Today I get to add my thoughts to Mikey’s blog page, but before that, I wanted to share this picture. The lovley Nada who owns the stables that B is at, sent it to me – what do you think? I absolutely love it.
We have barely recovered from last weeks training with Marcus Wenz and then we had training this week with Charmaine who used to teach regularly at #Dujumping.
This week has been fun and mad all at once, Mikey and Kitty both had lessons with the “Amazing Charmaine” who was over from Melbourne to deliver some “master classes”. Mikey benefitted from the input on his positioning and he really enjoyed Charmaine’s excellent teaching skills as she drilled him to sit better. Charmaine was amazed by the short time that Mikey has been riding and stressed the importance of repetitive exercises to get it all right now. Her lessons were a welcome boost after the hard work with Declan when Mikey was literally in tears trying to get it all right.
He has been so committed and dedicated to learning and trying I am so proud of his achievements to date. Horse riding is hard and there is no easy route to success. All I ever want for the kids is they give everything they try their best shot and above all, they enjoy the experience – “You only ever get out, what you put in” was an expression my Dad used often and it is so true.
Kitty is slowly regaining her confidence in the saddle, and has also had some lessons with Charmaine this week which was lovely to see her finding it possible to trust B. We are very lucky that B is particularly caring and always has one ear on her riders commands. It is going to take time for Kitty to improve, but she can take as long as she wants and at least the last few days show that she will do it when she is ready. There is no point pushing and forcing her – she must want it as well or it simply will not happen.
Outside horses we fitted in the School Christmas Fair, and a trip to the mall to see #Krisvade and we enjoyed being part of snowglobe experience at Robinsons. Christmas tree purchased and we even managed to get party invitations made for Kittys 12th birthday party. Of course not forgetting the usual mountain of homework!
The plan is to be a little quieter this week. B’s old owner Kirsten is going to come and see B so we are very much looking forward to meeting her. We have a long weekend coming up and I think we are all looking forward to 4 days with no school routine to fit in.
Mum signing off x
Well, this week will be a challenge. Dujumping are hosting Marcus Wenz on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We have an hour a day of individual tuition and training with him.
Marcus is a pretty big deal in the showjumping world and has worked with top teams including being the national trainer for Luxembourg and Belarus. I felt a little nervous as I have been riding for such a short time I thought I might just not be good enough for him to even start helping me. When I met him I realised how nice he was and he soon put me at ease as we started to put together some jumps to train over.
We soon got started and he was very structured, ensuring I had better control, stopping and riding more accurately. It was really great fun and I can’t wait to do some more today.
Here is a small clip of the end of the training session.
So Tuesdays are always a little chaotic. Mum collects us from school on her way home from work at 3.20pm and my sister has her riding lesson in Desert Palm at 4pm. Normally it takes about 25 minutes to get home so there is just about time to drop off her friend Bobbie who does a car share with us, grab our riding kit and go again to be in Desert Palm at 4pm. We were on track until…
We have 5 dogs all of which have been rescued off the street over many years, most have been seriously injured or harmed and we have nursed them back to health and rebuilt their trust, unfortunately we have one dog (Fudge) that none of the other dogs like and he lives in a fenced area so they don’t attack him, yesterday evening it would appear that the maintenance man had left the gate open, so as we arrived all the dogs including Fudge ran to meet us at the gate which resulted in a huge dogfight. We only have a 3-minute turn around time, to get back out. We all leapt on the dogs and with some difficulty separated them.
Mum and Kitty got changed and raced back out the door, I stayed as I had homework to do and also I wanted to check that Fudge was ok. He had a nasty bite on his chest, so I cleaned it with betadine and put him on a comfy cushion, got out my homework which was really hard maths and I had no idea how to start so I had some supper and waited for Mum to return from Kitty’s riding lesson. I needed Mums to help me do my maths get me to my riding lesson but most importantly check that Fudge would be ok.
Mum and Kitty arrived home at 5.30pm and Mum said that Fudge was going to need to go to the vet, I also had to go riding at Dujumping stables as I have a competition tomorrow in Al Habtoor and as I fell off yesterday it is really important that I ride tonight. Mum phoned the vet who said to bring Fudge up as an emergency, luckily Dad came home so Dad and Kitty took Fudge to vet, where he needed some stitches, and Mum and I headed to the stables. Dad and Kitty would make themselves supper when they got in and Mum will eat later.
I had a really good ride on B and felt confident even after my fall yesterday. The stables were a bit hectic as there were a group of young people collecting 1 million signatures for the Rulers Birthday there. I ran through my dressage routine and then Mum realised that as this was a National Show and not a training show we would need the correct outfit so at 9pm we were heading to the mall in the hope of pulling together a dressage outfit. By 10pm I was in bed but Mum still had work to do, she had to design a roll up for an event at the stables next month which needed to be with the printers tomorrow and she still had to do some administration for the new business she is working on. Tomorrow I have to be at the show by 5pm. I will update you if all the chaos and rushing and hard work of yesterday was worth it.
Wish me luck – I will update you tomorrow.