For the several days I have put the other horses on hold to tune Orion and Curly up for a competition in Newberg, OR this upcoming weekend. It will be the first and last time I get to compete in Medieval Gaming this season.
While I did get to ride at my own even in April, I was not able to compete and aside from that, the only riding I have done outside of training was the demos we put on at the Rogue Renaissance Fantasy Faire and the County Fair in Grants Pass. While practices and Demos are fun, I really wanted to get a chance to show riders who do the same sort of stuff, but live outside my area, just how far Orion has come.
Nancy, Raina and I are going to take Curly and Orion up, saving room in the trailer to bring back Jupiter, a Lipizzan gelding being sent down for some training.
For the last few days we have reminded the boys what it is like to take part in “Pig Sticking” and “Heads” as these are elements sure to be part of this weekend’s activities and something neither of them have practiced in some time. Curly has calmed down a great deal and is making the runs in a more controlled manner. At least he does as long as Raina can stay relaxed herself. It will be interesting to see how they do when actually in competition.
Orion was just amazing. He has always been great at “Pig Sticking”, but now he is also cantering the “Heads” runs, fully collected and relaxed, just as pretty as you could want. Again, this is in his home arena with only Curly there for competition, but I am really expecting great things from him this weekend.
I will give a full report when we get back.
Wish us all luck.