I departed with Banner for Lone Tree Farm near Oakdale, Cal. I decided to leave my precious 8 year old Jack Russell, "Cash" at home with Steve.
I arrived without incident and camped "down by the river" at the farm enjoying the warm weather for a few days while schooling at Lone Tree's xc course with Connie Arthur.
I played music shows at Threelle Production's "Thursday Night Ramble" in Modesto, a Friday night at Most Wanted Winery in Oakdale and Sat. at Queen Bean Coffee in Modesto. The audience in California are graceful and appreciative. I was joined by some great musician friends as well. Thank you gents.
The following week, it got very cold and rainy. News from home was that my dog Cash had been hit by a car and killed. My friend Amy Tryon passed on the same day and I hope they met at the gate, whatever it is.
Ram Tap Horse Trials were next and I was entered in preliminary so not much time to sulk.
I employed my coach JM Durr and he got me pressing to the base of the jumps in an amazing fashion and worked on changing my dressage riding. "Your wiggling hand has GOT to stop."
Banner finished very well and we ended up 4th. I met some new friends there and helped them school xc at Ram Tap which is a good step toward getting the provisionary staus removed form my Level 2 ICP Teaching certificate. (The USEA requires the Level 2 Instructors teach actual competing students at prelim. level.) I enjoyed it alot and they improved.
Photo by Lisa Dunckley
Banner is happy and calm. He is amazing. He didn't put a foot wrong and put lots of money in our confidence bank. He got 2nd at Twin Rivers on a score of 31.