Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rolex 3 Day!


Madison and I have been to Rolex 3 of the past 4 years.  LOVE IT.  Best weekend of the year!

This year we had an interesting mix of weather.  The morning started out hot and cloudy but dry.  We were prepared for just about everything!



As you can see from this picture, the clouds rolled in dark and it did end up raining.  But his is also one of my favorite jumps - its not super tall but it's really wide!  This guy got a little ahead of his horse going over.



The next 5 pictures are the same rider on the same jump.  It's amazing to watch the skill of these horses navigating these jumps.






Same rider in the next 3 pics on this jump going into the water.  The jump drops way down on the other side and the horse can't really see where it's going to land until it's in the position of this first picture.



Another favorite jump - just really wide!  And these horses just stretch and skim right over!


The obligatory picture with Bruce!

Sunday was warm, sunny and WINDY!  The temp was pretty hot but up here in the shade for Stadium Jumping we ended up keeping our jackets on.  This is a much more relaxing event since we don't have to walk over hill and dale!  But it's also pretty exciting because each round brings you closer to figuring out who is going to WIN!

Apparently Madison needed a quick nap during the intermission to drag the arena!  Funny how she still made me drive most of the way home!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

April Showers?

We had some really beautiful days in April with 70+ degrees and sun. Enough that we could ride outside.  Madison had a lesson one Sunday afternoon so I watched it from horseback on Mata Hari.  It was good for him to have a "friend" out there with him and good for her to stand around in the arena and NOT get to jump.


Vince is coming along so well!  Madison has done great work with him.


This is our first spring at this barn and it's beautiful!  These bleeding hearts are blooming like crazy all over the place!


I never tire of the sunsets but this one was during an evening jumping lesson - what a great way to spend a pretty spring evening!


Friday, May 5, 2017

Mish Mash April


What happens when you son moves back home?  You do laundry.  LOTS of laundry.


And what happens when your daughter wants too look REALLY good for Easter?

And what happens when your cat loves you?


Thankfully my tulips had no ulterior motives!