Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 12, 2010, 6:00 pm


Barrels of bourbon! How is this Sport Horse Nationals? Well, the show was in Kentucky, so I took the one day I had no classes and went to a bourbon distillery with a good friend. It was awesome.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 11, 2010, 6:00 pm


Waiting in the trees for our ride time.Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, 2009.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 10, 2010, 6:00 pm


This picture makes me laugh. Albert's head is huge, and I have a silly look on my face.Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, 2009.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 9, 2010, 6:00 pm


Whoa, Albert! Don't go anywhere! Crazy pony.Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, 2009.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 8, 2010, 6:00 pm


More walking during the warmup for Skyy at Arabian Sport Horse Nationals 2009.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 7, 2010, 6:00 pm


Skyy and I walking as we school at Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, 2009.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 6, 2010, 6:00 pm


Skyy and I schooling at 2009 Arabian Sport Horse Nationals. We're getting some bending action going on here, but it looks like I'm being a bit restrictive with my left rein which may be making him resistant and a little tight in the neck by his poll.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 5, 2010, 6:00 am


Skyy (Wildfire Skyy) and I schooling at 2009 Arabian Sport Horse Nationals. You can see how grippy I was with my leg in this picture. I've tried really hard to get rid of that problem.
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Sport Horse Nationals Images

Dressage Mom Archive on August 4, 2010, 6:00 pm


I realized I had a ton of pictures from 2009 Arabian Sport Horse Nationals that I've done nothing with. So for today and the next week of so, I'll post an image from that show.Enjoy.Albert (Tariq El Kaiyoum) and I before the First Level Amateur Awards ceremony.
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Better late than never

Dressage Mom Archive on August 3, 2010, 2:42 pm


Although the Live From Lexington contest ended weeks ago, I've neglected to thank a very important person who helped me out. It's pretty terrible that I haven't thanked her publicly yet. I didn't even remember to thank her in my last post on the contest blog, and they've closed access to the blog now so there's no going back to edit it. I'll admit that when I wrote that entry I was pretty tired but that's really no excuse.Fellow blogger and horsewoman Stacey, who writes the blog Behind the Bit,
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Relief

Dressage Mom Archive on August 1, 2010, 1:17 pm


It seems I'm out of the woods.I somehow dodged a bullet and Macey only puked while Craig was home. She complained that her stomach hurt and didn't eat much for two days, but kept down what little she did eat. Lily never had any symptoms, but I was still worried that she'd spike a fever and get the throw ups.Craig has been gone since Thursday afternoon but is coming back this evening. It's been stressful for me and I haven't slept very soundly because every noise at night made me think one of the
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Anxiety

Dressage Mom Archive on July 29, 2010, 12:17 pm


Our daughter Macey is sick. Macey is a puker. I don't do puke.If you'll recall, I'm an emetophobe, which means I have an unreasonable fear of vomit. I wrote about it here, here, and here. I did some work with a therapist about this, and recently did some relaxation exercises to help keep me calm the next time I have to be in a puke-related situation. I think that time is going to be today.Right now Craig is home with Macey, but he has to leave in a few hours so I'll be home alone with her. And I'll
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Knee bone connected to the... foot bone?

Dressage Mom Archive on July 21, 2010, 9:37 pm


With every lesson, I try to have something to "take home". Something that I make stick in my head to be able to work on for next time. Sure ,in every lesson there are some "in the moment" situations where corrections are made and the horse is better afterwards. But there is always something that can be applied to every ride that can make both me and the horse better, not just in that moment in that lesson, but better in the long run.I was fortunate that Craig got video of my lesson with George Williams.
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Blogging it up, in Lexington!

Dressage Mom Archive on July 20, 2010, 5:05 pm


I lost the Live From Lexington contest. But I'm going to go to WEG anyway!(By the way, in case any of you noticed that my contest blog posts never contained the words "World Equestrian Games" or "WEG" - that was because Purina asked us not to use those terms. Alltech and FEI own those terms and Purina did not have permission to use them, so they asked us to say "The Games in Lexington" or just "The Games". But I don't need permission here, so there! WEG WEG WEG!!)Anyhow, my wonderful family put
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No sweat?

Dressage Mom Archive on July 17, 2010, 10:06 pm


I'm trying to get back to riding Albert and Kaswyn more since the contest has ended. For the past month I rode them a little bit but not my usual four times a week. So it's time to get back to it.It's been really hot here lately. Yesterday I only rode both horses for twenty minutes each, and we did a lot of walking. One thing I got from my lesson with George Williams is that I'm not working on the walk enough. When I had been walking the boys I would just let them walk. I didn't really think about
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Tangled

Dressage Mom Archive on July 15, 2010, 11:22 am


Well people, I did some stupid things when this contest ended.First I cried and cried when I lost. That's just ridiculous. It's just a contest, it's not like something tragic happened to me or someone I know. Totally overdramatic.Then, because my emotions were at an all time high, I said things that I never would have said, and never should have said. I got involved in a dialogue that I never should have started, and helped it escalate. I said hurtful things.So, I was a jerk. I should have just
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It's over

Dressage Mom Archive on July 13, 2010, 11:31 am


Well folks, I did not win.I could not have put any more into this contest than I did. I worked my ass off, but had fun doing it. It just sucks that I didn't win.Now I'm just waiting for the call. I'm fairly certain that a rep from Purina will contact me to tell me I didn't win. So, that should be fun, huh? I'm sure they won't want to make the call either. I don't like making "bad news" phone calls to patients, so I can't imagine that calling me to say "Hey! You didn't win! Thanks for playing!" will
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Going down swinging

Dressage Mom Archive on July 12, 2010, 3:11 pm


As of right now I keep falling further and further behind in the contest. It's not looking good, my friends. Please vote and pass it on to vote to anyone and everyone. It's still possible to pull this out, but networking must be maxed to get this done.Vote here! --> http://blogs.livefromlexington.com/?page_id=43The contest ends tonight at midnight. I'm not ready to give up yet, so lets make this last push count!I'm sure I'll get a call from Purina with the official results on Tuesday morning. Lets
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Gearing up

Dressage Mom Archive on July 8, 2010, 5:17 pm


Okay folks, it's almost over.This contest has literally taken over my life for the last month. I made phone calls, visited many barns, rode new horses, met some great people, and gathered fantastic information. Then came the write up and video editing, posting, and networking for votes. I'm pooped. But right now it's time to kick it into high gear! The contest ends at midnight, Eastern time on Monday, July 12. Please vote every day until then to keep my numbers up. The fight for the second place
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Really, thanks

Dressage Mom Archive on June 29, 2010, 6:36 pm


I wasn't implying that you guys aren't supporting me, because I know you are. I really do.This is just hard for me because I'm not the kind of person to say "Hey! Look at ME! Look at what I'm doing over here! Woo! I'm great!" Self promotion is not something that comes easily to me, and I blush something fierce when I get compliments.That doesn't mean that I don't believe in myself, because I do. I know I could do this blog-o-spondant thing and do a great job with it. I'm busting my ass trying to
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