As of this week we are done picking up hay in the fields! The barn is packed..we have about 1300 bales stored, all hand picked and stored away...
July 12-14 we participated at the Whidbey Island Horse Trials.
Marina, 13 years old rode Kegas and I rode Paktaly.
Kegas and Marina got a dressage score of 51 and me and Paktaly 47.8
We weren't tp proud of our scores, but as it happens..there is a lot more to do...
I was very pleased with our performance, Paktaly was steady, we had trouble picking up the right lead canter... something we haven't had a problem with all spring...but the 3rd try we got it.
Marina and Kegas had a double clear XC round.
Same for me.
Jumping on Sunday went well for us too, clear rouds for us both, and Marina moved up to 7th place!
I finished 14th.
We are stacking the barn with local hay...we go to the fields and pick them up..
Sometimes it seems never ending...so far we got 800 bales packed away...not quite enough...
And for fun the kids picked up one small round bale...that we immediately lost on the road due to it's round nature...
We retrieved it later on...and named it "mini me".
We love pictures...and we enjoy showing our horses to visitors. Here are some recent ones.
Pan Tau our main breeding stallion, 18 years old this year...still leading trail rides!
New filly..she still needs a name...we could call her Sienna..."hay" in Russian..
This was Stella and Mia's first show! Stella had the advantage that she did the clinic here last weekend, but considering she has only been riding with us for 2 month, switching from Natural Horsemanship to riding with a bridle and doing XC she has learned so fast...and she is only 11! Mia and Stella both rode in Hopeful.
Mia and Pudding had perfect rounds, Mia's forte is good lines to her jumps...
Marina rode Kegas in 2 BN rounds and 2 N rounds..fer first time doing Novice!
She rode very well, and these 2 will move up to Novice at recognized events in August!
Jenny rode Pasabi in Novice. They had nice jump rounds and he's as brave as ever..
I rode Paktaly in N and our first Training round!
He was superb! We will move up to Training in August!
Friday we drove to Cle Elum to the new Wa State Horse Park.
We camped there for the night, and Saturday we had lessons.
Stella on Napoleon, Mia on Pudding, Marina on Kegas, Jenny on Pasabi and me on Paktaly.
This was our fist time at the park, and our first time with Mary Burke.
She was very helpful with the flatwork, gave great visuals for the kids and us, we learned a lot, the XC was fun!
We will look for her clinics again!
That afternoon we drove all the way back and up to Sunset park where Rikki was so nice to have home made dinner waiting for us! We ate, and then helped setting up the course for the Sunday schooling show.
Friday morning we loaded the trailer with Kegas, Paktaly, Pipi, Pudding and Napoleon.
We dropped Pipi off at the Mount Vernon large animal hospital to be inseminated, and made it just in time to Sunset park just north of Bellingham for the flat work lessons.
Viki had great advice, I was especially excited about her techique to make Paktaly use his back better.
Dinner was included with camp, and being the only adult and having 3 young students with me who all rode too, it was a big relief on my part not having to worry about dinner or breakfast!
Saturday we did grid work in the morning and XC jumping after lunch.
Saturday night I was asked to do a talk about Akhal-Teke horses, and it was really fun, especially since everyone liked how our horses jumped!
On Sunday we did XC only. It was hot! Really hot..I had our little team eat some of the electrolytes I had brought for the horses, and we all opted to ride again in the afternoon too, half of camp was too tired.
I hope some of the other participants got some pictures of me.
All the horses jumped great, Viki was encouraging, and wonderful with the kids, we all had such a good time!
We just wished is was never ending!
Amrita Ibold, perfectly Teke crazy in every way.