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About Sweetpea

  • Birthday 05/03/1970

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    Kings Billabong
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    Long Sunday rides by the Billabong dancing around the house with my daughters.

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  1. QS4Kids

    Awwww! That's so cute.
  2. Another year of procrastination!

    I'm back from a week in Kyneton at the No Strings Attached Camp with Shane and Meredith and even though I've been very unwell I've been able to fit in two great practise sessions with Clancy this week. Tonight we weren't having a lot of success with our contact sideways at liberty, but he did some lovely FQ & HQ yields in a full circle. I tried some work online. We worked on lateral flexion, changes of rein, back up, direct rein steps and practiced the sideways with a bit more success. Then to finish off, I went back to liberty and he did circles around me in lateral flexion in walk and a few strides of trot in both directions with a change of rein. We finished on that with a big rub and a scratch on his sweet spot. What a super horse. I really want to get to where I can film my skills check and contact assignment at liberty, it's a tricky one with Clancy, but I can really see an improvement.
  3. Another year of procrastination!

    Whoo hoo, tonight was amazing! Clancy and I worked on our contact and liberty assignments and I focused on rewarding every good try. By the end of the session Clancy and I did it!!! We did full circles at liberty in both directions. This is amazing stuff for me, we were in the middle of a big paddock and he was flexed around me. I practiced standing well behind the shoulder and in this position I could ask for forward and flexion, he was watching me and waiting for me to ask him what to do next. In the past I have been standing to forward, scared he was going to walk away, which he did over and over again until tonight. Happy Dance . Meredith and Mel I can hear you saying "Finally she's gets it!"
  4. Another year of procrastination!

    So far so good. Just finished a big morning with Clancy, we did some ground work online, then I took him on a long trail walk with the kids riding their ponies. He's lost quite a bit of his top line, so I tried to keep lateral flexion through the body during the walk. He worked so well and I can already see him working the correct muscles. I didn't practice an assignment, as he needed a big wash after such a long walk to the Billabong. So now he's all clean and rugged up ready for a roll in the dirt. :/
  5. I've had all the excuses under the sun for not passing my level 2 this year, some are valid, but I know in my heart that if I just commit even one hour to QS a week I would feel better and most likely have passed a few more assignments. Is anyone else in the same boat? So I'm going to start up my own little play day like I used to, every Tuesday night, but just by myself to begin with. I'm setting myself a goal to achieve my level 2 by the end of 2013. So my plan is to submit two assignments every two weeks and practice for an hour on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday nights. I'm going to the "No strings attached" camp so after that there should be no stopping me from passing my level 2. Other than me! Jen
  6. Can't believe it's all over!

    Here are some videos of our amazing trip to the Adventure Parc. Staring Rebecca from the UK. Jen
  7. The Ultimate 2013

    I want one of those juicers as well Bindi! Now you've got us all hooked. Jill, I've downloaded the Biology of Belief and will listen to it tonight and tomorrow while I'm out on the tractor. I signed the sale contract for the farm today and then went to a meeting where they asked me to do a film and consult on all their advertising strategies! Can you believe what's happening, this is amazing!!! Now that's all done I'm focusing on QS and assignments this weekend and playing ponies with the girls. We've had a bit of rain here too so the paddocks are finally starting to look beautiful and green here too. The perfect time to plant some of the hundreds of trees on my vision board.
  8. The Ultimate 2013

