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Trainer Recap: ATX to UT via Memory Lane

Our rider re-caps are typically done by students or guest writers. After our recent finish to our Spring Season here in Area V, I really wanted to write a bit about our most recent horse trial. I hope you enjoy the journey, I sure did.

Joking about about adding another spring horse trial after my interpersonal encounter with gravity and arena dirt, my student Renna and I started tentatively looking at a horse trial that had been on our calender all year… Golden Spike Horse Trial. What’s so exciting about adding another horse show?

Well, this one is in Utah.

Note the name of our Eventing Team is Austin Eventing.

Aside from the obvious geographic restrictions that would normally suggest choosing another venue, the most important sway-able piece of information is that Salt Lake City is my (our) old stomping grounds. It had been 3 years since the move to Austin. Three years since I have ridden with some of the best folks I know in this industry and people that laid the foundation for most of my beliefs as a rider, trainer, and general human being.

No big deal, right?

Let’s just say that when Renna and I ignored the fuel calculations for the trip, got into the show past closing date, and solidified that we were, in fact, going back to Utah, we looked something like this:

Then we tried to get on the road after: tornadoes, 1 flat tire, 1 blow out, 1 cowboy rescue, flooded arenas, stripped trailer doors, and a mad airport clinician shuffle and looked like this:

After questioning whether the universe was trying to tell us not to get on the road, a wise Sage said that the universe was trying to tell us to get all of those things worked on before we got on the road to Utah rather than telling us not to go. In addition, previously stated Sage (DEB) said that the horses had all come out of a great clinic, were primed, and all that was left was, “to go down centerline.”

So off we went.

New tires, new screws, new metal attachments in places I didn’t know existed on a trailer, a cooler full of (paleo) munchies, and a ridiculously large Disney movie collection and on we were on our way!!