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‘Tis November…

Not quite sure how November snuck in so quickly! To that, apologies for the lack of posts recently: was busy finishing my Info Lit assignment for my class (oh! if you’ve got time check it out my guide to evaluating websites for middle-school students). As per usual, what seemed like a good idea at the time ended up being a lot more work (and time-consuming!) than I anticipated. But at least I was able to “hand” it in before the midnight hour! (Which was my date stamp for my previous assignment. Definitely wouldn’t recommend working right up to the 11th–or 12th, as it were–hour.

Last week, I had a job-shadowing opportunity at Conestoga College. It was a great experience: I was able to sit in on 3 separate library instruction sessions (presented by 3 different library staff), and had the opportunity to chat with several other staff members and managers about their roles and responsibilities in the Library Resource Centre. Definitely a day well-spent!

Also last week, I finally got Bliss (my horse) moved into her new digs. She’s now trying to make friends with her new pasture buddies. Don’t think she likes hanging with all the girls: I think the best friend she’s made so far is Tye, who’s in the boys’ field, so their relationship is limited to what can be shared over the fence. Hopefully, she’ll buddy-up with one of the other girls soon.

Speaking of horses…

The Eglinton-Caledon Hunt visited Elora yesterday to do a Parade of Horse & Hounds as a fundraiser for the local hospital. It was pretty cool to see downtown full of horses, hounds, and riders dressed in their scarlet coats. (By the way, no foxes were harmed or hunted during this event!)

 
 

An indulgent moment…

Okay, I know this is completely self-indulgent, but I wanted to share this awesome head shot of Bliss.

Bliss capitalizing on her Arab background…

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Back in the saddle stuff...

 

You want me to do what…?!

All smiles after the clinic…

 

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have recently become a horse owner. Which means that after (more-or-less) a hiatus of about 25 years, I’ve started riding again. This weekend I took advantage of a world-renowned dressage trainer & coach–John Lassetter–conducting a clinic at my barn. Though I was pretty nervous to be riding in front of someone of his expertise, it was amazing! I think Bliss and I came away with yes–a lot to work on–but even more importantly, a lot to work with!

 

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2012 in Back in the saddle stuff...

 

Back in the Saddle…

Not your usual 5th birthday gift…

 

I started riding when I was about 7 years old. I would have like to have started earlier, but when I asked for a pony for my 5th birthday, I ended up with Speckles the goat. Not the start I was hoping for…

 

 

 

 

 

Nicky & I at our first show at Deerfield.

Nicky, a 21-year old Shetland/Hackney/Welsh, arrived when I was about 9. We went to our first horse show that year. Obviously, the picture shows that I was pretty impressed with the whole thing.

 

 

 

 

 

Sam and I at a Guelph Pony Club show in Fergus (at Victoria Park).

 

Sam arrived shortly thereafter (short being the operative word–Nicky soon became too small): I was 9, he was 13. He would be a part of our family for over 20 years…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And because you never get horses out of your blood…here’s my new girl!

“Bliss”…such a pretty girl!

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Back in the saddle stuff...

 

[More] Horse heroes…

In all of this very tragic news about Hickstead, and the abrupt ending of an incredible partnership with Eric, let’s not forget Big Ben and Ian Millar. That partnership dominated the show jumping world in the late 80s/early 90s, winning back to back World Championships in ’88 & ’89. I was lucky enough to see him twice: once at the Royal Winter Fair (where they had a double clear and helped the canadian team with the Nations Cup) and once at a show in Collingwood (where I was close enough to take pictures!)

Ben the tall, handsome super-star and, what more do you need to say about Ian than “9 time Olympian”! (That’s right: 9 Olympics!)

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Back in the saddle stuff...

 

Hero stuff: Hickstead and Eric Lamaze

okay, so this has nothing to do with books or readings or ya stuff…I’ll talk more ’bout from “Zero to Hero” in another post.
But the word “hero” is a weighty word and got me thinking about who we call a ‘hero’. For those of you who know Eric and Hickstead’s stories, I think you’ll understand.

So,  I wanted to acknowledge Eric and the recently departed Hickstead. God he was an amazing horse.

There’s a saying that for every man there’s one horse, and for every horse, one man…Hickstead was for Eric as Eric was for Hickstead.

What I liked about this video was that it was posted right after their gold in Beijing; so, it was in celebration, not just in memory.

stand up, for the champions…

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Back in the saddle stuff...