Each Trainer and RRTP President, Steuart Pittman, has his or her own "Page" of blog entries with embedded videos. Access each trainer's page by clicking on their name below.
Kerry Blackmer - Kerry has Four X The Trouble, aka Tempyst, owned by Robin Coblyn
Tiffany Catledge - Tiffany has both High Level, owned by Jim Falk, and Solidify, owned by MidAtlantic Horse Rescue
Eric Dierks - Eric has Brazilian Wedding, owned by Pat Dale
Steuart Pittman - Steuart gets to post commentaries, plus he occasionally posts about Bodiddle, the horse owned by Lorna Starkey, that didn't make it to the Trainer Challenge
Miles Ahead Farm
Kerry took Four X The Trouble ("Tempyst") owned by Robin Coblyn
I never thought five weeks could fly by so quickly. The Trainer Challenge was simply a fun and amazing experience. And Tempyst...I still can't get over just how relaxed and quiet he was in that packed arena. When I first sat on him at the MD Expo, I must admit, I basically held on to my breast plate the entire time. All I kept thinking was, "Please oh please don't buck me off in front of all of these people!" It took three people to tack him up, two people to get me on, and a chain shank to get him to and from the tiny ring. He was definitely ready for his next race.
What a difference five weeks makes. The Pa Expo had more people, more horses, and more atmosphere than I ever expected. On Friday morning Tiffany and I had a chance to warm up our boys in the big arena. This is when Tempyst and I got our first look at the Fresians. Now I appreciate the breed as much as anyone else, but when a giant Fresian is standing on its hind legs while his handler keeps cracking a whip, let's face it that is scary stuff. At one point I felt like this guy was following me. Every time I took Tempyst out of his stall the same whip cracking guy was right behind me. I think I was more unnerved than Tempyst. Lucky for me Cyndi Hill was always waiting for us back at the stables. She did some amazing work keeping this guy loose and relaxed. Such a pampered pony!
Before I knew it, it was 2:00 and it was our turn. Tiffany, Eric, and I lined up in the small hallway while a parade of Fresians wearing glittery head dresses exited the arena. Well here goes nothing. I think all of us were a little wide eyed at the size of the crowd. Tempyst took a minute to take it all in, but then took a deep breath and got to work. After I warmed him up I gave him a chance to really look at the crowd. I think he knew that everyone was there to see him! I couldn't resist and let some kids give him a well deserved pat. At the MD Expo I never got straight or close to the rail. And now this horse was marching right up to the railing as relaxed and as confident as can be. I think he loved every minute of it.
Now Tempyst is back at my farm enjoying some much deserved turnout time with his pony buddy. He'll get a few days off before he goes back into work.
I am so lucky to have been a part of this challenge. I had so much fun and met some great people along the way. Thank you to everyone who made this experience such a success: Steuart, Erin, Robin, Pat, Bev, Cyndi, Tiffany, Eric, Natalie, and everyone at the RRTP. I can't wait to see what's next!
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