About a week and a half ago, I saw a Facebook announcement about a Conrad Schumacher clinic coming up Feb 13-15 in The Woodlands. After the Charles de Kunffy clinic, I was a bit ambivalent about wanting to go to another one although I kept Conrad on my radar as I liked what he'd done and how he seemed to train. It would look good on the old resume if nothing else, right? Besides, it was run by Houston Dressage Society so I thought it would be a good chance to meet some other locally dressagey people when I'm not all SHOW THE THINGS!
You had to apply for this clinic though and had to be showing at Fourth level or higher (bam just did that) as well as submit a video. Because we are always running, it's hard for us to remember to do videos. I talked to Trainer about what I thought I should put in the video and she agreed - basically PUT THE FUN THINGS IN! I didn't want to be stuck working on boring Fourth Level things pls.
Additionally, Vana had clinicked/cliniced (? lol) with a previous owner several times with The Conrad and I was curious to see if he recalled him just because.
Naturally the upcoming weekend was a barn hunt event at our place, so I was swamped all week and weekend and there was rain too *lesigh. Sunday evening after the event, we loaded up the pony, the crew, the camera and headed to the nearby arena to DO ALL THE THINGS! I was exhausted but thought I could ride a consistent 5 minutes worth of footage for the video. Spoiler alert... nope.
Instead I managed to warm up with the hardest things (piaffe and passage) and then got that snippet filmed. Then I worked my way backwards. Before this session I hadn't really schooled tempis with purpose so I showed how I would school them as well as what I do when Vana does his favorite thing - curling. In the end I was happy with the result and mailed it off the next morning which was also the due date naturally >< Life man, it goes so fast!
I had no real idea how it was going to go or if I'd be approved or even have a spot but in the end I got one on the last day in the afternoon! We even got "lovely partnership" comments which was really exciting to see. So we're going to see the Wizard, er Conrad!