This is why I would like so much to participate in the Frederic/Magali clinic… This is Frederic playing with his horses on the beach in the south of France. What an incredible horseman! We find out tomorrow (February 28th) if we have been accepted to participate… Fingers and hooves crossed! If not, I will be there to audit and learn.
Here is my video audition/submission for the riding portion of the Frederic Pignon/Magali Delgado clinic. I am aboard Judy Portmann’s lovely Morgan gelding Danny. We are hoping to be selected to ride!
I love this picture of Borrego schmoozing Julie Joyner’s baby Keilah a few years ago. Careful, B… she’s jailbait!
Ribbons are Red
Blankets are Blue
Happy Valentine’s Day
From Borrego to You!
Sometimes your dreams are under the rainbow! One of my favorite artists to listen to as I ride is Eva Cassidy. Check out her gorgeous version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow here. This incredibly talented musician was gone far too soon, and every time I listen to her soulful music I am a little gentler and kinder for being sweetly sad.
Judith and Harold have been my students for over 5 years now! I started two of their homebred Tennessee Walking Horses, Sunny and Bella when I worked at Aiken Horsemanship Academy. Those babies have kept us entertained and on our toes through many adventures, successes, and challenges! Harold’s mare PJ is older but has also been a big catalyst for Harold’s growth as a horseman. I remember Judith calling me up one time and saying “LISTEN!” I said I couldn’t hear anything. “That’s the sound of both of our horses standing quietly loaded in the trailer!” she replied with pride. We still laugh about that phone call. All three horses load and travel well now, but it took many hours of patience and consistency to get it that way!
I wanted to share these photos from their lesson this weekend because I am so proud of both of them, and how much they have invested in their horsemanship journeys with their horses. Judith and Sunny had a great liberty session, which we filmed for her audition for the upcoming Liberty clinic, and both horses and riders showed marked improvement in balance and focus following their first gaiting lesson the weekend before with Stella Mansberg-Wise of Windsor.
Sometimes during a long journey it’s important to stop, look back and appreciate how far you’ve come! So glad to be traveling with these wonderful friends.
This is our Liberty audition for the Frederic Pignon/Magali Delgado clinic coming up March 25 & 26. These folks are the original trainers behind the spectacular show Cavalia, and we have a unique opportunity to work with them here in Aiken! Wish us luck!