First things first-
Rolex Land Rover The-Event-Formerly-Known-As-Rolex tickets are bought and plane ticket is booked! Anyone else going? I’m flying into Louisville (my sister goes to college there) Thursday night, then my mom and I are staying in Lexington Fri-Sun for the event. We have FRONT ROW seats to SJ. Last year we got bleacher seats and it was so hot and crowded, my mom never wanted to do that again. The countdown begins!
Riding has been boring and nothing to write home about (aka, no jumping). The day before Windridge, Trainer J came out for lessons at the barn I board at, and in preparation for that, BO took down all the jumps and used poles to create a large dressage arena, since the one at the barn is 20×40.
Then afterwards, BO asked if anyone minded it staying that way for a little bit- she was getting ready to go to her first dressage show on her new horse and they were doing Training 2/3, which is in a large arena. Since I’m the only one at the barn that jumps, everyone was in support of it. And because I wasn’t riding regularly, I said it was fine with me, too.
And it’s been good for us- we’ve hauled up to Trainer J’s every week, worked super hard on the flat, and last week, P’s wildest dreams came true:
Trainer J hopped on BO’s horse and I jokingly said P was jealous and she should get on him, too, and much to P’s delight, she did! I swear that’s the only reason he’s going so well for her, and has nothing to do with the fact that she actually USES her inside leg.
But it’s soon time to bring the jumps back out because Sunday we’re headed to Trainer B’s. It’s been 2.5 months since we last saw him and I’m fairly certain P thinks he was rid of him for good. Muahahaha.
But the MOST exciting news is that BO and I are headed to another dressage show in 2 weeks (which is NOT exciting in itself), but this time WITH TRAINER J! She knows P well, which will help us in warmup immensely. And besides being a kickass human being, rider and trainer, she’s also a judge herself, so having her watch our tests (rather than decipher another judge’s comments/scores) will help her formulate a plan for us in lessons.
Feels like show season is starting for real this time!