Rhyland hits the cross country course for the first time!

I took my new 6 year old TB gelding out for his first cross country schooling today.  He was great.  He was brave, bold, and jumped whatever I asked him to jump—-maybe a little crooked, but he went!  I was really pleased with  him.  I look for him to be ready to do his first starter event on August 1st.

ICP Workshop—a great learning experience

I ended up spending Tuesday-Saturday doing ICP related activities at the farm.  Overall, I would say that it was a great learning experience.  I got to teach lessons to a lot of great riders on really nice young mounts, and I got to watch a lot of well taught lessons in both the dressage and jumping arenas.  I stayed afterward to take a few lessons on some really nice “Windfall” mares.  It was so much fun riding some different horses, especially in my jumping lesson.  The Holekamp family went out of their way to make us feel at home.  They were so nice and so helpful during this workshop.  Thank you Holekamp family!

Day #1 of the ICP workshop

Yesterday, I got in my car and made the 8 hour drive to Columbia, Missouri  in order to attend the ICP workshops held at New Spring Farm.  I got to my hotel just in time to check in, run 3 miles on the treadmill (while watching Hell’s Kitchen-an iteresting choice while running), shower, and study my ICP workbook before calling it a night.  I awoke at 6:15am to the obnoxious sound of my telephone wake-up call.  I got dressed quickly, put on some makeup so that I didn’t look as tired as I felt, and applied my poison ivy medicine for the first time (and there would be many!) of the day.  For those of you that know about my bout with poison ivy,  you’ll be pleased to know that there has been a bit of improvement!  I was just about ready to leave the room when I realized that I had left my deoderant at home.  Nice.  After a grabbed a yogurt and an apple from the lobby downstairs, I stopped at a local grocery store to pick up some deoderant and a Mt. Dew.  What a combination.  After that, I headed to the farm. 

The farm was beautiful.  Rolling hills, black board fencing, and red barns —-what more could you ask for in a venue?  I made my way up the driveway to the Holekamps’ house which was tucked away in the woods.   The classroom portion of the dressage workshop was held on the porch overlooking a lake.   After a few hours of lecture, we headed up to the  indoor arena to watch Phyllis teach a few demo lessons.  The ICP candidates got to teach their lessons after that.  Because I already completed my dressage workshops out in California, I was just auditing today’s session.  I learned a lot from watching Phyllis work with the demo riders and ICP candidates.  I would have to say, however, that the highlight of my day would be that I got to meet the famous olympic horse, “Windfall”, up close and personal.   He was such a pleasure to watch in his lesson.  Stallion or not, he was one of the quietest horses I have ever seen.  Several of his offspring were also demo horses, and the same was true of them.  What a blast!  The work day ended at about 5pm.

Tonight we met back up at the Holekamps’ house for a party.  The catered dinner was great.  The desserts were beyond great.  After dinner, we watched  some of the x-c portion of the Beijing Olympics on video. We all said goodnight about 9pm and headed home to get rested up for tomorrow’s stadium jumping workshop.  I have a bit of studying to do, and then I am headed to bed.  I look forward to working with Phyllis tomorrow.

Wetherbrooke Farm welcomes “Sneak Preview” aka Cavalier!

Kelli’s new horse “Sneak Preview” passed his vet inspection today!  “Cavalier”, as he will be known around here, is a 13 year old, dark bay, appendix gelding who has evented up through the novice level.  He is absolutely adorable and was a pleasure to deal with during his vetting .  We brought him home from Indiana just a few hours ago, and he seems to be enjoying his new stall.  We are really excited to see what this new team will do together.

Congratulations, Kelli!