I found Trillium by going to Craigslist and typing "horse pony lease" into the search box. That's casting a pretty wide net, but beggars can't be choosers. I figured I'd be lucky to find a horse that was safe, sound, sane, affordable and not too far away. Anything beyond that would be a bonus.
My riding goals were similarly basic. I wanted to have fun, regain my old skills and maybe (hopefully) lose a little weight. That's it. I really wasn't looking to immerse myself in any kind of a serious riding program. I'm just not that ambitious.
Or am I?
Trillium is owned by a dressage rider and her lease package includes one lesson a week. Aline is a good teacher so I've enjoyed those lessons. Still, up until recently, my non-structured riding days have tended to be more about this...
and even this than they are about dressage.
Slowly but surely, however, the dressage focus is beginning to take hold. Today I found myself auditing a dressage clinic at Normandy Farms in Littleton, Colorado.
And I wasn't just there to support Aline and take photos...
I was actively paying attention and thinking about how I could apply what I was seeing and hearing to my own riding.
So I dunno. I didn't think it was possible, but maybe I will be a dressage rider when I grow up. Stranger things have happened, right?