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So this is what a Grand Prix horse does on his day off…

Thank you so much to the organizers of the CAADA Mardi Gras CDI dressage show at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping this weekend. The stabling was wonderful, the footing was amazingly excellent and as always with Shelagh at the helm of the show office…the show was expertly run.

The days were hot but the breeze off the mountains kept everything quite workable. We all needed to keep hydrated and the judges kindly decided coats were optional so it was all good.

The Grand Prix was Friday morning and Lindsey put together an expertly ridden test; organized, tidy and very confidence building for Lance. First place ribbon.

Lindsey and Lance CDI Calgary

 

Saturday morning was the freestyle. We decided as Lance handled the whole thing so well the day before in the Grand Prix, our plan would be to try for a bit more power in the freestyle. The warm up was super; powered up, engaged, forward and straight. We were ready to put this test away!!!!!…soooo…..unfortunately the music man running the music had a bit of a fubar and cut 10 seconds or so off the start of the freestlye. That then resulted in Lindsey having to madly catch up to the music for the first part of the freestyle. Ugh. Lindsey did great as Lance was a bit unsettled with all the rushing about and once they caught up to the music; the rest of the freestyle was awesome. And as we were the only ones in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle class…another first place :). (Barb and I were both tearing up singing O Canada for this red ribbon though…)  ❤ the journey…

At the end of the class, I hitched the trailer and hit the road so I could get Lance home before the day really heated up. He was back in his stall at home, munching contentedly, by early afternoon.

Today is his well deserved day off and he and the rest of the barn are enjoying grazing as the morning sun rises. We’ll bring them all in before the heat of the day begins. 🙂

Lance turnout

Ivars is off for an early morning ride on his bike and I’m headed to the stable to ride…

🙂 ❤

 

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Uploaded to Youtube…that was relatively painless…

So I spent the afternoon figuring out how to upload the video of Lance’s freestyle from the Calgary CDI to Youtube…and I think I love my new computer :).  It all went well and here’s the link…

Also, on a small note; the score listed on Foxvillage will be updated to a first place 69.2%.  That is the official score. (There was a glitch in the reporting of the final score that Shelagh the Amazing Show Secretary is now updating…)

All the horses went back to work this morning and were super duper!!!  We’re getting ready for the next show in Calgary in August!!!

Comfort station for riders and horse at the CDI.  Thank you from Flying Colours to CAADA and everyone involved.  This was a great show!!

Comfort station for riders and horses at the CDI. Thank you from Flying Colours to CAADA and everyone involved. This was a great show!!

Big things coming up at FCS this month.  Will keep you posted as to the details….

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Wooowww…what a day!!!

67%, 67%, 69%, 69%, and (our big quest…) 72%!!!!!!  69.2% final score

Yesterday was Lance’s first run at his Grand Prix freestyle (thanks Karen Robinson, Applause Freestyle Design!!!!) and it went quite well :)!!  Can it be better?  You betcha!!! It’s gonna be!!!

It was a great weekend and guess what.. it is really just the start!

Into the Grand Prix CDI ring.  We had to be very careful to get Lance from the warm up ring to the competition ring as he is barefoot and the path was very rocky.

Into the Grand Prix CDI ring. We had to be very careful to get Lance from the warm up ring to the competition ring as he is barefoot and the path was very rocky.

My quiet coach's corner.  Thank you Shannon Peters...your generosity in passing on your knowledge has enabled us to produce this level of Grand Prix work.  Thank you...

My quiet coach’s corner. Thank you Shannon Peters…your generosity in passing on your knowledge has enabled us to produce this level of Grand Prix work. Thank you…your words run through my head daily.

Test done, waiting for the scores.

Test done, waiting for the scores.

Thank you Peter for the great shots!!....this is Lance!

Thank you Peter for the great shots!!….this is Lance!

First place ribbon on...off to the ring for a victory gallop!!

First place ribbon on…off to the ring for a victory gallop!!

Congrats Lindsey and Lance!!!

Congrats Lindsey and Lance!!!

Ivars and I brought all the horses home from Calgary last night.  (Grace, Fred, William and Lance went to the show, only Lance competed.  The other 3 were there for schooling…and they are very tired ’cause they also worked very hard!)

Today is going to be a slow moving day around our farm of unpacking the horse trailer and the RV.  And if it stops raining, a turnout day for some very tired horses!!

I love my job.

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It was a wonderful day!!

Congrats to Wendy Christoff and her wonderful day yesterday!  She won the Grand Prix class and the Prix St George as well.  Congrats Wendy!!!!

Lance and Linds??…66.5% and second place in the CDI Grand Prix!!!  I am sooo proud of them both!!

Comtect off, warm up done, on to the show ring!

Comtect off, warm up done, on to the show ring!

A beautiful, sunny day for a horse show.  Even DrewDrew thought Auntie Lindsey was great!! (It's hard to impress 2yr olds!!)

A beautiful, sunny day for a horse show. Even DrewDrew thought Auntie Lindsey was great!! (It’s hard to impress 2yr olds!!)

 

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Congrats Linds and Lance!!

So today is Lance’s Freestyle!  It’s a great freestyle and this’ll be the first time for Lance and Linds to use it in a competition.

Off to feed my horses!! Gonna be a great freestyle day!!!

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