My life has been quite hectic recently, to say the least. I’ve been riding horses and doing school work (today was the last day of school, woooohoooooo) like a madman, and if I get a sliver of free time, I have used that to run. It’s never to late to work on one’s bikini body!
But, putting the craziness aside, I have lots of good news. First and foremost, I am an eBay queen. I got a brand new Antares girth for Gus for less than a used Antares girth costs. Secondly, Ramsey jumped his first ever full 3’6″ course and was a superstar. Unfortunately, I did not get pictures. And, lastly, I have been blessed with the opportunity to show with Don Stewart again!
Last Saturday, I headed to Conyers (which is 15 minutes from my barn) to watch the Grand Prix. Much to my surprise, I ran into Don and got an enthusiastic hello, accompanied by a giant hug. Because of this surprise encounter, a last minute chain of events has allowed me the chance to show with Don this weekend.
Because my trusty steed from Ocala, Mac Miller, was not available this weekend, I headed out to Conyers today to try the one horse they did have available. Cor Z is a lovely bay jumper gelding who, apparently, has competed in the smaller Grand Prixs. I arrived at Don’s barn to a chorus of hellos from people I did not expect to remember me, hopped on Cor Z, and headed to the indoor to escape the brutal 100 degree heat.
After a quick warm-up on Cor Z’s very comfy gaits, Don arrived and we began with a small circle over a low vertical. This quickly escalated to riding a bending line set at 3’6″ and doing a roll-back to a wide oxer. Cor Z is probably the scopiest horse I have ever ridden. I mean, he jumps huge. It’s fabulous. And he is also wonderfully easy to find your spots on and just a blast to ride.
The jumping session was brief. Don was happy, I was happy, and the horse was happy, so we called it quits on a good note and it was decided, then and there, that Cor Z would be my pony to play with for the weekend. And I kind of love him.
Tomorrow we will be doing two Modified Junior Hunter trips at 3’3″ as our warm-up, and then heading into the Maclay against 25 other horses. Fingers crossed!
Whatever happens this weekend, I am just thrilled to be able to show with Don again. I, quite honestly, don’t know how I got this lucky. So, here’s a huge thank you to everyone who has made this possible! I’ll try to make you all proud!