Summer Time

IMG_2896The girls have been working their horses at the house fairly regularly in anticipation of the State 4-H Horse show later this month.  Meanwhile, the party lesson was replaced by a Horse Show in Chelsea at Wind Valley Farm.  Both Kathy B/Call and Patty C/Norman were there to prepare for the Pinto World Dressage Classes on June 11; both had some nice rides.  And!  Richal gave me a great pair of riding gloves that match my favorite breeches to perfection.

So, Alaina/Sunny received 65.882/66.351 in Western Dressage (WD) Basic 4 and WD Level 1 Test 1 respectively; both halts in L1L1 as well as working jog across the diagonal in B4 were scored at 8.0.  Judge Claudia Misner judged Ivy/Sister at 60.208/68.225 in TL-1/WDB4.  The judge gave Sisters trot circle at C an 8 but was not happy with the stretchy circle in TL-1; Ivy’s score in WDB4 was enhanced by several 7 or 7.5 scores for movements with coefficients of 2.  Claudia recommends that both girls work on preparation for transitions.  Splash and I received 61.600 in TL-3 including a 7.5 for right lead canter transition and 7.0 for left lead canter as well as 63.676 for WDB4 with 7.5’s for 3 working jogs.  Serpentines from quarter line to quarter line are the biggest problem with the test itself.  The biggest problem for Splash was a huge horse fly distracting him all theIMG_2872 way from C to A before the left lead canter depart.  Since the canter dislodged the fly, the rest of the test went more smoothly.   The show was a short one and I was scribe for the afternoon classes.  The girls were very distracted by Sandy’s new baby Gemini; Sissy is a tolerant mother and Gemini a very friendly baby.  Beautiful too.  Lovely day for a horse show, warm with light breezes and the last spring-like day before SUMMER HEAT started on Sunday.

Because of high-water at the Wheeler Farm, our St. Jude ride was another wash-out (rain date June 30 for a morning ride followed by pot luck lunch).  Marsha agreed to let Ivy, Steff O, and I come out to ride her place on Sunday and Judy joined us with Navajo too.  Steff and Miss Tender Lil (AKA Lilly-Stephanie) bonded and had a great time.  Marsha IMG_2971dusted off Latte who dilly-dallied along until Masha grabbed a tree-switch.  Sister and Ivy have a hankerin’ to push some cows.  We had a lovely time checking out the vineyard, wandering down the lane, and riding around the pond and through the woods.  Even managed a little social time with some snacks after the ride.  A warm-up for YaYa rides all summer.

I dropped by Pinto World on Monday in hopes of catching Kathy and Patty’s rides on Call and Norman – I managed to see Patty and Norman IMG_2983in their last ride late afternoon.  Patty did a great job and Norman was a pretty good boy although he did try to break gait up to canter a couple of times.  Nancy will be able to handle him in any circumstance any time she wants.  And, I get to ride with my YaYa sisters on Wednesday evening.  Woo Hoo!

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About yayariders

Equine obsessed woman who loves to ride horses, talk about horses, photograph horses/riders, shop for horse stuff, look at horse adds, admire fences, barns, trucks and trailers, and do all things horsey with my kids and friends.
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2 Responses to Summer Time

  1. Marsha Cullen says:

    Well written. Upbeat and fun just like my friend!

  2. Rachel says:

    Hello! I really enjoy reading your blog and you are a great writer. I would love it if you would consider writing a guest post for my blog! Its an equestrian lifestyle blog centered around warmbloods and the sporting disciplines. Check it out and if you are interested shoot me an email at rachel@thewarmbloodhorse.com

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