too much Rolex!

There can’t be such a thing as too much Rolex, right?! ¬†It’s the best weekend of the year (excepting my birthday!)!!

So, during the watching of Saturday’s XC, solid plans were made to get out to Kentucky for Rolex 2016. ¬†I’ve had just an absurdly good time watching all the horses, international and domestic, compete this year, and I¬†needz to see it in person!!!!!! ¬†I am willing to shell out all that money, especially if I have a real job then!

There have been many, many impressive rides. ¬†Michael Jung, of course (to which my MIL responded “Yes, we Germans really know dressage!”). ¬†I almost half expected one of Michael Jung’s horses to be a little less game XC, because they were¬†so good in the dressage, but they were foot perfect, both of them. ¬†Which goes to show you can have a really, really good dressage horse who¬†is also a cross country beast. ¬†Sooo yeah…. there’s that piece of evidence against one theory.

Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless impressed the pants off me. ¬†Such a bold, forward ride. ¬†I found myself gasping multiple times during her ride and not out of fear — because of the bravery of herself and her horse! ¬†You can check out her helmet cam footage on Horse Junkies United! ¬†I’ve also got to love that Johnny’s¬†an Australian thoroughbred — two words I loved more could¬†never have been uttered, except maybe “salted” and “caramel” — oh and that his barn name is¬†Johnny. ¬†Really, that’s just hysterical.

wpid-wp-1430029046297.jpgalso hysyterical: this goatling climbed into my lap at a friend’s house!

Loving that some of my faves are up towards the top right now — Boyd, Lynn & The Deer, Elisa Wallace (new fave!), PDutty — and equally sad for those who didn’t make it through cross country today. ¬†However, that is the world of eventing, as Dom Schramm put it, and to walk away with a sound horse and continue to fight another day is a pretty good outcome.

Anyway, “too much Rolex” means I’ve not been writing my thesis much this weekend (oops), but will hopefully get to it tonight and tomorrow morning. ¬†I hope. ¬†There’s much to do. ¬†Too much Rolex also means I’ve been riding Murray like we’re at Kentucky Horse Park¬†and having¬†shockingly good rides! ¬†After I got ¬†Murray’s head screwed back on yesterday (yes, we¬†can¬†dressage, yes, you do know how to be steady in the contact, no, canter departs¬†do not require you to kick the arena wall but A+ for effort), suddenly I was riding this really forward, through horse with a lifted back.

I was pretty shocked.  As are we all, I know.

wpid-wp-1430029078385.jpgalso shocking: kitten and Ellie sleep together in harmony!!

Anyway, I got some really great trot work and made a perfect turn down the centerline using¬†literally only my legs. ¬†It was badass. ¬†I felt like I was coming around the corner in some kind of high level dressage test — you know, like First or Second level even!! ¬†The centerline itself was a noodly disaster, and our halt was neither straight nor square, but whatever. ¬†The corner felt amazing. ¬†I asked for some lengthenings across the diagonal — which we actually don’t do yet — and Murray¬†totally got it. ¬†As long as by “got it” we mean he kinda confusedly trotted bigger and then broke into a canter and was like “WTF DO YOU WANT LADY.”

No matter, nothing can kill my enthusiasm.

I thought his forwardness was just an artifact of getting a whole bunch of days off while we waited to get his shoes back on after the x-rays, and was shocked when it showed up today as well! ¬†And the lifted back!! ¬†And the steady contact (after reminders)!!! ¬†I am pretttttyyy pleased with this result, and am sure it has something to do with all that Rolex I’ve been watching.

wpid-wp-1430029168293.jpgDUDE THIS GOAT. I NEEDS HER!!!