Whoa, who knew this would be so much fun and so informative? I picked Susan up at the airport on Friday with her Chasing a Fox mascot; boy, is he getting around. He was just in the Horse Illustrated September issue!
Anyway, I digress. I had to zip back to the barn to meet up with a rider coming in with her horse from New York for the clinic. Lucky for me, my good friends were at the barn cause she beat me back. With her, all settled in we headed to dinner. I had organized a small dinner for the ladies riding in the clinic at a local restaurant where we all met and had a great time.
The next morning Susan and I had to go back to the airport to pick up our friend Stephanie Boyer the owner of Grey Lake Stables, who Chasing a Fox put the clinic on with. After a quick lunch, we headed over for Susan to look at The Myopia Schooling Field. Susan started the clinic out in our Polo Arena and moved everyone pretty quickly outside. I was so proud of all the ladies; everyone jumped everything…..sooooo crazy.
Ashely and Susan
Angela on her horse Lily
Sam and Milo
Day one of the clinic was a huge success, and we headed over to Myopia for dinner at the club. Thank you to one of our joint masters Kim Cutler for hosting us for dinner and giving everyone a very informative history lesson on the club.
Sunday I was up early going to see just how dirty Sir Thomas was. Of course, he needed a bath before the clinic, so he was nice and cool to start, he was still a little damp…..Poor Mr. Pink had never jumped before so I asked Susan to take him for a spin.
Squeal, Susan sat on my pony!!! When I got on him, he was perfectly tuned up and ready to go. Unfortunately, I was so busy organizing and running around; it’s almost like I wasn’t there. There are no pictures of me actually riding accept a group one at the end of my lesson…..I hate when that happens. Oh, well, maybe next time.
Jess and Fiona-love the look on her face, she’s so calm. Looks like she’s sitting on the couch.
Mary Ellen and Chunky Photo Credit: Carla Skinder
In the end, we all graduated from the Susan Oakes Side Saddle Training Academy. She taught us some great tricks that you could only learn at one of her clinics, so if you ever have the opportunity don’t miss it!
As you can see, we had a wonderful time and are so grateful that Susan and Stephanie made the trip! Now I have to buy a frame to hang up my diploma!