President's Message for June
Here we are in June, halfway through 2017. Is it just me, or do your days seem to evaporate as well? Better busy than bored, for sure.
DJ and John Collins' Cherry Tree Farm was an active place last month, as many of you are aware. The Beth Baumert clinic there was well attended, and full of training gems. Until I tried shoulder fore consistently on my mare, I had no idea how effective it was. Well worth the auditors' fee. Then the schooling show followed. Another full schedule with both classic and Western dressage riders. Always a pleasant venue. Our thanks to DJ for managing. Well done.
Winnie Fitch, treasurer and membership chair, and Teresa Heine, vice president and schooling show chair, took a road trip up to Trinity Ranch near Lamy. That will be the site for the up-coming schooling show on June 11th. Both came back remarking on the lovely facility.
A quick reminder, if you plan to show in the June 11th show, you must get your entries in, post marked by June 3rd, and received by June 6th. Send them to Teresa Heine. Her contact information is on the schooling show page.
In the "best laid plans" department, the school master (mistress?) I had acquired to work on 3rd level movements had a miserable accident last month. The neighborhood peacocks flew in unexpectedly, she blew up, fell and trashed her left hock. X-rays, meds, and lots of cold water hosing later, my vet determined that she may be sound enough for ditch rides at a walk, but never again do flying changes or canter half-passes. I did get to experience those movements before she fell. Wow. Such fun. So, Plan B. I'll set aside my 3rd level dreams for now, and work on getting Abby to 2nd level. Patience and perseverance, right?
If you went up to Santa Fe to the Dances With Horses I and II last weekend, you got to see Prix St. Georges tests and musical Freestyle. Inspiring! We can all work toward those dances.
My heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers and riders who keep making our schooling shows successes! We learn and we love, remember?
Be well, and ride well.
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