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August 2012

Quincy Wins Again

 

My friend Makenna needed a horse to ride because her horse was out of commission due to an abscess in its hoof.  When I saw her have so much fun on Quincy,  I asked her if she wanted to take him to GMHA for a show.  With only two weeks to prep,  Makenna,  Quincy and I did a crash course on how to have fun at a horse show.  When under pressure, Makenna has the poise of a prima ballarina.  Quincy is just a cool horse, ready for anything.  Overall, Makenna and Quincy brought home a Third Place and two Fourth Place finishes and Makenna's mother and I watched from the side lines as it all came together.


Dobush Farm's Doc Watson

  

As the saying goes, the cobbler's children wear no shoes, and the horse trainer's horse is the least trained! I couldn't ask for more of my boy, Doc Watson.  He is now five,  just shy of 17 hands, and the horse of my dreams.  Everything I ask of him he does.  It's not always smooth sailing,  but we are always having fun. This past weekend I brought Watson to my client's farm for a mock show, our first driving show.  We did a great cones course set up by Norma Katz who is a seasoned driver.  I cross train her morgan Rudy by riding him.  After a few times through the course,  we tore it down and did dressage.  I have such little driving dressage experience,  I drove Watson to a riding dressage test.

Our biggest hurdle of the day was standing on the sidelines and waiting!  My other client at the show was Barbara Estey who kindly baby sat Watson by parking her seasoned driving mare next to him to teach him is was ok to relax.  Anyone who works with horses, especially young ones, knows that this is the hardest part of a show.  The waiting is the hardest part...

Before we ate lunch, we had one hazard set up to conquer.  In my mind, this is the fun part.   Watson was mentally fried, but he stepped up to the plate and didn't let me down. 

 


A Drive In The Park

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Today, I had the drive of a life time. Imagine, if you will, an idyllic Vermont farmhouse surrounded by rolling hay fields and weather-worn barns.  Like a scene from a movie, a wedding tent and all its flourishes sits nestled in the center of the field.  No detail is over looked.  Despite the threatening weather, the day is perfect.  (Forgive my out-dated picture. This is the farm before the pre-wedding facelift.) 

My client's daughter was the lucky bride, but I got to drive a horse I train in the wedding.  Honestly, I was scared!   I was driving Van Buren, a young horse, in a unnatural environment where cameras were flashing, umbrellas were popping up and a palpable buzz of excitement was in the air.  Throw in a lot of nervous people who are generally unfamiliar with horses and just about anything can happen.  I couldn't have done it without my boyfriend by my side (and occasionally by Van Buren's as well). Jesse has enough experience and natural horse sense to know how quickly something could go wrong when it comes to "show" time.  

In addition to weeks of preparation, the day before the wedding, Van Buren and I rehearsed our roles over and over familiarizing ourselves to the giant tents, trailers, electric lines and water lines at the wedding location.  Between lulls in the rain,  I managed to safely deliver first the groomsmen then the bridesmaids to the wedding site.  In a beautiful covered carriage,  Carl Pfister drove his team of Belgians to deliver the bride and her father to the ceremony.  From our view on the sidelines,  nothing could have been more romantic.  The entire wedding was choreograghed down to the minute and went off without a hitch (pardon the pun). My small role in this wedding contributed to a lifetime of memories for the families and the hundreds of attendees.

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Preparation and faith in your horse will get you through.  Van Buren had to trust me to take on the new responsibilities I entrusted to him.  I never gave him a reason to doubt my leadership, and therefore he did as I asked.  I couldn't be more proud of him.