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Now that boys and girls, was fun!

Yesterday we had a very good early morning school in the indoor arena in preparation for the freestyle that night. Lance was awesome, Lindsey was awesome and everyone was happy! We then had a long, rainy day ahead of us till Freestyle night. It was a Net Flix afternoon at home!! ūüôā

Last night was electric in the Del Mar arena. Lots of people, lots of noise and under the lights!! Lance is a very cool dude and nothing much bothers him but even he snorted with excitement in a couple of the piaffe movements! Go Lance go!! It was a great freestyle, a great test!!! 66.2%, 6th place. I am so proud of them!!!

So we celebrated our last show here by going to I N Out…I know, I know…too much excitement…we’ll keep it down now till we get home!!

I N Out

Lance won a pretty blue ribbon in the Grand Prix on Friday.

Lance won a pretty blue ribbon in the Grand Prix on Friday.

The racetrack ducks...I think they missed their flights north...

The racetrack ducks…I think they missed their flights north…

Checking scores on FoxVillage on Lindsey's phone is not easy this weekend.

Checking scores on FoxVillage on Lindsey’s phone is not easy this weekend.

Eddie took Lance and Magic home last night. Thank you Eddie! So today we are off to finish packing up the trailer and take it back to Arroyo. Today is “feet” trimming day at Arroyo! Sossity and Mario will make sure their feet are all looking good and in good balance for the trip home.

It’s going to be a great Sunday!!

V

 

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This never gets old…

Del Mar National CDI.

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We love this show.

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This will be our 6 year at this show. (7…if you count the time I came down to scout out a new coach to help us in our international goals and found her…Shannon Peters!!!).

Each year this show is always exciting for us. The work from the last 3 months with Shannon is getting solid. We are understanding the concepts and Lindsey and Lance are able to consistently add these new skills to the work. ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā Shannon’s happy, I’m happy, Lindsey’s happy and most importantly Lance is happy. A happy Grand Prix horse…happy in his understanding of the work, happy in his ability to do the work, he’s happy and willing in the very difficult Grand Prix work.

This never gets old…<3

V

 

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Del Mar National Live Streaming!!!

This year USEF will be live streaming the Grand Prix on Friday and the Grand Prix Freestyles on Saturday night!! Yeah!!

This is the only link I have to the broadcast right now. It doesn’t list the Grand Prix on the schedule yet. I’ll check on it and if there is a different link, let you know.

http://www.usefnetwork.com/coverage/guide.aspx

The Grand Prix coverage starts at 3 pm on Friday and the Freestyles on Saturday night at 7 pm.

As this is a CDI, we won’t know Lance’s ride time till after the jog and each day after the draw.

Thank you all for your support…it means sooooo much…especially a big thank you for Mrs. Spiller’s Grade 6 cheering squad!!!

Deb's class

 

We’re going for it guys!!!! Thanks for cheering us on!!!

Vickie

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Home…

We have done this learning, competing trek to California now for 6 seasons. And each year we juggle work at home with our competition schedule in California. We’ve tried several ways to make it work but ¬†I think this year has been the best juggle.

I’ve been home twice for 2 weeks at a time and Lindsey has been home for twice for 2 jam packed teaching weekends. Lindsey’s weekends at home are so crammed full I don’t know where she finds time to sleep! And in indubitable Lindsey style, she gets it all done!!!

Having two weeks home each time has been a¬†huge benefit for many things around here!!! Everyone and most things on my list get attended to while I’m home. ¬†Yeah!!! This makes me happy!

We have one more show at the end of April before we all head home for 2015. Our¬†final CDI show is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (April 24/25/26) and it’s a great show. We’ll be showing in the CDI Grand Prix class and for the first time in California, Lance and Lindsey will be in the Grand Prix Freestyle class. It’s a great freestyle and the class is a lot of fun for everyone. It’s in the indoor at the Fairgrounds on Gala Night, under the lights…lots of spectators, lots of smiles, lots of cheering!!! Yes cheering, at a dressage show, really!

So one more show and then we’re back on the road headed north for home!

(Core Mechanics for Riders Workshops (Pilates/Riding Workshops) dates are being organized!! Calgary dates May 30/31. Flying Colours dates TBA soon!!)

Off to find my Reformer!!! Another yeah for being home!!!

V

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I love early mornings…

Patience

 

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…

V

 

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Learning, learning, learning….

It was a wonderful, wonderful day yesterday.

When our friend Gary said learning to ride Grand Prix was like learning to ride all over again; he was perfectly, succinctly and very insightfully correct.  Riding Grand Prix is a whole new level of riding girls!!!

And we have been working very, very hard this winter¬†to solve this riddle. ¬†Yesterday’s Grand Prix test was totally on the right track.

I couldn’t be more prouder or more thankful after Lindsey and Lance’s test yesterday. ¬†Putting together the Grand Prix with organization, subtly, and understanding is the start of the next part of this journey and we are so excited to be headed there!!

Determined to Learn

 

 

The scores were not quite what we expected, but that’ll work itself out with time.

Today is a day off for Lance and school for William and Fred. ¬†With wind and wave advisories out for San Diego, it is going to be a very interesting weather day. ¬†The Grand Prix Freestyles are tonight (Lance is NOT doing his freestyle at this show). ¬†They are in the indoor arena so won’t be too affected by the weather.

I’ve heard from folks at home that the live streaming was not working yesterday…darn. ¬†Hopefully they will have it working tonight and you can catch Legolas and Magic’s tests tonight…Go Team Peters!!!

Off to the bustery day at the show…

V

 

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Training in the sun…

Yesterday’s training at the show grounds went very well. ¬†Shannon helped us with both William and Lance. ¬†William worked outside and Lance in the indoor (Del Mar) arena.

Everyday I video all three of our rides at Arroyo or at the shows and we review them at home each night. ¬† The videos take up at lot of time and disc space so it has worked out that I’v not taken many photos this year!!

So this show there will be more photos!!!  I promise!!

William, yesterday

William, yesterday

William

William

Good boy, William

Polishing and cleaning!!

Polishing and cleaning!!

I didn’t get photos of Lance in the indoor yesterday…there was a lot of traffic in there and the light was not great. ¬† (but he did look wonderful!!!! ¬†You’ll have to take my word for it!!!) ¬†I’ll try again today!!!

Today is a ride on both boys at the show grounds with Shannon, work with Fred at Arroyo and the jog back at the Fairgrounds at 3pm.

The kids had a great day at the beach yesterday and we all met for dinner at the end of the day. ¬†They finished the day off at the house in the pool before bed time…lotsa smiles, lotsa giggles and lots and lots of splashing!!!

Another very full day ahead…

V

 

 

 

 

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