So, that’s January behind us which means that 2017 has firmly started, no more licking our wounds pretending we are still recovering from festive celebrations, it’s time to get on with things. I know, it’s still bitterly cold though, in fact I’ve just come in from riding and am wearing TWO layers of thermals!!
I have to say I was seriously grateful for the “warm” spell we had the weekend before last as Beth and I made our first acquaintance with dressage. The way it works is that you learn the test and then perform it in front of judges. In a nutshell, a test is various movements in particular directions and stride transitions at specific spots in the arena. Being a real newbie at this, I learned one of the “intro” tests, which is just simple walk and trot, in various shapes and speeds. It was enough that we were travelling to a strange place and in a big scary lorry so I figured one step at a time was the best approach. I have to say, learning a dressage test is much harder than I thought! I borrowed my daughters’ mini whiteboard and have spent hours sitting on the sofa, tapping out my movements with a chalk pen, usually used for writing lists up on the french windows! I am quite sure this must be annoying as I’m chanting “trot trot trot trot trot, waaaalk waaaalk waaaalk, stand 2 3 4 and TROT TROT TROT… do you catch my drift?? What a lovely patient family I have !
We arrived in the bucketing rain and managed to unload without event, other than Beth standing on my foot (the one that is already fractured!). We then went to warm up in the indoor arena before going outside when it was our turn. Within a matter of minutes, when watching others practising their moves, I realised I had learned the wrong test… gulp!! Fortunately however, the judges allowed the moves to be called out to me which really helped, not content with that surprise though, it then turned out we had entered ourselves into the prelim test which is one level higher than intro (including cantering in 20m circles which Beth HATES!). Never mind, I decided to not worry and just do our best. Most surprisingly, we came out with a very respectable 61.9% which I was absolutely thrilled with, Beth was an absolute angel!
Onwards and upwards, I went out with QVC guest and my buddy Beverley Cressman and her horse Minnie just this morning for a lovely ride and I’m doing a jumping clinic with professional event rider Bill Levett on Friday and this time I’m going alone so the challenge will begin with hooking the trailer up to my car single handed!! I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, as I say to the children, good food and good sleep is what keeps us strong, so I’ll be trying to take my own advice over the next couple of weeks, particularly after having that awful bug a couple of weeks ago. Like any mum, I must sound like an old record sometimes. Myles was in a panto all weekend so it’s been the phrase I’ve definitely most used over the last couple of weeks!! He’s been super wired with excitement after all the late night rehearsals so I’ve been particularly thankful for our Deep Sleep Pillow Spray which we will be discussing on air lots over the next few weeks as it is our supersize of the month!!
Hope to catch up with you here, on air or via twitter.
Very best wishes and love as always