My Partner is Delight

My Partner is Delight
Heading into the great unknown

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Les Bois Spring Spectacular

 Into the morning sun

 This weekend Delight rested and it was Chardoney's time to shine. Nancy rode her in the Les Bois Spring Spectacular. She competed in training level tests 1 and 3. The weather was cold and windy and Chardoney was frisky. Her best score was a 60. It didn't help that she threw a buck during the second test! Silly pony, Dressage is about submission, you are not allowed to have an attitude! We all had a good laugh at her expense and said it was just her "Joie De Vivre coming out with Brilliance".

 Nancy heading into the Dressage court

 Nancy Roche did a great job of containing Chardoney's "Brilliance". Believe me there is a game face behind this beautiful smile! I am so thankful for my trainer and friend Nancy.

Mary giving last minute instructions

 Mary Kimball gave Nancy coaching support. We are all so thankful for her expertise.


A Beautiful pair

The Treasure Valley Classic is next weekend. Bring on the Joie!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tough Sucker II

Last weekend a bunch of my friends, Tom and Chase and I  traveled to Oreana for our first official Endurance ride. I rode Delight. Tom and Star went out on their first ride ever for both of them. The distance was 25 miles. It was a beautiful day.

Unfortunately Star thought she was full of rocket fuel. She jigged the whole first loop - which was 16 miles long!  So she was pulled at the vet check for being too tired. Tom was very disappointed and I don't blame him, it was a letdown after all of the training he has done with Star. They will be heading back out on training rides and getting ready to try again next time.

Delight was her wonderful experienced self. We finished a comfortable 18th place with 30 min left on the time clock, exactly where I wanted to finish. I was hoping for a nice slow ride to start the season out.

Chase brought along his friend Autumn and together they did an awesome job of helping out with all of the chores and horses. They also gave each of  them their traditional unicorn horns for good luck.

Horse Expo 2012

Chardoney was a hit at the Expo!

She took about 1/2 hour to settle in, running from side to side looking at everything and even throwing in a "Hi-ho-Silver" or two. Once she discovered her food, she got down to business of being a fine example of the Arabian/Half-Arabian breed. Many people stopped to admire  her and asked lots of questions.

I gave kids treats to give her and she soon learned to be on the lookout for pint-sized treat dispensers. Chardoney was always a lady and didn't become pushy or grabby. In fact, it seemed like treating her made her settle down and show her sweetest side.

One little guy in particular touched my heart. He was so gentle and Chardoney took a close interest in him. He looked like he was seeing the most wonderful creature on earth. He reminded me of the joy that I felt as a child when I was able to even touch a horse. It made me appreciate the gift my horses are to me all the more.