So, I have been less than faithful in keeping this blog updated the past few weeks.
It's been a bit kind of a rough go the past couple of weeks. I have unfortunately had some health problems that have not exactly resolved. I'm not sure if they are related to the mysterious undiagnosed disability, or just too much stress, but one thing is for sure, it's getting old. I have been living off of rice and bananas, and man, a steak has never sounded so good.
Meanwhile, Dylan has continued to have his downs and ups. He seems to be pulling his head out of his rear-end, thanks in large part to the hard work of my trainer Jenny Nell, and barn trainer and friend Roxanne Christenson. To the best of our figuring, getting him into this next phase of collected work caused his unique form of non-violent protest. Anyway...now that he seems slightly more convinced that he can actually do it, his trot has truly developed into an FEI frame, and his canter continues to be lovely.
With my health issues, we decided not to go to Del Mar. It was kind of a bummer, but probably was the best choice in order to give Dylan some time to get back on track. It sounds like it was a great show, and wish I could have gone to cheer on my friends & teammates!
I found out however that I will need to have my classification reviewed prior to WEG, as all athletes with neuromuscular conditions must be reviewed before major competitions. The good news here is that my diagnosis should not have to be reviewed at this time, only my bench test numbers (the physical exam of strength & coordination).
So, I am planning on competing at a CPEDI in Toronto, Canada in May. We will not take Dylan, as that is obviously a very long road trip in advance of US Team Selection Trials in June.
My plan is to find a horse to borrow to compete on.
If you know anyone with a petite PSG horse (needs to have a passport), that might be available for loan, let me know.
In the meantime, Dylan and I are hoping to get out to some schooling shows, and basically just keep on keepin' on!!
Thanks for all your continued support!