    Whoo hoo Rebecca! You are truly flying and its so beautiful to read your posts. I can see you now flying with your arms outstretched on Zabel. I just got home from Melbourne this evening and went straight out to the paddock to give Clancy a big thank you for being my super pony. Our ridden home work begins tomorrow, however I have been keeping busy with all this driving (5,000km), by listening to the books that Meredith set for our ongoing Ultimate journey. I loved Bounce, Awaken the giant within, Unlimited Power and and got absolutely absorbed in The celestine prophecy. Next up is the 7 habits of highly effective people then NLP. Bounce is such an brilliant book, I've been recommending it to everyone. Got a start on my vision board tonight after giving it lots of positive thought and energy over the last 2,800km and surprise! I sign the contract to sell the other farm tomorrow!!! Can you believe it! I just put it out there, and what do you know! Tah dah! The Ultimate was truly a life changing opportunity and the beginning of an amazing journey we shared together. I want to thank all of you, Rebecca, Jill, Bindy the horses the kids, Nadine and the two most brilliant people I have ever met. Thank you Meredith for sharing so much of your wisdom, knowledge and sparkle ! Shane, you have the skills of a genius horseman and the patience of a saint, thank you for believing in me and giving me the option to never give up! Jen
  9. Pulled up sore from boot camp tonight so I think, riding might give my shins a rest. :D

  10. The Ultimate Camp - 2013

    Hi Meredith, I need to transport Clancy up to Jimboomba with a horse trucking company, as Rachael has a hospital appointment we can't cancel, then I can fly up the night before the QSSC. Do you have a contact for the trucking company you've used for travelling down our way? Or any others for that matter? Jen
  11. The Ultimate Camp - 2013

    Is anyone from Victoria or southern NSW floating up to the QS Ultimate Camp in May. I'm planning my route now and wanted to see if anyone else is going from here? Jen
  12. It's that time of night when I should be sleeping, but I find myself at the computer thinking about my Clancy Pants! I've been in Sydney this week having a wonderful time pursuing my other love, my job in media, but Clancy Pants is never far from my mind. I met a bit of a kindred spirit tonight, who genuinely took interest in my incessant horse banter. It made me realise how important horsemanship and my horses are in my life. That even a distance of over 1,050km, in the bustle of a big city, at a posh restaurant while talking to the Senior Director of the Company, I find myself absorbed in conversation about Clancy, horsemanship and basically all things horsy! Reflecting on this I'm not sure it was the best career strategy, but any who I had a great time and met yet another person touched by the love of horses. Which brings me to this link! It is to the old Kings Billabong Practise Group weekly blog. We were a whole group of horse crazy people who met every Tuesday night at Peppercorn Hollow, by the Beautiful Kings Billabong in North Western Victoria, to play with our horses. Sadly Peppercorn Hollow will soon be sold, but I'd like the memory of our weekly Tah Dahs to be recorded for prosperity. It's an interesting example of how similar humans are to horses when we prefer to mingle in herds.
  13. Clancy Pants update October 2012

    It's been 12 months since Clancy Plants started his rehabilitation after an 8 month bout of Ross River Fever. I'm very happy to share that he has been 100% for quite some time now and we had a lovely ride today with the wind in our hair. (It was also blowing a gale too) We didn't get to complete much this year even though he was working the best he has ever been. Sadly due to those pesky life challenges that sometimes get in the way of our horsy pursuits we only competed at the Masters Games and got a 2nd in the Dressage. But even though times are hard, Clancy Pants has been there for me all the way. I can really feel his love when we have our little moments together each day especially when we're laying next to each other in the grass when we should be practicing or going for a ride. You know it's true love when he gets a little bit jealous of the other horses I have to work with but, he's quick to forgive, as long as a long brush and a pamper is forthcoming. It's a beautiful thing to have the love of a horse. I've never had this level of understanding with a horse before, I've had some brilliant horses, but never had the horsemanship skills to really understand or communicate with them until starting QS. I'm not going to dwell in the past, but I have made myself this promise. No matter how many challenges I have to endure or how much my life changes over the coming months, the bond between Clancy and I will help me through. The photo is of two very special life long friends Clancy Pants and Matty Matt Matt. Both of whom have been shining lights in my life.
  14. Had a lovely morning with my Clancy Pants.

  15. What a great day with my girls!!! Rachael, Vienna and Brittany rode all afternoon off lead, walk and trot. I'm so proud of my little girls.