Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. ~ Thomas Merton

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fun Stuff, New Stuff

At the end of my lesson on Wednesday, my instructor mentioned that she was going to see a vaulting demonstration this weekend.  As it turns out, a few of the vaulting teams going to the WEG are training in Tennessee, just outside Nashville.  This Saturday, they are putting on a free demonstration before heading to Lexington for the competition.

I am so there.

What an opportunity to see such an amazing sport.

In searching for information about the demonstration, I browsed through the Central Tennessee Dressage Association website.  There I found out about a Mary Wanless clinic that will be held in December.  I've been intrigued by what I've read about her approach of riding with your mind and it would be fun to see her in person.  I'm waiting to hear back from the clinic organizer to get more details on auditing.

I'm also starting to make serious inquiries about learning to drive.  I want to train Cricket to drive and I want to learn how to drive.

It's about having fun.  And if it's not fun, what's the point?  It doesn't mean every moment will be fun but if I'm not enjoying what I'm doing and learning, why on earth am I spending the time and money to keep my horses?


Tina said...

Oooh, I'm a little jealous of the Mary Wanless clinic...I love her. As for learning to drive - DO IT! You're more than welcome to come here for a visit. We'd be happy to teach you both!

Lisa said...

I wish you were closer and I would jump on that in a heartbeat. I'm checking into local resources right now but if nothing pans out, Cricket and I may just have to hitch-hike to Minnesota.

Parelli Central said...

See whether you can take a clinic with Nate Bowers. I took one last year with him and it was GREAT! Very safe, informative, fun and lots of progress. Nate stressed that driving is one of the most dangerous equestrian sports, so prior and proper preparation is key. Being super safety orientated and very protective of my confidence, I really like his approach - for horses and humans.

Petra Christensen
Parelli 2Star Junior Trainee Instructor
Parelli Central

Lisa said...

Petra - if Nate would come anywhere near S. TN, I'd sign up in a heartbeat and I'd sell a kidney to pay for it. But his schedule seems local to Fort Collins and so that might not be an option.

I think my QH mare has a great temperment for driving - she's not claustrophobic, doesn't panic and isn't prone to bolting. I'd never do anything that compromised her dignity or my confidence so I know whatever I choose will be good for both of us.