|Me with "Fast Betty," the preferred golf cart in the office|
I also cheered on my friend Heather Gillette and the lovely Our Questionnaire (aka Questie) during their first attempt at a CCI****. After a steady test in the notoriously electric stadium at the KHP on Friday, her groom, her husband, plus one of her other friends and I saw her off on cross-country on Saturday. She didn't feel that Questie was quite his usual self, however, and pulled up after Fence 10. I was so proud of her for making the right horsemanship decision and saving her wonderful horse for another day. Look for an edition of Ask Taco featuring Questie sometime in the near future!
|Heather and Questie getting ready for XC|
Now that I'm back at home, final preparations have begun for the Area III Championships at Poplar Place this weekend! I finally got to jump again-- between seemingly nonstop rain and a couple of lost shoes, a jump school has been a long time coming-- and I've already started packing our essentials. My goals for this weekend are to strike a better balance (literally) and correctly manage Taco's energy in my approaches to fences, and to be straighter in my body. He feels fabulous and ready for anything, although we are having some cosmetic difficulties: lingering baldness issues. I have started him on APF Pro after a conversation at Rolex with Mike Van Noy, the vet who developed it. I'll update here when I determine whether it helps with Taco's allergies and resulting hair loss.
Oh yes, and we got our entry confirmation for Indiana T3D! Woo hoo! It is only one month from this weekend...