Sunday, July 6, 2008

Schooling at Donida

On Wednesday July 2, we went to Donida Farm to practice on their cross country course. It was great to get out in the open to ride. Jack and I have been working a lot on stadium jumping, so we were ready for a change of pace. He was a very good boy, and I was less nervous than the last time I went schooling, so that felt great!

Here we are going over our first log. I'm trying to remember to keep my elbows in when I jump, but often have too many other things to think of ;-)

We did the drop into the water a whole bunch of times. It was fun to splash into the water off the bank. I have to remind myself next time to grab my breastplate strap to keep my hands down, but we had no problems at this obstacle. Jack's expression shows how much fun he's having!

Nice even knees over this coop. There were some bison in a field off to the right of this part of the course. Jack spooked at a log closer to the fence line before this jump. We just barely jumped the end of the log the first time! But after that he forgot about the 'aliens' and jumped it again very nicely.

Jack is very good over ditches. I think they are fun, too! Thankfully I have a horse that doesn't think of them as horse-eating traps like some do.

Okay, so I know I'm jumping ahead in this picture. However, this was the most fun obstacle of the day! We rode up a bank, off a drop, and then turned left to this rolltop. It was like a roller coaster! I let Jack open up and gallop after this fence because we were both so happy :-)

Here's the whole group. Alyssa on Josh, Anna on Gus, Kelvie on Kiwi, me and Jack, Alex on Cody, and our instructor, Anne, on Ole. I think schooling is even more fun than showing because you're out with your friends, and there's no pressure of competition. It was such a great afternoon!


Pony Girl said...

Wow, that looks like great fun, and a relaxed learning atmosphere.
My sister and I were watching one of the stadium jumping events at Spruce Meadows (on t.v.) yesterday, it was great fun. I haven't watched that in a long time. It's a bit addictive, I felt like I was soaring up and encouraging the horse right along with the rider every time they went over a jump, hee!

The Knutson's said...

Hello! I stopped by once--a long time ago!--wanting to comment that we are fellow Washingtonian's, and to say what a cute dog Dyaln is, and then I lost you!

Well...I found you again, and was surprised to see that you have been riding in my neck of the woods: Donida. I have not been there for a while, but we used to show there a lot as kids/teenagers, and also watch a lot of competitions that were/are put on there.

Growing up, I had a rescue Aussie named Spanky, who was also a "lethal white"--as the Aussie people like to call them!!--and she had two blue eyes and a pink nose. She looked more like an opposum than an Aussie (lol!)

I have always had Aussie's, and now have another rescue Aussie. They are great pets :)

I am sooooo jealous that you get to ride cross country!!! As soon as my kids are a little bit older, and I am done with school, I plan on getting back into dressage and jumping. I don't know son thinks he likes roping and reining. We may have to have several riding disciplines going on over at our house!

jesterjigger said...

You guys look great, loved the pics and the commentary. I just came across your blog and wanted to say that I absolutely love the family portrait, very nice!