April 15, 2014
We landed in Dublin and made it through customs quickly. Picking up the rental van was a little more challenging. Let’s just say we needed help finding the emergency break.
With Lauren in the drivers seat, and all the baggage loaded, we drove north for about 30 minutes to Newgrange.
And the rest will have to wait until tomorrow. Sleep is calling.
Posted by riderofchaos on April 15, 2014
April 14, 2014
And we are leaving for Ireland
Posted by riderofchaos on April 14, 2014
April 13, 2014
Today team Old School, minus teammate Averi, who was sadly missed, got together for a clinic from the world re-known mounted games clinician, Colin Carson from Northern Ireland.
I went into the clinic saying I needed to gain some confidence in Poe, and I wanted to work on my barrel turns. Carol Ann wanted to work on 2 flag and hug a mug and Linda wanted to work on litter. We also wanted to go over pony pairs. We managed to fit all of those in, but just.
For me, the biggest thing I am took away, is a new barrel turn. It felt smooth and forward. Poe rolled right into it, and jetted right out of it. I also have quite a few other things to work on at home for a bit, and develop them with practice. But most importantly I came away feeling like Poe and I were riding as a team. You know, that confidence thing, I left the ring riding 13.1h high on it. I have said it before and Ill probably say it 100 more times, Poe loves games. He just shines. And he is like a sponge, taking it all in and developing into an amazing games pony. Ok, enough about Poe.
Colin is an amazing clinician. He knows horses, and riding, and he knows games. Colin doesn’t tell you, “turn around that barrel.” He shows you exactly where and how to turn around that barrel, where and when to put on which leg and what ques to use, and why. He is an educated and experienced horseman with many decades of international level games under his belt. I remember him when I was in my mid-late teens, near 20 years ago, coaching the Northern Ireland team. He knows the techniques, and he also has experience with different level, age, and division of competitors. So he can recommend different techniques and means of completing a game that work for different riders.
If you ever have the opportunity to have a clinic with the man, do not miss out. You will not regret the effort.
And, now I need to finish packing. Tomorrow we are off to Ireland! Go team USA!
Posted by riderofchaos on April 13, 2014
April 10, 2014
For this week’s Throw Back Thursday, and anticipation of the MGAA team traveling to Ireland on Monday, here are photos from my last trip to Ireland.
The last time I was in Ireland was in the summer of 1998 for the IMGA World team Championships. It was held in Tullamore, if I remember correctly.
Of course this was pre-digital photography so the photos mostly suck.
The team photo is left to right, myself (Krista), Michael B, Jo E, Kenneth L, Chris R. With trainer Rob L in the middle. We made the A final but I cannot remember where we placed.
I am looking forward to traveling to Ireland as team trainer/manager for the MGAA U17 team. We fly out Monday night and compete next weekend. It is such an amazing country full of wonderful people. I plan to blog during the trip, so check back here next week to see how our adventures are going.
Posted by riderofchaos on April 10, 2014
April 9, 2014
It is the time of year where my life explodes into busy. The weather is nice, competitions are coming up fast, ponies need to be cleaned up and conditioned and everything turns green.
Beth and I had a little games schooling together. Poe was a total pig. I went on a 10+ mile solo conditioning ride with just Poe and Daisy, and Poe was really good. I worked on pulling the sled with Simon. It was clearly going to kill him.
Carol Ann came out and we had a really good practice. We beat the crap out of each other’s hands working on our sword handoffs. Poe was a pig for a little bit, but mostly was good.
I had the vet out to remove Poe’s wolf teeth and give him a good float. When I get back from Ireland I’ll toss a bit back in his mouth and see what he thinks.
Today I put the grazing muzzles on. They were both very much, not pleased.
This weekend my games team, minus Averi, is having a clinic with the world-renowned games instructor, Colin Carson, from Northern Ireland.
And then Monday, I am off to Ireland for a week of mounted games and touring with an amazing group of MGAA riders. Ill be sure to blog.
This is the solo condition ride I took Poe on.
This is what games practice looks like on a GPS.
Posted by riderofchaos on April 9, 2014