|more throwback pics of isabel today - except these are from our earliest events together. the above is from our first!!!|
|second ever ht, and first ever up bank haha - jenny camp 2014|
And Charlie's immediate plan for May, as it were, is a bit intense. At least on paper.
|back at jenny camp in the spring of 2015, with izzy and her cousin!!|
I'm expecting the 18" courses to be a nice opportunity for Charlie to "go through the motions" of an event at a level that's super easy for him. And, let's be real, it's also an opportunity for me to practice sitting back and letting the horse do his thang haha. At least they offer an "open" elementary division that uses a BN dressage test, for those of us who want microscopic jumps but still want to canter in the test.
Next on the docket is MCTA's Jenny Camp, an annual tradition and one of only two unrecognized events held by our local eventing association. This is my fourth year entering this HT, and I've got a fairly spotty, storied history with it haha. But it's super close to home. So. Ya know. We gotta go, right?
|first bn at loch moy, 2015|
Finally, rounding out the month of May is the third and final of Loch Moy's spring starter series. We're mostly aiming for this event bc dammit we love Loch Moy.
The story is that each successive event in the series gets progressively harder so that the 3rd is the biggest and beefiest. This sometimes means that they run the 2'3 course out alongside the BN track instead of sequestered off into its own tiny loop like last time. If that's the case, it should build nicely on the previous week's experience at Jenny Camp.
|second bn at waredaca|
Mostly what I'm looking for out of this month is a somewhat cumulative effect - a snowball effect. I want each experience to build on the one before it. For Charlie to accomplish each phase of each event in manner that reflects his increasing education. I want him to understand.
Bc honestly three events in one month this early in a horse's training could easily slide in the other direction too. It could easily begin to feel rushed and frantic. Which is like, exactly the opposite of what I want lol.
|4th bn, 1st fair hill. also first event in the pouring rain|
We can only hope haha! I mean, experience is experience right? And I'm fond of saying that the only miles a green horse gets are the miles we put on him. So. Here we go.
|and, of course, charlie's first three-phase <3 loch moy 2017|