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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Breakeven- The Script

Hello from Columbus, GA!!
I am getting ready to get some rest before my 8:40 dressage ride time tomorrow. I haven't been to Poplar Place Farms in almost 2 years. I'm very excited to be competing this weekend! Ollie was good for his ride today, I think he's glad to be back into action also. Poplar has live scoring via for anyone who would like to watch how everyone at the show is doing. I feel ready for the weekend, I'm excited to see how our second advanced goes for us. I feel bad but I am going to hop off. I know I didn't write about anything exciting or interesting this go around, but I'll have some good dressage talk tomorrow night.
Hope everyones night is well.

Your Aspiring Olympic Rider,
Callie Adaire Judy

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Follow Me Down-3OH!3 (Inspired by Alice in Wonderland)

Hello again!
Today has went by fast, I felt like a chicken running with it's head cut off. I had to rise early for another session of physical therapy. It went well, they say my knee is healing faster than they thought. My knee is healing as fast as it is because of the PRP injection. Thank you Crane Clinic Sports Medicine and Dr. Kristin Tate. PRP ( Platelet rich Plasma) aka RIT ( Regenerative Injection Therapy) is a wonderful procedure. Platelet growth factor is obtained by drawing a venous sample of your blood and then using a special centrifuge to remove the red blood cells and the plasma component. There are approximately 12 different growth factors present in your platelet rich plasma. These growth factors are concentrated to approximately 300 times your bodies normal levels. When injected at the injury site, they promote or regenerate an accelerated healing cascade. It works so well that football players with my injury (MCL) have been back playing in 2 weeks! PRP is also a well known procedure in Equine Medicine. After my therapy I packed my weekend bag of clothes and homework, loaded the trailer, and got my horses ready for their lessons. Audie was a handful in my lesson with buck! She is a very solid looking Irish Sport Horse, but geez that girl can act like a thoroughbred some days. She was testing me since I haven't ridden her in almost 2 weeks. Three stops into the beginning of my lesson she realized real quick that I wasn't putting up with her attitude. She was still wild but finished good, probably because she ran her energy down by the end of our lesson. Ollie was really good for me, the bridle I just started using really helps. A friend of mine has a horse that is exactly like Ollie, they even have the same name. She's the one that thought I should try it. So I put a loose ring snaffle on my bridle and instead of a normal cavesson (noseband), I put on a western hackemore. It allows Ollie to stretch his neck out and use his body while jumping, and it still allows me to have control for when he gets a little strong with me. I'll still use my full cheek gag on cross country, but this new combination has been working magic for us. My knee felt fine through both lessons, a little sore right now but nothing I can't handle. We were going to leave for Poplar this evening, except when I made contact with the couch I knew there was just no way. We were all very tired and I didn't want to search through the dark at Poplar for my stalls and Ollie would've hated being alone. That right there is Ollie's kryptonite, without a friend Ollie will have a meltdown. He is such a character, never a dull moment with the big grey steed. I'm exhausted and I still need to jump in the shower. I'll write again tomorrow.

Your Aspiring Olympic Rider,
Callie Adaire Judy

P.S. I think I may start making the titles of my blogs song titles. Maybe as well as introducing people to my life, I can introduce you to my extremely large music library which is continually growing. As I always say, a person's musical taste says a lot about their personality. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I would like to apologize for not writing yesterday. My blog slipped my mind and I will try my very hardest not to miss another day of writing. My gallop on Sunday went well, the knee held up thank goodness! Let me fill you in on Monday, it wasn't at all exciting. I don't want to disappoint anyone, but a horseback rider's life is up and down on the excitement scale. I went to physical therapy at 8 am yesterday, then I went back home to mess with my horses. Ollie had the day off since he galloped Sunday, he did get a good bath though. I love Ollie but man it is hard to keep him clean! I did work on my homework, I try to do it everyday and it takes a lot of discipline. I will be honest I struggle keeping myself focused on the school work, I am getting it done though. If I hadn't of started homeschooling I wouldn't have made it this far in my riding. It gives me more freedom to improve my riding skills and makes my schedule way more flexible. To anyone that wants their riding to take off and have goals like Young Riders or the Olympics, think about homeschooling. It has some positives and negatives but in the end it was the best decision my family and I made. Enough about school talk, let me clue you in on how today went. I got up early because Scott Chandler, my farrier while in Florida, had to come tack on shoes. It bewilders me when horses pop their shoes of perfectly without damaging their hooves. And where do all the shoes go? I search the fields and I feel like I hit the jackpot when I find one! After Scott left I worked on my English homework, then I got ready for my dressage lesson with my trainer Leslie Law. I wore a neoprene brace on my knee for the lesson because I'm not completely comfortable riding without it. The lesson was great and Ollie was going really well. We worked on shoulder-ins, traverse, half passes, simple changes from the canter, and flying changes. His flying changes are still a little rough but we're working on it. Tomorrow I am taking two jump lessons, this should be interesting. Will my knee take the jumping well? I sure hope so. I have PT again in the morning at 8, then I have to run back home to pack my trailer, clean my barn up and get a health certificate from Dr. Trimble. I'm taking Audie my prelim mare to Buck Davidson's at 12 pm to jump, then Ollie is going to Leslie's at 2:15 pm to jump also. Right after my last lesson my mom, grandma aka "Nanny Grate", and I are bound for Hamilton, GA. I'm riding Ollie in the Advance at Poplar, I feel very confident about it. I'm so excited to run another Advance, I'm ready to compete again! These past few weeks have been torture not being able to ride. Well it's getting late, and I have an early morning ahead of me.
Good Night to all!

Aspiring Olympic Rider,
Callie Adaire Judy

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Beginning

Hello to everyone that reads this. I hope this is as enjoyable to read as it is to write. I've decided to start an online blog for the next two years, writing about my life and experiences as I work my way to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. I'm a 17 year old Three Day Eventer, and I am competing at the advance level of my sport. I have a lot of goals that I've set for myself, many people call them unrealistic, but as of right now I've accomplished many of those goals on my own. My parents have gotten me this far by backing me financially and believing in me when others have not. Without their support I'm not sure what my life would be like, I guess it would be very boring and not very exciting. Today is Sunday, Ollie has to get a gallop in before the Poplar Advance. The gallop is also going to test my knee, hopefully it will hold up. I will write again tomorrow, until then I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Aspiring Olympic Rider,
Callie Adaire Judy
P.S. For anyone who doesn't know what I did to my knee,
I tore my MCL when my four year old, Biko, reared and fell on me. I had it injected with PRP and now I'm getting it back to work slowly but surely.
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