Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Glen Oro Cross Country Course Preview

  Now that Mia is home I am allowed to be mad at her for being a bad runaway pony.  Still can't imagine how Jess was feeling the whole time she was missing.  I would die.

 To return to our regular scheduled program, here is the Training Level course preview from Glen Oro Horse Trials I attended with Penny on Saturday.  Wait till you hear what went down there.  An event to remember that is for sure!

big flower box jumping into the sunset from dark.

First part of a three stride combination

second element - skinny

a simply cabin, which wreaked havoc for some.  More details to come.

Trakehner coffin combo.

for height comparison

stairs down...

left side - drop into water

Entrance into second water

My jump was the bank out - one stride to skinny.

Trakehner combo

bank up with ditch

ready to puke

Mia is Found!

  Thank you so much everyone for your kind thoughts and positive vibes - they certainly worked.  Mia was found mid afternoon yesterday.  No worse for the wear, just missing her bridle and one stirrup.  

 I am so relieved to have this little horse back.  I never want to go through anything like this again!

  She even made it onto our newest Eventing Blog in Ontario - Eventing Connect.  Check out the story here!

Hug your ponies people!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Please Jingle For Mia

 GUYS.  This weekend was a nightmare.  I can't believe I am even typing this as I am but I really don't know what else to do other than ask for positive vibes sent our way.  Yesterday Jessica took Mia to an unsanctioned event at Touch A Rainbow.  I was not there...recovering from my event on Saturday.

 Jess and Mia had a fall on cross and Mia ran off.  That was yesterday at 11:30 am.  Jessica stayed to search for her until 9pm and has returned again this morning.  Word has been spread on FB, Twitter, and now here.

 She is lost in the woods, with all her tack on, about 2 hours from home.  There is a search party out now looking for her.  I am asking for positive vibes to help bring Mia home.  We are all worried sick.

Please come home Mia!  Keep her in your thoughts.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Video Break! Penny and Bella XC Schooling at Lane's End

The weather has gone cold, wet, and depressing this last week.  We are headed to Glen Oro Horse Trials this weekend and I am trying to stay positive about this event - crossing fingers for sun and warmth!  I know the winter to come has been predicated as ugly and nasty....need to keep the good stuff while I can.

 This is my motivation to keep me going...Penny and Bella schooling at Lanes End.  Warning, the camera is a bit shaky because it was filmed horseback lol!  Only 4 days till we JUMP ALL THE THINGS!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


  Guys....I have a confession.  I love dogs.  Maybe you already knew that.  I grew up with 5 dogs.  We currently have 3, but I have always wanted a red heeler to match Ozzy.  I always peruse Petfinder and other places for heelers just to see what is out there, but there isn't much in Ontario.  The other day I saw a breeder posted an ad that puppies were ready to go.  4 Blues and 4 Reds.  I e-mailed him to see if there were any Reds left and he said he had two Red boys....uh oh.

  Then he sent me pictures....double uh oh.  He told me they were going fast, people from Toronto, London, Cambridge (all about 5-7 hours away from him) to get the pups....uh oh. Time to act fast.  I got up the nerve a few days later to ask the hubs if I could get a puppy for my birthday.  He replied - if he could get another guitar for his birthday (in March).  Um hell yes!!  My birthday isn't until next month...but I was allowed to get my present early.  For reals??

 So, last Friday night after cross country schooling, we made the just under 2 hour drive to pick up our newest family member, "Mojo".  Named after Jim Morrison...to follow our trend of rock names for dogs :)  Oh my goodness, he is the best puppy.  Follows me everywhere, sleeps all night, good in his crate.  Just a bundle of adorable goodness.  Enough talking...puppy;

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Glen Oro Cross Country School

WHY is there a ditch on the landing side!

 Last Friday I took the day off work and had one of the best days of the summer.  Jessica and I headed to Glen Oro Farms to do some cross country schooling with Penny and Mia.  Glen Oro is about a 3.5 hour drive, but they have fences up to Intermediate - with lots of fun and different questions.  It is in a beautiful part of the province, rolling hills and 100 foot tall trees.  Just breathtaking.  I am planning on going to the event there at the end of the month so I figured it would be a good place to check out.

  We left around 9am and had an uneventful drive up through Toronto.  The ponies traveled well and with a few pit stops we arrived at Glen Oro Farms around 1pm.  After a little walk around to stretch the legs, and a drink of water, we corked and tacked up the horses.  We started out warming up in the dressage rings.  This will hopefully be a big help for Penny at the event since she can be so looky, and there is a lot to look at beside their rings.  Hopefully having been in the ring already will allow her to settle better at the event.

 After a flat warm up we headed to the cross country warm up and popped over some fences there - then onto the stadium ring where I only jumped a couple of fences.  They have a nice big liverpool in the shade so I wanted to pop over that and make sure there were no issues there - and of course there wasn't - Penny loves to jump all things coloured and spooky!  We were now ready to head out onto the course and see what jumps were waiting for us to be jumped!

 The ponies were fresh and keen - and we jumped ALL THE THINGS!  Ditches, banks, skinnies, corners, drops, combos, water, you name it - we jumped it.  I jumped the entire Training course and a few Prelim fences.  There was a combination - up a hill - drop over a ditch three strides to a brush.  Not sure why they put ditches on the landing side but man do I ever hate those things!  Penny didn't seem to care.  I don't like to run the legs off my horse so I was focused on the combinations and getting Penny used to different questions.  Jess jumped most of the Prelim and Intermediate course on super pony Mia.

 We got a lot of video - including helmet cam - but for now I will leave you with the pictures.  Both horses were incredible.  Penny jumped everything easily and out of stride.  She didn't break a sweat, and was fit and looking fresh when we finished.  We gave a sponge bath, and poulticed the ponies up before heading back for the long drive home.  We took an alternate way home the farm owner suggested to bypass the big city and it was a nice scenic route and saved us some time.  


this is a log off a large bank - three strides to the skinny

Prelim skinny wedge at the bottom

Training corner

trakehner middle part of the coffin

first part of the Training coffin

big effort here

Prelim sunken road

 By far the most fun I have ever had schooling.  Can't wait for their event in two weeks!
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