It looks like my original plans to head for the F.E.N.C.E. horse trials on April 16-17 are about to be derailed. I work as the executive director of a non-profit and I’m part of a group of local non-profit E.D.s and there’s a fundraiser that I really should go support. I’m already going to be missing another one on May 15th because of a horse show. Besides, F.E.N.C.E. is going to be pretty freaking expensive to be doing the intro level. Thanks to the lack of hotels in the Tryon area, it would be around $300 (with a military discount) just for the hotel stay- doesn’t include food, fuel, entry fees ($130), stabling ($120), tack stall ($50), etc. And all to jump 2′ and do a walk/trot dressage test? Ehhh. So instead, I’m thinking I’m heading to Raeford to the Heather Ridge Farm schooling HT at the end of April. It’s $75, a one-day show and 2’3″ with water, ditch and a bank. And Intro C- we get another shot to actually halt at X upon entering. Watch me screw it up again.
On a good note, I have a lesson scheduled with dressage trainer J this Sunday and then next Saturday, we start with our new jumping coach, trainer D! Trainer D is the one we took the clinic with last November and I really liked her teaching style. She is a pro eventer herself, and actively competes…and takes students with her! I’m excited to get started. And to correct this issue…
I’m currently waiting not-so-patiently for UPS to arrive with boxes from Riding Warehouse, SmartPak AND Kastel. Since more horse trials are finally in my midst, I need to do something about P’s xc boots. The first time he had rubs on his pastern after going xc schooling, I thought it was because the boots had slipped or I had put them on too low. But after Full Gallop, when I was very careful about boot placement and he got these:
I was going to get them in a smaller size, but SmartPak (which is where my husband got them for me from) is always out of the small fronts, and I’m too impatient to wait until mid-April to see if they come back in stock. I absolutely love my Majyk Equipe open-fronts
So I decided to give the Majyk Equipe XC boots a try!
These babies will be here today!
It was so hard to decide between white and black since the open fronts are white and P looks great in them, but I have to scrub them and I just don’t want to put that much effort into xc boots. So black it is, but I always have my turquoise duct tape to fancy them on up. Fingers crossed that they fit and don’t make P uncomfortable at all.
P also got a turnout sheet since he’ll be turned out pretty much 24/7 and while he loves to roll, he hates to be brushed. And I’m trying a new bit at the suggestion of trainer J. An Herm Sprenger loose ring. My wallet cried a bit when I put that into the cart. But that I bought from SmartPak, so at least if it doesn’t work, I can return it.
And then last, but not least, I finally jumped on the Kastel bandwagon. Maybe. I ordered a yellow sun shirt and if I like it then, more will follow. A lot of people at my barn wear them and love them, but they’re all pretty petite. Thanks to crossfit, my shoulders and arms are fairly muscular, and a lot of “regular” clothes don’t fit. But I really hope this does because I LOVE the colors. NC is so brutally hot in the summer and tank tops just don’t cut it.
Oh, and look what husband did for me over the weekend!
Secretly I think he loves P.
Even though there’s no better picture to describe me than this:
And yet, he still puts up with me.