Equestrian Gold Coast Club – 30.04.2017

After months of rain and a working roster that wouldn’t quit, I saw an opportunity to take my Freddy to a Dressage Competition. I had been training the Canter long enough and it was time to see if he could handle Preliminary Dressage.

And besides a trip interstate is always a good thing!

I decided to drive up the day before and camp out in my float, I figured this would settle Fred and I would wake up full of energy for the Sunday.

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This was also a grand opportunity for me to use my Earlwood Equine Show Rug for the first time! He looks so handsome in it!

This was also the first time I had been away competing since my PTSD diagnosis in 2014, so I wanted to go. I wanted to challenge myself mentally and physically on this weekend away. 1493457654059

It was so cold in that float! Even though I had a camp bed and a sleeping bag there was an hour or so there where it was freezing! I was happy and positive though as I ate my dinner surrounded by hay.

I had made sure to pack a Fleece Rug and a Waterproof Winter Combo for my Freddy; but I had a single sleeping bag!

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Any horse rider would know that is typical, the horses always get the best of things.  The next day I woke so excited and yet nervous at the same time.

Our draw times were Preparatory C at 07:51, Preliminary 1:2 at 08:26 and Preliminary 1:1 at 09:49.

I had my game face on at 7am as I mounted my trusty steed!

It was so cold still when IMG_0024we did our Prep C test, but it went well and Freddy tried so hard for me.

The Prelim 1:2 and 1:1 was a success. I was stoked!

My goals for this show were simple; get the correct canter lead in every test, every time.

We accomplished that and I was so proud of his efforts.  Freddy was patient when I was unbalanced at times, and he showed me nothing but respect the entire weekend. He was no trouble, didn’t fuss, never spooked and had my back throughout the whole weekend.

I felt he almost knew I needed him to support me; and he did.  I am truly blessed to have my Freddy as my equine partner in this journey.  

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We ended up coming 8th in the Preliminary 1:1 on a score of 59.32%, 9th in the Preliminary 1:2 on a score of 57.21% and 6th in the Preparatory C with a score of 58%. That meant we were taking home a gorgeous ribbon!  I was so proud of Freddy and me! 

We drove home, making it through the “Tick Gate” at the border unscathed and I just kept smiling. New goals now, more Dressage, more confidence building and more smiles.

It was truly a big step to even consider going and to be honest I wasn’t sure how I would go. I am so proud of myself that I did it and got through the weekend and I feel stronger from doing so!

The Gold Coast Equestrian Club was wonderful! The day  ran so smoothly and professionally and everyone was smiling. It made it such a lovely experience for us.

You can find the clubs Facebook page here if anyone would like to check it out.  

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling… Mel

 

 

 

Grafton Riding Club Jacaranda Dressage

Hello Everyone,

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It’s that time of year and it is Jacaranda Festival time up here. It’s pretty much a festival that is centred around the fact that there is a bunch of Jacaranda Tree’s all over the place.

See Exhibit A …

They are quite beautiful and I am always up for a reason to celebrate anything so I figured why not get right into it this year 🙂

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So I went and met the Jacaranda Queen…

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and then the rest of the Queen’s Party…

Good Times….

Then it was time to focus on the Jacaranda Dressage Day. I wanted to go compete last year, but was busy working and such, but this year I made sure I could compete and what a wonderful day we had. 🙂

As always was the Pre-Competition Helfie… (that’s what I call a Horse Selfie)

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Moo was pretty calm and happy when we arrived and I was feeling like today was going to be super!

I had purchased a Dublin purple show shirt, a purple Saddle Pad and an Ear Bonnet for the day and Moo looked awesome in Purple!

It is obviously on his colour wheel 🙂

My Draw was as follows:

Preliminary 1:2 at 0910hrs on a Grass Arena

Novice 2:1 at 1116hrs on a Sand Arena

Preliminary 1:1 at 1230hrs on a Grass Arena

 

He warmed up like a charm and was giving me Shoulder-in and a lengthened Trot that made me look for his Pegasus wings!

And then we were on. Moo loves the Preliminary 1:2 and normally does quite a good test scoring around 60-62%. The test went and felt amazing. He did a straight Centreline and a Square Halt. The test was Rhythmic and Relaxed until mid way through the last Canter, as we started our 20m Circle from B he jumped straight up in the air and bucked and carried on. I looked over and saw what I thought was a lizard/snake rustle away into the long grass and the tree’s. I got him back and then we went back into Canter and finished the last two moves. I was super impressed. I figured I may get a 5 or even a 4.5 for the Canter but the rest of the test would pull us through for still a super score.

