Pau is certainly in full swing. After relocating all of our gear to the event and then literally hacking over, the ponies are all settled in. A big thank you to Emilie for being a fantastic host all week! We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and our ponies loved it too!!!
First I will get a few boring facts out of the way, Colleen is number 18 in the draw and Buck is number 52. The jog is at 1130 tomorrow, (we will try to keep you updated), and Luke does circles around 430. Reggie goes on Friday afternoon. And Jules rocked it with an amazing test in the CIC** today to start things off for the American’s. She was in 2nd behind Jung when we left… not to shabby I would say.
Yesterday Colleen had a light jump school on Luke and he looked fantastic. There was only a minimal amount of bucking and almost no squealing!!! Probably because he was so furry! Since we had not clipped him as luke does not grow a massive winter coat. Well I am going to blame the massive amount of rain… for the sudden poof of fur that has appeared since we have arrived. We decided that even though the temperature is going to be 50* and rain for Saturday, for the sake of Luke not dragging me around while I am hot walking for hours and hours to clip him… Hilarity ensued. I think that at some point Colleen was eye rolling at me, as I demanded what parts be clipped, and then stole said clippers to make a few changes. Needless to say I will not be taking credit for that clip job! (he still looks awesome!!)) Though I am not sure he has forgiven us yet. Yesterday post clip he spit out his mint, I am beginning to feel the wrath I think.
Colleen’s mom Sallie arrived today, and Luke was excited to see her. (I am pretty sure the feeling was mutual). Colleen worked Luke on the flat after hacking around the arena. Luke started out being a bit fussy not that I can blame him. A certain German horse wheeled into him… Poor Luke. He handled the whole situation quite well and went to work, fantastically I might add! (He is still holding it against me for clipping him!) Well I think I made some progress with a fresh bag of carrots, a steady stream of mints, and minimal amounts of currying.
I have lots of funny stories and some embarrassing pictures, but sadly I need to be up way to early and its already way past my bed time…
More after the jogs.