Yesterday Gus and I schooled xc at the Kentucky Horse Park in preparation for Jumpstart Horse Trials at the end of this month. I am still in the process of learning how to use my spurs more effectively and figuring out which bit works the best for Gus on xc. Things are coming together well, and I think Jumpstart will be a perfect place for us to practice our speed and accuracy in preparation for our one star in November.
My registration papers have been sent to the — USEF, and I am waiting to get my passport in the mail. Dr. Yates will have to fill out all of the information on our passport before I send it back to the — USEF for approval. If all goes well, all of our paperwork will be ready for the show by the middle of October. Elissa is currently working out our training/conditioning schedule for the next month and a half leading up to the one star. When I see her next Tuesday for our jumping lesson, I will get all of the details. As far as the vetting goes, Gus is on Adequan injections every two weeks for the rest of the competition season. Dr. Yates will be coming the Tuesday after Jumpstart to do a full lameness evaluation on Gus and do a CBC on him (complete blood count). All of this medical attention will be necessary to ensure that Gus is ready for the really long galloping course in Virginia.
McKinley is going to be doing starter again at Jumpstart. How bravely he completes the show will determine whether or not I will try to move him up to beginner novice at Octoberfest. He is very pleasant to ride, but almost too quiet for me. He will make a perfect horse for an amateur rider once he gets a few more shows under his belt. I am anxious to see how he does at his next cross country schooling.
IN OTHER NEWS………………
Congratulations to Jeff and his engineering firm! He and the rest of the guys have moved out of the office on the farm and into a new building in Bellbrook. The have a great space with lots of room to grow. It’s a fantastic location, and though we are sad to have them gone, we are really excited about the growth of the company.