It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! I’ve only been home for six nights this whole month, with trips to OH, SC, WY and KS. The fact that I’ve only managed to ride my horse once so far this month doesn’t seem as bad when I look at it like that. If the weather holds, I may get a ride in today too!
The big snowstorm that hit Denver last week caused me a lot of headache and stress with two cancelled flights and the fear I might not make it to a clinic. I’ve never missed a clinic and the thought of what I would do if I couldn’t make it was enough to keep me up all night and travel with a stress-headache the next day. But, as luck would have it, I was able to standby for the next flight and made it to Topeka just in time for the book signing and rider’s reception! It was held at a fantastic Western Lifestyle store in Topeka, http://royfreywestern.com/ and we all had a great time shopping before getting to know each other during the excellent dinner.
Last week, I had a CHA Instructor Certification clinic at Central Wyoming College in Riverton. It was a very easy clinic with qualified and enthusiastic participants, all of whom received a certification at a level they were happy with. I’ve done a lot of CHA clinics over the years—back when I was the Program Director, I did as many as seven one year! http://www.cha-ahse.org/cert1.htm#process But now, because of the demands on my schedule, I can only do one a year. I enjoy going up to WY and working with the dedicated students there. As a bonus, I get to spend the week with two dear friends, Polly and Patti, my colleagues in this endeavor. Even the 7” of wet heavy snow we got on Thursday wasn’t enough to dampen our spirits (thank god for heated indoors).
But the snow did wreak havoc on my travel, but I made it to my clinic in Topeka nonetheless and we had a great clinic! There was a nice variety of riders, horses and issues to work on all weekend, and everyone had success. I love the variety I get in clinics—dressage, hunt seat, gaited horses; cutters, trail riders and mounted shooters; novices and experienced hands; well-broke horses and ones that need work. The more variety the better for me, because it challenges my teaching. The days went so fast, I could hardly believe when I looked at the clock on Sunday afternoon and saw we had run out of time.
This weekend I am headed to Richmond VA for another clinic tour stop. I am looking forward to the clinic and hope that I’ll meet some interesting horses. Then it’s on to TN next week for the AQHA QuarterFest. http://www.aqha.com/quarterfest I am excited about that event—not only because I’ll get to see a lot of friends and colleagues I haven’t seen in a while, but also because it is shaping up to be a very cool and power-packed event! Go check it out online and come if you can.
Now, I’d better get some work done so that I can squeeze a ride in this afternoon, before I leave town again.
Enjoy the ride!
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