Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The New Woodside

last weekend the havarah group went to woodside and made a statement. we are definately a group that knows how to have a good time (hot dog anyone?) and look good doing it :) our horses are all coming along really well, dressage scores improving every show! debbie davis and her stallion, cimmaron, took home top honors in the sr. training division as they rode with grace and style as always. heidi steinman kept her fancy chestnut gelding focused throughout the entire weekend to finish 4th in jr training. rachael dwyer and kelcey collins both put in stellar rides but forgot to not race the clock on cross country day (time to move up, ehhh?). my cute bay, makers mark, was incredible in the dressage phase, a score of 27.5!!! mark was still a bit green on the xc course and recieved 20 faults for a refusal to leave him in seventh at the end of the weekend. dr davis did his usual best to keep everyone in smiles all weekend, even when he had a bit of hard luck in the sj arena (at the end of a beautiful round). meghan dayka was as always great in her dressage and smooth in the sj and is on her way to being a tough cross country machine :) last but not least our own handsome charly found a way to tell me that although he is amazingly talented, he needs some time to figure this whole xc thing out. after putting in a competitive fancy dressage test he was a bit too green out on the xc track and decided that he should wait for another day. luckily i was able to stay over after the event and take him on some great trail rides and then school him in the gallop on monday morning. his speed is in there, his love for jumping is un-mistakable, and his courage for being alone is on the way!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Dennis Callin Clinic

charly was in a dressage clinic today and wow did he step up to the plate and perform! dennis callin was impressed by charly's presence, looks, and attitude!!! in the clinic we worked on charly's attentiveness to my aids by working on shoulder-in, counter shoulder-in, haunches in, and half pass and lots of counter canter. charly is staying through over his topline and really wanting to work; what a great feeling!

Woodside Ride Times

CROSS COUNTRY 12:54 PM (estimation)
moreHAVARAH riders to watch for...
Kelcey Collins..
Friday 1:30pm, Saturday 10:02am, Sunday 10:02am
Jim Davis...
Friday 10:48, Saturday 1:44, Sunday 9:34
Heidi Steinman...
Friday 11:56, Saturday 3:02, Sunday 10:52
Meghan Dayka
Friday 2:06, Saturday 11:04, Sunday 11:04
Rachael Dwyer...
Friday 3:06, Saturday 10:34, Sunday 10:34
Molly and Makers Mark
Friday 10:54, Saturday 1:46, Sunday 9:36

GO TEAM!!!!!!!!

Friday, May 20, 2005

gearing up for woodside

charly has quite the exciting week ahead of him. this sunday, the 22nd at 1:30 he is in a dressage clinic with dennis callin (we are hoping to get some good input on canter exercises). monday the 23rd he has his monthly show jumping lesson with brian sabo at 12:45, these are both happening at tassajara equestrian center in pleasanton. wednesday we will make sure to take an easy day and enjoy some time on a trail ride and then thursday he is off to woodside in palo alto for his second preliminary. ride times will be posted on www.horsepark.org; i will also post them on this website. i hope that everyone can come and watch this rising star in action :)

Monday, May 16, 2005

charly did it!

first time out onto a preliminary course ( a track that had a whole field of seasoned competitors on their toes) and charly did it with style! with charly aimed to do the cci * in november we went out this weekend with getting a qualifying round as our goal (one refusal or less XC) not only did we accomplish that but we also put in a beautiful dressage test that with out our green-ish time faults would have left us in first. charly is such a wonder horse....i actually recieved phone calls from trainers and fellow riders commenting on how incredible he is and that they are sure that they are going to be seeing us all the way into advanced :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

charly's galway prep

here we are 4 more days until charly's first preliminary run....we are so excited! the last two weeks we have been working on getting more "through" or "over his back" and charly has been really starting to look the part of the dressage horse. today he had a bit of spring fever and was quite excited, who can blame him, it was finally sunny! on monday we practiced some angled lines to simulate what we might find on the cross country course (as well as a canter in bounce) and he of course negotiated them like a pro! wednesday we will be practicing our dressage test and on thursday we will stop at brian sabo's for a final jump school. hope to see many of you this weekend at galway downs in temecula!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Lesson up-date

On May 7th I will not be teaching at FPC so the entire day is now open for lessons. What I need to know is if there are any people that need or want to school XC before Galway, if so we should do that on the 7th at Ram Tap.