Baby steps and then a big giant leap! June 19 2011, 0 Comments

Since my last entry, Tux and I have been having fun being back in our routine together.  Our routine is 5-6 days of work - Dressage and Jumping activities that make up our week.  Tux gets one or two days off depending on what we do - sometimes I just turn him loose in the round pen and let him roll and clear his head or we go for a trail ride with a friend.  He's a smart horse and a solid thinker and I am so blessed to be able to do so many different activities with him.  It keeps us both very entertained!

About 2 weeks ago, we competed in our first Jumping Derby since my accident.  I wanted to get Tuxie out into another environment and thought this would be a good opportunity for he and I to get back into the swing of things.  A jumping derby is basically a combined course of jumps that start and end inside a stadium (with various poles and patterns) and in the middle you go out into a cross country field and jump logs, ditches, houses, run through water and really get your adrenalin pumping!

We came in first in our division!  I opted out of going the next level higher because I felt good about what we had done.  Instead, I set up 2 jumping lessons with the amazing Debbie Rosen (3 Day Eventing Rolex Competitor) to work some more on getting my confidence back before our very first 3 day event June 24-26 at Shepherd Ranch.  We will be competing Beginner Novice with jumps about 2'6 in stadium and cross country as well as our dressage test.

To read more about the exciting sport of eventing, you can go here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eventing

I'll let you know how it goes!