Melbourne Dressage Trip…

On the weekend I went interstate and went to Melbourne. It wasn’t like a few weeks ago where I became a time-traveller when I went to Queensland, but it was still awesome.

Allow me to explain…

It was daylight savings a few weeks ago so I did travel back an hour when I crossed the New South Wales border into Queensland and then forward an hour upon my return. tt

Fear not, I didn’t meet my other self or change the present day, but it’s still fun to think that somehow my teenage fantasy of owning a Delorean and going to 1955 with Michael J Fox lives strong πŸ™‚

But I digress…

There were no flights that I could catch that could meet my connecting train from Melbourne to Garfield so I caught the train the entire way.

Yes, that’s right I caught three trains in a row and people say I am not brave!

And so it began…

Goodbye Maitland…

The train to Sydney was twenty five late so instead of 33 minutes between connections I had eight, but I made it.

 

 

I don’t sleep well at the best of times but put in the shakiest tracks in Australia and you had a girl with no sleep.

I had been up since 5am on the Thursday morning so by the time I hit Melbourne I had been awake for 26 hours, give or take a five minute doze here or there.

I hired a car and I then heard that flights into Melbourne had been cancelled due to haze so I got lucky that I didn’t fly or I would have been later. Yay!

 

I normally drive a Triton so trying to drive this small car on the Motorway was not my finest idea. There was a time there when I thought I would surely be killed as I was stuck between an oversize truck and a person who couldn’t drive!

What an awesome combination.

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But then I saw the sign and I had made it πŸ™‚

I like small towns.

I like how cute they are and how they have just enough of what you need so I went for an explore to see the sights.

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I love the movies. They have a Theatre.

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I love stores named after me..

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I love stores that sell horse gear… 15

 

 

 

I love stores that sell lollies.

Okay, tell me where to sign, I could live here!

Then it was off for a lesson.

I felt so fortunate to be able to ride such a beautiful horse. She had been imported a few months earlier and had such a lovely nature.

It was different to ride, different than a OTTB and I had to take some time to adjust. I had never ridden in a double bridle before either so that was something new. I worked on some basics in this lesson and I really enjoyed it! It was super.

 

Then I went back for a little snooze. I had found this lovely little B&B behind the picture Theatre and I was sleepy after my big day.

I had far too many pieces of toast before I retired for the night watching Rules of Engagement.

The next morning I went to Brewsters Foodstore and had breakfast. It was quite nice. I had eggs on toast (poached), that is my staple breakfast if there are no Wheet Bix available.

I went back out and watched 4Β  or so lessons before I had my next one. This lesson was better than the day before. This horse was bold and charming and wonderful. He was more than I can ride at the moment, I can admit that, but he let me feel my mistakes and he was a horse that was patient enough to allow me to learn.

I did my first flying change ever, yeah late behind 😦 but still awesome!

I left there thinking it was a wonderful journey. I had pushed myself hard, wore myself out and I was exhausted, but sometimes those moments are the ones that keep you going and remind you how awesome living really is.

By the way, yes I did get a picture of this in my head a lot over the weekend!!!!!!!!

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Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

 

 

 

 

 

To buy or not to buy…

Hey Everyone,Β 

A few weeks ago I travelled up north to see a Warmblood… Β See this is what happened…Β 

I love my OTTB’s, I do. I love them so much and I love everything about them, but then I rode a Warmblood.Β 

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You know that moment when you get out of your 1977 Holden model car and Sebastian Vettel pulls up and says “get in”, it’s kind of like that !!!

As Β per normal I had to take photo’s of everything. I have this thing where I need to document stuff.Β 

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It was a super drive. The view was breathtaking. I felt so happy to be on an adventure… πŸ™‚

Then I saw this gate. And at that moment, yes I decided, a gate like that is in my future.Β 

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How good would it be to drive through two horse head statues each time you leave your home!! Like seriously isn’t that the kind of stuff dreams are made of? I think yesΒ 

I needed to see some of the sights.

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I can’t handle going somewhere and not getting all the obligatory pics of statues and stuff.

I love old buildings…Β 

And there’s a statue. It’s a statue of Thomas Joseph Byrnes, a former Premier of Queensland.Β 

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So this is what I was going to see.

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I know right, talk about ridiculously good looking!!Β giphy.gif

 

 

 

 

She rode wonderfully, although to be honest it’s harder to ride a gait like that then I thought. It’s so much more forward and has so much more cadence then a thoroughbred; sorry Moo…Β 

I liked her, I really did, but I didn’t feel it!

