Winter Wonderland

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 2:50 AM

Wow, it has been a long time since my last entry! Sorry for those of you wanting to keep up with our barn!

Winter has been quiet so far, and fairly uneventful (yay!) as we get ready for the upcoming 2013 show season. Melanie, my up and coming FEI mare is doing great in training, and is really progressing nicely. She made the adjustment to Ontario quite well, and is currently being stabled at the beautiful Fox Run Stables in Troy. I'm really happy with this mares progress, she has made the transition from Tess so much easier by being such a talented and willing partner. We're unsure of our 2013 show schedule as of yet, as I have applied to take July-the beginning of August off riding to continue working on my degree via a field school in Italy. Because of this, I have placed her on the market- yes, for sale! If she comes back to Calgary, however, we will continue our journey into the FEI ring in 2014.

Our monthly clinics have been very successful, and everyone is coming forwards nicely. It's always nice to fly home and visit everyone, and work with the horses and riders. It's amazing how stepping back and letting people figure things out between lessons allows them to grow, and become stronger riders between lessons. The progress everyone is making despite Calgary's frigid winters is fantastic, and again I have to say that I couldn't wish for a better group of clients!

On a more competitive note, Carter was the first rider this year in a show, taking Kosmo to the 0.60m classes at Spruce Meadows last weekend. We're so proud of this pair, coming out of their first jumper show ever with ribbons and clear rounds in both classes! Great job- can't wait to see what the 0.70m brings next time!

All in all 2013 is shaping up to be a wonderful year of growth for all of us. See you all March 23-24 for our next clinic!

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