Sunday, October 27, 2013

I am still alive!

Apologies for my lack of communication, but things have been very busy and time continues to FLY by! It feels like 3 days ago that my parents left to go home, and only a few months since I first came over.  When I was looking through my photos for this post, I was horrified at how long it has been since my last update... but I was equally as shocked at how few photos I took!  My goal is to pick up the pace with the photos again. It is getting harder because the sun rises at 7:30am and sets at 6:30pm and it is only October! It has been raining a lot as well, but there are some beautiful fall days disguised in between :) 

The horses are doing great and I continue to ride and learn a lot.  I have a show soon with two 5 year olds and I am eager to get back in the show ring!  It is really exciting to be a part of their education.  Will update on the show soon!  

 5k road race with Kathryn and Victoria (Morten's daughter) 
 Made American pancakes to go with the NH Maple Syrup I requested :) 
 Typical week here!
 Mushroom picking in the forest. 
 Show arena in Ikast. 
Another new friend.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Part 2 of Family visit!

Here are the photos of the non horse activities from my family's visit.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to travel a bit and see Europe while I am here.  I hope to plan more small excursions on my days off.  For now, it's back to work!  The horses are doing well, although it is already getting chilly and the hours of daylight are dwindling.  I love the cool temperatures, but I'm worried about the fact that there will only be 7 or 8 hours of daylight everyday.  Denmark is far from Florida :) 

Advertising for the European Eventing Championships on the walking streets in Sweden.
Ocean looking across to Denmark.
Cool architecture in Sweden.  
Stumbled upon the XC course from the Championships! 
Copenhagen market. 
Found some horses, can't be away for too long.
Window reflection.
The pretty canal in Copenhagen.
 Nice to see blue skies!
 Artsy photo of an art exhibit.  
Toured the Carlsberg Brewery with Dad.
Number 2:
Pretty street. 
Street art.
More street art in progress. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Part 1 of Family visit!

I had a great visit with my family!  During the week, we traveled to local towns to look around and then ended their stay with a weekend in Copenhagen.  I will post photos of our non equine activities in the next post.  It was sad to see them go, but things at the barn are getting busier so there isn't much time to dwell.  

I was lucky enough to watch 3 days of competition at the European Championships in Herning.  As amazing as it was to watch the finished product from the grand stands, I had an equally great time watching the warm up.  It is interesting to see how the top riders access their horses gears.  It is also quite exciting to watch the grooms and pit crews in action.  The whole venue and atmosphere of the championships was infectious!! 

 View going into the arena.
 View from our seats for the Grand Prix. 

 Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro warming up.
 Ed Gal and Undercover getting ready to go in the arena.
 Watching the warm-up in person and the competition on a big screen.  I'm spoiled!
 Charlotte's crew moves in.
 Last minute words. 
 Like the outfit of the Dutch grooms!
 So awesome.  Teammates!
 Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill heading to the arena.  

 Playing with the babies.  
 Bob on the prowl! 
 Dino and I. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Just Photos!

Long time no blog post I know, and I have no excuse as things have been relatively quiet here.  When I was looking at all the photos I've taken since my last entry, it is very apparent how much has happened!  Things continue to go smoothly, horses are good, all is well.  I am going to The European Championships in Herning tomorrow so I will be sure to post a detailed update soon.  I am so excited! Enjoy the photos, there will be more words next time :) 

 Working hard :) training Bob!
 Bob helping us clean 
 Treats from Germany.
 Delicious and artistic! 
 After work trip to Aarhus.
 Can't walk by an ice cream shop without stopping... 
 Cafes and shops Aarhus. 
 Neat bike! 
 Found a Fjord farm on a bike excursion!!! 
 YUM.  We got a generous scooper today. 
 First rainbow in a week of many.
 Biking after the storm. 
 Babies and field horses. 
 Love the hair!  
 More rainbows... 
 Night check.  The sun is back! 
KunstCentert Silkeborg Bad fountain.  
So disgusting (and the smell!) but somehow beautiful.