. And most importantly Lance was understanding the concepts.

Del Mar 2 2016

Our lovely, super tryer Grand Prix horse just didn’t quite understand all the subtleties of the concepts in the big ring. Oh man he tried but Lindsey had to remind him way too many times to make the test as smooth and as top notch as we needed at this CDI.

So on to tonight…

Tonight is the Freestyles. He has a great freestyle and we’re sure he can take some of the learning from yesterday into tonight’s test!!!

We love our big, wonderful (abet a bit slow in the uptake on new ideas….) dressage horse.

Off to the stable…it’s William in the ring first today!

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Schooling in the big ring…

This ring is the CDI ring Yesterday with Lindsey and Lance schooling. It’ll be packed to the rafters and loud Saturday night for the Freestyle class. Our last class, our last show in CA and it’s going to be a great time!

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We are in the heavy lifting time slot right now of packing up the house and the horses for the long trip home. We all head back this weekend after the show. All our horses should be in their stalls at home at Flying Colours early next week.

Today is early schooling rides at the show grounds for Lance and William then back to Arroyo to Fred, DiMaggio and Sardonyx. The jog is at 3 this afternoon for Lance.

Tomorrow William’s class (Inter 1) is at 2:02 and Lance’s Grand Prix class starts at 3. (We won’t know Lance’s ride time for the Grand Prix till after the jog today.)

Off to pack something!!!

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Fencing almost ready!

We (insert Greg and Ivars…I’m the designer 🙂 ) are almost finished the fencing project we needed this year.

The front paddocks are now divided. It will give us more turn out options when the horse arrive home…. and we bring them home in 2 weeks!!! ❤

Fencing

Ivars and Greg worked all weekend and finished up all the brace posts and wire as the sun set on Sunday night. Greg will be out today to string the coated wire and re connect the fencer. Thank you, thank you to an amazing husband and son. ❤ ❤

Off to my morning at the stable and then on to “Amma Day”!

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It’s Yoga Teacher Training Weekend at Refresh Wellness!!

Happiness is when you think,

what you say,

and what you do

are in harmony.

Gandhi

We are now in month 16 of our 18 month Yoga Teacher Training and this weekend is our final presentations to the group. The group is amazing with so many interesting, intensely committed people. Each presentation will reflect the passion they have found in the direction this teacher training has opened up to them personally. It’s going to be a very exciting weekend!

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Off to roll up my yoga mat and pack it into the car…it’s yoga teacher training weekend at Refresh Wellness!

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A real day off!!!

This is it!! Linds is off to the gym and Ivars and I are having tea, watching the sun rise in the east and the ocean waves crashing out the patio windows on the beach in the west.

A day off…awesome, amazing wonderful!

Be present.
Make tea.
Avoid small talk, make conversation.
Water a plant.
Make your bed.
Make someone else’s bed.
Have a smart mouth and a quick wit.
Walk.
Make art, create.
Take chances.
Ask questions.
Make mistakes.
Learn.
Know your worth.
Love fiercely.
Forgive quickly.
Let go of what doesn’t make you happy.
Grow.

So the day starts with Somatic yoga for us (Ivars had a very big ride yesterday and needs a “stretch” day off today). We may find ourselves on the beach at some time (low tide is 1pm) and when Linds gets back, I think it’ll be a “mother of the groom wedding dress” shopping kinda afternoon.

Another beautiful, mindful day starts…

Pay attention
Be grateful
Let go
Make space
Slow down
Write it down
Act like a tourist
Be

In other words…

buddha

Love to you all…

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This never gets old…

So we are both really missing be part of the competition in San Juan this weekend but we have an amazing diversion here at Arroyo. 5 amazing diversions really, each one as amazing as the last!

Wednesday was “trail” day. Some of them had a short trail ride and some had a longer trail ride. And DiMaggio had his first Californian trail ride.  Good boy baby DiMaggio!!

Yesterday was a “full work” day for them all.

William 2a

Thursdays are inhand days for William. Such a great tool for him. He’s learning how not to over use his stallion neck and lift his shoulders for more hind leg activity. His progress this spring has been wonderful.

Williama

The saddle work after the inhand work is amazing! He’s going to be a super little Grand Prix competitor for the future!

Today is another full day of work with everyone. They’ll all get the weekend off and be rested and ready for lessons with Shannon on Monday.

So despite missing the CDI…we’re coping!!! 🙂 :)…yes…coping very well…

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