Sitting at the airport waiting to board our fight home. The wifi was super spotty here so that is why there are no videos posted. The internet just couldn’t handle it. When I get home I will do a series where I go through each day of trying horse and include the videos.
Things I would do differently next time.
Take notes after each horse. They really start to run together and after riding so many it’s hard to remember what each one felt like.
Give yourself a day to re-ride your favorites.
Don’t be afraid to say no to horses you know will not work for you.
Bring your own saddle if at all possible
I think I know which horse I am going to pick and am so excited! He will still need go through his vet check but I won’t say who he is until all the videos have been uploaded.
Okay need to board the plane. Look for new post in the next couple of days.
Running on little to no sleep. It is Sunday at 10:30 pm here in Czech. Had technical difficulties with the camera so there isn’t much footage unfortunately. Saw 10 horses today, rode 5 and jumped 4. There are 3 contenders so far. We have about 5 or so to see tomorrow.
I wish I would have brought my saddle. Riding in men’s saddle is difficult since I have 5’2 and all these men are tall. Got it done and am completely exhausted. Good news is there are three horses so far I can see myself growing with. A 6 year old KWPN gelding, a 4 year old holsteiner gelding and a 4 year old holsteiner stallion.
Very nervous riding in front of multiple Europeans since we Americans ride so differently I felt way out of my comfort zone. After the first couple of horses I became more comfortable with the process and things seemed to smooth out.
I have written and rewritten the opening of this blog post about 10 times now and no wording seems to be right so I am just going to say it. I sold Greyson at the end of May. He was an amazing horse and he helped me get my feet wet into this sport. I have known for a while that this was going to be inevitable. I have ambitions to go up the levels to a meter twenty and I knew he wasn’t going to be the horse to get me all the way there. We accomplished more than I could have hoped and I wish I could have kept him forever but expenses for two horses is not in the cards for me right now. My number one priority was to make sure Greyson was going to a good home. I am happy to say that he is going to teach an amateur lady the ropes of jumping. He will be jumping cross rails up to 2’6 for a couple of years so his job is getting easier. Also he gets to live on 60 acres at the base of the Santa Monica mountains. He will have an irrigated pasture to be turn out in everyday and a nice box stall to sleep in every night. I am told he is being adored by two children who spoil him with cookies and the family doesn’t ever plan to sell him.
It was one of the hardest goodbyes of my life and I honestly feel a little guilty about being excited for the next chapter of my riding career. But here I am about to embark on a whirlwind shopping trip overseas. I am leaving next week with my trainer to the Czech Republic. This will be my first time buying a horse overseas. In the past when I needed a new paint horse all I needed to do was put in the breed and state into dreamhorse.com and there were plenty to choose from all around me. Warmbloods are a different story. I don’t have the biggest budget and I need a horse that can do higher levels. I can’t find anything within my budget and wish list domestically so we are going to Czech where my budget will go further. I plan to blog the whole process. If you ever have seen all these amazing horses listed on Facebook in the Czech Republic but wasn’t sure if it was something you could to do then I encourage you to follow me next week as I experience it step by step.
My day started really early. I never sleep well the night before day 1 of a horse show and last night was no exception. Slept pretty solidly until about 2am then it was in and out of sleep until at last 6:00am rolled around. Throw on some breeches and I’m on my way. Maybe tomorrow I’ll throw on some light make-up 🤔
Get to the show and say good morning to my mighty steed and see what kind of mood he is in. He looks rested and ready to go. No good morning greeting would be complete without a carrot. I always give him a carrot every morning of a horse show (a well placed bribe if you will). Then it’s off to the ring to study my course and watch some people go.
Now it’s warm up time. He was defiantly stoked to be at a show again and was jumping around great. All my distances were showing up and we were clicking.
As I’m walking towards the ring I go over my course one more time and surprisingly I don’t feel very nervous and that is unusual for me. So we are in and cruising he is a little amped and needs some little reminders to wait for the spot to show up. But all goes well and we make the jump off. The buzzer rings out and we have 45 seconds to get to the first jump of the jump off. He has settled by this time and things are going great until I pull him mid air to the side (I was thinking I was going to splice it but should have positioned him for it before the jump not during the jump). So we got a rail and it was all on me. But ended up 8th out of 18.
Few hours break then back for the meters. He is even more settled and focused these two rounds but a bad spot to the second jump gets us a rail and we end up 8th. Next meter is a speed round and we cruise around and everything is great but get a rail on the second to last jump. Didn’t even know it came down until the announcer called it. It was very windy so I couldn’t hear the rail falling. BUT we were the fastest 4 faulter and got 3rd out of 8.
He seems pretty happy about the day. I always always give him carrots after our show rounds because I’m so greatful that he is so willing to do this for me and has a good attitude about it.
Enjoying his grain after a big day of jumping 😍
He is all tucked in and we get to do the whole thing again tomorrow! I’ll keep you posted.