Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cross country Ireland, BITLESS

After long wait.

The post most of you have been waiting ever so patiently for.

Yes I jumped cross country.
These images are not me. The images are of Collin and Berthe. I cannot jump and take pictures at the same time.

Berthe and Collin make an excellent photogenic pair. Collin jumps with his ears forward and Berthe smiles like shes having the time of her life. Just my opinion but I think she really enjoyed coming out and being mine and Zoe's video/photography guinea pig as we asked her to jump certain jumps again and again and sat in the way and dove out of the way more than once to avoid getting trampled upon a jump landing.

Well they look good together, except when Collin was unsure of this ditch. There was a lot of debating going on. It took some trial and error and a few times to poop because you know, the ditch might eat horses and it's better to be unloaded to run away. He did make it over, look at that wild mane.

So finally after patiently waiting and dreaming and begging and pleading Zoe completed editing the video of Merel, Karina and myself jumping the cross country course at the Slieve Aughty Centre completely bitless. Videoed and edited by Zoe

First Merel on Tessa. Second Karina on Dynamite and third me on Pixie (the first big chestnut horse in the video that goes by) Pixie is a great, big, honest mare. She had the most comfy canter and a great jump, perfect for a person like me who hadn't jumped seriously for almost 2 years before we took on the cross country here. PS- There were many, many, many more jumps this wasn't even a quarter of them.

Yes I absolutely, positively loved it. I want to do it again, and again and again! I found myself after the tornado and other storms scouting out fallen logs to make into cross country jumps. I don't think Indigo would like that. Quirky mare hates fallen or cut down trees. They are always a reason to shy the first couple times we go by.

Now the only problem here is...It's completely flat and boring. There is literally big fat ZERO for cross country in this area. Nothing, nada, nill.

I must change that.

More cross country Ireland pictures to come.


Anonymous said...

Man, that looks like fun! I actually did some eventing when I was (much) younger, but I'm much too old now - although I'd be willing to give what you did a try as it looks like such fun!

Jeni said...

Fun fun fun !!! FUN ! the smiles on your faces say it all!

juliette said...

Sydney - What a great video!!! It looks like so much fun and you can hear the birds singing in the background. Thanks for sharing that! Also, I love the photo at the top of the wild mane!

Paint Girl said...

That looks like so much fun! I'd love to do something like that, I have done tons of jumping but never cross country. Looks like you enjoyed it very much!

Carroll Farm said...

Wow, that looks like you had a blast!! We have stuff to jump over, but watch out what is under it - it may rattle at you! I love that pic with that wild mane!

Jen said...

What fun! Man, do I miss jumping *sniffle*. I'm waaay out of shape for that, but maybe I can get back there one day (right now I'm just proud to be back on a horse :o) Great video Sydney - thanks for the virtual adventure!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Looked like a great time!


allhorsestuff said...

OH!!! So worth the wait girl!! Loved the photo's you took , that one from below the log-fantastic!
Crack me up, fun in the saddle day jumping on such a fun course! The water ditchway was great and YOU truly must make something somewhere to do some of this stuff..I agree...do something about it!
Man...that just makes me want to go jumping!!!
Tomorrow..will set up a small course on the service road + adjoining trail!
Bitless crosscountry-in the woods of Colton-here I come!

Yea! Thanks for the inspiriation and lovely time smiling with you all..good times, bet you are ready to return..I shall go with -next time!

Andrea said...

Oh my goodness!! That would have been amazing! I would have LOVED to have done that!! What fun and such great memories!!! Sigh....I would love to go there!!! :)

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