Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Hope this message finds you all doing well. Wistar and I are doing wonderful. We arrived Thursday, February 14th after an uneventful drive with blue skies over the passes and the horses eating and drinking beautifully. San Diego met us with rain, cold temperatures and lots of mud. The rain lasted about two weeks and finally we have beautiful blue skies and warm days again.
I have the very fortunate opportunity this season to be working with Steffen Peters at Arroyo Del Mar with Wistar. This has been a very exciting and beneficial transition. Wistar is working beautifully and trying hard every day. I spend my morning watching Steffen work his horses and then have my lessons in the late morning. I find myself growing everyday and will strive to emulate the communication and harmony he possesses with his horses. It is truly beautiful. Steffen and Shannon are incredibly supportive and helpful and I feel so blessed to be able to work with someone so accomplished.
The afternoons consist of traveling to Sea Breeze Stables which is just ten minutes away where our other horses are stabled. The horses are well. At Sea Breeze the rain has prevented us from riding for the last couple of days before traveling to the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Hopping on at the show was "interesting"!
We have arrived at the LA show yesterday and the horses have really settled in. I had a super work out with Wistar today under Steffen's tutelage. Paula had a great lesson on Rubesco and Cendro and WT were angels. The competition starts up on Friday and with a little luck I will put in a solid test.
Thank you again to my sponsors and supporters who have helped me get to this point in my training. Without you I could not pursue this dream. I can't wait for you to see how our hard work has led to a jump in our capability! You can see ride times at www.cornerstonedressage.com
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Well I will say I had a couple of weak moments in my Grand Prix Freestyle at Donida's schooling show on January 20th but some really good moments as well. Wistar was a dream through his piaffe/passage work and I nailed all of my one tempi's. I have a few kinks to work out for the big shows but it was a nice confindence builder right before we leave for CA which is this Tuesday the 12th. Cendro scored a 72% in his 2-4 test. He is owned by Margot Reed and will be coming down to show with me in all of the CA shows. Paula and a rubesco won there 1-4 test with a 69% and Ashley and Windtalker did a fabulous job earning a 65% in her 1-2 test. They will be heading down with me as well. Rubesco is schooling third again and will be showing first and second level this year after a two year break due to injury. Ash and Windtalker or Little Dub as we like to call him is also schooling third level and showing first and second this year. Little dub turns six this year and he is looking more and more like his Poppa Wistar every day.
So first show up....LA Equestrian Centers Mid Winter dressage Fair Feb 29- march 2.
I will post again and let you know when we arrive and all of the details of the long 24 hour haul. (don't worry we will be stopping and resting)