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Although it the days are long and the work is quite hard, I am really learning a lot down here at the Global Dressage Festival.
I have had 4 mornings off since getting here, and I get to the barn at 7 or earlier if it’s a show and stay until 8 or, if I leave earlier, I come back to do night check. At horse shows I usually don’t finish until they shut the lights off at 11 because the Grand Prix classes are at night. I am also getting a lot of non-riding exercise because at the shows where Dono competes, he is in separate CDI stabling so I walk a marathon between barns all day to care for Dono and Anton.
I have had a couple of lessons From Karen Pavicic on Dono and Jolie (her young horse). What a wonderful experience, and I am so grateful to have these opportunities. Jolie is lovely and I wish I could have her J. Maybe I can just stick her in the homecoming trailer with Anton and no one would notice! I am sure we can find a spot for her at Crescent Stables!
Ok so after all the traveling and a bit of beach time and spectating, it was down to work! Sarah Griffiths and myself helped Karen Pavicic with her horses and it was great to be out and about in Wellington. Karen’s horses are amazing, and Sarah got some great photos.
Anton’s first ride felt a bit creaky after all that traveling, but by the second ride he was feeling back to normal. Karen has been doing very well down here and it is exciting to be at such a wonderful venue. Paul Cross of our sponsor, Greenscene Agritek came down and brought us the HABIT bedding, Anton loves it and I know the horses at home do too!
Friday, Jan 9, 2015.
A day we never thought would come! We were officially headed SOUTH. We drove a little bit through Tennessee, then we grazed the state of Mississippi and into Alabama we went. Navigation became more complicated at this point so we needed to stay awake together; one driver, one navigator.
Anton’s last walk break before Florida was Brilliant, Alabama where we met a lovely couple who raised cattle and horses on their 200 acre ranch. We got to experience real old fashioned Southern hospitality! Renee led Anton right past the cows and into the round pen. Anton thinks cows are scary! But he did very well and even felt comfortable enough to roll after a time. It was -2 C here and fingers and toes were frozen after cleaning the trailer and re-bandaging Anton.
After a few hours of walking and a little trot, Anton goes back on the trailer. Such a good boy. We are getting close. We feel the need to get something proper for dinner so we found a catfish house near the gas station. Everything deep fried except my catfish. Onion rings, hush puppies, fries, popcorn shrimp (Bubba Gump style) and mac & cheese. If we had just eaten the fish & rice, I think I would have been fine but the heavy grease after days of small snacks didn’t feel so good. It was yummy though! Being in there was like something out of a movie. It was a memorable experience. I totally get the songs and the films now.
Wednesday – January 7, 2015.
5am and “On the road again,”(literally playing that song on the iPod). We actually found a Starbucks and we thought we were in heaven after drinking several NASTY gas station coffees. This time we made stops for Anton every 4 hours at rest stops so he could eat, drink and nap. We turned the back seat of the truck into a bed in which we took turns sleeping. The Mojave Desert was sunny and cold and Anton could smell the change in the air when we let him poke his head out at the rest stop. There were wind towers that went for miles and the southern part of California is literally millions of orange and lemon trees. Later in the day we drove on into Arizona. The landscape is of rich, rust-colored hills. Though it’s beautiful, it’s not fun to drive the winding highway there. When you’re tired, it takes great effort and concentration. We stopped and I went looking for neat rocks but the sign about poisonous snakes and scorpions deterred me from venturing too far. Sunset was beautiful through the Arizona landscape. Photos don’t do it justice.
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
We drove most of the day through California which was one of the prettiest states and the warmest. We were even briefly able to wear t-shirts in the afternoon! We stopped for soggy take out salad on the way but it was the first real meal we had had since we left so it tasted pretty good.
Next stop: Los Banos, California for another overnight stay. There was a shower with “warm” water. We took advantage of it but it was only that…..warm. And the shower was in the barn so our teeth were chattering as we dressed. But at least we were clean! The night was very cold and we had another interrupted sleep in the truck in which we had to turn it on repeatedly for heat. Anton had his warm blankets and a stallion stall to sleep in. Lucky him!