Strengthening

As the show season here in MB has come to an end, I’ve been putting lots of energy this week into developing my strength training routine again. Yes I know I’m moving to another country in less then a week.. but I plan on keeping up with this while I’m working overseas. The first exercise…

Click

You know that moment where you feel everything you’ve been working on for so long just click into place? That describes this weekend. Perfectly. Schooling rounds Thursday night were like a dream. We were there in plenty of time, the rings weren’t busy, and Will jumped around to everything on a nice gallop. We even…

The Partially Elevated Trot Grid

I found a book! I got this book a few years ago at RMWF after helping work at the Horse Country Magazine booth. I never really looked at it until today, when I was feeling inspired to do more than just hack around. Flipping through I found a lot of exercises, starting with just poles…

From Beach

Shot taken by Christine Budzak at Beach Party 2011. Love this picture, definitely one of my favourites of Mr. Willard.

Oxers oxers oxers!

I hacked Willard at home last night for the first time, and he was surprisingly good. I mean, take out the wild eyed looks every time we passed the corner closest to the barn and he was damn near perfect! One thing I know is going to be a challenge is working with him on…

Three and Four Heart.

Well. It sort of got better. Saturday we competed in Sr. Low Handy, Open Low, and Adult Ami classes. My first round of these three was a gong show. We added in everything and had a rail I believe. My second round started out gorgeous. Coming to the second jump, and oxer with natural rails,…

Farewell Bluebear

It all started with Chicken McNuggets and a very lucky conversation almost 13 years ago. That’s right, McDonalds is partially responsible for getting me into this sport. The summer when I was 6, on the way home from dance class I believe, we stopped at McDonalds for lunch. While I was munching away on my…