So everyone is doing these wrap up posts about 2009... and I realized.. there is one key thing I have never shared about last year. The reason this is key, is that it shaped where I am today.. with the horse, and the barn and arena at home. It is something my husband actually was excited about... what happened when I came home from World Cup in Vegas last year.....
This is a picture of me and the fabulous ladies I went to World Cup last year with. I have the really really white legs..lol
World Cup in Vegas was an amazing experience. We watched every Dressage Session.. got our picture taken with Steffan Peters, watched the retirement of Brentina, enjoyed our VIP passes, Watched some of the Show Jumping before we left, We drank copious amounts of wine at the event with those VIP passes.. and more than a copious amount of Vodka Cranberry. We critiqued and enjoyed saying DRE-SSAGE to each other based on the foreign announcers pronunciation..(Still cracks us up). We shopped, ate, shopped some more.. It is a MECCA for horse crazy people to shop. A couple of the ladies we were with shopped Anky.. and I got me some of these Durberry Boots that I had been dreaming about...
And my new Sabre Bridle in COB size.. Darn small headed Morgans..( from my FABULOUS saddle maker.. Bourne. She is the BEST and I still love my Saddle I bought from her.. You can check them out HERE.
and I got one of these: (it is one of my most prized things from World Cup) I cried during the retirement ceremony of Brentina it is okay.. most everyone did. I was in the third row.. It was incredible!
I will have to find some time and dig out the photos I have. They ended up on a hard drive in my old laptop. I just have to do the tedious work of transferring photos off of that onto my other external drive.
It was such a great trip in many ways.. I went with some great ladies, we had fun, and I also came to a realization that trip. (This is the part my hubby was happy about)
I decided to call it quits with my trainer after that trip. she was with me on that trip. I finally came to the realization that it was more important to me to have her as my friend than to have her as my trainer.
Has anyone else dealt with that? Had to terminate a business relationship in order to salvage the friendship? She doesn't read this blog that I know of.. but I will keep the details to myself at this time.
I am getting ready to find another trainer (for me.. and for Beau) and hopefully I can find one that will come to my little arena and teach me Dressage.. not someone else's interpretation of dressage. I was with my trainer for three years. I love her dearly as my friend, but I need to get serious now. I want to progress.. I want to put the work in but I want someone who will be my teacher and who has the credentials I am looking to achieve. I would like to make it to first or second level on this horse.. after that.. we shall see where we want to go.