You know how much I love Devon ! In my opinion, the Dixon Oval is the most magical place on earth (Disneyland-shmisneyland). I am headed there for a few events next week to do some work for Sidelines , but in the meantime, here is the broadcast schedule for all the events at the Devon Horse Show streaming live on the USEF Network : Friday, May 24, 8:15pm – 9:15pm, Jr.
So now that all Tucker’s physical issues are behind us, I’ve spent many an hour contemplating how to improve the behavioral issues, and at about 1 a.m.
Let’s see… how to sum up how we’ve spent the end of winter and beginning of spring. As the winter progressed and Tucker got bored with seeing the four walls of the indoor, those four walls began hiding dangerous (read: imaginary) predators.
Today is the Gorgeous Boy’s 11th birthday. It is really hard to believe this picture was taken ten years ago: Or that this picture was taken eight years ago (his first summer of work!): Or even that this one was three years ago (our first summer in the Adult Hunters), feels like yesterday: Today is an extra special birthday for Tucker because it is also Kentucky Derby Day.
Wednesday, May 01 2013 by Editor
Hello dear readers! I know I owe you all a Tucker update, but will save that for another post. Suffice it to say I’ve made some big changes lately, one of which has allowed me the freedom to do a lot more writing for Sidelines Magazine . In this month’s issue, I wrote a really fun article about Lucy Matz, daughter of Olympian show jumper and Triple Crown trainer Michael Matz. By the way, have you subscribed to Sidelines yet? No? Well, you should — I love it, and I’m not just saying that because my name is lucky enough to grace its pages these days. Seriously, I keep mine with me all the time so I can read whenever I have a minute, and I end up reading it cover-to-cover every month. If you don’t have a subscription yet though, you are in luck, because you can read my article about Lucy for free here . Check it out! I had so much fun researching and writing this article. Lucy is incredibly sweet and, like her dad, seriously humble about her success and her quasi-celebrity status. As for her pony jumper Wiseguy, well, I think you know how Tucker and I both feel about adorable ponies. He’s a Connemara imported from Ireland, and he is pretty much the cutest guy ever: Now put this pony in the Dixon Oval at Devon (you all know I think it’s the most magical place on earth), making the pony jumpers look just like a mini-grand prix, and I am straight up in love . And Lucy is a great little rider. She is without a doubt one to watch as she moves up to the Junior Jumpers this year.
Wayyy back in November, Tucker and I took a lesson with Jeff Cook, one of my favorite trainers, at our friend’s beautiful farm, Stoneleigh (Tucker and I have farmsat there a few times). Since Tucker was just getting back to work after time off to recover from popping his splint, and wasn’t quite at his usual fitness level, we took it easy but still got some valuable feedback from Jeff, which I’ve been meaning to share with you. You may recall I was a little MIA for a while because of a trial that lasted all summer… this had the unintended side effect of leaving Tucker looking generally like a wildabeast. So, before we could go anywhere we needed a little Extreme Makeover: Horse Edition . Before: (everyone always looks grumpy in the before photo) After: So much better! I’m not sure Tucker fully appreciated my efforts given that it was a little chilly that morning for a bath, but you know, the price of beauty and all that…
One last post this year… just for old time’s sake… New Year’s Resolution: START BLOGGING AGAIN! I have been a terrible blogger as of late, but (prior misrepresentations and broken promises notwithstanding), I am resolving to start writing again in 2013.
So the good news is, trial is now officially over, and I can get back to riding, and blogging about it. The better news is that we won the trial, so all that hard work wasn’t for nothing. The judge didn’t hand me a blue ribbon at the end, which I found a little odd… but perhaps it’s in the mail. Tucker and I have been back to regular work for about three weeks and he’s doing really, really well. We’ve been taking dressage lessons from the trainer at our farm (Cindy, you may remember she once let me ride one of her dressage mares — results were comical) and I am loving them. Not that I’m going to leave hunterland anytime soon, but I am definitely going to keep up with the lessons as a way to get Tucker more supple, straight, and forward. I think part of what I like so much is hearing things from a new perspective. The concepts aren’t new, just presented differently. Example: I’ve always worked on keeping Tucker from popping his outside shoulder. Now I’m working on not letting him collapse his inside shoulder. See? Same concept, just approaching it differently. I like thinking of it this way better, it feels less like a game of whack-a-mole that I’m never going to win. Everything is falling under the general umbrella of “forward and straight,” which is a goal we can work with.
Wow. I’m so sorry, I let the entire month of August go by without even a word. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the end of your summers… I’m still in trial hell, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel at the moment, which means those of you who are still willing to follow along will be treated to much more frequent blog posts. I promise! I have about two more weeks of trial left, and then the dust should settle.
Don’t you hate when life gets in the way of your riding? I’ve been defending a trial for one of my firm’s municipal clients which means, essentially, that I’ve been living at the office. Now that the worst of it is over, I’ve come to some shocking revelations: 1. I have a horse! He’s really great, too. Almost forgot about him…. 2. I have a blog! Two blogs, actually. And there’s been nothing but tumbleweeds rolling around on here the past few weeks. Sorry about that, I hope no one has dust allergies. 3. It’s summer! I was having trouble determining the season given that I’ve been living in air conditioning and under flourescent lights for three weeks. Tucker eyes his saddle suspiciously... vaguely recalling its purpose This weekend, once my eyes adjusted to the daylight, I finally got to spend some real quality time with my horse, other than the hour or so I’ve been able to sneak in to check on him over the past three weeks. (I’ve been told by a few people who drive pick-up trucks that Tucker has been coming to the fenceline expectantly when they pull in, hoping it was me, which is basically just the saddest and sweetest thing I’ve ever heard). I’m happy to report that Tucker was really super this weekend! Even after three weeks off, he wasn’t spooky or fresh or tense when I rode him yesterday, just lovely and forward and relaxed. I lunged Saturday, and while he started off playing a bit, he settled right down in a few minutes, kept one ear trained on me, and responded to all my voice commands, which was a good sign. My fingers are tightly crossed that the Ulcer Gard is working, and it will be the solution to all the ridiculous spooking and carryings-on as of late. I don’t think I can say for sure until I’ve had a few more good rides, which I’m planning to do this week. We now have a new goal, which is to determine whether my horse is, in fact, pregnant, or whether some of this can be shed away with a few weeks of exercise: I swear I saw the baby kick....