The two days of practice certainly worked out well for the show on the weekend. Al took home the blue again with a fantastic run around the intermediate course. I truly feel that after this run, he is prepared and eager for his progression to Advanced next weekend at Southern Pines. Seajack jumped superbly in the show jumping and although showed some greenish tendencies around the xc with a stop at the water, I feel that he is more than ready for what Intermediate questions throw at him and just needs some more practice at "diving into" them with more tenacity. Fancy was a star as she put in a lovely dressage test and had a beautiful double clean xc. In just three shows and about a month down in Ocala, this little mare is really showing that she is enjoying her job because of her astounding progression in both the dressage and jumping rings.
So, although we all learned a ton from the previous week, it was a necessary evil to change my format for Alex in order to improve myself as a horseman and rider. Not all horses go the same way nor should they have to. In the past I have been accustomed to riding keen and courageous horses across the country and now I am learning how to ride a careful horse positively without scaring him. I guess I can say with the more horses I ride, my learning curve will forever endure...which to me is a good thing. Anyhow, this week I am preparing for our pilgrimage up north to the Carolina Horse Park where all three will be showing off their stuff! In the meantime, I will be playing host as my amazing mother and grandparents are enjoying a week in the sun in addition to competing in a $5,000 Derby held at Overlook Farm with my boys. Hey, we could all use some of that purse in these tough times!!! Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes as planned...and if it doesn't, that we have our Plans B, C, and D carefully mapped out!!! Take care and until next time, heels down, shoulders back, and kick on!!!