Monday, May 12, 2008

X-Country - Highs and Lows

This is Paleface and Waylon Roberts a Canadian Young Rider only 19 yrs old.

woops a little fall but nothing serious...the rider got back on. Click on image to see sequence larger.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Kentucky Rolex Dressage Warm-up

Day 3 - Dressage Warm-up photos

Canadian rider Sandra Donnelly aboard Buenos Aires about to enter the dressage ring to do her test. Her commendable test left her with a score of 55.6, which ended up leaving her tied for 20th. Check out her braids!!! WOW!

Heidi White and Northern Spy and Lynn Symansky and No It Tissant in the background

Tangleman and Paleface

British rider Polly Stockton dressage warm up with her long-term partner Tangleman

Canadian Young Rider Waylon Roberts aboard the flashy-faced Paleface. They ended up with a score of 67.0 to put them into 32nd place.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

Day 1: On the drive down the truck & horse trailer break down :(

Day 2: We arrive safe and sound and meet the x-country course!!!

I am nearly 5'8 and my feet were not reaching the end on the jump. There was an extra 2 feet!!!!

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Another pic from my girlfriend of her Egyptian stallion being brought out to ride. She said the ride was amazing and she galloped with her husband in the sand dunes. Luckeeee!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Wanna ride my wild stallion?

My friend just got back from a trip to Egypt with her husband and she sent me this photo. While there she met a local man who raises Arabs and he asked her if she wanted to pop on one of his stallions! Ummm yeah! She was wearing flip flops and had no helmet but could not resist (which is very very naughty of her because she was with me when I had the fall that gave me a concussion). She said as they were taking the horse from the stable he was pawing everywhere and looked wild.

If you notice the horse is wearing a necklace with bells and a velvet saddle. She resisted buying a velvet saddle but bought a necklace for her horse :)

She is coming with me to Kentucky so we are wild with excitement. Yeahhhhh I can't wait...we are going to see and do as much as we can...I love road trips!!!

Sorry it has taken me so long to post again...I came down with another flu virus and it really wiped me out. I hope I am 100% healthy now and stay that way for a long time. I have been running myself am slowing down a bit and hope the lovely spring sunshine melts away my winter blahs.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

sick of snow!

Sorry I haven't posted in ages but I had the dreaded FLU! It was awful. I still have hardly any energy but I am going up to the barn to get Secret out before he goes completely mad!

Winter is not my friends these days. Yes it has been magical outside, yes it looks like I live in Narina but 51 cms of new snow in one go is too much!!! I am ready for spring, my body is longing for some green and sun. So to accompany these delightful snow photos are some of the farm in greener days to cheer me up.

Last week I was at the tack shop looking to buy a safety vest. I was going to buy a Tipperary but while taking to the girls I was informed that they did not meet ASTM standards and were not SEI Certified but the Flex Rider and Charles Owen brands were. I tried those on but they are incredibly bulky and heavy but I figure if I am wearing it for safety why get one that may not even provide much protection. Have you guys heard anything about which vest is the best one? I have been trying to look at photos of pro event riders and have noticed they are not wearing Tipperary so makes me think they must know something we don’t…since everyone these days owns Tipperary. Any advice would be helpful since they are quite a bit of money and I don’t want to have to buy another. Here is a photo of the Flex Rider which I am thinking about.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Rolex Kentucky 3 Day

We have had such nice riding weather the past few days. It has been sunny and great for hacking. I snapped this pic the other morning. It is of a small farm I pass on the way to the barn.

Well it has been great weather but Secret has been spooking at everything and I actually fell off on Saturday. He is so agile that his spooks can be so fast and dirty that I knew it was only a matter of time before he caught me off guard. The sideways spook he did propelled me off the saddle and I landed on my two feet. I was pretty happy about that because I had a bad concussion last autumn and I don’t have time for another one. Here is the little devil himself...but with a face like that I can't stay mad for long.

So many barn activities are on the go but the most exciting one is that a couple of us our going to watch the Rolex Kentucky 3 Day in April. WOOOOT WOOT!!! I am so excited. We had a Kentucky trip meeting Friday night and it is going to be a blast. It looks like we are going to get to attend the red and white party for the Canadian's and do a x-country course walk with two time olympian and Canadian three day event team coach Peter Gray. As the itinerary becomes more detailed I will tell you more.