Oh, the stories that could be told and may never be told are vast... it was an EPIC weekend. Not the kind of epic weekend where you are given lovely fruit dipped in exquisite chocolate by your masseuse or where you are seated in a beautiful restaurant overlooking the San Francisco Bay with the man of your dreams. Nope... not that!
Dressage was our best of the season - 33.6 And, I'm sure it could've been better if I hadn't thrown two Novice transitions in as a bonus to my Training Test A. What made me happy was that Sugar was present, obedient and I was able to get some brilliance. The afternoon made me smile.
Groton House Farm HT is absolutely fabulous! The XC course is made for galloping and jumping in stride. The jumps are big natural obstacles... and the questions asked are fair. I've dreamed of riding it for 6 years and it was going to be mine soon.
|Jonah completing GHF's Novice XC|
No pictures of Sug and I...
Note the landmark... TREE. You see, when walking one's course... one might also view said landmark as an obstacle to avoid. That's right... a tree. Now this tree is about three strides from the jump and to the right of the novice landing. Sugar has run this course four times with professionals (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009) at Training Level. I am sure that the Pro went right after the jump to take the short approach to the next fence.
So, we landed... I executed my plan to go straight ahead the same time that Sugar turned right to go directly to fence 4. Surely the slight downhill played a part in my catapulting into the landmark - TREE - thus ending my Groton House Farm dream.
Four broken ribs and bruising that rivals a motorcycle accident are the consolation prizes. My already lumpy middle aged buttocks has taken on a whole new shape and color. I swear it has its own zip code now...
I was disappointed that I never got to ride Groton House or prove that I can do a Training Level Stadium Jumping course. Yes I was... I can not lie.
|Friends make everything ok!|
You know... the world is a very good place filled with awesome people. I am lucky to be a part of it! I will ride GHF one day... knowing that there is much love out there! And one must not let landmarks become obtacles!