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Michael Lake Cross Country

Well it’s been a pretty hectic few weeks!!! Since I’ve been injured and not allowed to run, it means I can’t focus on triathlon, so instead I’ve been focusing on horseback riding. It’s been better for my ankle overall and still lets me feel like I’m training. I’m still bike riding and swimming, but running is totally out of the question, I mangled my ankle very badly. So focusing on riding has been really saving me while I recover and I’m so happy to be doing it. I adore riding, and I’ve been very lucky to be riding some amazing horses. One of which is Rylin. He’s an amazing horse, so talented, has tons of jump and is very athletic. He’s a bit of a chicken, but that’s ok because I’m brave enough for both of us, and he’s got so much heart that when I tell him something is safe to jump, he’ll go for it with everything he has. Recently we went on a barn trip up island to Michael Lake Equestrian Centre, which is a stunning facility with a beautiful cross country field. We camped over night and rode two lovely days in the field. For those of you who aren’t familiar with cross country, it consists of a very large winding field with natural type obstacles, like ditches, large ponds, stone walls, logs, stacks of logs, and trails through forests. Generally, our hunter/jumper horses don’t see a lot of those kinds of obstacles and don’t get to play in a giant open field, so the cross country experience can be tough. Our horses all rose to the challenge and were amazing for both the days. We got some amazing photos and had the most wonderful time!!!

Check them out!!!

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Jumping the skinny jump is a lot harder than it looks!!!

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Can you see the dog in this photo?? she’s there!!

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My coach and her amazing 4 year old, Roulette!!!

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The crew after a lovely ride, headed back to the paddocks and camp site!!

You can’t win EVERY day

A really big part of training and racing is knowing that sometimes you just aren’t going to win. It took me a long long time, and many broken bones to realize that! Today was one of those days. Davey and I went out for a run this morning, and we were both tired, I forgot my comfy running shoes so I got a massive blister…just an all around fail. So we changed our plans, ran some stairs, did some pushups and called it a day. It was just one of those days. You can’t win every day! But just because we lost today doesn’t mean we can’t win tomorrow. Plus we ran stairs and did pushups so it’s kind of a half win.

However, you know who IS winning?? My new baby horse friend Kosmo. I say baby because he’s green and untrained and turning 4, but when you’re picturing him, don’t picture him little, he’s actually quite large. He’s just the sweetest thing ever. Yesterday he went lunging in a saddle for the first time and he was so well behaved!! I’m very excited to be working with him, he’s going to be such a wonderful project. There’s something amazing about working with green horses, you really build a very special bond.

Horses

No matter what else I have going on in my life and what my goals are, I’m always more at peace when there’s horses involved. I love to ride and compete and just be around them, There is something whimsical and magical about the bond you have with a horse, it’s unlike anything else. Being around horses is good for your soul. And it’s a great workout!! My lovely photog friend Jessica Hayward took some photos of myself and my lovely horse Dejah on a riding day!

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I don’t know if you can ever truly capture the bond between horses and people, but Jess has done a fantastic job…

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