Wednesday, 21 December 2011

What has been happening?

On Sunday I had a really fun day tagging along with Louisa and Rachael to the Horowhena PC One Day Trial at Waikanae Park. My role was that of photographer cum groom cum general entertainment. Louisa took Rei-Huia Squiggletop (Syd) and it was his second public outing and only the fifth time he had been asked to jump ... anything! He was a wee legend. 

His dressage test was his first time in a dressage arena and, aside from gawping at the people throwing bottles in the recycling plant RIGHT behind behind the arenas after going left at C, he did a very green but very nice wee test to end up about 1/3 down the field. Louisa took him quietly around the Show Jumping and he jumped the course clear but with a few time faults and then we went and walked the XC. I have not evented for years and so it looked huge to me but even Louisa commented that it was a pretty meaty course for Pre Training (the PT and the Training shared a handful of jumps) and this girl is a bonafide mad eventer who has ridden at International Events in the UK so I guess it was fairly big. We were all laughing about poor Syd being a bit too fat and unfit to make it around - little did we know he would absolutely eat up the course and finish with fuel left in the tank. He still got a few time faults but double clear jumping efforts = Superstar pony. I think his next start is going to be training level now - he certainly has the scope and the rider so, why not?! 

Scanned Tinks yesterday. Unfortunately she was not in foal but was teased and served today so finger's crossed for success second cycle. Might scan her after her cycle as she had a little fluid - need to make sure that is not still there after serving as will not help with conception success!

Yesterday I also went to Rei-Huia again, this time with Meg and we went off hacking over the hills. It was fab! I have my riding mojo returning and it certainly helps to have friends living so close to ride with - Great motivation. SO motivated in fact that I rode again today and even jumped Meg over the skinny log in the orchard paddock. I am such a nana rider these days - I want the brave kid who jumped the 1.20m gorse bushes with poles on top and the big ditches and banks around the old farm without so much as giving it half a thought back. Not sure where she went but I really miss her!

 Contemplating 'The Log'

 Don't touch it Meg!!

Tomorrow Brennan is heading over to Rei-Huia so Louisa can jump him over a few more jumps - Can't wait!

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