Well, this summer has been totally brutal. Record highs, over 70 days over 100 degrees and we tied the all time record of 112 degrees. We've been starting earlier and finishing earlier so we can retreat to the AC during the hottest part of the day. Luckily, our horses have been handling everything quite well. The stallions have enjoyed being in their stalls under the fans all day.
In mid June, we attended the HDS Summer Show. Martin was scheduled to ride Waren but an injury earlier in the week put him out for the show and I rode Waren instead. We showed 4-1 both days and did quite well! Gran Casso competed in the FEI Five Year Old Class and scored a 7.0 which unfortunately wasn't high enough to help him be in the top 15. They wanted to see a little more development, which of course, will come with time. The heat started to get to Gran Casso by Sunday and we didn't have our best freestyle performance.
Sadly on June 24, we lost our beautiful Freestyle filly and full sister to Freedance, Freestar. It was quite sudden and we still don't know what happened but we miss our beautiful filly.
Gran Casso has had a fairly light summer, just going to three times a week work since I felt he was getting a little sour at the June show. He is back to his happy, confident self and is schooling extremely well. I feel like his canter work has really progressed since earlier this summer and he is really starting to sit. The simple changes are so much better and we've even started playing with flying changes.
Waren has also been schooling well and I feel as if he has made a ton of progress in the last few months. I think I'm really starting to get the feeling of where he needs to be and how active he needs to be for the FEI work. His tempis and pirouettes are getting better and with a little more polishing, I hope to have him out at PSG soon.
Louie spent mid April through mid July with Daniel Bedoya to learn to jump. He has a lot of talent over fences and looks to be a very careful jumper. He is back in dressage training for the time being and we hope to get him out in the show ring with Martin this fall. His gaits continue to impress us with his effortless uphill balance.
Freedance has been worked very lightly this summer. I've been on him in the round pen a few times and he's been very good. Already walk trot canter, he is very intelligent and once the weather cools off a little more, we will being more serious work to prepare him for next years four year old classes. Martin has also been long lining him which is proving to be a very valuable thing for a young horse to learn. When you take them to the arena the first time, you actually have some steering!
We are excited about the coming fall. Jenna will be competing on Willo in the San Antonio Fall Dressage shows and we are still debating about taking a few horses to Tyler at the end of September. We are doing clinics with Charles de Kunffy, Jerem
Here you can find show results, clinic reports and basic happenings around the farm!