How wrong I was!!

I won’t say anything about who was judging as it wouldn’t be very professional of me seeing as I am an Official Coach and Judge, but let’s just say giving me three 4’s was an absolute joke and the overall score was the worst score we have ever posted in that Test (59.2%).  She gave me a 4 for his quarters being in on a Trot transition even though he completed the Trot transition smoothly between E and K. It should have been worth a 5.5 minimum!!

And apparently Moo did no Canter at all between C & M as he got a 4 for that and a “No Canter” comment. (Thank goodness for video) The comment on the back was a disgrace and was the most unprofessional thing I had seen written in my riding career. I am disgusted and I will not post the video as I plan to lodge a complaint. As a judge myself, comments are so important and they must be constructive and positive; there is no place for bad manners or for petty attacks in our fine sport. And there’s my rant!

I shook it off though and got on with preparing for the next test. I have only ridden the Novice 2:1 once and that was a few weeks ago (we got a 59% and came 9th), but I knew Moo could pull a good test and so I went in there with my A-Game.

The test went well, a few little hiccups here and there (all caused by me of course); a bit of resistance, me riding a bit unbalanced and two stumbles on the dry sand; but all round he was amazing and got some great scores four 7’s and a bunch of 6’s but the few 5’s for the Walk knocked us down. See the full test below:

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We ended up with a great score of 61.1% and a fifth place. YAY 🙂

The judge is an accomplished rider also, and I think that helps when it comes to judging. I thought I might try to lose the spurs for the next test and see how Mr Moo went.

I don’t much like riding the Preliminary 1:1 and in hindsight I should have just done the Novice 2:2 as he was being a bit of a super star…

I thought I had rode really well, he was a bit lazy and ran into the Canter but that was mostly because I wasn’t sure (after riding with spurs) just how much leg I needed for the transition. Live and learn I guess 🙂

See full test below:

We ended up with a 65% and another fifth place ribbon!

I was pretty stoked as I put him in the float to travel home 🙂

I have to say this horse keeps surprising me all the time. The thing I like about him most is that he won’t let me get away with riding bad or giving a half-effort. He will resist or go above the bit if I am wrong and if I do not ride correctly. He will swing his quarters. I love that he is his own being and has his own set of rules and boundaries for me to adhere to.

I could not be any prouder of Moo and next year all going well, we will keep competing in the Novice and start training for Elementary. I wanted to be at Medium by 45, so I am right on track at the moment 🙂

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween & Happy Birthday Moo 

Hey everyone, 

Well two reasons to smile; pumpkins (hmm pumpkin) and Moo’s birthday. 🎃 🦄


I’m loving that I celebrate this and we got right into it lol 


So I’m a person that doesn’t like ghouls and zombies and I find walking through a cobweb is right up there with stuff I can live without! 

What’s the go with that anyway, where is the spider? Why does it always seem that when you walk through a cobweb the spider is nowhere to be found? You dance around screaming with people laughing at you and you never do find it! One of life’s great mysteries I guess 😩 but I digress…
We all got into the spirit of Halloween 

My little man Buck is always up for a selfie! 

Anyway wherever you are in the world I hope you have a wonderful Halloween! 

Is it celebrated everywhere in the world? 

What do you do for Halloween? 

Keep Smiling 

Mel x 

Something non-horsey

Hey everyone, 

Today I decided to completely go off the grid and I loved it. It had been far too long since I had seen the ocean and had the sand between my toes so off I went… 

and then I arrived 


What a marvellous view and then there were these paintings on the path to the beach. 


I then discovered the ocean baths 


How wonderful so I had a swim. After that I went exploring and found some little rock pools. It reminded me of when I was young, my mother and I would go exploring at Newcastle Ocean Baths together. Good times 


What a great day of exploring and fun, remembering the simple things in life and living in the moment. 


Wherever you are in the world I do hope you are having a wonderful day. 

Keep Smiling 

Mel x 

A day off and I get artsy…

Hey everyone, 

Yesterday was a pretty tough day at work. It was cruising around 40 plus degrees and I thought I know what will cheer me up! A trip to Bunnings 😃

I love Bunnings. I love that there is just about anything you need under one roof. I love that the aisles are wide and people do not need to rub against you when they pass. 

