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My blog started in August 2005 to chronicle my progress in training "A First Romance" (a.k.a. Solo) into a world class eventing horse. Born in 2002, as a 10-year old, Solo is close to competing in the four-star division. He's fabulous XC, but does still tend to voice his opinion during dressage... never a dull moment.

Solo's ridden by my daughter, Selena, who competed at her first Olympics in 2008 and the WEG in 2010 with Colombo. Selena also rides several different horses including Pan Am Silver medals, “Foxwood High” out of our home base, Balsam Hall in Kingston, Ontario.

This blog chronicles both our adventures as we continue to train eventing horses. Occasionally, Selena will make an entry on her progress at competitions particularly on the lead up to major events. Please feel free to ask questions or send comments.

Badminton winner, Jonelle Price, and I.

Selena’s Post Badminton Wrap Up & Reflection

Sorry folks, I know it’s long over due but I had my cell phone nicked on my last few days in England. Sadly that means 90% if my pictures and 100% of my videos are gone forever! Let it not…

Jog time, with the Badminton House in the background.

We’ve Made it to Badminton!

Saturday was my last gallop before Badminton. What better way to do it then with Georgie on Cooley Earl and Mark on Rhapsody? The first trip up was steady and single file. The second trip up was a bit stronger…

Mark Todd, Hanne Wind Ramsgaard and myself at Wayfarer Eventing UK.

Getting The Dressage Hiccups Out Before Badminton

Monday I went for a hack with Mark riding Leo. We went along the ridgeway bridle path heading out, which is where I’ve been taking Woody for hacks. All you have to do is cross the road at the end…

A deer I spotted on my gallop.

Working on the Triple Combo and Spending Time with Friends

Sorry it’s been a while folks! There’s just so many fun things to do and see here and I don’t have data on my phone. Thursday I jumped with Mark. It was a good lesson with some upgraded exercises. I’ve…

Finally enjoying a sunny view!

Fun Times with Fozzy and Finally in the Sun!

Monday I gave Woody a well deserved day off. He got the magnetic blanket and a good grooming plus the hot walker in the morning while I did his stall. Then he went out for the afternoon to graze and…

Belton House

Bring on the Ups and Downs, We’re #Badminton Bound

Ok I’ll go back to pre Belton first. I got to gallop with Mark and Raps. Woody enjoyed galloping with another horse and I enjoyed galloping with Mark. Win, win! Might even be the highlight of 2018 so far. We…

Woody getting his morning exercise in the hot walker.

Holding My Breath & Avoiding Sneaky Foxes

Sorry everyone I got a bit behind in my blogging. There’s never a dull moment here. On Friday morning after barn chores I was asked to hack Rhapsody with Francesca on Mac. Away we went down the driveway with me…

Spending Time with Mark Todd’s Rhapsody and Leonidas

Wednesday was a fun day. I caught a ride to the yard with Jess and Ella Green on their way to a combined test with their own horse, Sky. I took Woody for a hack on the all-weather gallop. I…

Woody's looking forward to Badminton.

We’ve Touched Down in England, Bring on Badminton!

Shout out to Bastian and Equijet for their kindness and generosity. I am so lucky they swooped in and saved the year by offering to fly Woody and I to England so we could compete at Badminton. I am eternally…

Woody, preparing for flight.

Getting Spoiled at Horse Hotel Holland

Starting my adventures in Wellington where I met up with Woody who had been staying with Christilot for a few days. Brian shod him and Usha did some bodywork for him on Friday evening. Then on Saturday morning Dr Surasky…

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