Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas!

I'm such a lucky girl!!

After an already fabulous christmas, my dad and I headed up to the BIG Dover in Plaistow, NH, to exchange the breeches I got him and to get some horsey gifts for me for the coming year. We came back with quite a haul!! I got:

some practical things...






Some beautiful things...





And some really special things!




I'm so excited for the coming year!!

In other very exciting news, I WENT FOR A RIDE TODAY! It was just a bareback ride around the park on Dually, but it was awesome!! Just don't tell my doctor I'm out riding after three weeks instead of six... =D

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Reflections on 2009 and Goals for 2010

I've been reading the Chronicle Forums a lot over the past few days, enjoying people's accounts of 2009 and their hopes and wishes for 2010. Even though part of me really dislikes the offseason because it's just so darn fun being in the thick of things when the season is on, in other ways this time of year is the most exciting of all. The whole year is open, little squares of the calendar are just itching to get filled, and I can start making lists and dreaming big. Why not? =)

First off, here are a review of my goals that I laid out at the beginning of 2009:

- clear show jumping round at Intermediate
- consistent clears with few time penalties on cross-country at Intermediate
- ribbon at an FEI event!

well... none of those things happened! Intermediate show jumping remained, alas, poor Dually's and my nemesis, and I have been frustrated to learn that since moving on to Ringo I still cling onto many of the bad nerves and habits I picked up from those bad rounds. It's something that I believe I can overcome (show jumping was once my favorite phase of eventing!), but it will definitely be a constant part of 2010. Dually and I also only made it around one Intermediate xc this year, though what a blast we did have at that one! It was a true testament to this horse's remarkable heart and genuineness and I can't be more thankful for having such a saint take me around my first two intermediates these past two years. And for the last goal... it's hard to ribbon at an event you don't enter! With the horse shuffle that took place in the summer, I never did end up getting out to an FEI event in 2009.

On paper, it would look like it was a pretty unfulfilling year. On the contrary, however, I really was tickled with how the year went, and came away from it all profoundly in awe of the love that the universe has sent my way. My career with Dually didn't have a fairytale ending per se, but I couldn't have been more pleased with how he felt and how he tried for me all year. This is a horse that truly owes me nothing, and I owe him everything; I feel lucky every time I get to be around him.

I am continually astounded by the great fortune by which Ringo has come into my life. He is so fabulous and I feel so unworthy. He is generous, talented, knowledgeable, quirky, and strange . . . just my kind of guy. I'm really excited for what the next year holds.

And of course there is Kiki. I still don't know Kiki well yet, but I can say with confidence that I'm already her biggest fan. I'm really delighted at the opportunity to get to know her better in the coming year.

SO--

goals. Here are mine for 2010:

- go Intermediate on Ringo
- jump an Intermediate show jumping round without crashing/melting down/wanting to die
-preferably, jump at least one clear round
- figure out the bitting issue on xc and in the show jumping
- FODS at an event
- Get to a spring FEI event
- jump clear at said event
- ride a relaxed, accurate, expressive Intermediate test
- score in the 20s for HT, 50s FEI
- finish on a score under 50 at Intermediate
- go to Young Riders

- get to know Kiki
- compete Kiki
- jump around a Novice clear by the end of the summer

- everyone stays healthy and sound!
- figure out what I want to do with the next few years of my life... ugh.

It's going to be a busy year!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Photos!

Here are (in some cases very long overdue) photos of my two lovely boys from this year. I'm such a lucky girl to have such lovely partners in my life.

May Galway With Dually (OI):


Dually trying his absolute guts out through the triple... never his strong suit at Intermediate!



Serious good boy pats



Looking like a real Intermediate horse!



The handsomest

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My last event with Dually ever at The Event at Rebecca Farm in July (CCI* w/):


looking so fancy... belying the ROBBING that was going on in the judge's booth!!



Trying to leg yield...



I can't ever thank this horse enough.

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September Twin Rivers with Ringo (OP):


Baller.

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November Galway with Ringo (OP):



Such a cute little jumper!





lifesaver.

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In other news, I'm starting to try to get back into a shape a bit after my multiple weeks of convalescence, mostly by taking long walks through the snow around my house! Conditioning the New England way =) I'm getting super itchy to get back on a horse again and am eagerly anticipating getting back to California to get the new season underway!

Friday, December 11, 2009

100th Post, and excitement!

I'm officially done with school! I completed my last final last night at 10pm and am now officially home free, ready to start my nine months of riding and living the dream. I'm still pretty sad that I'll be spending the first five weeks of those nine months hobbling around with no horses whatsoever, but it's also not as if I was going to be logging a HUGE amount of time in the saddle this month even without getting injured. Now I'll have a better excuse to veg on the couch all holiday! =)

I also can't believe that I've reached this blog's 100th post. I'm very excited for the coming year, where I plan to use this blog a lot more frequently to keep a log of my adventures. Roll on 2010!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Serious Bummer

Well the past two days have not gone completely according to plan, to say the least! After surviving some serious rodeo antics from one of the school horses on Tuesday and enjoying a seriously high energy ride ride (with minor bronco action) from Ringo on Wednesday morning, I was really feeling ready to be done with fresh winter horses. Well, my good friend Calisto had other plans, and I ended up in the dirt on Wednesday afternoon after he corkscrewed and dropped his shoulder after a fence. Thanks man!! I ended up landing very hard on my back and tore a ligament in my lower back in addition to some big contusions and muscular strain. The prognosis: 6 to 8 weeks off of riding!! Fortunately Gina has agreed to take Ringo early, so he'll go down this weekend and stay in training with her until I can start riding again in mid to late January, but I'm still so bummed I don't know what to do with myself. I've been feeling so good with my riding and am really frustrated to have to be sidelined for so long now. I know that this is part of horses, and part of me recognizes that if such an accident had to happen, this was the time (right in the holidays where I won't be doing much riding anyway) . . . but still. I'm feeling pretty low.


Calisto just seconds before he decided the ride was over . . . bastard.
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