This blog is about my life, a 28 yr old filly; working in the city, balancing her career, passion for horses, dogs, and the life they deserve. Following my dreams, and getting there takes a lot of patience and a sense of humour. This is my take on life, and the amazing and stupid things in it.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Loot - Shopping at Rolex



Loved these cuties
  With a smooth drive down we arrived in Kentucky around 6am today.  After a little nap and breakfast, we headed to the park to watch some dressage and then start the fun stuff - shopping!

  Todays scores:




wine tasting :)

$5 leadrope - $20 breeches

$25 padded leather halter, free water bottle and bag

$5 leather padded collar for Ozzy

CoTH goodies, freebies, and 2 tubs of Stubben leather cleaner for $10

Stubben irons $10

Tipperary BLUE helmet for schooling $40

AND the Antares dealer gave me a fleece lined saddle cover for free because Alayne bought a saddle from them!


{ This post is day 20, letter T of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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 The last blog post should finish the challenge on the 30th of April 2014. 
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Snappleicious



 My second pony growing up was an Appaloosa mare named Snapple.  She came from a horse trader and was pregnant at the time we bought her, although we had no idea.  Snapple was hardly broke, she could walk and trot and canter a little.  She had never jumped before and that is pretty much all we knew about her.

 The horse dealer wanted to sell me this straight legged lame QH pony instead - because he was super quiet and well broke.  This guy had no idea what he was getting into though, because my heart was set on a set of spots.  I had always been crazy about Appaloosas as a kid, and the minute I laid eyes on Snapple in that dusty old barn I knew that was the pony for me.  No amount of convincing would tear my heart from her, and shortly after, she was mine.

Appleton Pony Club Rally


Hawkridge Horse Trials - Pre Training




 Snapple was truly the pony of a lifetime.  Over the years she taught me the world of showing; hunters, jumpers, dressage, and eventually, eventing.  No matter what the discipline, she excelled at it.  She won the hunters, kicked ass in the jumpers, and cleaned house eventing.  Ok, maybe dressage wasn't exactly her forte - but she tried.

  Snapple and I conquered the levels of Pony Club, we won coolers, trophies, and hundreds of ribbons.  She was my best friend for many years, and gave me the spark and love for eventing.  When I outgrew Snapple, I leased her out to a few riders for them to gain experience and confidence.  She did her job well and won a few events, along with the hearts of many along the way.

Napanee Pony Club Show

Napanee Pony Club Jumper Champion


Hawkrdige Horse Trials


Pony Club Show Jumping Championships

Snapples baby Philippe on the right

Dana and I, and Philippe

 Sadly, Snapple passed away a few years ago while in the care of another person.  She had a sudden aortic rupture and could not be saved.  The horse world can be cruel and painful.  Losing Snapple was not easy, even though it was years since I had been riding her and she was not at my home, it was a tough loss to swallow.  I am so thankful for the time I had with Snapple.  We had an incredible time together, and a bond like no other.  You don't always need the fanciest horse in the barn, but you do need one with a big heart - and Snapples was the biggest.

{ This post is day 19, letter S of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event - Take 2


Boyd Martin
  Wednesday night will commence our epic road trip down to Lexington KY for the second year in a row.  Alayne and I, along with her student and friend Ellie are driving down to make it in time for some dressage on Thursday.  

  The car is cleaned, oiled, and dieseled up.
  The Rolex shopping list has been growing for some time.
  Maps are printed and ready to take us to Kentucky.
  Restaurants that serve booze have been scouted.
  My yearly failing guess entry to EN to guess the winner has been sent.
  Rain boots have been purchased.

Cdn Kendal Lehari

Peter Akins and Run Henny Run

Mary King

Buck Davidson

 Now, we just need one more day to pass then we are on our way!  Hoping to meet many bloggers there this year.  If you are going, I have started a hidden Facebook group called Rolex Blogger Meet up.  Add me on Facebook (Me) and I will add you, then we can all try and co-ordinate where to meet!  Link to FB group.

{ This post is day 18, letter R of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Quite the Gardener


 I was trying to be a good pig mum the other day and left Miss Piggy out for a graze.  When I returned home I made a discovery.  Miss Piggy is quite the gardener.

  

 Ironically, this is exactly where I was planning on putting a new garden.  Thanks for lifting all the soil Miss P!  

I don't even want to talk about the Tulips she ate.....putting a rush order on her pig pen now... lol

{ This post is day 17, letter Q of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Sundays are skipped. 
 The last blog post should finish the challenge on the 30th of April 2014. 
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Ponies Show the Hunters!


  Jessica and I spent our Easter Sunday at a local schooling show.  This show is at a new facility about 30 minutes from my place.  It was held indoors with the warm up outdoors.  The weather has finally turned a corner and we were blessed with a decent temperate and actual sunshine.  

  We both entered the 2'3 and 2'6 hunter divisions.  William has only shown cross rails once, and 2' jumpers once.  This will be much bigger than we have shown and the hunters are a little out of our element but we were going for the purpose of schooling and getting around some fences with a little more height to them.

  William was in a funny mood from the minute our day started.  He let himself out of his stall again (becoming an everyday occurrence now) and was greeting me in the doorway when I went to feed the horses in the morning.  He had a bit of a fit on the trailer right before we left when he saw Parker being turned out.  When I tacked him up at the show - he was being a dink and then when I was on his back, he was backing up around the parking lot and refusing to go forward.

