an assist from Pete, monetary and moral support. This is because these are really big heavy doors that I am pushing on.
Last night I called Jessica Dryden – she’s what my sister Eleanor calls a pillar of the community – I am rather in awe of her. She told me some about the upcoming pony camp clinic. Pete, in talking with her a few days ago, learned that one of the instructors is a centered riding instructor. I’d called Jessica with the intention (really) of finding out who this might be. I was thinking that perhaps it was someone local, and that I might talk further with him or her. As it turned out, the pony club people are bringing Wendy Murdoch here. I about fell off the couch when I heard this. I’ve read a lot of what she’s written – and in fact while in CA I asked the other instructors if they knew of her. Of course they do. This is because Wendy is (for lack of better words) a centered riding instructor.
Well, it turns out that the clinic costs and the pony club membership fees are prohibitive. However, Pete said that I could do this, even when I said that I’d be glad to audit. He must have known somehow that my working with and meeting Wendy was important. Well, I do pick my clinics carefully. My thinking is now that I am most interested in working with those who are attuned to Icelandic horse sensibilities.
There’s that. And there is also this. I am now thinking that in the fall that I might go to Iceland and to then to the Netherlands, first to Iceland in order to do an internship and then to the Netherlands for the centered riding symposium. I mentioned this to Pete and he did not say no . . . .
So this morning I emailed Helga at Thingeyrar. Her credentials are impressive and she has a beautiful farm. So, my going to Iceland looms as a distinct possibility. I can get a ticket to Europe with Iceland as a stop on the way.
Other things – Pete and I have picked an arena site. We need to ask our neighbors if we can encroach on their land. And we need to find someone with a dozer, so they can excavate the area. So I might have a site where I might instruct and work with our horses.
Agility – Raudi and I placed fourth in the first level pony division this past month. On to June – have to teach her to trot to me, through the curtain. A good, but daunting prospect.
Equitation – June will be coming over on Friday and giving me and Raudi our first lesson.
Jumping – will continue with the once a week jumping lessons with Beth.
Competitive trail ride. This is going to be in mid-July. I would like to go to Fairbanks early, and ride the area trails.
I am so excited about all this that I feel near paralytic – as in, which direction do I turn now? Guess I need to keep in mind – doors open, doors open, doors open.
146. 6/3/15: Kicking the Habit