25.04.2013 - 25.04.2013
Breakfast was ready at 8 am as all the other days. Different kind of bread but otherwise the same. According to the weather forecast the temperature would get up to +25 centigrade and basically cloud free – great!
The riding lessons started at 9 am and everyone rode in the ring in the morning. I rode as the second last rider and got to ride all alone for Francisco. Once again I rode the lovely Ramalhete and this time I didn’t get away easily. Not only did I have Francisco's undivided attention overlooking both my seat and my hands, but also advanced movements like half-pass in trot along the first ¾ line and diagonally towards the long side again. You don’t have many meters to prepare the horse for that turn and getting that diagonal work before you reached back out on the long side again… but I did it over and over. And finally I nailed it! Also some more side steps and piaffes and passages.
Lunch was served at 1.30 pm and the table outside was set out on the patio under the tendrils of vine. Francisco joined us today. Chicken with salad and potato chips and for drinks we had Sangria. This Sangria was really great and one of the other riders tried to get the homemade recipe out of Francisco without success. For dessert we had strawberry ice cream (looked homemade) and fresh strawberries. So sweet!
After lunch we chilled by the pool until the riding lessons started again at 4.30 pm. We all had to ride in the ring again. One of the other riders rode Ramalhete a few minutes before me. Then it was my turn riding Ramalhete again. Once again I rode a private lesson for Francisco and I had to work just as much as earlier that day. Piaffe, passage and diagonal works had become general now and new for this lesson were the flying changes. Well-ridden and schooled as Ramalhete was, it was absolutely no problems executing the flying changes or the collected canter in the small circles. Now I could really feel how exhausted my body was. I haven’t had so many intense dressage lessons in ages and now I was really physically tired.
Dinner was served at 8.30 pm. Started with soup. Now we had got the same soup all week and it had really been the same, they had just changed the vegetables in it. Main dish was some kind of pie and aubergine (a.k.a. Eggplant). An exotic fruit salad was served as dessert.