Dressage and stadium were definitely not our best moments. With that experience behind us, I decided to ride very slowly on XC to see how he felt, and of course he still pulled through with a double clear. Our "slow" ended up being spot on the optimum time. Despite his crookedness at the first few fences he jumped beautifully through an ABC coffin, out of a barn, and did a sizeable skinny into a water drop. Following River Glen he came home with a terrible heel crack and a boot rub, and I gave him a couple weeks off. Since he still seems extremely reluctant to bend right, I am getting him looked at by the vet next week --fingers crossed it is nothing serious!
River Glen was a huge wake-up call for me and my 12-year old dreams to go Prelim, as Jon gave me a pretty harsh talking to after witnessing my ugly 3-rail stadium round. Though I've been working on my own and taking lessons sporadically, my currently best is definitely not good enough. With only one horse to jump (who isn't exactly the easiest) it's been hard for me to work on my jumping technique/position/timing/etc...this coupled with Stromboli's firecracker dressage has really illuminated a definite "hole" in my riding. With Stromboli getting time off I've been trying to ride as many other horses as I can and at least make myself a stronger and more versatile rider. I am very good at making horses go over jumps and not falling off --but all that other stuff definitely needs some work.
In the meantime, I have been looking desperately for the next location of AAF but so far have had no luck. We've had properties fall through due to title issues, last minute offers from other parties, crazy owners who up the list price $30K immediately preceding my offer, and pretty much every other issue that could occur. For now all we can do is put all the dreams on hold and wait. August has not been a big month of success for Always August.