Week 1 in Wellington is over. It was so much fun! For someone who has always been extremely hands on with my horses, it was strange to arrive and be clueless about what the plan was. But I trust my trainer enough to let go of the control. And it worked! I rode Ollie, got familiar with the layout of WEF and Wellington. By next to last day, I was able to get from the barn to the horseshow and back to the barn on horseback and by the last day by golf cart too! For everyone who hasn’t been to Wellington, most people seem to trail ride from the barn to the show grounds. It is amazing everywhere you look there are horses and barns and rings. There are even street crossing buttons at horse level that you push to change the crossing lights! And horses always have the right of way! If you aren’t riding or walking a horse, then golf cart is the most common type of transportation. There seems to be more golf cart parking at the show then car parking!
I got to walk a 1.40 meter jumper class in the International Ring with my trainers, surrounded by Olympic riders! I forgot how much you can learn by watching great riders. I tried to absorb as much as I possibly could in four days. And there was a lot to absorb!!!!
Having the luxury of going down for the first time and not feeling pressure to show was great. I left Florida feeling comfortable with the show grounds, the Wellington way of life, and was feeling much more confident in my riding, after not riding for a month, and I am excited to head back this ready to show.