Needless to say we woke up at 5 to see it pissing rain outside. Again, thank you Holiday Inn Express for sending us on our way with coffee, warm bacon, eggs and biscuits! We got up to go to the barn anyway for Nahmi's cross country round on Simon. We looked at the horse, we looked at the footing (as much as one can in the pitch black). Discretion being the better part of valor, Nahmi decided that she'd be just as happy not running cross-country. Like any good Hobbit, we went back to the hotel for second breakfasts of fresh baked cinammon rolls. Ironically, Sherry reports that the announcer kept calling out, "Nahmi Jones on Simon the Likable clear at fence three" etc. until "Nahmi Jones and Simon the Likable finish with a clean score." How awesome is that - Nahmi got to stay in bed AND have a clean round in the rain? I just feel bad for the poor bugger who actually rode and never heard their name called!
Ram Tap to help Sherry and Poznan get dressed for their go. By then it had stopped raining but the wind was still blowing up big pony's skirt. Quite by accident, Sherry discovered that what Poznan really needs as a warm up is a good, brisk 10 minute gallop around the warm up area. Unfortunately, he decided to do it all on his own. One replacement set of reins later and Sherry was back in the irons (leg ups for your wife are definitely your domain, Brent) and doing lovely over some warm up fences. A little coaching from Nahmi and she was on her way.
|Nice fashion statement, Nahmi!|
|Are those Pony Club clean?|
Another irony in life -- with all the techno-gadgets at her disposal (see the app reference in the last entry) to ensure she was running on time, Sherry ended up going by mostly feel.
|Dear Santa: Nahmi needs new windshield wipes for Christmas|