  In the warm up he settled down but was threatening bucks at the canter.  We went in for our warm up round and he jumped everything first time - no looks or stops at all.  I was happy with that and since our division was first to go, I headed back to the trailer to change his saddle pad and put my Ogilvy half pad on.  I removed his shaped fleece and put a PolyPad on with the Ogilvy and he seemed a bit happier.  Thank God I had that and my cross whip still in my tack box!  I also moved his saddle back more as he seems to hate when it is anywhere near his shoulder.


 Our first round started off well, we popped into canter and jumped the first two lines nicely.  On a turn to the third line William slammed on the brakes and it took some good Pony Club kicks to get him going and over the first jump on the line.  He wasn't spooking or stopping at the fence, he was just being a bit of a nappy brat!  He did this again down the 4th and final line.  Needless to say we were last in that class but we got around.

Willy and I in the 2'6 - Photo by Jason Scourse

  For our second round in the 2'3 I got my whip from the trailer and just as I entered the in gate I gave him a good hard smack behind the leg.  Wouldn't you know it, we picked up a beautiful canter and jumped around the course nicely.  He got all his changes and had a nice smooth ride around the course.  This continued through to our 2'6 classes in which he got every distance, lead, and jumped extremely well.  He was also super in his very first flat class with other horses.  Out of 8 riders we had multiple 4ths, a few 5ths and 6ths.  I won't pretend to be a hunter expert but I will say I think the judging was a miss.  Not just for me but for Jess too...her horse was spot on all day and neither of us really came away with anything decent - although Jess did win the second 2'3 class.  Some of the winners were what I would call interesting choices.  This is why I don't show hunter though - too much subjectivity for my liking!

Jess and Mia in the 2'3 - Photo by Jason Scourse

  This I think is the problem with schooling shows sometimes, judges know the other riders or the judges are just pulled from any random spot to fill the day.  I am however thankful for having shows like this for my young guys to be able to go out and get experience.  I am also thankful that this is not my go to competition life, because I might rip my hair out by the end of summer trying to understand the placings.  

 All in all I had a great Sunday at the show.  William turned his attitude around and showed he is ready to start jumping some bigger stuff - and soon enough start his eventing career.  Can't wait.

{ This post is day 16, letter P of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
Posts are theme based on the corresponding alphabet letter, starting with A on April 1st.  
Sundays are skipped. 
 The last blog post should finish the challenge on the 30th of April 2014. 
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Our New Foster - Rookie




  I got a message last week asking if I was able to foster another dog.  It's been a while since our last foster, and I was just thinking about how I was missing it so the timing was perfect.  He came to the farm yesterday and boy - what a sweet heart.  A young Australian Shepherd.  His name is Rookie, and he sure is handsome.  He has been well behaved but has a total lacking of manners.  He is a really smart boy though so I don't think it will take long for him to learn the rules around here.  Broo, Bentley, and Ozzy have all welcomed him.  This one will be hard to let go.  He will be available for adoption through Poets Vision Aussie Rescue.



{ This post is day 15, letter O of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Natalie Smith Clinic




Tomorrow, Jessica and I are taking William and Mia over to Alaynes place for a clinic with Natalie Smith.  Natalie is a hunter jumper rider and trainer from the Toronto area. I had the opportunity to ride with her once last summer and really like her teaching style.  I think she is pretty knowledgeable, and she reminds me of my old coach who I attribute to being the one who really taught me how to ride.

  Since it's Good Friday, I have the day off and that means a fun filled day of ponies of course!  I am very excited to see how William goes and what help she can give me with him.  Sunday we are going to a little schooling show in the area so this will be a good prep prior to show day.  Looking forward to some pony time.

 Happy long weekend everyone!


{ This post is day 14, letter N of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Miss Piggy



She is just chillin'.




  { This post is day 13, letter M of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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Lessons - Immediate Inspiration Blog Hop



 From Viva Carlos, another Blog Hop!

Most of us take lessons, whether its a couple times a week or a couple times a month. Some of us have more then one instructor. Why do you train with your trainer? If okay or possible, share a picture of your trainer riding.

  I ride with both of my coaches (dressage and showjumping) for similar reasons.  One, I love their teaching styles.  I understand them both fully and always feel like I am coming away with something after a lesson.  I trust them and their judgement.  They are both active riders and competitors and although this is not important to many people, I do feel like a coach needs to be an active rider.  They both take lessons themselves and thus are always learning, trying new exercises, methods.

  I look at their students results, and if they are successful.  I personally find that one way to judge a person's coaching skills.  Of course this is not a solid rule, but it does usually reflect coaching quality.  They both demand perfection - and explain their reasoning for it.  They are different teachers but yet they are both so effective.

  Another great thing about my coaches is their ability to understand and work with Thoroughbreds.  The ability to understand an ex racehorse and amend your training methods accordingly can mean the difference between success and mass frustration.  Riding with Daphne helps me set clear attainable goals to work towards, and she gives me the skill set to achieve it. Riding with Rick is painful (physically) and an absolute blast which usually starts or ends with me busting a gut - he is hilarious.  I can't even explain how hilarious.  I always ride better with Rick, that says something to me.








An InLinkz Link-up


{ This post is day 12, letter L of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  
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