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Gotta Love this Weather!!

We are having an amazing week of weather here in California…now I really get why everyone wants to move to California. I think there was about a 50C difference in temperature between San Diego and Edmonton on Monday.  Wow!!!

Congratulations to Shannon on a great show with her Grand Prix horse, Odyssey at Thermal this past weekend. This was their first show together in over a year and they definitely were successful. Way to go Shannon!!

On Monday and Tuesday, I had four super lessons with Shannon. The horses have completely settled in and recovered from the trip and are already making great progress in the work. William is learning to trot like a big boy with a little bit of help from Shannon on the ground. Not only is the trot improving but the work transfers right into the canter. I’m pretty sure he is the cutest stallion around!! Freddie and I are fine tuning all the Prix St. Georges work for our first show in February. She is becoming a great partner to work with and allowing me to access more of her body every day.  This is a big step for an alpha mare like Freddie!! Lance is everyone’s favourite at Arroyo. Not only is he spectacular to watch work but because he is so loveable he makes friends quickly everywhere he goes. I keep reminding everyone that I know how lucky I am to ride him!!

Looking forward to the rest of the week!!


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Our first show done.

Lance and Lindsey, Intermediare One, 62%, great ride, 10th place.  First show done and now back to training and get ready for Burbank CDI at the end of February.  This was a great way to start our show season.  The show was close to home (3 hours away), we had lots of help from family (thanks Barb, Curtis, Archie, Ali and Baby Brayden!).  Although William and Fred didn’t get to compete, they worked well and they’ll get a turn to come down center line next show.

We left Thermal about noon and arrived at Arroyo before sundown.  It was good to unload the horses and unpack the trailer in daylight.  We’re still getting used to no twilight and planning our day around early sunsets!  Now to deal with mounds of laundry here at the coach and at the stable…on the list for today…

We’ll work Alex this morning and then Kim and Walker will have a lesson.  Maybe, if the paddocks have dried out, they’ll all be able to get some turnout in the afternoon???!!! 

I’m headed back to Alberta tomorrow and will be back in Del Mar on Friday.  Sooooo looking forward to seeing my family!!!  A couple of days at home will let me tackle the stacks of stuff that have grown on my desk for the last month and pat all the ponies we had to leave behind.  It’ll be a couple of very full days at home, lots of lessons, lots of catching up and lots of hanging out with kids and hubby!

Gonna be quiet day…hope the sun shines!


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A day of ups and downs…but a good day.

We arrived at the show grounds found our time for Lance’s PSG test and then tackled the problem of ride times for Fred and William. 

It seems the show office received all three entries but the CDI people stapled Fred and William’s Open show entries to Lance’s entry.  They processed Lance’s but missed Fred and William’s.  Unfortunately they charged Lindsey credit card for all three.  They could not seem to find any times for us to show in the open show for Friday but found a time for Fred on Saturday morning.  The time slot would not work as Lance’s class was running at that time as well.  Sooooo…what to do…Fred and William will just school at this show and we’ll focus on Lance and the CDI.  Very disappointing to be here and not show all three horses.  This show committee needs the expertise of Shelagh Holmes!!!!  I guess this being the first CDI here there are bumps to be worked out but too bad we got 2 horses left out of the whole show!!  We were doing the zen thing and we just let go the frustration and focused on showing one horse!!!

Lance and Lindsey had a great warmup in the indoor CDI warmup ring with Shannon.  They headed down centre line and both did a great job.  61%, ninth place, Gunter and Steffen, first and second place, 69% and 68%.  I’m so proud of Linds and Lance, first show in 8 months and after all Lance’s issues in Decemeber…good job Linds, good boy Lance!

Today is Lance and his Intermediare One test at 9:38am.  We’ll finish up around noon so we’re going to head back to Del Mar early and maybe I’ll be able to get an early flight back home tomorrow instead of Monday!!  Gonna be another good day!!!


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Jog done…on to the show.

Today is Day One of the show. 

We arrived Wednesday, unpacked, spent the day getting all the horses acclimatized to the show grounds.  Thursday we presented Lance to the FEI vet who inspected him in the barn in the morning. Later in the day, Lindsey walked and trotted him in front of a panel of inspectors (judges and vets).  The panel watches the horses move to assure themselves of the soundness of the horses to compete in the CDI the next day. 

After the jog, the show committee draws names to place the order of go for the rides in the CDI classes.  The PSG class (Lance’s class) will run from 9 to 11:30 am today.  At the end of the day yesterday we hadn’t yet heard the order of go yet so we’ll head to the show early and find the ride times posted at the show office. 

The show office seemed quite swamped all day and they hadn’t had time to work on the schedule for the Open show so we still don’t have times for Fred or William’s rides yet as well.  We’re just going to wing it today! 

Barb, watching Lindsey's lesson with Shannon.

Lindsey and Lance walking around the outdoor "Open Show" rings.

Lindsey and Lance in the indoor "CDI Show" ring.

Lindsey and Lance, ready for the jog.

William and Fred worked very well yesterday (Fred and Linds worked with Shannon just after lunch) and they are both ready to ride down centre line…if we can get ride times!!!!

It was a wonderful day yesterday and gonna be another today!


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