I didn’t feel that thing I think i’m supposed to feel. When I meet a horse or ride a horse that I feel is “meant for me” I can feel it.

Does that sound a bit ridiculous? perhaps , but I’m a bit of Β a dreamer. I think it’s much like when you meet someone you love; I see my horses the same. I have to instantly love them.Β 

It’s a shame because I know she is beautiful to ride and a wonderful horse and she will go places.Β 

So I went to the pub for lunch and then took a picture at the Big Shears…

You have to take these kinds of photographs I reckon.

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So my search continues for my Warmblood, but I am loving the adventure.

It is making me smile. …. πŸ™‚

Happy Riding & Keep SmilingΒ 

Mel xΒ 

I’d come for you…

This morning I was driving to work, yes I have to work on a Saturday. WHAT!!

Anyway, I digress.

I ended up singing this song as it was on the radio. I realised how much I liked it.

You know those moments, when you are in your own little world, singing and even when you are at traffic lights and someone sees you; you don’t stop!

No way man, you are in the middle of a chorus and the chorus much like the tides waits for nobody!

Enjoy….

Randomness…

This morning I got to thinking…

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What’s the go with people and their First-world issues?????

I’ve had my fair share of complaints from strangers and non-strangers today and it isn’t even midday!!

Allow me to set the scene…

This morning the train I use to commute to work wasn’t running, it had been replaced by a bus. There was a pretty good reason for this; there was a points failure, but that doesn’t need to be mentioned in order for this story to continue. I digress.

So I thought hmm, do I catch the bus or do I wait for the 7:35 to come. See these people that work in the transport industry are pretty savvy at getting people where they want to go. So I went up to the coffee store, got one to go and sat back on the platform to wait it out. I was listening to Puddle of Mud (spin you around, love that song) and this guy on the platform was just so upset.

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I actually stopped my music to hear what he was saying.

You would think that he had been told the town had no water for the reaction he had!!!

To say it was over the top would be an understatement. I felt the need to put a stop to it, reactions like that can be infectious.

I sipped a sip of my morning coffee. Swallowed. Prepared myself for battle and calmly said, “It could be worse”.

He spun around to look at me, almost giving himself whiplash in the meantime and said “WHAT!!!”

I repeated “it could be worse”

giphy (2)I felt like I should use my hand in a Jedi type fashion at this point, using The Force to instruct him to be silent.

You will settle down. You will not lose it over this situation. There is nothing to discuss here.

But alas, I have no such powers!!

“How could it be worse???” he said. I couldn’t actually believe this sentence came out of his mouth but I felt the need to answer.

“Well” I said. “There are people in hospital right now but it isn’t you and me. There are people being held against their will or in an accident as we speak, but it isn’t you and me. There are people who do not have a job to commute to, but it isn’t you and me. It could be worse. Here we are sipping coffee in the morning sunshine. Yeah we will be a little late, but gee we are so much better off than some people”

I felt as though this stranger and I “had a moment”. He said “you are so right” (I was pretty sure I was too). He calmed down instantly and sat and started to go onto his Facebook on his phone, all the panic gone.

I almost have Jedi Powers!

There’s a peace with me today. A peace that this world would go on without me. That things can come and go, but really precious time is wasted with first-world issues.

Today, let us all think of everything we have. People that love us, horses to ride, jobs to go to and a calmness knowing that it ain’t that bad!

Hugs to all, Mel x

 

 

Grafton Dressage Club – 7 April 2018

Hey Everyone, What can I say… Yesterday was awesome and just the kind of day I needed. πŸ™‚

I had two tests to ride and I had a good draw. There was a last minute scratching so I ended up with both tests close together. Before I start I will say this though.

To all the people out there that drive at 60km in a 80km zone and then speed up to 120km when you get double lanes, I ask you to please stop this nonsense. It’s annoying and it’s purposeful and you just get me doing blogs where I talk about it.Β 

Ok, i’ve had a rant and I feel so much better now πŸ™‚200w

I had a warm up and Moo felt awesome. Responsive. Listening. Willing. Unicorn stuff really!

Got to the event at 09:07 and didn’t ride until 10:36 so I had plenty of time to make sure I got on all my awesome Peter Williams Riding Apparel gear and get a video up before we started.

The pre competition vlog is becoming a thing, see below:

The first test rode so well, I made a little error and put too much leg on into the Canter and not enough release of contact and my little man put in a buck! Apart from that the test rode wonderfully and I was so happy and knew I had done well.

