MONDAY - Day ONE
I left on Monday around lunch time. It was a pretty straightforward two and a half hour drive to VT, almost directly across the state of NH and just over the Vermont boarder.
|Yup, we are in Vermont!|
I stayed in a wonderful B&B just five minutes down the dirt road. It was perfect and Marge was a wonderful host! I had three housemates for the week, two of whom were riding in camp with me. It was great to have fellow riders in the house with me. I could not have asked for better accommodations, despite the fact that I left by 7AM each morning and was not back home until after 9PM! I wish I had more time to enjoy the gorgeous porch and grounds, but maybe I can go back again another time.
|Marge's B&B - I snapped this shot just after I checked in on Monday afternoon and was headed back to Denny's.|
|Gorgeous round barn at Marge's! It is called Round Robin Farm for a reason!|
|The shedrow where Dreamy spent her time. You can barely see her little star.|
|Part of the beautiful jump ring (I snapped this on my way to feed on Tuesday morning.)|
|Jump ring to the left, main barn/indoor in the middle, paddocks on the right.|
|Hand grazing on Monday night after dinner. Dreamy was totally checking out the XC jumps. Haha!|
|Doing what she does best!! LOL!|
|Campers had a tack room which we promptly filled. My two saddles are the ones with blue covers.|
|Cleaning tack! I cleaned my tack every day at Tamarack! So luxurious to have that kind of time!!|
TUESDAY - Day TWO
Tuesday morning was our first real day. We were not allowed to feed until 7AM which was TOUGH for me! LOL! Dreamy seemed to settle in fine overnight. Our first order of business after chores was to meet at the jump ring for a demo with Denny. Sue Berrill was also our instructor for the week
I had my first lesson that morning with Denny. I had hoped to start out with a dressage lesson first, as it seemed less scary (haha) but obviously whatever I was signed up to do, I was going to do!
|First demo on Tuesday morning - This is Denny on Atti|
WEDNESDAY - Day THREE
Cross Country Day!!
This was such a fun day!! We started the day with a cross country demo with Lila and Daryl. Then Dreamy and I were in the first XC set of the day. We warmed up in the ring and headed on a short hack out to the cross country field. We had a great XC school and Dreamy was bold and honest to absolutely everything! We even did a jump down into the water which was so fun! We had a yummy lunch and tack lecture at Strafford Saddlery, got to watch the other XC sets, and then had a cookout and lecture by the pond from Ann Getchel of Huntington Farm. As I wrote on my Facebook status that night: "I'm pretty sure I never want to leave Tamarack."
|Here comes Lila on Skybreaker|
|Riding back to the farm, with Daryl and Lila behind us.|
|Cross country started in the ring with a little warm up|
|Sue and Denny changed her bit and Sue got on for a few minutes.|
|I love this series of photos because I can HEAR Denny instructing....|
|Up the bank...|
|...and over the log!|
|Dreamy got to spend a few hours each day in the little dirt paddock. She was clearly miffed at not being turned out for 14 hours a day on grass pasture like at home, but this was a nice break from being stalled or ridden!|
THURSDAY - Day FOUR
We had another stadium jump school in the morning with Denny and a dressage lesson with Sue in the afternoon. With Denny we did a little jumper "show", which was two rounds of jumping and a jump off. It was timed and Dreamy and I had no faults to earn first place! Whoooo!
Last Day :-(
I was filled with so many emotions as I geared up for the last day of my Camp Denny experience. I took a long hack with a fellow camper, did a simple jump school with Denny, and then once last practice over the ditch and water jumps.
And the coolest part?? Denny hopped on Dreamy, and I got to ride his mare Atti (Bealieu's Coll Attitude). SO MUCH FUN!
Mostly I was so sad to leave this beautiful farm, my wonderfully supportive fellow campers, and the wisdom and guidance of Denny, May, Sue, and Daryl. I am so glad I had the guts and determination to go. My riding improved and my vision of my riding future was shaped. How can I ever thank my beautiful mare; while she is not a "suitable event horse" by conventional standards, she tries so hard and is so honest for me. I am deeply thankful I had this experience with her. I know I'll always be trying to find ways to come back to Tamarack Hill.
|Leaving, but I will be back!!|