Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Mary Anne left for the States this morning, where she is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Fidelity. For those of you wondering about his breeding, his sire is Falsterbo by Fidermark by Florestan. His dam's sire is Reggazoni, by Rubinstein. Meanwhile, back at Fleyenhof, Hubertus returned this afternoon from Arizona, where he was doing a clinic. I had a great lesson with Donneur and Hubertus was quite pleased with the progress we made in his absence. We are starting to ride the movements from the Int. 1 test on both horses, in preparation for the Pan Am selections. Hubertus is going to ride Dolly the next couple of days to get the canter work pushed through and the tempi changes straighter. On a sad note, Fuerst Fabio is now back in the USA. Originally, Cesar Parra, the owner had agreed to give Hubertus until the end of the year to find a sponsor to buy the horse for him to ride. But, apparently, Cesar has found someone that wants to buy the horse and let him continue to ride it, so he took the horse home. We can only imagine what Fuerst Fabio might have become under the tutelage of Hubertus. Even when you are one of the best riders in the world, it is hard to find the means for a great horse. But as one of the ladies in the stable so aptly put it, "Hubertus doesn't even need a great horse, he just needs a good one because under his riding, they all become great!" And on a lighter note, for those of you that are wondering why the wash machines take 1 and 1/2 hours to complete their cycle, it is because the washer heats its own water and the spin cycle is more intense. Therefore, the washers use only about 11 gallons per load, don't waste energy heating more water than necessary and save energy when the clothes go in the dryer because the spin cycle does a better job of wringing the water out. It is all about conservation over here! So when you set the washer to do a koche-wasch (literally, cook wash), who needs bleach when your clothes are washed in boiling water?


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