Saturday, July 23, 2011

Willow jumps!

Finally got to see a picture of Willow jumping. She looks so happy! I don't know enough about jumping to judge her form.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Baby Huey and Flash rock the schooling show

It was a super day for Baby Huey and Flash! They each got a blue ribbon, and Huey and I picked up the first level high point championship with a 65.8% on first-three. Go, Huey! Flash, who can sometimes be a little challenging, won his first-one class and behaved very well, after a slightly rocky first halt. You can see in the videos what great dressage potential he has. Such a free shoulder. Flash also took third in his other class. Huey and I got only a 59 on our first-two test. I didn't have him forward enough (but he was very obedient). Trainer Leslie told me to get him into a higher gear for first-three, and our score went up almost seven points. Trainers know best.

It was a beautiful day -- around 75 with a light breeze. The facility was extremely horse-friendly, the judge was consistent and fair, and the show was very well run. It was just an all-around good time!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Haven't done this in awhile

I am washing/bleaching my saddle pads, and have rounded up a white polo shirt, my pony tail hair net, and my white gloves. There must be a show tomorrow! It's the little schooling show that was postponed due to the EHV-1 outbreak a few weeks ago. My ride times are 3:30 and 4:30 (First 2 & 3). Huey has been to the venue before, so as long as he keeps his head in the game, we should have a good day. Camilla has warned me that if they use a whistle to signal that the judge is ready, Huey often thinks that's the start of a jumping round. Here's hoping they use a bell!

I had a request for a Willow update: she's fine! And I still own her. She is in Dubach, Louisiana, with an eventing trainer. The trainer thinks she would be a very nice hunter. I've had a couple nibbles, but she's still for sale. I have in the back of my mind the idea that I may bring her back to Oregon. Since I sent her off to be sold, I've made quite a few friends in the jumping/eventing world, so I think I could get her sold up here now. But for now, she's fine where she is. Let me know if you know anyone who's looking for a hunter with a solid dressage background!