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What I Learned Watching the Capital Challenge Live Stream

In case you were under a rock last week, the Capital Challenge Horse Show was going on in Washington, D.C. and USEF had free live streaming over the web. For those not in hunter/jumper land, you’re probably happy to be under your rock, but I really enjoyed watching some of the classes including the Adult Amateur Hunters, 3’3″ and 3’6″ Amateur Owners, as well as the Ariat National Medal Finals. What I saw were some really, really nice horses; in fact, all of them looked like at least six figures of hunky horseflesh, as well as some truly fantastic riding. But you know what else I saw? A heck of a lot of riders who look like me and you. (more…)

Miles jumping a small cavaletti

On It

I’m way behind writing about my rides apparently! Thursday evening was a big group lesson, five of us in total, and I can definitely tell show season has ended. Trainer is back to filling in the gaps of our education and flat work, and we’re focusing on smaller details and not the big picture anymore. We started working on the flat with a few different exercises to test our ability to regulate speed, straightness and our control over our horse’s shoulders and hindquarters. First we did a “follow the leader” exercise to work on maintaining pace and spacial awareness. Now that I know Miles so well, and how to adjust his gait at the walk and trot, it’s pretty simple and straightforward for us. Next we worked on transitioning up to the canter from the walk down centerline — the left Miles and I are boss: canter right here on the left lead? No problemo! But for some reason I just suck to the right, and I struggle a bit. We got the right lead on the first try, but it was a little late. I need to continue to work on it, without drilling Miles [which he doesn’t appreciate]. (more…)

Miles Showing at 2'6"

2014 Show Season Wrap-Up

My first show season with my very own horse is in the books! It’s been a really long time since I’ve been able to show my own horse, and it’s a pretty great feeling. I’ve accomplished a ton this year, learning so much along the way, and made some great memories with my barn family. Looking back, it’s hard to believe I’ve only been on the circuit for five months… and I only did one show each month for a total of five shows. It feel like way more than that to me!! Because I’m a visual learner, I made some awesome graphics to go along with my little mini show season wrap-up for this year. (more…)