As soon as she walked into my arena (she's kind enough to come to me, so I don't have to haul to her), and sighed with a big grin, "I just love coming here. It's so relaxing, and I have such a fun time working with you and Shay."
That meant a lot to me. I keep my horses at my adopted grandfather's place. It's old and not in the best of shape, but safe and serviceable (which is what really counts, of course). She works out of the biggest barns in the area, and keeps her horse at a high-end facility with all the bells and whistles - but it's loud, crowded, and everyone has to take turns sharing the small turnouts. And yet she finds the quiet peacefulness as alluring as I do. Moreover, she's got a gorgeous KWPN gelding she shows at Grand Prix, and she's ridden though the FEI levels. She has some truly NICE horses that she trains, and yet she thinks that Avishay, my PMU Belgian x TB gelding is fun to ride and rewarding to train. She went on to tell me that of all her students, she most looks forward to working with me every week because I follow through on my "homework", and it shows every time because not only do I improve, but my horse improves as well.
But it got even better (I'm still beaming with pride). This past weekend she spent three days scribing for "R" and "S" judges, writing down comments and scores for 3rd, 4th, and GP tests. At one point, another draft cross was competing at 4th, and the judge commented that she felt bad for him, because the work was really outside the horse's physical capabilities, and that the rider was wrong to push her horse to do what wasn't in his best interest. My instructor told me that after the ride, she felt the need to tell the judge about my horse. "I've got a similar gelding that one of my students owns. We're currently schooling solidly at first, but I know he's going to be able to rock 4th level in a couple of years. He's got a great mind, three pure gaits, and he's built to do higher-level collected work. I don't see why he can't make it to the FEI levels - he may not be super competitive against the warmbloods, but he has the potential for it." I was giddy when she told me what she'd said, and it was icing on the cake when she described the judge's reaction as, "I hope she does! I really want to judge that!"
I really love my instructor, her enthusiasm, and her sense of humor, and her (kind) discipline - I don't "get away" with any bad habits, and neither does my horse!
I was just very happy with what she'd said, AND I had a very good lesson on top of it (we "confirmed" two movements I've been working on), so I thought I'd share.
Edited by Avishay04, 06 April 2012 - 01:36 PM.