The beginning of a new year

Hi everyone 😃. Sorry it’s been a while since I last posted. My life has been crazy with going through the L program to packing and leaving for Florida. I am happy to say Bella and I are in Florida and are doing well! We are IDA this year so we have been trying to figure out where things go and Bella’s turn out. Happy to say we have that all figured out now. Bella has quit a bit to adjust to as here you only get 45 minutes of turn out a day. Which Bella at home goes out all night. So getting her use to staying in a stall for hours has not been easy but she is doing well. Luckily I was able to workout some extra turn out time for Bella in the afternoon when it’s hot and no one wants to turn their horses out. So Bella gets about 2 hours of turn out then I hand graze/hand walk as mush as I can and ride her about 45 to a hour. When we first got down here to Florida I rode her twice a day which really helped her but once I start my jobs I will have less and less time to get two rides in. So I have decide to let that one ride go. My hope this winter is to show as much as I can afford. That’s what Bella and I need the most is more show experience. Which this year seems to have a good amount of shows! I’m super excited for what this year might hold for Bella and I. Maybe this time next year I could be a L judge!!! Thats if they except me and I pass the second group of sessions. I have one more session to go to for the first part of the program. much I have learned so from this program. Even if I never become a judge I know I will be a better rider, trainer and competitor. I will never be able to watch someone ride again how I use too. Your eye gets so much better trained to see just the ever so slight thing. Know I can score pretty good but getting the right comment and knowing what to comment on is another story. I have to really work on that. I love going through the L program!!! Well I believe that’s about it that’s happened so far. Oh I thought for the people up north might like to know it’s kind of cool here in Wellington today. It’s in the upper 60s low 70s. I oh most needed a jacket this morning. Hahahaha sorry to rub that in but I just had to. While you guys are freezing I’m working outside getting a tan while I’m at it. Hahahaha Bella is so happy it’s warm too. We can ride and enjoy are ride without getting cold walking haha. Stay warm everyone and I’m going to go head and apologize for any miss spellings. Typed this on my phone will be is out for her second turn out. Have a good day post again soon. Grace

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AMAZING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone. I have some great news to share with you all. As some of you know I have been looking for a job down in Wellington for the winter season for months. Well I have not found one that was going to work. So I came to the conclusion that I would have to stay home for the winter and learn how to deal with the cold. Well about a week ago a friend of mine Leslie Staschak and her husband Mike (I call them Aunt Candy and Uncle Mike) contacted me asking what were my winter plans. I explained the situation about my lack of finding a job  and not having the money to go on my own. Well not long after emailing Aunt Candy she called me and said that her and her husband wanted to help found Bella and I to go to Wellington for the winter. I was over the moon excited!!!!!!!!!! They have been so kind to help pay for Bella’s living expense’s and to help pay for my housing! I am still hoping to work a bit down in Wellington to help pay for shows, gas and other things along those lines. I’m truly grateful for Aunt Candy and Uncle Mike for this wonderful opportunity to be in Wellington a third season. My hopes for this up coming season is that Bella and I can grow more in competing. Having shows under are belts is something we really need to keep growing and improve are training. We plan on showing in the FEI!!!! Super exciting!!! I want to improve my PSG test a little bit more before showing I-1 plus with having a few months from are last show in September till the winter season we may need a few shows to get us normal and not scaring people. 😀  Even if all I do is show PSG it will be a huge help to just be able to show. Here in Tennessee there are not that many show’s local which does make it hard to get your horse used to showing. As long as Bella stay’s calm and sound I will be a very happy mom.  So as I get ready to travel to the wonderful sunny sate here soon I am still in need of a place to live. Bella will be living at Ida farm in Wellington so I would like to live close ish to her. She may have to share her stall with me if I don’t find a place ;D. Bella got her first body clip of the year today. I can’t say she enjoyed it at all but I am much happier not having to deal with all that fuzz coat of hers. So all you WITTIE’s out there that will be in Wellington I feel a family reunion coming on!! Thank you again to Aunt CAndy and Uncle Mike for this amazing opportunity!!!! I hope to make you both proud!!!!

Grace Gregory

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SIlver medal post and the days after.

