|look at this cute schpotted thing!! and omg, for an appy he has hair to die for|
You all may remember I got to meet Amelia from Dark Jewel Designs in person when she came down to Loch Moy back in October 2016, just a few weeks after Charlie came home to me. We've been friends-via-text/email for longer than that, tho, and she even wrote a 'Fraidy Cat Eventing guest post on her roller coaster history with the lovable Duke.
|speaking of spotted, lookie who i got to see and spend the day with at Morven!! Amelia from Dark Jewel Designs!!|
And what an AWESOME day!! I'd only ever been to Morven briefly to pop in and say hi to Jan, Liz and Austen after a long day of dressage shows (for them) and Gold Cup Steeplechase (for me), but had never been for an event. Plus, ya know, I just freakin love spending the day at horse shows, esp in the type of gorgeous weather we were lucky to get on this day! Holla for sunburn #2 already of the year haha. Ahem. Wear sunscreen, kids.
|what a perfect day <3|
Like, this entire whole weekend experience was made possible in large part from the connections I've made through blogging. And for that, I'm extremely grateful.
|ooooh that appy jomps tho!!|
For me, it was just another opportunity to dip my toes back in the competition scene waters, but without any pressure of worrying about my own rides haha. Especially considering this was a recognized HT, running levels through Intermediate, it was useful to remind myself some of the differences from starter trials.
|got to dust off my xc videography skills too, esp while watching Dan and others through the intermediate division|
I know professionals have to build their business by selling horses, even if sometimes that means they don't get to keep the horses long enough to get all the way up the levels again... But sorta-selfishly I'm thrilled to see Dan ride an Advanced horse again.
Obvi this early in the season, Frank just did the Intermediate, but they made easy work out of it with double clears in both jumping phases (full video above) and a competitive dressage score to finish 4th. I can't wait to see how the season goes for them!
|lol i'm such a fangirl, this is a screen grab off dan's own youtube video, where you can totally see me (black shirt, white sweatshirt around waist) grabbing my video too #creepstar3000|
But a lot of the footage was specifically meant to test the lens and get a feel for it.
|boyd always makes it look so easy|
|this device got a workout over the weekend haha|
|uncropped, unedited photos, taken from same position. left side with zoom, right side just the normal cell phone camera lens.|
But in situations where I'm likely to be standing in more or less one place and trying to get as many jumps for a single rider as possible, like - for instance - when I'm watching my friends' courses, this thing is friggin perfect.
Again, there *IS* a learning curve to using the thing. You can see the progression of me figuring it out in the footage above.
|the lens creates some distortion around the edges of the frame. but holy cow, look at Dan's HSH Luska Legend jump!|
All in all, an extremely wonderful way to spend a day. Hangin out with Amelia, surrounded by ponies, watching all these talented riders making easy work of stuff that still looks so scary to me haha.... It was a good day.
PLUS. Amelia's trainer let us tag along with him on both his Training and Prelim course walks, where he was happy to answer all my questions and provide extra insights. More to come on all that later (plus pictures and meta data for both courses), but I was especially gratified considering I've maybe only ever walked 2-3 xc courses with a professional before.
So even tho it's an activity I love, and try to do as much as possible, I know there are aspects that I'm missing. This proved to be a really useful exercise!
|next up: round 2 of the weekend, with this sweet and salty crab chip of an OTTB, who wanted so desperately to get that green stuffs all over my white sweatshirt|
You all don't need me to tell you just how far her OTTB Bast has come in the last year. I remember meeting this guy when she first brought him home, and while he's still just as sweet and snuggly today, he's basically otherwise an entirely different creature. Honestly it's crazy impressive to see.
|aww he really is a snuggly love bug tho <3|
I'll let Austen tell the full story too, obvi, but damn it was a really kinda strange clinic format. The clinic participants were the actual judges or judges-in-training, not the riders. The riders were actually more like just demos for the judges to use to hone their eyes.
