Chemaine Hurtado, owner and trainer of Symphony Dressage Stables based in Moorpark, California, is the dressage clinician at this year's Horse Expo in Pomona. She's also my dressage trainer.
I tried to talk Chemaine out of using us, not because I don't think it will be a super awesome experience, but because I worry about not being good enough to be a demo rider for an event that attracts tens of thousands of people. ACK. I am freaked out just writing this.
I am not worried about looking like an idiot and embarrassing myself. Seriously - I do that all the time on the internet. I am more terrified of blowing Chemaine's opportunity to showcase her program. What if people look at me and think, Crap! That's the best this trainer can do?
Chemaine asked me to be a rider at least a month ago, but I hesitated to share the news because a) Speedy was lame and not looking like he was going to make it; and b) I didn't want people to get all excited for me before I had done anything worth getting excited about.
I am leaving early on Saturday morning with best friend coming along as groom and my moral support. We'll get Speedy checked in, and then we'll spend the day checking out the vendors and other clinics. We'll definitely be at Chemaine's presentations as well.
I ride on Sunday. If you happen to be at Expo this weekend, please look me up and say hi. You can email me from the link above or message me on Facebook. I hope that at least some of you will check out Chemaine's clinics. it's going to be a good time!
See you all on Monday!