On September 6 2014  I received my silver medal.  Bella and I worked so hard and trained so hard for that moment and it was perfect.  I was over the moon with how Bella performed and gave it all she had and more. We got a 65.5%!!!!!! It was a perfect dance that I will never forget. Now that we have done with that goal we have been schooling the I-1 and hope to compete on the I-1 next year!!!! This post is long over doe and I’m sorry. I had a shoulder injury that just showed it self two weeks ago and have been out for a bit. I was just able to start riding again this past week which I beg the doctor to let me ride :D. I can’t put saddles on horse’s without a stool or lift anything real heavy. My mom has been a hug help with getting saddles on and off horse’s as finding a stool and using it is not always easy to do. HAHA. So that has made work and just every day things a little hard, but I’m doing better and each day I have a little pain go away. Even with this shoulder thing I was able to do something amazing this weekend. Saddle up! had their SUPER Show which they asked me to judge the dressage part of the show 😀 😀 :D. It was so much fun to see the kids I know and see how much they have improved and to the kids I did not know smile and have a great time. Seeing those kids was so much fun. They all had bright and big smiles on their face’s. They all had the cuties salutes ever. It was so hard to judge because they all were so cute and you just wanted them all to take home the blue ribbon, but for them it’s not always the blue ribbon they wont some wont pick ribbons or red ribbons they don’t care what place stands for they just love the color. I remember when I was little and show in that same show. I was so completive and want that blue ribbon and I’m still that way, but I’m learning it’s not always the blue ribbon or the hug score that makes you great it’s they way you act when you get the pink ribbon or that really low score that counts. See I learned something from those kid’s yesterday it’s not the place you get or the color ribbon you get that makes you happy, or a great rider it’s how you act. This weekend was also sad too. This summer in July a young man that rode at Saddle up! named Sam past away suddenly. I worked with him for a few years every Thursday night. He would tell you about how he was a triplet and how much he loved Alan Jackson. He would cheer his fellow riders on when they were scared or not sure they could do something he was right there cheering. He was the joy of working Thursdays because if it did not rain, snow or freeze on Wednesday night (the other night I always worked at Saddle up!) it would for sure do it on Thursday night. Somedays I be soaked to the bone, hungry and tired and I see I was in 4 lessons that night. I look to see if I was with Sam and when I was he would make me smile and forget how wet, cold, tired or hungry I was and he cheer me up so I could finish the rest of the night happy and joyful. So this weekend they talked a little about Sam and dedicated the wind chimes in his name. Sam went to young and he will be truly missed. He touched a lot of lives in his short life and no one will forget him.

Grace

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End Of Wellington/The Summer Show Season

Hi everyone,

I have decided that this blog is not just for when I go to Fl but for my riding and growing as a rider. So from this point on I will be posting all year long, maybe every other week. So let me catch you up to what I have done from the time I left Fl until now. So sit down have a cup of ice tea (if you are in a hot area) and grab a bowl of popcorn or something. This post will be a bit long :D. Well let me begin with at the end of the program,  Bella got very sick and she had to stay in Wellington a whole week more then planned due to being too weak and ill to travel. That made the end of the program a lot harder for me as I was unable to take any more lessons or show my mom what we had learned. I also had a sick horse on my hands and there was only so much I could do to make her feel better. I know now how my parents felt when I was sick as a kid. She did get better and we got her home!!! Even though she was home it took her a full 3 weeks to get her strength back then it took another 5 weeks till she was back in full shape and training. So by June I had my red head back. So what do we do the first weekend in June? That’s right we showed 4 level test 3. HAHAHA but we did it and got a 60% :D. after that I was done showing 4 level. I have since shown PSG 4 times. The first time was in July. I received a 56.8% which I was happy with as we had four bucks we added in the test. HAHAHAHAHAHA Bella had to add her on style to the FEI level :D. So after that I went up to Ky and stayed at the Kessler’s farm and had two lessons with Lendon Gray. I learned a lot from those lessons. Like I needed to make sure every right to left lead change was CLEAN!!!! I also needed to work on my canter pirouettes and make myself turn her. Well that’s what I did for a whole month or more.  I really focused on those two movments, which payed off. As I did my second show doing the PSG test just two weeks ago at the Ole South. Friday without knowing I had two judges which kind of saved my butt. As one gave me a 60% but the other gave me a 54% which came to a 57.3%. I was ok with the score and had a plan to make it even better for the next day. Well as people who own mare’s know the horse you had yesterday could be a 180 to the horse you have today. That’s what happened on Saturday. She was fairly good in the warm up, but the minute I had to back her up into the ring she was a different horse. Bella lost all control of her self and could not trust me. Which resulted in 5 stops, 4 spins, 3 take off’s and 1 rear. That gave us a lovely 54%. I walked out of that test upset at myself and wondering if I could even ride any more. As down as I was I realized that these test will happen and that I have to let go of it. I can’t changed what happened as it was in the past. There was no good beating myself up and doubting my abilities as a rider. So a took a moment to catch my breath, regroup and see what I could do to make my test better for the next day. That moment I believe was a great learning experience. Not everyday will be the best and bad test will happen. You can’t change a horses mind sometimes let alone a red head mare who believe the boogie man was going to get her. As that day ended I was ready for the last day to come so I could just get it done. Well sunday morning came and I came out with a big smile on my face knowing that today could not be any worse then yesterday. I oh most eat my words. Bella was a crazy horse in the warm up. We backed into 4 riders, reared I don’t know how many times and scared everyone person in that warm up. HAHAHA. I was not feeling that hopeful for the test as I finished my warm up. So thing happened though when I entered the show ring. Bella and I clicked, she trusted me and was relaxing. When I came to the walk part of my test tears start to form in my eye’s. Because at that moment I knew that, that test would be the best test yet at the PSG. Which it was!!!!!!! As I left the ring the judge stopped me and said “that was a big improvement from the past two day’s” and she was right. It was a big improvement and the best way to end the show with. That test gave me my first score from the PSG test towards my silver medal, receiving a 60.9%. I was so happy that the show ended on a high note. Now we are getting ready to show again this coming weekend to hopefully receive my other score at the PSG. Bella has been doing amazing. Her canter work is 20 times better now then it was two weeks ago. I am confident I will get my score this weekend and if I don’t then I will shake it off and go to the next show. This year has shown me that I can be a dressage rider. I always dreamed to be a top dressage rider, but now I know one day sooner then later I will be. I will let you all know how the show goes this weekend in my next post. Hopefully it will be a very happy post about getting my last score. 😀 Thanks for taking the time to read this and I will post soon.
Grace & Bella  
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Day’s 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72 & 73

