Well, it’s time to start blogging! I left at the end of Feberuary from Seattle with three horses, a dog, and everything else I would need to live for the next couple of months. The trip was long but the horses all traveled well. I arrived in Aiken SC to spend the time back here working with Kim Severson. Within 24 hours of getting to Stable View Farm I managed to dislocate and fracture my shoulder. This all happened while trying to pick Troy’s feet exiting the arena. Wow, what an entrance 🙂
Training sessions for Developing Riders were the following week so there was no down time. I had two dressage lessons with Kim leading up to lessons with Mark Philips. The difference in how I was riding in just a short period of time with her help was huge. Mark was very pleased with our progress. We worked on flying changes and for once I could properly ride corners!!! I wish I could have had more lessons with Mark as he is incredibly helpful with Max (Young Gun).
Since then, I have been lessoning a ton with Kim. The focus has been on trying to master the art of not pulling 🙂 She likes the horses in an uphill balance with a very light contact and never behind the vertical. This can sometimes feel like rocket science to me! I am starting to get a more consistent grasp of it and all the horses are going well. As for the jumping, she wants the horses to go on a light contact and really challenges me to better read the lines. I am learning to ride forward in and softly to allow for support on the out. Overall, I am very happy with our progress and can’t wait for more lessons.
Since Max and I haven’t run anything since the CCI** at Galway in the fall I chose to start out at Fair Hill this past weekend in the OP. Max was very frisky but got the job done rather well. We Won!!! Now, back to lessons and getting ready for the next event MCTA in a couple weeks. I will try to keep this Blog thing updated to fill you all in on Next Phase Eventing adventures!