Posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010 at 3:36 pm.
March 15, 2010
This is exciting! Here’s my first blog entry:
We have finally made it to twenty-ten (to some) or two thousand and ten (to others).
It all started with a really nice 1920s New Year’s eve party at a lovely chateau in typical French style. The chateaux was massive; very glamorous, but with no bloody heating! Luckily we all wore fur and managed to stay warm by getting thrown around the dance floor, but as a consequence my feet were blistered and bruised! I couldn’t fit in to my riding boots, as my feet were so swollen. Even worse, I knew they had to, as I had a tense week ahead of me!
I tried my best to be on top form the next day, as we were off at 3:00 in the morning for some intense dressage training with Karin. And to pick up Troubadour (nickname: The Troublemaker) from boot camp, as he desperately needed Naughty Boys School for a couple of weeks! We finally arrived 12 hours later, with Flower (Marsh Mayfly) in a snowstorm. We went from one winter wonderland to another!
I couldn’t wait to sit on Troubadour after Karin had worked her wonders on him. He felt like a different horse and I was amazed at how much she managed to get out of him in such short time! Luckily, Karin thinks he’s very talented, but difficult, so she always puts so much effort into him.
I was also excited about bringing Flower along, although she had a sudden loss of interest when she realised it was dressage everyday! Especially when she likes to think she knows everything. I might need a bit more practise before I start scoring the same marks as Ruth! However, we very much enjoyed finding the right buttons to push on her.
When we finally got back home, as we were putting the horses out in the field, mum got kicked in the face – and with a sudden fall to the ground, she was unconscious! We ended up with 6 samu and a 4 firefighters in the horses field! All in all, she is on the road to recovery having spent a week in hospital with a broken jaw.
In the meantime, the weather hasn’t improved! Everything is either a bloody ice rink or a skiing slope, therefore I went up to Paris for a couple of days to catch up with some British friends on their gap year, and to work on my portfolio. Hopefully one day I will be the next Karl Largafield!
I am now really looking forward to February, we have our first event of the year which is on a sand track. All the big boys turn up with their frustrated horses, dying for a run! So it ends up being the most competitive competition of the season on Valentines Day!
Wishing you all the best for 2010,
- Candy Crawford, March 15, 2010
Posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010 at 3:32 pm.
Blimey, the weeks just seem to go so fast at the mo, although I do wonder why, as we haven’t managed to get a lot done with the bloody weather. But according to the local newspaper, Spring is next week ~ hooray!!
Having the season finally starting again, we were excited to get cracking on at the comps’ but unfortunately after long drives, they have always been cancelled, or are too dangerous to run on new ice and snow!
However to cheer things up, my sponsor Cheval Chic delivered lovely boxes of goodies and branded gear for both horses and I. They also supplied me with a very nice pair of De Niro patent boots. I love them and making out I am Katie Price! Even so, I confess when I am bored on Sunday evening I end up watching “what Katie did next.” I spied out a very nice white leather pair she was wearing! So those are next on the wish list!
Cheval Chic’s gear is all very snazzy and I end up walking around like the queen B in lots of different outfits.
Flair Nasal Strips which also kindly supplies me, has brought out some new white strips. Bright white ones which look really smart and flashy.
We managed to get some cross country training under our belts, but it wasn’t at Saumur though, as the whole set-up there is just miles of sand and it never defrosted.
So we ended up going to one of the nearest international events here called Mezziere en Brenne. It’s an animal watching Activity Park and it usually holds a CIC** in the summer in 35 degrees! I don’t know what’s worse really, the very cold or very hot. Dad was lucky and flew off to California to get a bit of sunshine; he likes to think he’s got nothing to do with the horses but, ended up spending his whole time shopping and comparing the different prices at local horse ranch shops!
I have managed to get a lot of show jumping training under my belt, and finally realise maybe it would be easier just to become a show jumper. A lot less things to work on and most of it is indoors anyway! Woody has rather enjoyed the jump offs. Racing around like a looney over big poles.
Hopefully my next bog will be a lot more juicy and full of competition chat. Ohh – I forgot to say my real name is actually Candida and we registered it on BE as Candy. For some reason it’s now registered in France and the French just can’t not pronounce Candy, but Cindy. Everywhere I go, I hear Cindy Crawford and if I hear that joke again I will scream!! www.flairstrips.com
- Candy Crawford, March 23, 2010