|Started the day off by catching a glimpse of Flexi|
George had all three groups do the same basic exercises, both on the flat and over fences. Everyone started with shoulder in/out and haunches in/out at the walk and trot. George had them do lots of walk/trot and walk/canter transitions to sharpen the horses to their aids. All groups did counter canter, with the the 3'6" group only doing a little in their warm up while the the 4' group had to land off a fence and counter canter the corner and short side. The 4'3" group had to change direction in the canter and hold the counter lead going the new direction.
All three groups warmed up trotting a cavalletti to a trot fence. As they went through, the fence got progressively bigger and the 4'3" group ended up trotting like a 3'6" fence. It was huge! They jumped right into the jumping (sorrynotsorry for the pun) and did a tight roll back to an oxer, direct short five stride bending line to a skinny plank, then a four stride bending line to a triple bar. This caused lots of problem, for all three groups. The first group mainly wanted to over bend the first line, making the five easy or adding for six. The triple bar was set so the horses jumped directly towards the spectators, so they had to land and turn quick. Some horses spooked at us the first time and there were a few that looked like they might not make the turn. The first clip in the video is Chris Fellers (Rich's son) on his 3'6" horse (he also rode in the 4'3" group), a lovely chestnut that could come home with me. The second clip is Shelley (Rich's wife) in the 4'3" group. Shelley has been a pro and competing in FEI classes for a while now, but Chis just turned pro this summer and is now one of their assistant trainers.
|Rich's horse #noscopenohope|
As far as Georgeisms, and his temper, there wasn't much to report. He loved all the horses in the clinic; said this was one of the best groups he had. He asked one of the girls in the 3'6" if she owned the horse she was on, and when she said yes, he told her that the horse has a major problem. You could see her spine stiffen and she had a taken aback look on her face. He then said the problem was that she paid to little for her horse, that no matter what she paid the horse was worth much, much more. The whole audience laughed while she relaxed. There was one older adult ammy in the 4' group that had a few stops before falling off that George didn't let get back on. He had his helper, Alex something (didn't catch a last name, I think he was from Canada?) ride the horse for the rest of the group. George told her she needed to be in the 3'6" group and that she has hero syndrome. Trying to jump bigger and better when not prepared for it. He also made a few quips about having Alex or Rich show the horse while she sit in the VIP tent as owner. I felt sorry for her.
|During the lunch break Flexi was in the crossties getting groomed. If there weren't a bunch of people around I would have kissed that little nose.|