I also love it because I feel as though I am a builder, a renovator, an artist perhaps when I am there. 😂 

For months now I have wanted a bridle box for my float. I took about two months to decide where on the float I wanted it and now I’ve decided I went and got this… 

Then I thought I would line it so the bridles don’t bang around in the box so I went to Spotlight ! My other favourite shop yay 😍

I got some padded Quilty kind of stuff and a low temp glue gun. Low temp is good as I am a little bit clumsy with glues and paints etc I get stuff like this everywhere 😊


I am pretty stoked that it is pink being my favourite colour and all. The day was looking good.

So I got the top done and I put the rings in for the bridles to hang off. I was thinking this was going pretty executive !!!! 👍


Then I started the sides and that’s when it happened 😩 I got some glue on my finger. 

Now I don’t know what sort of temperatures they have at the place that invented this thing, but low temperatures to me is like “oh dear that glue is a little warm.! ” 

but no, this was like a glue gun that perhaps was a low temperature somewhere on the sun !!!!  I actually screamed in pain. I felt hot. I felt a little dizzy. That kind of low temperatures glue burn that leaves you thinking you will lose a Finger! Thanks spotlight!! Yooooowwwwwccchhh 😥😥😥

After I recovered and was ready to start work again I ended up getting it finished 


I love it. I can’t wait to put it on my float and be able to secure my bridles at the dressage comps and also they can be in there when we travel to shows, freeing up some space on my back seat of Trevor the Triton. 

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling 

Mel x 

Ointments & Things…

Hey Everyone,

I’m not a pharmaceutical kind of girl. Never have been. Never will be. I figure that way if I or my animals actually really really need some sort of treatment, or bodies will not be desensitised to antibiotics etc. However, if I can treat something naturally (even an illness I have myself) then yes I will try a bunch of natural stuff first usually.

Although I will say this before it is asked…

I am all for Vaccinations of humans and animals. I myself, am a fully vaccinated baby and my horses are protected against Strangles, Tetanus and the Hendra Virus.

So… Back to Ointments & Things…

I have a few things that I swear by and quite honestly couldn’t live without. Here is a list of my First Aid kit for my boys:

  • Thermometer
  • Stethoscope
  • Weight Measure Tape
  • Burn Gel
  • Instant Ice Pack
  • Tricin (eye ointment)
  • Saline Solution (for eye washing)
  • Meddi Quatro Cream
  • Bepanthen Cream (it’s a nappy rash cream but it is fantastic for the itch!)
  • Pinetarsol Solution (also a baby solution and fantastic for the itch!)
  • Sudocream (a nappy rash cream and zinc based, great for all things!)
  • Sulphur (I use this for greasy heel)
  • Copper Sulphate (for hoof thrush)
  • Dettol/Antiseptic Solution
  • Sting-O (relief from insect bites)
  • Gauze
  • Wound Dressings
  • Bandages (household ones)
  • Vet Wrap Bandages
  • Sanitary Napkins (these are so awesome for absorbing liquid from a wound and they do not stick to your horse)
  • Melolin (non stick dressing)
  • Paw Paw Cream
  • Vaseline
  • Bute Powder
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Lavender drops (to calm them if needed, simply wipe in the nostrils)
  • Betadine Solution

 

Please see the below video on Betadine and Sudocream.

I will make more of these in the future. 🙂

What do you have in your First Aid Kit?

Is there any “tricks of the trade” you would like to share?

See anything that might be useful for me and my boys?

Wherever you are in the world I do hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

First Show Jumping Lesson

Mooey Ganooey (yep that is Moo’s nickname) 🙂 and I had a show jumping lesson with Louise Light last week.  I have always wanted a lesson off her and boom, there she is living right on my door-step. Lucky me 🙂orN38_s-200x150

Moo and I were very happy when we arrived and as per normal Moo was the awesome trying horse with the undying work ethic that he always is.

He truly is a unicorn. I love him x

We started with a warm-up which went really well I thought.

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There were other horses and a colt nearby and he took it well for a horse that has never seen a show-jump arena before.

Moo was not having a bar of it to start with. index

He just plainly stopped and wouldn’t move for a while.

Whilst it wasn’t desirable, I did respect his effort as I am a stubborn person also.

With that being said, of course eventually I had the win for the day and Moo did eventually jump a jump. 🙂

 

And pretty soon it looked like this 🙂

I was super happy and went home feeling like I had jumped the moon. I haven’t actually jumped a horse in a Show Jumping / Cross Country Competition since 2009 so it was awesome to remember that feeling of feeling the freedom that comes with jumping.

I am trying to find him a Cross Country Event to go to and hopefully we can put all these new skills to the test.

