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.
It was a difficult time for me down by the river, in cold rain and all. I hung onto my ass and got thru it. Thank you to my sympathetic friends at Lone Tree, you are wonderful. And thanks to my facebook friends and all your kind words. Steve and I miss Cash alot.
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.
After Ram Tap it's off to Twin Rivers in Paso Robles. I hire the same coach and am starting to get the hang of his system. My dressage improved by 8 points. An event is the best place for me to get trained because all the tests are there and there is pressure and focus to deal with. Choose someone you trust and get results with. Life's too short to compromise your choice. Do what's best for your horse first, then you.
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.