Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's been a long time......

Wow, I can't believe it's about 3 months since I've posted!  The time has flown by.  There is a lot to cover, so I'll try to remember it all and keep things as concise as I can!

1.  Most of you probably already know that my Bugger had to have emergency colic surgery the end of August.  This was heartbreaking to me, as this is the second time we have completely lost our fall season and plans.  HOWEVER, I am THRILLED that Bug made it through the surgery and is doing great.  He is counting down until November 1st when he gets to return to work.  I'm going to take things SUPER slow, however, and have decided not to shoot to do any shows until May of next year.  I want to make sure he's well rested and brought back slowly and correctly.

2.  My student, Catherine, and her pony, Dreamin' Up a Thunderstorm, made their way to the American Eventing Championships in September.  They competed in the Junior Beginner Novice Division and brought home 8th out of over 60 starters!  I'm so proud of them!  Catherine has worked very hard with her pony.  Thunder is a super fancy pony that now has another little girl to teach.  Catherine will now begin competing her newest horse, Mr. Secret Agentman, at the Novice level, with the hopes of competing at the Training Level 3-Day next fall.  

3.  Renn has finally made his appearance back to the competition world!  He is going great, and I am very impressed with how he is maturing and changing.  I took him to a schooling dressage show the first weekend in October with great results.  We did Novice Test B and Training Test A.  He received seven "8's" throughout both tests.  I was thrilled with him.  We then set off to Why Not An American Ark on October 10th for his first recognized event since March and only his second recognized Novice ever.  He was a superstar!  He had a great dressage test filled with "7's" and only one "5" giving us a 34.8.  He jumped a great show jumping round and a brave XC round for two double clears!  He ended up coming home with a pretty red 2nd place ribbon!  I could not be prouder of him.

4.  Newton, a 5 year old Connemara/TB cross, did his first ever event with me at Hillcrest Farm in September.  He did the 2' division, and he was such a star.  For a boy that had never been to a show, he handled it all with greatness.  I am very excited about his future!

5.  My husband, Father, and Uncle put in 2 days of hard work to get my barn looking fabulous.  It's not done yet, but it's starting to look more and more like the real thing!  I'm super excited.

Well, I guess that the condensed version as best I could do it.  I hope all is well with everyone, and I'll try to be better about keeping up!

Thanks for reading.