Our Aiken adventure is keeping us busy running from lesson to lesson and watching out for the cats! Katchi doesn't know it yet, but he's losing his best friend tomorrow as Kerry and Atticus head back to Maryland. Atticus, on the other hand, will probably be thrilled for the rest and relaxation of home!
The big thrill of the week was having the good fortune to train with Captain Mark Phillips! Katchi and I were able to do two dressage lessons with him that were fantastic! I've watched many of Mark's lessons with the high performance riders, and I had high hopes for what I might learn from him - I was not disappointed! He has a tremendous eye for the subtlety of feel, and I was thrilled with the extravagant movement Mark was able to help me bring out in Katchi. He even sat on Katchi a few minutes - what fun to watch!!!
After watching my lesson on Tuesday, Kerry scrambled and was able to sneak into a jumping lesson with Mark the following day - it was equally as impressive! Again, his eye for the rider's feel proved tremendous and he made a few tiny changes with Kerry and Atticus that had a hugely positive effect. It was so much fun to watch and learn!
|Kerry & Atticus (far left) in lesson with Mark Phillips.|
In between horse lessons, there has been no shortage of entertainment at the cat farm...
|Katchi enjoying ring-side seating of a good old fashioned cat fight!|
|The breakfast line at the Aiken cat farm.|