My blog started in August 2005 to chronicle my progress in training "A First Romance" (a.k.a. Solo) into a world class eventing horse. Born in 2002, as a 10-year old, Solo is close to competing in the four-star division. He's fabulous XC, but does still tend to voice his opinion during dressage... never a dull moment.
Solo's ridden by my daughter, Selena, who competed at her first Olympics in 2008 and the WEG in 2010 with Colombo. Selena also rides several different horses including Pan Am Silver medals, “Foxwood High” out of our home base, Balsam Hall in Kingston, Ontario.
This blog chronicles both our adventures as we continue to train eventing horses. Occasionally, Selena will make an entry on her progress at competitions particularly on the lead up to major events. Please feel free to ask questions or send comments.
Now that the excitement has died down… I have not been to many of Selena’s shows over the past three years. Since we moved to Balsam Hall in Kingston, it has been so busy (and so much fun) at home
Sorry I didn’t write sooner. Was a late night last night and today I took my dear friend Christine “Pitty” around to local farms here in Canada as a thank you for all her help at Bromont. The boys look
All I can say is wow what a lucky girl I am to have three amazing horses. Now officially 3* horses!! Woody was so honest and felt strong right to the end. We took the straight route everywhere. I was
Well my horses tried really hard (sometimes too hard) today. Woody was great. I’m sad we didn’t pull off our extended trot…we have been working so hard at it. In the warm up he did some of the best extensions
Today was a little rainy, spitting rain mostly so not too bad. I walked the course in the a,m, and rode the boys in the afternoon. Started with Woody who was fabulous. Did a few changes and they felt quite good.
Today was beautiful weather at Bromont. Bizzy and I tried to make the most of it because it’s meant to deteriorate later on this week. I rode all three boys in the sunshine on the flat. I hacked Solo around
I cannot believe it’s June already. Apart from anything else, the weather in May felt more like April and it took me a long time to emerge from my down jacket this year. But I have put it away and
Another weekend has flown by. Selena left Friday for Grandview and got back here around 10:30 on Saturday night. There is no such thing as a short day in an eventer’s life. Grandview was very successful. Our first timer, Paige
Well, MCTA went well….sort of. Selena was not performance happy despite a competitive dressage test from Solo with his best mark ever at this level and a third and fifth placing in the Advanced division for Woody and Rocky respectively.
The Fork not being our best outing of the year, Selena is off to MCTA, in Maryland, to ride the three boys in the Advanced division, giving them another run before the CCI*** at Bromont in June. The training schedule