August 21, 2010

Premium mare!

Genva (Rose) at the 2010 ISR/Oldenburg NA inspection.
Yesterday was Rose's big day at inspection, and boy did she do great. The judge absolutely loved her and couldn't say enough nice things about her. She tied for champion premium mare of the day with a score of 105! I was in utter disbelief, because although I think she's beautiful I figured I am a bit biased. Nope, she's one heck of a mare! Now that she's been approved to make a good mommy, she gets to have a nice long show career first.

Here are her scores

1. Head: 7
2. Neck: 6
3. Shoulder, saddle position: 6
4. Frame, topline: 7
5. Forelegs: 7
6. Hind Legs: 7
7. Breed, mare sex type: 7.5 (x2= 15)
8. Walk in hand: 7 (x2= 14)
9. Swing and elasticity of gates: 7.5 (x2= 15)
10. Correctness of the gates: 6
11. Overall impression and development: 7.5 (x2= 15)
Total Score of 105 - premium!

We also took a video of her going. I dubbed out the sound, as there was a forest fire near by and the sound of the helicopter dumping water was all that could be heard. Too bad, as I would have loved to have the judge's comments recorded. Have a great week everyone!

August 16, 2010

Back on track

Rose and I finally made it over to GMF for a very overdue lesson this past Saturday. Between her being laid up and wedding planning on my part, life has been very busy. Anyway, we had a great lesson and have a lot of work to do on our canter, downward transitions, and my position. I never thought that making the transition from the hunters to dressage would be easy, but I didn't realize how many different muscle groups were involved. I have plenty of faith that I can get my body in the correct position, but it is a bit difficult to learn what to do with myself while training Rose at the same time. A few lessons on a school master should help sort me out a bit. My goal is for us to go to a local show in early October, and complete the intro level tests. So now I need to start working on those as part of our routine, and hope I still have a good memory. I haven't had to memorize a course in about eight years, so I'm not too confident in my ability to easily remember the test. We will get there though!

August 13, 2010

August 6, 2010

Exciting times!

I've been a bit busy with wedding planning as of late, hence the lack of blog updates. If I make it to the barn four days a week and get to bed before midnight it's been a good week. Luckily the wedding is in 21 days, so soon life will return to normal and we'll have some free time again. The wedding being so near also means that Rose's ISR/Oldenburg inspection is only 14 days away! I've started practicing trotting her in triangles and I intend to do a trial run braid on her mane next week and see how she goes with that.

In addition to getting ready for inspection, we are finally in full work again...meaning cantering. Her leg has healed up beautifully and I don't think that there will be a scar at all. There is just some scar tissue underneath it that will eventually flatten out (or so my vet tells me). Tonight's ride was one of the most satisfying yet (aside from that first ride, which will probably always be the best one). She cantered the longest that we ever had, and we did some simple changes on a figure eight. She performed them perfectly, and picked up the correct lead every time. In addition, she's finally starting to balance herself to the right (her off side). So I am very pleased with our progress, and hopefully we will be in good enough for to get some valuable advice during our lesson with Tracie next week. I've also started cooling her out by walking around the barn outside of the arena. She's really enjoying getting out of the arena, and I can't wait to take her on a trail ride. I'm starting to get very comfortable riding her outside of an enclosed area, and we even trotted a bit today. Our first trail ride will probably be sometime in September, after the wedding festivities come to an end.

In other news, big changes are happening at our little barn this month. There is a new dressage/hunter trainer moving in with her clients! This means no more empty stalls and hopefully a few more people around in the evenings. Although I'll never complain about getting to have an indoor arena all to myself, it will be nice to have company when I ride and a trainer at the barn. I am certainly looking forward to a more invigorating social life at the barn.

This weekend I'm off to the beach with my girlfriends for some bachelorette party fun and Miss Rose gets the weekend off, which she certainly deserves after such a great ride tonight. Have a good weekend everyone and happy trails!


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