First, oh, Hallelujah, school is done for the year. The year 2012. We're not yet half-way through the school year, but we are finished until 2013. I have two solid weeks to work with my boys, and the weather looks promising. We have a little rain forecasted, but nothing that will keep me out of the saddle.
The winter solstice has passed. Every person who enjoys outdoor activities in the late afternoon is celebrating this moment of the year. From here on out, the days will grow longer. It will be by only seconds for a while, but at least it won't be getting any darker. The bonus for me is that I get to ride in the middle of the day for the next two weeks. By the second week in January (when I go back to work) it won't be much lighter in the late afternoons, but just knowing that it's trying to be lighter is encouraging.
I have an entry form and money set aside to ride in a Christian Schacht clinic at the end of January. Normally, I don't talk about something that I am planning until it is official. In this case, I just can't wait to share the news! I saw him at Horse Expo in 2012 and thought he was terrific. When Ventura County Chapter of CDS sent out a flier about a clinic in January, I jumped all over it. So as of right now, I have a tentative spot. Woohoo!
Today, I am off to the barn to continue the great canter work that Speedy and I have been working on. More on that in the next few days. Enjoy your Saturday!