AS THE ROAD TURNS, SO TURNS THE AEC
The Opening Date for the Nutrena/USEA American Eventing Championships is today…
I do not want to write this post… Nope, I want to stomp, stomp and pound my knees…. I DON’T WANNA WRITE THIS POST. No, no, no… Phew, that felt really good! I believe it was "the Don" who said one should never underestimate the power of a good Diva fit!
You see, on May 16th, I wrote for Bit of Britain’s Blog Series "On the Road to the AEC" eagerly telling the story of why I wanted to go, how I got there and all the silliness involved riding on Eventing’s version of the Double Wide Short Bus (DWSB). ( On the Back Roads Headin’ to the AEC)
Simply, the DWSB’s occupants will not be going to the AEC this year. The driver of this bus (me) took her environmental education to a new level and decided early on course at Groton House Farm Horse Trials to involuntarily dismount in order to hug a tree. Most of you know the details from previous (and prolific) posts (Landmarks vs Obstacles) , it was a simple thing which caused me to break four ribs and a partially collapsed lung requiring an overnight stay in the hospital.
(Above Left: Photo courtesy of Eleazer Davis Farm (http://www.edfarm.com/))
The odd thing is (and I hope my family doesn’t read this) that I’m glad that it was me put on injured reserve for the summer and not Sugar (Fame and Frolic). I am healing and will be back for the Fall. Some of you out there are not that fortunate. Horse injuries are harder on us than our own… for a million different reasons.
My Stall Rest should be completed by August 12th*. I will be back in the game and, like a recovering horse… slow and steady increase in work… I’ll be baaack. I just won’t have what it takes to compete in the American Eventing Championships this year.
Wish me luck qualifying for next year… Til’ then… I’ll be cheering all of you on…
*Actually, if you promise not to tell my family, I’m going to get on Sugar this weekend… just walking but together again…. shhhhhhh….