It has been a challenging summer to say the least although it has been a fairly quiet one. The Windfall Farm team is usually a strong presence at the Region 1 shows throughout the season, but this year was a little different. In April, we lost one of our rock solid heroes of the barn and the show scene, Poet. He was as beloved as he could be, and he was taken from his owner, Emily all too soon due to a heart condition.
Then Java, (Livius), had an eye infection that was severe enough that we briefly thought he might lose his eye. He was also unable to compete. We are happy to report that Java is on the mend and back to work, and he and Lilli will be a force to reckon with on the 2013 show scene!
Laredo, Booker, Dior and Garth went on to do some showing, and the Windfall Farm Team managed to have wins at recognized shows from Training Level all the way through Grand Prix. We even had a possible plan of qualifying for Dressage at Devon in the Grand Prix, but we didn’t quite pull it off financially.
It isn’t a bad thing that we didn’t hit the show season hard this year. The good work we are doing to create more engagement and throughness in our horses during training sessions that are not geared for a show performance will only strengthen future performances and give us an opportunity to dedicate ourselves to the passion for our horses and our sport without the pressure of competition.
We still have the BLM Finals to go, and I am making a personal pilgrimage to Long Island to ride with one of my all time favorite trainers, Robert Dover before he leaves for Florida for the season. Laredo and I are also going to have a Sports Psychology session with Dr. Jenny Susser, a world renowned sports psychologist who specializes in helping equestrian athletes.
I will share whatever enlightenment I gain from my trip north next week, so stay tuned!