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Indio, Day Two

We watched the sun come up on a beautiful setting out the front window of the coach…

So we hopped on the Vespa and went searching for breakfast.  We found a little Cafe, Charlie’s, and had wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables and eggs…yum.  We headed south to check out the show grounds at Thermal.  They look fabulous.  Great stabling, some permanent, some tents.  The rings looked great as well, one big one under the lights.  We’ll have to climatize everyone to early sunsets and under the lights riding.  Alex will be the only one who has had that experience!

We spent the morning on the Vespa then headed back to the coach for lunch and an attempt at the golf course!!???  The course is a little chip and putt thingy with masses of water and water falls everywhere.  We thought a two ball rule would come into effect…lose two balls…carry on to the drop zone.  Oh my.  It’s amazing we came home with any balls left in our bags!!!  We had fun in the sun and a good laugh for the afternoon.

Of course being in the desert, surrounded by water, we had fresh fish for dinner.  Excellant, Fisherman’s Grill.

On the road today, headed to Escondido.  Set up the coach and then hopefully we can get to the stables later this afternoon.  Linds and Peter have done a great job holding down the fort at home.  Everyone will be ready to get on the truck a week from today… the count down is on!!!

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William is cantering!!!

Our young stallion, William is recovering in record time (record around here anyway!!).  He cantered one circle each way with Lindsey yesterday.  Colic surgery one month ago.  He loves to work, digs deep and tries so hard to figure things out under saddle.  He is still on “no turnout” ’cause he runs and bucks and bucks and bucks (trying to impress the girls, I’m sure!).  He gets hand walked and grazed several times during the day so he’s not bored.  He loves to be groomed and talks the girls into a good brush daily!  It’s soooo good to see him and Linds in the arena each day.  Linds may even need her spurs on soon!

Fred has turned into a PSG horse.  What an elegant, super mare!  She and Lindsey have put together such wonderful work this summer.  Fred has blossomed into a stunning girl.  The fall is going to hold some great schooling rides for Linds and Fred!  So exciting!!!

We are getting ready for the Steffan Peters clinic with Lindsey and Lance.  Lance is getting so strong.  He is settling into schooling the Grand Prix very nicely.  The 3 Ps (piaffe, passage, pirouettes) are coming along nicely.  It is such a thrill to watch the day to day work, so much learning and such good quality.  Linds and Lance are a wonderful team.

We are in the process of putting together our clinic, workshop and camp schedule for the fall at Flying Colours.  We’re waiting for confirmation on dates for several international clinicians.  Once the dates have been finalized then we can fill in the blanks for the rest of the clinics.

Looks like we’ll be heading to California for the spring.  We’re looking at show dates and working out the logisticsof horses, people and vehicles.  Ivarsand I have booked the last week of October to take the coach to Phoenix.  From Phoenix to California is a day’s trip to get the coach where we need it in February so no driving the Foretravel in minus 30+ this year…yeah!

Congratulations to Marilyn and Jennifer Parslow.  This mom and daughter are the new proud owners of Vaultara!  Tara spent the several months at Gorsline’s Stables learning the ropes of jumping.  She did great and put many jumper ribbons on her stall.  She’ll make a wonderful new versatile partner for Jen and Marilyn.  Lindsey will fine tune Tara’s schooling for the next couple of months with Jen and Marilyn.

A busy August into a great September!

Enjoy the journey,

Vickie

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