I then rode the Preliminary 1:1, not my favorite test but he felt good underneath me and I was determined to put the error behind me in the Prelim 1:2 and get on with it and go out to do awesomely. I’m not one to just be at a comp. I go hard or go home. And here it is:

I’m super glad that Perseus will settle for Pegasus and doesn’t want Moo ! lol

200w1.gifI feel so happy that things are coming together and I am smashing goals left, right and centre.

Life is for the living and it is here for the taking and I have achieved two goals in 2018 and ridden to PB’s already. I smile. πŸ™‚ I have so much love for this horse.

So, scores… We got a 65.9% in Preliminary 1:2 and 3rd overall and 68.4% n Preliminary 1:1 and took out 2nd. It was a tough field and to be in the placings with those scores shows how wonderful the combinations were on the day.

I gave Mooey Ganooey a well deserved bath, took out his plaits and loaded him to drive home. He was so happy and I would sneak a peak of him in the rear view mirror and see him dozing and I felt so happy.

Please see my end of day Vlog.

Wherever you are in the world I hope you are having a wonderful day. Smile; the world is beautiful and we are all so blessed to be here, doing what we love! Long may it continue

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

Happy Birthday Buck

Buck is the most wonderful friend and the best dog ever.

I know, I know there was Lassie and the littlest Hobo, but my guy is super special. I’m calling it.

Buck is a black and white border collie with just a hint of Irish wolfhound. He has the typical markings but with deeper brown eyes and a small pink patch on one of his front pads. To me, he is perfect.

 

This picture was the first night he was in my life.

The little girl is Chloe my best friends oldest child,Β who is now 21!! Where does the time go???

 

 

This was his first collar πŸ’•

He has recently decided he likes balls.

 

 

 

 

After 11 years of not fetching a ball, only Frisbee’s and sticks in the ocean he decides to pick up a ball in 2016. It will never make sense to me, but he is funny like that!!

I have taught him to speak and he communicates with me most of the time. Except when he is grumpy. For example, say he wants some of my dinner and i say no, he will turn away from me and face into the wall and ignore me. If I try to talk to him he will pretend he cant hear me until I finally say he can have some food. The dog is a genius at getting what he wants!!

He grunts and sounds like he is oinking like a pig when he has a teddy bear in his mouth and if I have been away he yelps at me and tells me all of what happened while I was gone.

He has a love of cheese slices and toast that can only come from me. His favourite time is when I have a cup of tea and make Sao’s with butter. He likes his butter.

When I first got him I worked on an equestrian centre. I was trying to teach him to lead a horse with the help of my friend (pictured).

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He has been with me through the good, the bad and the ugly and he never leaves my side. If I need him he is there and he loves me in a way I could only have hoped for.

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His favourite place is the ocean. Not a creek, a river or a dam. That will not do. He loves the beach. He loves to fetch sticks, run, dig and lay in the sand. He loves to make sure that when he does dig he throws sand on mummy.Β 11 August 2013

 

 

 

Of a night when he is sleepy, he loves to be kissed goodnight. He loves it when I sing him a lullaby and put my hand on his chest while he breaths.

He loves me laying on the floor and we stretch our paw and hand out and he holds my hand under his and looks at me and smiles. These moments are the best part of my day.

So, Happy 13th birthday my beautiful boy.

I love you buddy. Best 13 years ever x

Let’s get to 14 mate x x

Happy Birthday

Summerland Dressage Club – Twilight #2

Hey Everyone,

I am a Twilight Fan, even though the story has plot holes, but that is for another time. It’s funny how whenever I see the word “Twilight” I think of Vampires; talk about good marketing by Hollywood; but I digress… πŸ™‚

The Twilight Series at Summerland Dressage Club is going swimmingly! Twilight #2 was cancelled to the 3rd March, but Twilight #3 (which is now #2) was on last weekend!

See video below for a full explanation.

I was super excited to get better scores this time and took some “super duper fly spray” to make sure that the horror flies would not effect us again.

Last time, just to remind you, we got a 60% for Preparatory A and a 60.90% for the9503B66A-EF6C-46AC-A5F7-3F181EEE3854 Preliminary 1:1.

This time out I wanted to be nearer to my usual scores and do so much better.

A pre-competition Helfie was again a thing πŸ™‚

Loving my Earlwood Equine gear still and wear the Polo Shirt and Cap everywhere !

