Holly Hudspeth Path to Rolex, Chapter 3

I cannot beleive it is already March and next month is April! This spring is flying by and I feel Rolex is right around the corner. Last Monarch is on track despite his clumsy mother Pine Top weekend. Let me start out by wishing Jan and Rebecca a speedy and full recovery. They are in my thoughts, and I wish comfort to their families as well. After pulling into Pine Top and unloading, I fell off my ladder hanging a tack hook. I wish I could say I was riding a bad ass bull named Yellowjacket, but no. It was a fall off a 2 ft ladder. Anyway, with a bummed wrist and a few profanities I called Boyd Martin Thursday afternoon to ride my horses. Although he had never ridden either horse, he said yes. I debated for 2 seconds on wether to drop them down a level and decided no. Boyd rides great and has an accent, of course he can do it.

Boyd spent Saturday getting to know Last Monarch and Cold Harbor, in the dressage ring and on the show jumping course. So I knew Sunday’s cross country rounds would be brilliant. I mean, Boyd already rode them twice for crying out loud, and he did not disappoint. Both horses put in flawless cross counrty rounds. Stewie was 6th in the advanced and Bo was 3rd in the intermediate horse. 

We have been back home and I am riding again. It was a bit hard to watch for the weekend, so I am happy to be in the saddle! One thing I noticed with Stewie on the flat is I really need to keep lengthing his neck out. He gets tight easy and it was beneficial to see what I feel. As for the jumping, I believe I am on track. My plan is to get a few more dressage lessons with Silva Martin and jump schools with P Duddy. My gallops have increased to 3 seven minute sets, and I will add a bit of speed work soon. In less than 2 weeks I will be competing both horses at SPHT II, then it is off to The Fork. I think my biggest plan for now is to keep Stewie’s fitness going and work on the flatwork. I am proud of how far he has come and cannot wait for the next 2 months! Will catch up soon.

Holly and Stewie


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