Wherever you are in the world today I do hope you are having a wonderful day.
Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

 

Power of Pink Dressage Day

Hey everyone,

So on Saturday 4 October 2017 Moo and I competed at the TVEG Power of Pink Dressage Day. It was a wonderful day supporting a wonderful cause and even though the weather wasn’t on our side we all had high spirits and enjoyed the day. IMG_0255

I had driven up on the Friday and Moo was quite suspicious that something was indeed afoot! He was also highly disappointed that McDonalds did not make a Hay Late`but I digress 🙂

I camped out with my friend Amy and my Mr Moo. Also, in my new Cealiac non-gluten world I did discover that I can eat a Thin & Crispy Margherita pizza from Domino’s. Pretty stoked about that!  We then all went to bed at about 2200hrs.

 

I was full of beans and quite excited when I woke up and was ready to get on with the day. Moo was wondering why he was being painted pink and what was going on! He did put up with it quite well for a horse that has only had 10 outings so I was super impressed!!

 

It was then show time…

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Moo’s canter is like a Rocking Horse. It is uphill with the power from behind that is needed in dressage. This is his natural movement in the canter, I have only had to tweak this not teach this.

I believe he was always meant to be a Dressage Horse. I do believe this Canter may be the thing that gets him through the grades and to our goal of Medium (by the time I am 45).

I know it’s a big ask, a horse with a conformation issue to go to Medium! But I just know he will get there. I don’t know how I know; I just know.

It will involve me becoming a better rider and having the balance and independent seat required to help him as much as I can. So that is what I will be working on in the next few years.

Ah another quote from me 🙂  “Be the rider your horse needs you to be”

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His stretchy trot circle is really coming along. It was a move I used to get 4’s for and on the weekend he got a 7.5!! Their mouth only need be below the point of the shoulder and look at this! No wonder I nicknamed him The Prodigy!

My hands and seat could be a little softer and more balanced and I am sure I would have received an 8. I was blocking him.

I am my biggest fan but also my harshest critic. I love to look at photographs and video’s and say “Okay, there was an error by me or here is where I could have helped him more!”

Always look to yourself before your horse if you seek perfection and take responsibility. Your horse can only be as good as you let him be on any given day. It is a partnership after all.

The Preliminary 1:2 was on at 0948hrs, Moo seems to like the flow of the 1:2. We did a PB of 63.08% which left us in 7th place (less than 1% out of the Rosettes) but we got our best score ever and some 7’s which I was pretty happy about 🙂

He needs to move more forward and engage his back a little and I will work on that before our next Dressage Day on the 5th November.

The Novice 2:1 was at 1104hrs. A wonderful instructor and lady I know was there and she was kind enough to assist me and support me through this test. She ended up placing third and it was well deserved. It was such a rhythmic and relaxed ride and she has such talent.

Moo and I did a fantastic score of 59.44% and again we placed 7th. I was so happy. 🙂

To go up a grade and handle a test we had never ridden before and do so well was an awesome effort from Moo.

I left that arena thinking wow, maybe people had been wrong about him when they said he wouldn’t be any good for dressage! Moo has had his fair share of critics as he has a splade hoof and bowed knee but he keeps on getting better and better.

Also, there is nothing better a critic can do then tell me I cannot do something; I am one of those people that get more driven by that kind of stuff 🙂

We had a huge wait until our final test, the Preliminary 1:3 at 1502hrs. It started raining and was windy but Moo did very well. His feather boa in his mane was flapping around in the wind and that did effect our score. We normally score above 60% in this test, but we only ended up with a 59.34%, still a pretty good effort under the circumstances and I was proud of him.

A four hour gap between tests is not desirable and when I pulled him back out of the stall to saddle him he was half asleep. I probably didn’t ride my best either as it had already been a 12 hour day and not enough sleep the night before so that all played a part. Still super happy with him and he did try so hard. We ended up 9th in the field and I then gave him a well deserved bath and feed whilst we waited for the presentation.

I knew we wouldn’t win anything but I think it is still so important to attend the presentation and be a good sport, that also means you have to be good when you lose.

Ah yes another quote “Winning without grace is not winning” and I believe that also if you do not win you have to be happy for those that did. I simply wasn’t good enough on the day and whilst I wasn’t happy at the time, I realised that I just needed to perform better. Perhaps I got a bit lazy as we seem to always place, whatever it was; it will not happen again.

