Things have been hoppin' around the farm! First off, we are celebrating 10 years here at the farm and I hope to post some pictures of where things started and how they look today as soon as I can find the time. It's been a fantastic decade helping horses and riders develop as well as working toward some of my own goals. I often think about how fortunate I am to be able to do something that I love so much and make money at it. Especially now, with two small children, to have a job that allows me to work at home and have such special people that come for lessons and support my life as a mother and an instructor and horse trainer - it's really become such a family affair.
Podge has been working so well this season and I'm anxious to see if all our hard work is proven at our first 2012 event next weekend - Penny Oaks. I was disappointed to hear they got rid of their Preliminary division due to the hard ground this season but they have added a P/T division so we'll still get a chance to do the Prelim dressage and stadium and, hopefully, get a good confidence-building run on the Training course. Not such a bad idea after such a long break having not competed him since last fall before I had Ian. We'll be attending a schooling dressage show this weekend to make sure he remembers what to do in that small sandbox before we go to Indiana.
The filly, Tess, is growing by the day. I can't get over how big she is already at just over 3 months and she looks so athletic and muscular already that I can't wait until she's big enough to ride....although I know I have quite a bit of time until then! She's not a timid one at all. I let her follow Piccolo to and from the field and it's pretty common for her to trot through the arena and check out jumps and she even popped off the little bank the other day. I wish she was a little more reliant on her mother especially when I'm waiting for her to get in the field or stall but, admittedly, I love watching her show off her confident nature.
Lessons have been going really well and I have such an enjoyable group of students right now that are setting the bar so high this season! Just a reminder that I'll be attending Penny Oaks, Kentucky Classique, Jumpstart, and Team Challenge so if anyone wants to stable near me, put "Fairwind Stables" on your stabling form. I'll be available for coaching, course walks, etc - j