Basically, there were three riders in each section, for Training, First, and Second Levels. And the judges (all 50-60 of them, no fucking joke), were seated all up along the long side of the arena. Specifically there to critique and assess and judge each rider and horse in real time, out loud, on the microphone haha. Talk about intimidating haha, I think my skin is a little too thin to ever actually want to ride in something like that!
|and he looked right at home in this big dressage judge's clinic, in what was definitely quite an intimidated format|
Through the back and forth commentary, each pair was able to get good feedback and create improvements in their horse's way of going. So ya know. A very interesting type of clinic haha, I'm looking forward to reading Austen's recap of it!
In the meantime tho... Yea I'm still nursing a major hangover from the weekend lol, and I didn't even ride! Hopefully there will be more of that coming for us soon tho, since, ya know, our own show season is slated to begin imminently!
How sweet to get to do a course walk with a pro! Sounds like one heckuva weekend.ReplyDelete
I'm also impressed with that little camera lens. Not too shabby.
The course walks were great, but also just another eye opener about how far away some of that stuff feels LOL. Will hopefully post soon!Delete
Sounds like a fun weekend! That appy is cute! Nice markings, can jump AND has good hair?ReplyDelete
Too bad about the sunburn - gingers + sun = bbq. Speaking from personal experience. ;-)
such a super fun weekend!! kinda makes me wish that was how life could be full time lolDelete
I would not say no if that Appy showed up in my driveway. Just saying. Cool that the lens really worked (you never know you know)? I think it works well enough for what you need it for and i actually don't mind the darkness around the edges gives it a arty feel ;) Ha I am tired reading all about your weekend and I too cannot wait for Austen to recap. Bast looks pro!! Love him braided!ReplyDelete
that appy was super sweet too, gotta love the nice ponies! and yea lol, there's definitely an "arty" feel to some of what that lens can do. i'm really excited about putting it to use when my friends are riding now too, it really gets you up close and personal across a huge distance!Delete
That Appy is so fricken cute, holy cow. He'd be right at home with my two weird colored pones!ReplyDelete
Glad you had a wonderful weekend with friends - I love that you go out and support when you can and lend a helping hand <3 Horse buddies are the best!
agreed completely - getting out and doing this sorta stuff is almost as fun as being in the tack myself, minus all the stress haha! so exciting that the season is finally arriving :DDelete
Sounds like a super fun weekend! Amelia is awesome. We haven't met in real life, but she's made some awesome browbands for me. And she lives near where I went to school, which makes her that much cooler.ReplyDelete
Also, that appy for sale?
Amelia is pretty great, isn't she?? i think at this point she's basically like an honorary blogger haha. and yea that Appy is cool, right? i don't think he's for sale tho, i think he may have actually been a client horse.Delete
It sounds like a fantastic weekend. That appy is adorable. I'm hoping that Austen writes about her experience!ReplyDelete
i'm sure she will soon!Delete
That sounds like such a fantastic weekend - I'm forever envious of all the great events close to you!ReplyDelete
definitely my kinda weekend haha! and it's so funny, we really are so spoiled on the east coast with how densely everything is packed. to me, Morven is "a hike" to get to, esp bc you have to take a roundabout route to get over a river, so it takes close to 2hrs haha. but i guess in the grand scheme, 2hrs is actually "close" compared to west coast distances!Delete
That appy sure is cute tho.. be a shame if it disappeared...ReplyDelete
lol for sure!Delete
That app looks like one I rode as a kid, which is kinda ruining him for me, honestly. Lol. But he looks like a good egg (my memories aside).ReplyDelete
Thanks again for coming out last weekend! So grateful for the company and the help! <3
i'm super glad i got to make it too! Bast is doing so well <3Delete
That lenses is awesome. I kind of like the distortion at the edges. Like warp speedReplyDelete
haha right? yea it really is actually pretty cool - i bet it would be great to have around the track ;)Delete
I'm not usually an appy fan, but OMG IS THAT ONE CUTE!!ReplyDelete