finding the right balance

I’ve gone through a slew of saddles in the past few years, and my amazement never ceases each time I have a breakthrough in my riding that has nothing to do with my riding or how much I practice, but with a simple change in equipment.  I’ve already written up about upgrade to a Hennig […]

RH Spring – Spoiler: two clean xc rounds!

Well… this time around showing both boys, I had over an hour between dressage rides, which was AWESOME! Forrest’s score went down about 5 points from last time to a 39.8.  He still “leapt” into the canter, which the judge knocked me for, but I’m glad she didn’t see how bad it used to be, […]

RH Winter III – I’m Not Even Going to Say it Anymore

Jesse wanted to see how Forrest fared at Training level before she entered him in the next competition, so due to closing date conflicts, it was just Monte at this one.  I felt better coming into this show – more prepared, like I’m finally getting the hang of things.  Dressage Friday afternoon, then SJ and […]

RH Winter II – More highs, more lows

This weekend, Monte and I set out to redeem ourselves while Alloy and I hoped to have a nice move up to Training from Novice.  And, well, it all worked out in the end. I finally started posting in my dressage tests with Monte along with going for a lower level frame, and it paid off […]

committing is not always a harmonious endeavor

Justin came to me to get fixed before he was ever successfully started.  Supposedly, he turned into a bucking, grunting bronco the moment anyone straddled his back.  I took my time with him, leaning on him, laying over him, having my farrier who would be able to keep me safe if Justin tried anything lead […]

RH Winter I -Highs & Lows

This weekend, I competed Monte at Training and Alloy at Novice, and I came in with high expectations.  My “high” expectations are relative, not unrealistic: I wanted Monte to knock out one of my qualifying rides toward Prelim – under 50% dressage, no more than 16 faults stadium and no runouts/refusals xc.  My main goal […]

pressure

A little over a year ago,  a friend “loaned” me her Grand Prix stallion for one show – so I could attempt to get a score at PSG for my Silver.  The friend, Gigha Steinman, deemed it “PSG Bootcamp.” “He’ll have to stay here,” she added when she pitched the idea.  “And, you’ll only be […]