The year that was – Twenty Thirteen.

So what a year that was! I am rather glad I started and kept us with this blog because it was a fairly interesting year, devastating and exceedingly brilliant all in one. One of the more poignant ones with many moments I will remember for a lifetime.

Starting the Year I didn’t really post any goals or achievements I wished to work towards. I think this post certainly lives up to its name. I would certainly never dreamt this time last year I would be in the position I am now, with the opportunities I have been given. Truly grateful to Ladies (and Gents) of the Aussie Dressage world for being so extremely generous with their time, knowledge and horses.

So here is my semi defining list of moments for 2013

1. Canberra Royal – I should really thank the giver of the biggest backhanded compliment I’ll probably ever receive. Opened my eyes up 🙂

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2. Boneo Park – The gorgeous facilities but more importantly meeting a wonderful new friend, getting a ride on a gorgeous WB.

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3. Miss S arriving. Everybody involved was so incredibly nice and went out of their way!

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4. Lost my Louis dog, so suddenly. Forever Loved. I clipped our little Lochie today and shed a few tears in that familiar face looking back at me.

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5. I did finish my exams, admittedly the months leading up to my final exam around June was a very hard slog. Thankfully passed my final unit and got the results back the day after I paid the deposit on S.

So a year of ups and downs. Hello 2014.

 

 

Heading Home

Not a particularly note worthy drive other than being very sad to leave the dressage diva lifestyle.

Came home to serious wetness….stables were rather damp, paddock chest high grass yet rather wet underfoot. Boys got all rugs off and put in the back paddock together to hoon…and hoon they did!

Unpacked the float, unplaited the ponies and although happy to be home (no sweeping??) Boneo Park soon felt like a world away. The week’s experience will certainly not be forgotten though, a big thankyou to the Boneo Park staff for making us feel so welcome and the agistees for putting up with us.

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All States Showdown

Park Hack class – E worked superbly. Perhaps the best ride I have had on him to date, the epitome of a true ladies Galloway he was an absolute joy to show.

 

Good pony 🙂

 I let him out for a rider class, at very short notice – the lovely girl riding him didn’t have time to practice a sitting extended trot but I promised her if she sat and asked him he would do it for her, in the workout it was up the centre line…He rocked it 🙂

E’s open I think was the most strongest class of the show, 7 horses including some seriously decorated National and Royal Champions. E was a commendable 6th, the fat kid amongst the lightweight types I was very happy with him.

J got worked and plaited in the afternoon.

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and Team NSW won the State Cup 🙂

 

SHCV Autumn Classic

E was a bit tired but rose to the occasion, his scores were a bit all over the place with a 3rd, 4th & 5th LOL I guess his type is liked by some and not others because he is that bit heavier. Perhaps a hunter career may suit him!

Sitting on E, I saw J’s hunter class being called and him escorted off to the class. Super organisers, big thankyou there :).

I finished one and hoped on the next. J put a smile on my face and did a great gallop workout, perhaps a lap of gallop with a flying change and a bit the other way before halting/walking isn’t commonplace in Vic as NSW because a few commented upon it. Certainly a regular occurance when free workouts are allowed and part of the set workout at one GN qualifier. He was a 5th, 5th and a 2nd with had him in 4th place. I was happy, the judge I wanted to do well under we did (2nd).

The drivers in our group or at least those not riding decided we were staying at Tarcutta that night. Left Boneo Park at 4pm …hit Tarcutta late 11ish. Baby snake near stables caused a few issues as some poor Arabian pony colt heading to East Coast was in the stable nearby so we grab a halter and dragged him to safety…LOL only problem was the halter was to big, and colts/mares everywhere! Grabbed one of the boys haybags and the poor fellow stood very quietly whilst snake was dealt with. Full house at Tarcutta that night amongst transport trucks and East Coast competitors. A most honourable mention to the check in name that someone has put on the place, gawd I laughed and laughed that night!

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Friday at Boneo Park

Up early as I knew lots would be using the arena.

Went to lunch with friends at the nearby Café again, heaven.

Explored Cape Schanck

Back to ride and plait Encore

Had another ride on Chad, which was just amazing fun again…

Improved my riding on E, I got 5 clean 3x changes…

Practised our workouts as all the decorations were up..

Good day all in all 🙂

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And the rain followed us to BP.

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Of course it had to rain…one would have thought seeing home 1500km away was literally under water (and I mean literally – check the pics below out!) we would have enjoyed dry sunny days in Victoria. Nope, not going to happening. I spotted the above clouds when heading over in the morning…it decided to rain for most of the day.

Now enjoying the lifestyle, we skipped breakfast and headed over to clean stables and then work horses. It is such a great training environment, so quiet and relaxed for the horses. Even though it was a wet and windy day the indoor was gorgeous to ride in. So lovely being somewhere with the facilities so you never have to worry about riding in bad weather.

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The nicest thing was not being hurried to work horses and have somewhere else to be, it getting dark or things to do. Time goes pretty quickly and before you realise its lunchtime. I find it myself at big shows, but I can see why people who work with horses are often so slender, you dont get a chance to stop & eat!

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Of course being on holidays, we did. Went out planning to find a nice cafe for lunch, instead we came across a great little deli and headed back…Still raining and bad weather I opted to read the Horsedeals just out.

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Headed over to play ponies later and found E flat out on the ground, I didnt feel so guilty. I must say all the agistees were so welcoming and tolerant with us. My boys in particular were literally the smallest in the stables.