My standby flight on Southwest from Seattle was flawless! Cara Pasieka is the greatest. I wouldn’t be here without her sponsorship. Thank you Southwest Airlines. I will admit that I forgot my ticket at home and my amazingly wonderful boyfriend ran back to get it for me at 5:30 am! When I stepped off the plane I was met with 82 degree weather, sunshine and relatives I have never met! I had fun riding around on my Great Uncle Clyde’s golf cart and playing with Bella (a super-cute Jack Russell Terrier). After a slow morning, we drove to Wellington and started to settle in. Wellington, Florida is such a great experience for horse people. It is the only place I know where you can go everywhere in boots and breeches and you blend in! The tack shops actually have everything you might need; even for dressage!
The horse I was to ride in the clinic fell through; so I spent the day trying to find a new one to ride. Luckily, my amazing coach Jeremy contacted his friend Ally and I am going this morning to try a few horses. Keep your fingers crossed for me today!
The tentative schedule for the clinic starts with an introduction meeting on Tuesday night January 1st. Every morning at 7 am we start the day with an intense workout. Last year, I have to admit, I vomited on the first day it was so tough! After the morning workout, from 8am-12 each of the 12 riders have a 45 minute lesson. The 12 riders are divided between two clinicians each day. On Wednesday the trainers are Tuny Page and Tina Konyot; on Thursday Katherine Chandler and Robert Dover; on Friday Robert Dover again and Jan Ebeling; and finally on Saturday Michael Barisone and Courtney Dye.
Each afternoon after a group lunch there are lectures until 4 pm. One thing I am definitely looking forward to is dinner at Hampton Green on Friday night. Last year, it was a highlight of the clinic. We played the game high-low. This is a game where all the participants said the best thing that experienced during the week and the hardest.
Well I am off to have a waffle and get ready to ride!