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We Are Flying Solo

March 15, 2012

I'm Trying!

I am not holding out on you on purpose, I swear to you.  I am so swamped this week, am completely booked solid for the weekend, I don't even have time to eat!  I managed to get Encore out for a great hack last night (THANK YOU, TIME CHANGE) complete with deer and turkeys and streams and very large puddles and he proved once again that I bought the right brain.  Hopefully, we will be back in work next week and things will settle down a little.  Of course, my field season for work will start soon so that will mess everything up again!  Argh, work really gets in the way of my eventing!!!

As a consolation prize, I offer you this, Encore's XC run from Sunday.  He DEFINITELY needs some bigger jumps to back him off.  His only real hesitation was a pause of a bulge at 3, with the logs and brush, but I kept my left leg on, touched his shoulder with the stick, and he went boldly on.  I thought the log and drop at 5 and 6 were a fairly significant question for BN, but the more I thought about it, it made a lot of sense -- for most of them, the momentum of going over the log at 5 would carry them the stride or two to the drop at six and they wouldn't have time to think about stopping.  Encore, of course, took it like a pro, we've diligently practiced our banks and I make him walk through every puddle we see, much to his annoyance.


5...4...3...2...1...Have a great ride!

And get this:  he was quite tired from Saturday, so we actually got within 18 seconds of optimum time, something I NEVER managed with Solo.  At BN and N, I was always frantically trying to slow that train down so we didn't get speed faults.  And I can't believe I finally found something that makes Encore tired....but it was a big mental AND physical day Saturday with dressage and stadium to deal with, so everyone slept well that night.


  1. How fun! It makes ache to get out on xc again.

  2. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!
    This I vow, Bailey and I WILL get out there!!!!!!!!!!
    Encore is such a cute little ham!

  3. Get out! OUT OUT OUT! It felt so good to run again. Even though he wasn't really allowed to run, he tried, LOL.

  4. Beautiful run! That was great!

    I love Encore's orange ears (I love Solo's, too) and how you tell him what a good boy he is throughout the ride. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks, Val! They have very similar perky ears in their videos, but Solo's ears are smaller and his neck is shorter. Baby did a great job!!

  6. I couldn't even wait to get home to watch it so I watched while driving. Huge apologies to everyone in Southern Pines and Vass.

    Encore is the man!!!

  7. BAHAHAHAH, Ryan, you better hope SoPines PD doesn't read my blog. You never know, there might be an officer who dreams of being an eventer!

  8. OMG I am exhausted!!!!! That was fantastic, those jumps were huge! I am so proud of both of you! I love his little ears that keep checking back and making sure all is ok with mum!!!! The water - great brave crossings! WELL DONE! I can't weait till you go to the Olympics and I can say, yep I followed them from the start! ;)

  9. Damn, I can't wait till Max and I are doing that! I loooove cross country.
    Well done you and Encore!

  10. Haha, Nina, let's just say we each have our own version of the Olympics -- for some it invovles medals, for others, it involves a T3DE completion ribbon....

    Go, Max, go!