Can I cut in? Enter, Carlingford?s Taldi. With only have two weeks left before the selection trials for the Paralympic Games in London, I have added a second dance partner to my mix.? I was given the opportunity to take over the ride on Taldi last week. ?Taldi is a 15-year-old Irish Sport horse gelding owned by Jessica Ransehousen.? He is a success story in his own right.? Taldi foundered five years ago and wasn?t expected to make a recovery, let alone begin another competitive career.? Today he is working at a higher level than before he had his injury.? Though it is a new partnership, I am excited about working toward the selection trials with him as well as with LoLu.?? There is nothing like jumping in with both feet!?? As a dry run for trials and the competition in NY, I took LoLu and Taldi to a local competition for practice this last Wednesday. We didn't have the most ideal warm-up as the ring was next to a pair of nesting geese, who didn't really appreciate having a horse trotting by their nest.? Mr. Goose proceeded to tell LoLu and me off by chasing us out of ?his half? of the warm-up ring.? To LoLu?s credit, he kept all four feet on the ground and just made some hasty sidesteps to avoid the (rather annoyed) hissing and flapping soon-to-be papa goose.??? LoLu went into the competition arena a little preoccupied after our warm-up.? He lacked his normal powerhouse personality; I think his head was still in the clouds or, in this case, in the arena with the birds.? Despite this, he still had a respectable test, putting down a 70%.?? I danced the next number with Taldi.? Since Taldi and I are new to each other, I opted to do a modified warm-up to avoid Papa-Goose.? I warmed him up in the grass arena away from the nesting geese.? It produced a happier result for everybody.? Taldi was all business, and without the added stimulus of our feathered friend, stayed nicely relaxed.? Taldi also put in a good test and actually won the day with a 71%. I have one event left in Saratoga, NY, as final preparation for trials, and I am definitely beginning to feel the pressure.? The world around me is fading, as the arena and my partners take center stage.? I feel a little like Cinderella must have felt as she paused before entering those ballroom doors.? At the same time, I love the anticipation and the intensity of working for hours to prepare for one moment.? It gives you a ?no holds barred? mind set--that now or never feeling.? I have doubled the horsepower; now let the fun begin.??? The Cinderella?s Ball that seemed a lifetime away four years ago after the end of the Beijing games is now here at my front door.
My Horses Feel Ready To Start the New Eventing Season
Do my horses have the heart, and the talent, to answer the questions?