The first full day of the EDAP clinic began at a bright and early 5:30 am! Genay and I are staying together at Jen Baumert’s house. It was so fun to go to bed giggling over silly things and wake up full of expectations. Neither of us had a horse to ride yet so we were both anxious about what the day would bring.
Genay’s horse arrived first. Wilson is a lovely I-1 competitor with the sweetest owner around. She stayed most of the day to help us, watch the riding and take lots of photos. There was a bit of mix up with the horse sent for me and he came missing tack and with the wrong bridle so my anxiety went up a few notches. He was a lovely chestnut and I joked about him being the first redhead I had ever ridden. I discovered years ago when looking back at my horse selection that I favor bays! Strange how that works isn’t it. I always imagined I would have a big black horse like Black Beauty or the Black Stallion.
Anyway I was riding for Tina Konyot at noon. At 10am Brandi Roenick was riding with her, at 11am Genay Vaughn was riding for her also, so I was coming after that illustrious grouping. Well things didn’t go well; as they sometimes do and I learned a valuable lesson. Tina gave me some amazing encouragement and told Lendon that she needed to find me another horse or she would let me ride Collect V instead. Fortunately, Rick Silva came to the rescue and brought me Renoir, a lovely horse that rode in the Young Rider European Championship last year. He was ridden by a young Italian guy. When I told the girls this they were more interested to know if he was coming to watch than about the horse!
After a great lecture (as usual) by Dr. Susser on visualization, focus, practicing and setting goals we were off to dinner. I spotted Eleni in the parking lot at the restaurant and Genay and I rounded up a few more EDAP strays (including Emily Smith) and we had a great dinner at Backstreet. The homemade chicken noodle soup was fab.
Off to bed to dream of my ride with Robert Dover in the morning.