Ok so I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in awhile. Life down here as been fun but very busy. Bella and I showed This past Wednesday and Thursday at 4-2 both day’s. The first day we got a 62% with a 7 on gaits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was on cloud nine. The next day was a bit more rough but still pulled a 61% with a 7 on aids!!!! I was a bit worried going into the show. Bella was a bit sore in the hind legs and was not her self when I rode her Tuesday. I was a bit scared and a bit sad because we had AMAZING ride on Sunday that was perfect. Not a wrong step and she did everything to her best!!! It felt AMAZING just like a perfect dance between Bella and I. I also had another great lesson yesterday were we did a line of 4s, a line of 3s, and one 2!!!!!!!! We also did one full canter Pirouette both ways!!!!!!!! I’m on cloud nine right now with how Bella is going. It’s sad to think I only have four days left of the program. It’s hard to think I have to leave this dressage world but ready to be home and moving forward with my dressage. Well got to get a quiz done and off to bed. Have a wonderful night and see you all soon. Grace 

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Day’s 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, & 63

Well last time I posted I was getting ready to show my first show of the year. For the most part it was good. I was a little worried after schooling at the show grounds Friday because she was a little jump so to  speak but she was pretty good. So saturday I showed 4-1 and got a 63!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was so good. Only one rear so I say that’s a good day 😀 On Sunday I showed 4-2 for the first time. We had so not so great moment’s in the test but I was proud of my red head for sticking it out and being the best girl and pulling a 60!!!!!!!!! So in the end the weekend was great!! All of us in the WIT program did really well this past weekend!!! Now we only have 14 day’s till the program ends. It’s kind of crazy how fast time has gone by. There has been lots of ups and downs but through it all I still learned a lot. So happy God let me come down here again. Also want to thank Treadstep Ireland for the AMAZING polo shirt (that I love) and saddle pad.  Well I have to get some sleep so I will blog more later. Grace

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Day’s 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, & 57

Well I’m sorry I haven’t kept you up to date lately. Well some good news I got my shadbelly all done and it looks really good I love it!!!!!! Another news I’m showing this weekend (the 8 and 9) doing fourth level test 1 and 2!!! I’m super excited and little nervous. It’s the first show of the year for Bella and I. I feel like we are ready. Yesterday was the best ride this whole year!!!! Bella was so good and tried so hard to make everything perfect!!! I was so happy with her. On top of having amazing horse this week I have been pretty busy. Took photos for some people that will be sending them to a magazine!! Yes that means I will have photos of mine in some magazine!! I’m a bit excited. Also we have had some great lectures. We had a breading lecture from Maryanna, lecture on sell horse by Lauren Sammis, and many more. On top all the horse stuff I also went ice skating one night, out to dinner for Emma’s (one of the girls in the program) birthday and had a great dinner and lots of fun with everyone. It’s crazy that today we only have 21 day’s left in the program. WOW it feels like yesterday everyone was moving in and unpacking and learning the names and horses names began, Now we are trying to make sure we have everyone numbers and knowing what there spring/summer plans are. So need less to say trying to learn everything I can before I leave. I will let you know how that show goes. I can already say this we will win at lest one first place. Because saturday I am the only one in my test, but the next day Me and Ally (one of the other girls in the program and a great friend) is in my class so one of us will win and other will come in second. HAHAHAHA Feels odd to have someone in my class. That never happens HAHAHA. Well better get to bed have to get a health cert tomorrow and then schooling at the show grounds at 11 and then lectures at 3. So a bit of a busy day tomorrow. I also need to get all my show stuff out and ready for the show and make sure everything is all timed out and that I fined someone to take me to the show. Which I’m not sure if I have or haven’t found someone. I guess I will find out tomorrow. HAHAHAHA It’s a bit crazy as normal. Love you all and good night.

GraceImage  

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