I will train the next fortnight like a crazy person until the next outing and hopefully do better.  I could have helped Moo a lot more in the corners and been more balanced. That comes down to rider fitness and balance. 😦 So a new fitness regime is in place and will be more intense. IMG_0354

Anyway, I do not wallow for long and I have my head back in the game.

We didn’t go home empty handed; we did win Pinkest Horse of the Day and received this lovely Saddle Pad.

Wherever you are in the world I hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

 

 

 

 

Cross Country Training with Mr Moo

Hey Everyone,

I was inspired Anne and by this post https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/46005487/posts/1617645203

I decided to take Moo out to do some cross-country training. We had not jumped before and I have not done any Cross-Country since 2006, but what the hell I thought I’d give it a go.

We also had been given a Go-Pro, so after I had spent many weeks deciding how to attach it to my helmet, and finally realising how awesome screws and battery operated drills were, I got it all going good!

We had initially gone for a bit of Dressage training as I have a competition on the weekend, but then I saw the gate was open to the Cross-Country jumps and a little voice inside my head went “Do it! What’s the worst that can happen?”

The mind of me works pretty basic at times and so I did a quick calculation of the opportunity cost of doing cross country training. Ok, so the worst thing that could happen being:

  1. Dying
  2. Not dying and being really hurt

and yet if I didn’t take this opportunity I would go home and:

  1. Regret not taking the opportunity
  2. Missing out on fun and experience

The winner was of course to chose to do the training!!

So off I went….

After watching this video back I realised a few things.

  1. I click my tongue a lot, but that is because I do not use a whip nor spurs and so I try to use my voice (still sounds a bit like a secret language that Mr Moo and I have though); and
  2. I had an awesome time and it made me want to do more and more of this.

 

Yesterday I was told an inspiring quote and I love my quotes so here it is;

“Courage is knowing what not to fear” ~ Plato

Always trust yourself and your abilities, but more than that, this quote reminded me to not let illogical fear rule me and take away a chance of a smile.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

 

 

 

Power of Pink Dressage Day

Hey Everyone, 

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I’ve just entered Moo in the Power of Pink Dressage Day that is coming up on 14/15 October up here.

I’m super excited to be able to go to this and somehow use the awesomeness that is Dressage to shed some light on such an important cause.

I’m not a negative person and I am not a wallower (if that is a word). I rarely open up and I keep my cards pretty close to my chest, so I  wont’ tell you my story of my mother. All I will say is that she was bloody awesome and loved me dearly. x

I will say if you get the chance to go to any charity style Dressage/Jumping/Hacking/show type day I say go!

Go and enjoy dressing in pink for this type of charity. I know there are multi-colour days for Runners for Mental Health and I’m hopeful one day to be part of setting up one of these awesome days; spending it with happy people that are out doing what we love.

Also, even if only for a moment I love that we can all spread some awareness and have us all think of others for a single day and remember how lucky we all are.

Life is a beautiful thing and I love it. We are all so lucky to be here living and having fun,  in countries where we are free to be able to do the things we love each and every day.

All I know is that I am grateful for all I have every single day. I do not waste precious time wishing I was Kate Middleton and a Princess (even though I know it might be fun).

I am not jealous of people who are better riders; instead I follow their YouTube or their blogs and try to find out what they did that helped them get to where they are.

I do not get cranky if someone wins and I do not when I compete. I think wow, we got third or we got fifth or we had a great day and didn’t place at all. 09ce74265b1bbb7e0de8d9fd4ccef999

I think the key to my happiness is not comparing myself to anyone else.

And then I found this in a google search. How true is this.

I’m sure Fred doesn’t go “I hate you Moo because you are 8 years younger than me and have two white socks and I only have one!”

Animals don’t do this and that is why they are happy 🙂 And yes as we know I love quotes and poems here is one I say quite often.

“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself” ~ D H Lawerence

I love the power that animals have to get on with it and live right now. It inspires me to not worry and to get the hell on with it. But more than all this, every morning, whether I am healthy or not, rich or not, skinny or not; I look to the sunrise each day and I am grateful.

We all know by reading my blog I want to see Halley’s Comet return in 2061. I will see it, but if I don’t it won’t change the fact that I am looking forward to it and nothing can stop that!

Live in the right now and whatever dream or goal you have start this second. Even if you only get a single day chasing your dream it is not a day that is wasted!

I wanted to compete Novice by the end of 2017 and I had wished it would be on Freddy. But with my big red guy currently lame and not a damn thing I can do right now to make that not be the case, I’ve made lemonade with lemons and somehow Moo is ready to go Novice at this event.

