What a summer it has been! We had incredible weather in Switzerland to! But this blog is about our whole month in San Giovanni!
A W H O L E month of
SUMMER IN ITALY
We started with packing up a lot of tack and horsefood, show clothes, normal riding clothes, nice clothes, and a WHOLE BUNCH of bikinis! Then the horses and VAMOS ITALY!
The first weekend of our Summer in Italy was a national show, Alf’i, Teddy and Picsou jumped!
Alf was clear all the classes, 135, 140, 140! Jumped the big water and was in general just SUPER!since he is a bit of a spooky horse I have always been worried that he might spook on the open water! But he is a GREAT and brave waterjumper I have to say!
Duc did not jump because he jumped more than the other horses at the show before this one, so I wanted to save him for the international show!
Teddy and me had our first show together since a long long time! At this point my goal was only to ride him this weekend, get a couple of good videos and then trailer him back to Suisse and sell him. And at the same time as I would drop him off in Switzerland I would bring one of my favorites Ice Tea back!
But Teddy and me became a surprise, during this show we short of found each other! Teddy staid with us here and Ice Tea got a long vacation at home.
Ice Tea has never been lame as long as I had him, so he never really got a brake other than Christmas holidays, so I guess he appreciated a summer holiday!
Me and Teddy started on 110, and finished on 125!
Picsou only jumped one 140 class on the show and was clear! Happy! With my experience of this month in Italy behind me I feel that I know this. Me and Picsou can easy clear a 140, even though we have not jumped a lot together in two years because he is a experienced horse and we can short of just do it even with not the best communication. And also another thing that I will get back to later in another blog post! He really jumped well! BIG POWERFUL JUMPS!! But the control was 😂😂😂 but again his jumping was TOP/ GREAT/ FABULOUS
Horses Riviera resort is a beautiful place in San Giovanni and me and Helle enjoyed a lot of quality time with the horses! But we also had time for gelato and I showed Helle- the SEXY GROOM Cattolica, in the province of Emilia! 5 min from San Giovanni!
We went to the beach and had ice cream, piadina and pasta!
After the first show it was a week between the CSI** shows! On Saturday we rented the Grand Prix ring and jumped all the horses!
I showed how the JEM L can be a normal “jeans/leggings” pants and convert over to be ridingpants with just the change of shoes
I stated with Picsou, tried another bit on him! When I rode him two years ago I used a straight full cheek gag bit with room for the tongue, but 2 years has gone by and we could not just pick up where we left off. So adjustments had to be made! And a half Pessoa was tried this day! It went awesome! He jumped powerful and I had the control!
Teddy learned to jump the big water and he was such a brave and intelligent boy!
Duc had a training round on 140, just got prepar for the international show! He was great as always
Alf’i enjoys being loose in the Grand Prix ring eating carrots after a great training! We did not let him run loose, just a little without bridle to eat carrots!
We had a easy Sunday and went to see Sting and Shaggy in a concert together! It was GREAT!
Flat work with the horses!
A lot of black pink was on! I mean, Teddy’lino looks so good in it!
Also visited Ancona!
A couple of chill days with beach, gelato and horses before the CSI started!
Thelma got a new horse! We got mascots for all of them! Haha, a green one for Pickles since a pickle is green!
THE SEXY GROOM became REAL! And everyone said it! Helle did not even believe me at first!
Selleria Sandri also made this T-shirt for Helle- the SEXY GROOM
They- Selleria Sandri had a sale of my riding breeches from Pro Horse and we did the Barbie again! Haha
I also got a new Helmet from my sponsor KEP ITALIA and Selleria Sandri! Me and “Nene” made so many funny commercial videos!
Also for Veredus! Haha!
We went totally over board over eating at this American place! Or me and Thelma did, Valentin and the sexy groom ate Norma! Me and Thelma eat one big plate of nachos and then Fajitas and then a oreo cake, a milkshake and a ice cream each!
Malibu TATTI – (Thelma) , Malibu Barbie (Me) and Malibu SSEXY GROOMTHE CAR WE NEEDED! It just caused by us on one of our Gelato runs
The show starts and it was all about our individual goals! But still being supportive with each other!
It’s important to have a goal with every class, have a plan! If the plan is to educate the horse to reach a goal in the future, to maybe jump a higher class, or be clear in the GP!
A goal with the class can also be to be fast and get a price! But it’s still important to compete against yourself! To be a little faster than last time and smoother! Walk the course and plan what ways you will go and how many strides you want you take to be as fast as you can! Don’t think about the results, the competitors will make that, who’s 1, 2, 3. Your job is to follow your plan, to be as fast as you can and as smooth and in harmony with the horse as possible! If you can do that and at the same time leave em up, your are a winner even though you are placed nr 5!
But if your goal is to jump clear in the GP, it might not be the best idea to go fast the day before the GP!
Anyway, one month passed quite quick! And I was looking forward to go home, my own bed, and our life at home together me and ❤️Francois! But still going home from San Giovanni gave me the feeling like I got when I was little going home from summer horse camp, you know ,-you want to go home, but you still had so much fun and a great time with your friends you would not mint if it was one more week so you could do try to do better with the horses! And just fix the last details that will make the round perfect! me and my friend Bodo, after price giving with Duc💖
Almost forgot! A guy who works in San Giovanni , his name is Francesco kept giving me and the SEXY GROOM free horse candy! So in addition to the normal carrot feeding I distributed the horse candy as quickly as I could between our guys 🐴💖haha! You can really see how I try to give everyone a piece before the first one has swallowed what he got! Haha, do you understand 😂
Since the sexy groom had been at the show for a month and yeah, mostly me to, we decided to stay one more day to relax before we started our drive home!
We always start to drive at 01.00 or 02.00 in the night to go home so it’s not so hot for the horses. And to drive Sunday night to Monday when you are finished packing at 20.00 and have been working all day for several weeks can be very hard and dangerous also!
So Monday we had the horses in the paddock, we walked them, and just relaxed! We had some pool time also! Before we drove home! And it was amazing to be back home again!
Every one keeps saying summer is over, but it did not feel like it
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