Well, first off, let me say that I am SCARED sh!tless for this weekend's show. For some reason, competing at NEDA Spring down in MA seemed like such a good idea back in February. Now, just six days out, I am rather nervous! I got my times:
Training 2 = 1:33
Training 4 = 3:00
There are eight riders in my T2 class and 22 (HOLY CRAP) in my T4 class. There will be no ribbons this weekend. I am just aiming to break 60% on both tests. That is all I want. :)
Also, I am in the process of breaking in my new tall boots. Seeing as I bought them in March (I think...) there is no excuse for them to not be ready. I just kept putting it off because I KNOW they will hurt. So right now I am wearing them and my legs feel as though they might fall off. UGGG. They are Ariat Challenge Field Boots. I broke in my last pair of boots the fall of 1997, which was my first semester at college. I had to walk to the barn from my dorm and well, they broke in pretty quickly. That was nice, but it was also VERY painful! I DO NOT WANT any blisters! :(
And finally, my really awesome news is that I received a card from one of Dreamy's past owners. I wrote to all her owners on her papers back in the winter of 2007. Only one person wrote back within a month or so. When no one else wrote, I forgot about it.
Well, today I got a card from Dr. Schlesinger and his wife. They wrote:
I am very sorry that we have not written back sooner concerning "Dreamy Starlet". When we had her she was a spunky filly with a lot of promise! When she developed her chips I determined her racing time was over. I was an equine veterinarian then so I could have done the surgery but ending her racing career was the alternative. She was like a big puppy ready for everything. She had quite a disposition and lots of spunk. We were sorry to let her go. We are very glad a wonderful person like you has her. Maybe some day if it is OK we might come visit. Give her a hug for us.
OK, I admit it, I cried. It was so sweet of them to write and I love that they chose to retire her so young rather than do surgery and race her. And give her a hug? And come visit her? OMG, I love race owners like that. I am going to send them back a letter and pics, plus a list of where we will show in New England and New Jersey this year. I would love for them to see her at a show or even come to Maine. I wish they had pics of her from back then. She was only three when they owned her. :)
Well, I need to post the full story about the Linda Zang clinic. HOLY CRAP, IT WAS AWESOME! I am in the process of setting up lessons with Lendon Gray. I plan to go down to her NY farm for a couple of days this coming August. :)