Hear that sound? That horrible grinding racket? That would be the gears starting to rotate. At long last, 2013 is getting started. At least for me. Everyone else seems to have been working on 2013 for awhile now, I'm just a slow starter.
The entry for Valinor is lying in front of me, just about ready to mail off. June 15th, I'll tackle their Novice course yet again but this time with Ben instead of Fiona. I just love Valinor for their cross-country course. The rolling terrain really makes me feel like I'm going across the country and the jumps are so inviting. The stadium course is on a hill and that makes it challenging, but I can work with that.
It also looks like I'll be getting in my first cross-country school this week. Scarlett Hill opened this week and a group of adults are planning to play hooky and get an early school in. I'm a little nervous since it's Ben's first outing of the season and our first outing together, but I'm also excited to see how we do. We've been doing really well in the ring, hopefully it will carry over to the great outdoors.
I feel like there's smoke coming out of my ears as the rust is knocked loose. I have to find my vest for cross-country. I'm sure it's around here somewhere . . .
Fi's latest showing got cancelled (the lady would rather get a gelding, bah), so the princess doesn't have anyone else looking until the 20th. I'm accepting the fact that she's going to be a very difficult sell and trying to settle into a rhythm where she's my dressage specialist and Ben is my eventing partner. Riding both in one evening is a real challenge, especially after work and before sunset. Dorkzilla's owner is still helping out twice a week and it's making a big difference. I get to see my husband once in awhile! I'm hitting the trails with the princess to keep us both sane and continuing to tune her up in the ring. Her collected work is coming along nicely. I think I'll sneak her off to the dressage show at UNH in late June. Hopefully someone will be interested in an affordable First Level horse.
She's also got a trail event on June 1st as part of a relay team. It's going to be hilarious. It's a four person relay team with each member hitting the trails in a different way. The first person runs four miles, the second person mountain bikes four miles, the third person rides four miles, and the last kayaks. Fi and I are taking on the riding segment, my husband is handling the biking segment. It's the first time in a long time that we've been able to go out and hit the trails together. It's almost too bad that it's an optimum time competition for the horses. Fi and I can do four miles in about fifteen minutes, but we'll have to trot along politely and try to think 'trail horse' rather than 'big, strong Thoroughbred'.
Big strong Thoroughbred is a heck of a lot more fun, but I think I'd get nervous at an event with everyone going for speed for four miles. Fi can do it and keep her marbles, but she's more the exception than the rule.
These horse shoppers don't know what they're missing.