Anyone who knows Don Rosario (Rex) will remember that at last year’s National Championships there was a momentary glitch with the music in the adjoining freestyle to music arena, resulting in a few caprioles and courbettes from Rex. This year I was determined that he would be able to show himself off to his best and let everyone see how much he has blossomed and matured over the past season. So we wracked our collective heads and thought what was the loudest, most blustery, most colourful thing we could bring him to, the result was a show class in the annual Iverk Show. Now, standing at 18 2, there aren’t many options left open to him. So we took ourselves under the tutelage of one of the countries most reputable show horse producers, Sheila Gettins, and ended up choosing the Heavyweight Show Hunter Class. This class allowed to do all the things we rarely do at dressage shows -- work under circumstances that aren’t high pressure, have lots of time and space to ride him in and let him look about. Umbrellas, screaming children, run-about dogs, loud music, and galloping ponies were merely some of the things surrounding the arena. Amongst a huge class of seasoned show horses and show riders Rex did incredibly well and placed fourth, behaving as if he had been doing it all his life, not batting an eyelid at his environment. Certainly as dressage competitors we could take a leaf from the show persons handbook, very inexpensive entries, good judges and great prize money meant for very well attended classes, with over almost eighty in the hunter classes alone.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Luckily I have been working hard this past year too with the help of my sponsors, Ormonde Leisure Club and GT Fitness. as well as qualifying as a gym instructor I also have managed to pack on a few pounds moving from 10 stone for you Irish folk and 65 Kg's for you Americans to 13 plus stone (7 Kg's) and no longer look like a poverty stricken immigrant (Much to my mothers delight) I knew I must be making progress when all my clients stopped offering to feed me up! For my back to school, I've applied to college again and secured a place on the Nationals Council for Exercise and Fitness Personal Training course so hopefully by Christmas I'll be a fully certified personal trainer.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Speaking of improvement, Woodend Picasso has been training up a storm here in Kilkenny, winning his in-hand showing classes and making leaps and bounds forward every day in his schooling at home. Thankfully not the literal leaps and bounds anymore, but becoming much more responsive to the leg and more supple through the back. Both Barry and Marie Claire at Woodend Sport Horses are doing a great job long reining and riding him while I’m away.
Shawn and I had two days away in Valentia in County Kerry, not Spain unfortunately nor as sunny either but it was splendid to catch up with friends (Franc is on a stop off on her ride around Ireland for charity with Susi Burton Allen, they can be found at Franc’s blog) and chill out for a couple of days and recharge the batteries. Good thing too since when I arrived in today to school Rex, he was ready to rock and roll. I had forgotten that our stables, Raheen Na Gun were running another S.J.A.I. show and the place was full of runaway show-jumpers. Rex and I had an entertaining time to say the least, trying to guess where everybody was going, I discovered quite quickly that the direction show jumpers point their horses heads doesn’t imply an actual direction of travel. We had to be quick on our toes and several unintended flying changes later we left the other riders wondering why we weren’t jumping the metre thirty class as well.