Lots of riding this past week! Jeff the contractor kindly took on the additional role of Cross-Country Course Builder, and we're having a blast with his new additions to the front field. Part of the fun is coming up with descriptive names: the High-Low Log, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and one I'm calling Jeff's Jump (that may sound familiar to eventing followers, who know that every course designed by Jim Gornall includes a "Jim's Jump"). Zender sees the new obstacles and knows exactly what his job is - yehaw! - and students followed his lead over all three fences with Chester, Wizard, and Chubbs. My favorite is the High-Low Log, which is made from a single, long, curving cedar trunk, so you can pick your height between Itty-bitty and Adventurous.
This morning I had a nice quiet session in the ring on Clio, my young horse, and then opened the gate off her and rode around the gravel loop in the paddock. She'll be ready to take out through the back fields next month.
The big local excitement is the upcoming Louisa County Agricultural Fair on July 30-31st! Easy Keeper Farm will have a booth with a slideshow, brochures, and information, so if you're a potential rider interested in learning more, please stop by. It'd be great to meet you.