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NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - April 25, 2021

Our final NEJA show in their winter series was at the end of April. On a whim, I decided to kick it old school and wear my rust breeches and navy coat. I definitely got a few "looks" from some of the HJ crowd, but it was worth being the weirdo eventer girl haha. It was a gorgeous spring day and our rounds were all excellent. Rejoice really seems to enjoy her newfound jumper pony status and powered around like she knew what she was doing haha.  My goals for the day were to win the ground poles speed class by taking a sneaky route someone's trainer would not approve of again haha like I did at the March show and to remember my jump off round like I did NOT do at the March show! Though there wasn't a super sneaky route to take in the ground poles class, I made sure to set her up for tight turns and rollbacks. We did win the class out of nine riders! Whoot! Our speed cross rails was also a good class, with Rejoice willing to listen to half halts, turn on a dime, and also

Riding with Lendon!!!

So, one of my dreams has always been to take lessons with Lendon Gray. I completely adore her. She is one of the only BNT/BNR that I actually think really highly of. OK, well, her and the O'Connors. I applied to take a lesson with her through the NEDA Flextime program , which I talked about here

If I had been smarter, I would have become a working student with Lendon back when I was in college or right afterward. Oh well, too late now. :p

So I wrote to her recently, saying that while I may not have received a Flextime lesson with her, I was still interested in possibly coming down to take lessons over a weekend. I had no idea if this was even something she would consider, seeing as I am sure she has plenty of local clients already and having me come down would probably be a pain in the butt.

I was pleasantly surprised to get an email the other day, saying:


Elizabeth, I would love to have you come. Lessons are $110. Stabling is about $35 per night although a new person will be running the stable this summer. There is a motel in Mt. Kisco and Armonk -- closest -- less expensive ones in Brewster, Danbury, CT and maybe Stamford, CT.
Lendon

Umm, wait. Did Lendon Gray REALLY just say she would love to have me come for a weekend of lessons???????? Two lessons and overnight stabling for two nights would be $290. The round trip is approximately 600 miles, and if I pretend the price of gas might be $3.00 this summer (crossing fingers), then I am looking at $150 in gas. And a hotel and food? Well I could do this for $550 or so. But an opportunity to ride twice with Lendon and then hang around all day at her farm to watch her teach others and such????

PRICELESS.

(OK, I know that is a corny MasterCard commercial, but hey, it works.)

Of course, I might just be being outrageous here and there is no way this would work. But what the hell......I can save money. I sent myself to Nationals in NJ last year, paying my own way, WITHOUT a job! I can do anything, man. (And it does seem that I have a few generous sponsors too.) ;-)

Comments

  1. you just need to say "Thank You Mom and Dad" so your sponsors know you appreciate them! It is pricey, but I will be honest...around here a lesson with a grand prix trainer is easily $125 so it is almost like getting your stabling for free. And I am a total dork that listens to NPR and with the economy being the way it is they don't think gas is going to break $2 a gallon for a while yet. I say go for it! It would be so much fun! And she is great to ride with!

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  2. You NEED to get ahold of me immediately!!!! You will have the money ASAP!!!! We spoke about it the other night. BOOK the WEEKEND girl, let no grass grow under your butt.

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