I don’t expect to win, I don’t expect to place but I know I will have a really good time and he will have another confidence boosting outing under his belt. I get to dress in pink for this day and it is my favourite colour so seriously win, lose or draw what a great time to be had!!

I am going to wear pink jodphurs a pink show shirt and put a pink feather and lace on my helmet. I found some large novelty pink sunglasses for moo and a sparkly top hat for him to wear. It will be fun to get some photographs and I can’t wait to see them.

This blog post went a bit all over the shop and on a few tangents but hey; that is the mind of Melissa Rose so I can’t apologise too much for being me 🙂

I thought I would take a moment and say that I love the blogs that I follow and the people who have chosen to follow mine, I thank you.

On this spinning planet in a massive area of space, horses and our common ground has somehow all made us cross paths and in the midst of our blogs we all help each other with the “likes” and the “comments” and the “well-wishes”.

We keep each other focused on goals and dreams but we also have a place to vent, to write about stuff that maybe we don’t say out loud in our everyday lives for whatever reason.

Long may it continue.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

 

The tiredness that is being old…

Hey Guys,

So, if you are under 30 I am going to give you a really good piece of advice.

If you want to do a show, do it now.

If you want to do a double weekend Dressage Championship; I beg of you do it now!

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The tiredness (if that is a word) that comes with age is not pleasant.

I remember when I was younger I was told by someone my age now, that one day I wouldn’t have the energy of my youth; I laughed at you wise person!!

I was 20 and bullet-proof. Age would not dare come near me. Age would hide in the corner in fear of me as if I was Chuck Norris.

Indeed it was not so!

I am sure that all my fellow 40 year olds and above will appreciate the invisible rocks that are given to you around your 35th birthday. You wake up one day with the weight of some rocks. You can’t put them down. They are just there. That is age my friends. And with age, comes tiredness.

I can remember the good old days though.

Out dancing with friends until 1am and then in the car with the float hooked up at 0400hrs. Three hours was plenty of sleep. I had the graceful bounce in my step that seemed as though I was performing the lead act in Giselle! I miss those days.

Pre-Packing of the float. Pre-packing, Pfft, it was so easy and done seconds before I had to leave. You only ever packed once, because your memory was that good you never had to check if you had forgotten something. Also, you knew that if you forgot something you would be okay and possibly be able to get away with not having it or borrow it from a random stranger.

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Now I pack the float four days out from a Dressage Competition and then check it the morning before I go.

I have to have a chair, table, towels (for a shower), coffee and tea supplies (in case their is no canteen), fruit and salads (as I am not longer able to eat the wonders of the Equestrian Canteen’s that I could in my twenties).

I remember I could eat whatever I wanted without a single pound being added to my weight! It was a joyful time 🙂

I’m not sure what to call the exhaustion that comes from competing now.

It’s like I eat a whole Turkey and then I go to a comp.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited, but I just want a groom, a stable hand, a Personal assistant if you will. 🙂

I feel that if I had someone to go buy my horse feed and sort it into the appropriate bins; clean my gear; bath my horses; wash their rugs and balance the cheque book I could then have some of my twenty-ish energy back for when I compete.

I was so tired the last time I finished. I had left home at 4.45am and gotten back from Queensland around 5:30pm. I had ridden three tests, warmed up for an hour or so, helped pack up the Arena’s and taken my horse through the tick gate at the border.

I fell asleep two hours after I got home and had the best night rest of my life.

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I never sleep well, but after a competition I sleep like a baby.

I’m not complaining about aging, au contraire, I am grateful for aging.

I just wish I had of listened, as now it can get tough living in the real world and not just the dreamy world of me competing on my Unicorns and eating Cupcakes.

I guess this is where mental stamina has to over-rule physical stamina and for me I am lucky to possess a strong will and well let’s be honest obstinate mind.

If I set a goal, I reach it. I will not settle for anything less and without a time machine in my possession I have no option but to find the energy to get my goals done at 40.

Meanwhile, I have been so motivated by the eventers I follow that I am taking my Moo, my Mr Potato Head to his first Cross Country event on November 4 at Armidale.

I can hardly wait and I will find the energy to do this.

As for aging, well it gets us all. I see my retired horse Billy, who is almost 28 walk with a slower step and not so much of a glint in his eye as in his youth; but he gets on with it. Animals have a sense of acceptance that us humans have to search for and learn. It doesn’t come naturally.

Despite my aging and the tiredness that comes with it, I know aging is a gift and even though I am a little resentful I am truly grateful for it deep down.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x