Pete Rodda & Kalley at NVRHA. Photo by: Kirsi Kesaniemi
Hello all, it has been a while since my last post but if is not for lack of things to say! These past few weeks have been very busy, educational and full of all different types of learning... Last week we spent most of the week in Pat's company during his Wow with Cows course! It was absolutely amazing we all learned a lot and I had countless opportunity's to interact with Pat and I started to have an understanding of what it is like to be up in his world all the time and all I can say is I am excited for the day when I find my self up at his barn!
We held a NVRHA clinic/schooling show on Saturday which was totally awesome just getting to see a bunch of Pat's top students riding some of Pat's horses and also some of there own was thrilling! I had the great opportunity to manage all of the sound for the event -Wow with cows- from Wednesday on till Friday. This included responsibility for Pat's mic and the portable speakers and music for the savvy clap. I would not have had this amazing opportunity if it had not been for Pete Rodda! Pete had faith in me to let me take over what is usually his job - so as to give him the chance to ride in the course. Then on Saturday I got to be the announcer and timer for the timed events. It was such a cool experience and I had a blast with it! This past week was absolutely extraordinary!
Today we had a full day in the class room with a man named Jim Patterson and it was all about "Playing to Win" and self discovery and self awareness. We had a lot of highlights around open, healthy and clear communication especially, how to move towards our goals in the most direct way!
I hope this note finds you all in good company!
Keep it Natural,
Kailaan and Jack
Hello Dear Reader,
First and foremost thank you for taking the time to read this blog! I hope you might find something in my ramblings and such that might be slightly educational, inspiring, and or empowering. If not, I am sorry for the bother and maybe if you try back again later I might have something new on here that maybe, just maybe might be the difference that makes the difference!
So onward to all of the juicy details.....
Yesterday was Externship check-in from 8:30am to 11:30am and orientation was 12pm to 1pm. Of course I was there really early and had a bunch of time to fill later on. It just happened to work out that Cash, one of Pat's mares had a baby early that morning. So I took the opportunity and spent a few hours watching Kalley Krickeberg imprint the little colt! It was so amazing to be a part of the whole experience with all of the Interns and Apprentices!! In the early afternoon we got a tour of Pat's Performance Barn and Foundation Station. It was a great tour hosted by the lovely Marion Oesch, she answered a plethora of questions - mostly from me! We had a few mundane things in the late afternoon mostly logistics and such. Oh I almost forgot, we also got some info related to our theory test on Driving. Then today we played some team building exercises in the morning and had a introduction to harnessing a team of driving horses as well as our first try at the theory test which I think I did quite well on. After lunch we had our online testing! It was loads of fun! This Extern group promises to be a great one with the potential to have a lot of fun as we move forward in our journey towards being horsemen and women!
Until next time Stay Savvy and Keep it Natural!
Kailaan and Jack
Well it's been a little while since I last posted here. Now I am in the final week before I start my Externship! I had an amazing weekend this last weekend past! On the Saturday we went to Jacksonville to watch Pat and his western performance team at a Reined Cow Horse show, it was an awesome experience. It opened my eyes to a what some interesting specialization might look like. I was also presented with the opportunity to help out with the horse watering and picking the stalls of these amazing horses in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, an ounce of savvy might be passed on to me from these wonderful teachers!!!! All this and much more happened there... Needless to say the whole experience was absolutely wonderful!
Sunday saw me driving down to Tampa FL to visit some friends - Danny, Shannon and their two lovely kids Parker(3) and Piper(15 months). We all packed up and headed down to the beaches of FT. Dosoto where the sun was scorching and the water was still quite refreshing! We swam and then we kayaked around the area near the shore and pier.... We saw some truly beautiful and majestic dolphins in the water right next to us. They were around the whole afternoon swimming and jumping all over! We then came ashore and I flew a kite for the first time and really enjoyed the feel of it! We went to dinner at the crab-shack and I headed home after that!
This past week so far has been very rewarding, Jack and I have made some awesome breakthroughs, especially as it relates to having Jack be more exuberant and having more of a connection and draw!
Last night a really special person named Mariah Helms (currently an extern) showed me how to do the beginning steps of the waltz. It was an absolute "ball" (forgive the pun). On a more serious note, it was really cool how I could feel her and start to imagine what harmony feels like... like when a little foal is in true harmony with it's dame(mother). Very cool stuff! For more information on Mariah's journey you should visit her blog at:
Bye for now and Keep It Natural!
Kailaan and Jack
Among other things, Kailaan Walker is a horse trainer and horsemanship instructor. He is also a Level 4 Parelli student. Jack is Kailaan's levels horse and partner. Papa Jack, as he is now affectionately known, is a 20 year old buckskin Canadian Quarter Horse cross. Kailaan's 1st horse, his inspiration, partner and friend for more than 10 years now.