We got to Aiken and the weather was great at first but then we had three days of freezing cold. Coming from Virginia it wasn’t too bad; there were snowflakes in the sky but they didn’t touch the ground. Since I didn’t go to Wellington this year, I’d entered the event at Stable View, which is quite early, and I had to get ready to compete! In Aiken, we’re lucky because we have The Vista, where we can cross-country school, gallop, and do dressage or show jumping. The whole facility is irrigated and run really professionally, allowing our horses be up and ready to run.
I ran Volcan, Dashwood (Nora) and Francesca’s, Cooley High Flyer, at Stable View, Dashwood and Volcan in the Training and Cooley in the the Novice. All of them were quite good. Volcan ended second, and I think he’s almost ready for Preliminary. Other than a steering mishap on cross-country with Cooley, when I couldn’t turn, everything else was great.
Inmidair (JR) is galloping five miles and starting to jump and I’ve entered him at Pine Top in the Preliminary. Who knows what’s going to happen, I’m taking it day by day, but I’m certainly having a lot of fun riding him! Urrem (Rem) is feeling well and is enjoying the Aiken (mostly) sunshine. In my 14 years of coming down here it’s never been this warm or this nice. The girls and Francesca compete this weekend at Full Gallop, and my horses will do Stable View Tuesday and Wednesday.
It was great to see Phillip on the weekend and get some great help from him. We’re all thinking about Phillip, Evie, Leelee, Olivia, Mary and Richie, praying for them and hoping we can help them stay strong.
I’ve also had a couple lessons with Boyd and I really enjoyed his attention to detail. He reminded me about being precise in my position, and to make sure I ride all sides of the horse.
My goal this year is to concentrate on what I do well and not sweat the small stuff—I’ll let you know how it’s going!