Saturday, June 15, 2013

Spring Sweeps. Welcome Summer.

In the next week I will move home to Southern Delaware for the summer following what has been a busy spring. I leave my basement apartment at 5:30 a.m. and return around 9 p.m everyday and the days seem to pass all too quickly. Thankfully the hours have been filled with enjoyable employment, co-workers, and some extremely talented horses. In anything and everything Second Wind, let's get down to business:

4.25.2013 - SJ Lesson with Molly Kinnamon (Formerly Rosin) on Hope. In a matter of months my partnership with his horse has grown by leaps and bounds. Unfortunately it will take more time to counter the years of baggage we have developed together from bad habits and lack of lessons in the past. With joy we seem to have risen above our dont-see-a-spot-and-refuse phase, but now are working with maintaining the quality of canter before the fence. The result of our efforts lately seems to be a rushed bid at the fence a few strides out. I think it is just going to take time and disciplined practice. Although this lesson was awesome and a real confidence builder, at times it is hard to enjoy because I know there is a likely-hood that that result will not be so easily duplicated in our next ride. Lesson Footage!

4.28.2013 - Dressage Lesson with Anecia Delduco of Second Nature Farms (Oxford, Pa) on Hope. This was my first lesson back with Anecia since the previous year. My inability to keep my hands steady has resulted in some serious bouncing on the bit from Hope. First and foremost we decided that if it feels comfortable, then it is too slow and not engaged enough. An open trot from the start produces more quality movement with this horse. Our canter transitions have been difficult and I am beginning to realize how much I sit on my inside rein throughout my rides. The lesson included a lot of spiral-ins and outs, leg yields, and long sides following some collected circle work.

5.3.2013 - SJ Lessons with Molly Kinnamon on Hope and Rose. In this lesson my baggage with Hope began resurfacing as she repeatedly made bids and moves shortly before the fence at which point I was unable to maintain a quality canter. Shorter approaches and really riding off my outside aids seemed to assist in management of the issue. Lesson Footage. Rose accompanied the crew to get a tune-up for her first BN at the Fair Hill Starter on 5.5.2013. Rose had some difficult settling in and was a bear to bring back from the canter, forcing me to really burn the triceps while keeping my hands down and steady. This mare has a bold-but-cautious jumping character and in finally realizing that we have been having progressive rides. Homegirl can jump. Thats all I gots to say. Rose Jumps Too

5.5.2013 - Fair Hill Starter - Grace (Novice) + Rose (BN) + Courdoroy (BN). All horses scored within a point of each other collectively in the 38-39 range. Grace had a spectacular stadium round that was not justly recognized as in a moment of pure elation at having a stellar go at the two-stride, I went right past the next oxer to the final combination. Thankfully we continued to xc and Grace gave me an effort that demonstrated that she was ready to make the move to Training.

5.6.2013 - Dressage Lesson with Anecia Delduco on Hope. Same as previous lesson.

5.9.2013 - SJ Lesson with Molly Kinnamon on Grace. I made the decision to move Grace up to Training at the Plantation Starter. We had a lesson laced with gymnastics to get Grace is top jumping form.

5.10.2013 - Dressage Lesson with Anecia Delduco on Hope. Shallow canter serpentines!

5.12.2013 - Plantation Starter Grace (Training) + Rose (BN) + Courdoroy (BN). Same courses as previous day's recognized divisions. Grace made the move to Training with a solid test, clear sj round and brave xc minus the terrifying ditch and wall (we both lost our v's to that fence that day . . . on the second attempt . . .) Rose finished on her dressage score with Lady Charlotte Freeman in the tack for her homecoming. Runt finished on his dressage score with a solid sj round and sure footed xc go.

5.14.2013 - Dressage Lesson with Anecia Delduco on Hope - Full run-through Prelim. Test A!

5.17.2013 - SJ Lesson with Molly Kinnamon on Hope. Lesson Footage.

5.20.2013 - SJ Lessons with Molly Kinnamon on Hope and Rose

5.22.2013 - Dressage Lesson with Anecia Delduco on Hope - Re-run Prelim. Test A. Canter serpentines coming so much easier as well as a medium trot!

Worth the Trust Scholarship Funds
Balance - 1674.23
4.25 Lesson: - 60.00
4.28 Lesson: - 50.00
5.3 Lesson: - 120.00
5.6 Lesson: - 50.00
5.7 Gas: - 100.00
5.9 Lesson: - 60.00
5.10 Lesson: - 50.00
5.14 Lesson: - 50.00
5.17 Lesson: - 60.00
5.20 Lessons: -120
5.22 Lesson: - 50.00
New Balance: 904.23

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