Well I got the job!
I was pretty confident that I would, but at the same time I didn't want to have any expectations you know? Just wanted to come out, do my best, and have fun (which I did all three anyway!). It was an incredibly busy weekend. Yesterday the XC schooling was totally awesome. It was so wonderful to be on a horse that I knew would take care of me so I could work on my own position and techniques! We did mostly novice/beginner novice height but Mogie set up some questions that were probably training level technical, though the height was still small (vertical, one stride, down bank into water, bending 4 strides to log on a small hill was one of the combinations). And then at the very end we hopped over a training level log, which was very fun! Ace is a super efficient jumper so not only does he only jump how high he needs to but he also nails every distance and takes his jumps right out of stride so everything is really smooth. You definitely couldn't tell he's a 22 year old! If horses could smile he would've had a huge grin the entire time!
I'm very dumb, by the way, and forgot to charge my camera before coming out here so I only got two pictures, haha. But more will be coming at the end of this semester when I go up there!
Today was super busy because Mogie went to give a day-long clinic at the place we schooled yesterday, so Kayla and I each had 3 horses to work/ride, plus all the other barn chores, plus cleaning the trailer and all the shipping boots. I was already a little sore from yesterday but tomorrow I know that, especially after sitting on two planes, I'll be hobbling around like a cripple! I got to work with some really awesome horses this weekend and I'll at least get pictures of a few of them up here!
This is Spotty! He's a Knabstrupper gelding, about 15.2 hh, and while I didn't get to jump him I did do trot sets with him today and wow he can move like a warmblood! His trot is TO DIE FOR and when he really gets that impulsion and takes up a connection he feels fabulous! I hope I get to jump him before he gets sold!
This is Coke.
I didn't ride him but I did handle him on the ground and he's totally wonderful. He's a 6 year old Holsteiner x NZ Thoroughbred that was imported about a month ago along with another STUNNING bay NZ mare (that I did get to ride). Coke is a total goober, but he's an incredibly horse and can also REALLY jump. I watched Mogie school him cross country and HOLY CRAP. He's still very impressed by jumps and over jumps like everything but when he finally puts it all together he'll be an incredible eventing machine! He won the New Zealand young event horse series.
The other mare that came with him is named Nissi. I can't find any good pictures of her, but she's also a fabulous horse! Her gaits are all just drop dead awesome. Like, I would rather sit her trot than post it because it's so smooth! Her dressage is coming along SO quickly and she'll probably start off competing training level this winter in Aiken.
This is Ace, the horse I rode for XC. Doesn't look 22 at all, lol. We're just standing in the water while Mogie is on Nissi (not shown) and with one of her other students. :)