Moo did his first test, the Preliminary 1:3 and went super. I was really proud of him. I made a few mistakes with the downward transitions and the free walk, which I do believe cost us a fair few percent (grrr) and we ended up with 61.96% and equal 7th.

I will have to ride correctly next time! There was only 4% difference in the first seven placings so you need to bring your A-game. You can’t make mistakes and then expect to place, not in a field of 20 horses! So again, my errors and Moo was a superstar!

I also got to sport some new Peter Williams Riding Apparel competition wear. vest

The Ladies Blue Show Vest looked so so good. It is such a wonderfully tailored vest with a satin lining and beautiful regal style buttons. The stitching is of a top quality and it is such a pretty colour. I did get a fair few comments on it throughout the day.

I also wore the Classic White Satin Stock. I felt like a princess!

We then did the Preparatory E and I rode it the best I could. His figure 8 of circles at X was just lovely and he scored a 7.5 for the Serpentine.

He stumbled when I asked for the walk steps, mid change of rein when you come down from the trot, but that is not his fault, the grass was a little slippery and I should have rode it better!!!!

We managed to get a 66.32% and a fourth place! I was and still am extremely happy about this! We were only 3% off the winning score and I think we did the best test we could, and you can’t do better than your best!! πŸ™‚

see Video below…

We had a wonderful day together and we look forward to the final part of the Twilight Series on 3rd March. This has been a bucket list item of mine to compete in this series and I will be able to tick it off and move onto the next item.

Here is our end of competition day video, which is becoming a thing also lol

I hope everyone is happy and smiling.

Mel x

 

 

Coffs Coast Jump Club

Hey Everyone,

Moo and I attended the Coffs Coast Jump Club on Saturday 10 February 2018. Β This was our second time at this Club and we really had a fantastic time.

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A pre-competition Helfie was necessary as always. πŸ™‚

I had received a Saddle Pad and Ear Bonnet from Horzehoods Australia

I was pretty keen to use them.

See video below…

 

I lunged Moo for a few minutes, it’s not something I normally do, but I am trying to find the Warm-Up routine at competitions that seems to work for him. It went really well and by the time we had finished a light lunge of 5-10 minutes he was Walking, Trotting and Cantering on command. He was flicking his ear to me and really concentrating on me and when I mounted I had his full attention.

I think I will lunge at my Dressage Competition next week and see if it works as good as it did at the jump day.

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We walked over and watched the action, dreaming of the day we jump 80cm. That is our goal; 80cm. I know it may not seem high, but I need to be able to jump a clear round at this height in order to complete a part of my Equestrian Australia Level One Coaching Certificate.

 

I thought also if I stay where Moo can see me perhaps he would settle more; and he did.

He kept looking at me and nudging me seeking comfort and I reassured him.

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80cm seems a good height to me too, difficult enough that it is challenging, but also not too high where I may injury my Mooey. He has a splade hoof and his front leg is bowed from the knee, the last thing I would want to do is hurt him in anyway.

So we will stick to 80cm and see how we go πŸ™‚

 

By the time I got on him he was ready to take the world on and so confident and not spooky.Β So these few things that I have done I will continue to do.

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He warmed up over the fences well.

He was a bit excited about it all and put a few little bucks and ridiculous moments in.

I didn’t make a big deal of it. I simply sat it and let him have a “moment” and ensured that he stayed straight and came to a complete halt before continuing on to jump again.

I really feel that this training makes all the difference and allows them to not get so excited about when the next fence is coming, rather that he will be thinking we may stop, or halt, and will be calm and come back to me when asked.

We then had our first ever 50cm round!!

I am super impressed that he has completed three rounds of jumping in his whole life and we are jumping this height confidently. I make a few errors here and there and I need to be more definite in my requests and not second guess my stride. That will come in time, but I cannot say anything bad about my Moo. He is simply wonderful !!

He goes super well in the 60cm and I am so happy with it. He put an extra stride in on the orange and white oxer, after we found an awesome take off spot, but that’s okay. We just had a little miss-communication. It will all improve in the future and I am so happy with how he picks his little hooves up and keeps his ears pricked on the next fence. I smile.

I had the best day. See my after competition video below πŸ™‚

A big thank you to HorzeHoods for my Saddle Pad and Ear Bonnet.

I love love love pink !!! Go to www.pwra.com.au to grab a bargain as they are both only $29.95 and come in a range of awesome colours.Saddle Pads - Horzehoods White DRESSAGE

I think moo may need a Lime set!!! πŸ™‚

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x x