- Published: Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:31
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!