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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Arrived safely

Hi There,

Wanted to let you know that Wistar, Warado, Windtalker, Ashley, my dog Katie, and I all made it down safely to the LA Equestrian Center. We arrived about 11:00 PM last night after a grueling 13 hour day. It was tough but the horses look wonderful and are already bucking in there stalls.

We left a bit late on Thursday morning after some technical difficulties and made our way to Ashland, OR where we stayed at a wonderful farm, Ashland Hills Stable. Allen the owner as always was so accommodating and wonderful making sure we were all taken care of. We had originally planned to make it three hours further south to Redding but we felt it was too late to start over the pass on Thursday night. So this left for a long day on Friday. We made it though and are all set up and ready for the Developing riders clinic which will start on Tuesday and go through Thursday. This clinic will be with Klaus Balkenhol and Debbie McDonald. I will let you know how that goes and post pictures.

The other three horse, Perno, Wachter, and Andiamo will be arriving the 2nd of February. I will post some pictures of them as well when they come. Talk to you soon.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Heading South

Well it's the 26th already and were almost packed. It seems like it came up so fast. Wistar and I are doing well. He has been working wonderfully and we are both excited to be getting into our competition season. I don't know about my internet situation once I get down there but I hope to update every couple of days.

I will be taking six horses down with me this year. Big man on campus, Wistar of coarse along with his five year old son Warado who will be showing first level and maybe a couple of the FEI five year old classes. Another Wistar son, Windtalker whom my wonderful groom Ashley owns and will be riding and showing later this year. Perno, a 16.2h black imported Dutch gelding with lot's of personality who is schooling fourth level. Wachter a 17.2h brother to Wistar who is big, black and amazingly beautiful with a perfect blaze down his face, and last but not least Andiamo an Oldenburg bay gelding that is coming six and is always looking for who will give him a little attention. A wonderful group of horses and we are very much looking forward to our journey. I hit the road tomorrow with Wistar, windtalker, and Warado. The other three boys will meet me down south by way of Charlie Gibson horse transport on the 2nd of February. I will let you know how the trip down was in a couple of days.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Getting ready to go!

January 14

Wow! Another year has passed.Today is my husband Alex and my first wedding anniversary. Hard to believe how time flies. He has been with me through a lot of new adventures with Wistar and competitions. Especially considering I was away almost four months in 2006. I was lucky though, he got to come see me a couple of times during competitions and I tried really hard to get home to see him and help my students a couple times as well.

Plans are starting to come together as far as preparation's for the 2007 season. Recently I learned that the Klaus/Debbie clinic has been moved up to the end of January so that has put a rush on things a bit. We are waiting to see how the weather and the pass conditions will hold up. They will play a large role as to when I can leave. If I can get everything confirmed then I will leave the 25th of January to head down south. If not then more likely the 15th of February. I am very excited for Klaus to see Wistar again. He has been going really well and I am feeling much more confident with his piaffe now. He is getting stronger and more consistent. I am looking forward to getting him back to the warmer weather. I know we both work better when it's above 20 F.

I Hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's celebration and thank you to all of your continued support and encouragement. It really means a lot!