Sunday, December 20, 2009

a danish nativity play

this autumn, sabin chose to go to something called "mini-konfirmand" at the church next to her school. she had so much fun doing that every wednesday afternoon that she signed up to be part of the nativity play that they were going to put on at the church. last thursday afternoon, there was a matinee of the play at the church. then, today, sunday, they performed again during regular church services. here are some scenes from both...the pictures aren't my best work, as i didn't want to use flash - both because i was so far away it wouldn't make a difference and well, i hate flash.

the church as we approached on thursday at 4 p.m.
it was so beautiful with all of the lights.
and you have to bear in mind that the sun had been set for half an hour by then.

a view inside the church.

sabin played a "julehjerte" - a christmas heart.
it's a nativity that tries to explain the meaning of christmas
for a contemporary audience.

it was difficult to capture everyone standing still.

the whole group.

a little glazed over from the photo session at the end.

a quick shot captured by karoline during the play.

and a couple of gratituous horse shots
from the last weekend of riding lessons 'til january.
it was COLD!

sabin's new warm riding jacket and riding pants came in handy.
they're her main christmas present, but she got to open them early.
it was THAT cold.

she loves zidan at the moment.
she really clicks with him.

his fuzzy ears make him look like a teddy bear.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

first snow

it's our first snow of the season and with that, our first snowman. he's kind of a tabletop version...

Monday, December 14, 2009

christmas party at the riding school

on saturday, we got a taste of exactly how many students go to sabin's riding school! and it's a lot! we went for our regular lesson in the morning and the sun was shining on a fine, winter day. sabin rode zidan, who is her current favorite. he's the one that's a little character and likes to hold the whip in his mouth while i help sabin get on. he's exactly the kind of horse we need to get for her when the time comes. in fact, i think we'll even probably try to buy him.

after our lessons, we went out to a little bitty christmas market at a little bitty castle across the fjord. there was a horse to climb on there as well.

then, it was time to go back to the christmas party at the riding school. sabin was part of the st. lucia group. they wore white sheets tied with silver garlands and decorated their riding helmets with silver garlands as well and carried a candle. we all walked into the riding hall in the dark, just by the glow of the candles, singing the st. lucia song. it was so much fun! after that, there were æbleskiver and mulled wine (gløgg) and santa came and handed out candy.

again, it's so hard to get good pictures in the dark.

here you can see the whole group and the christmas tree in the arena!

it was so much fun, it really put us in the christmas spirit.

riding mindy

mindy is a real live registered pinto
this is the second week sabin has ridden her.
she has a bad habit of pulling the bit away and almost jerking sabin right off over her head.
she hasn't succeeded tho'.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

another saturday, another new horse to ride

it seems like all of our favorites at the riding school are lame at the moment - lizette has been laid up for a couple of weeks (i knew for longer than that there was something up with her left rear) and now felix is on a rest regime. we also saw that coming, because for two weeks in a row he naughtily refused to canter to the right and would do all kinds of alarming evasive maneuvers to avoid it. i was pretty sure there was something more to it than just naughtiness. but, i suppose that's the way of lesson horses, they're used all day long, probably a good 6 days a week by a variety of experienced and inexperienced riders and they will eventually come up lame.

so yesterday, much to sabin's relief, she didn't have to ride snehvide (snow white), she got to ride a new (to her) horse called zidan. he was a little cutie and aside from biting me while i was trying to straighten his halter (i think he thought i was handing him a treat) and then biting the bridle when i went to put it on him (he actually took it in his mouth and "held" it for me, while i unhooked the halter), he was a sweetie. with the help of a stool, she was even able to get on him by herself. sabin really enjoyed the ride. it was a rare sunny day (november is often sunshine-free), so they got to go out on a "tour," in the fields. sabin loved that. in fact, she just whined that they won't be able to do it today because it's raining.

here they are on the distant horizon. look at that green winter wheat and the winter sunshine!

they came back and cantered and she was just a blur as she went by.

we ride again today at 2 p.m., so we'll see which horse she rides this time.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

where are the 7 dwarves when you need them?

sabin's riding snow white on saturdays now. last saturday she fell off for the first time. snow white is a bit zippier and a bit more of a handful than the other horses sabin has ridden. but it was inevitable that she would fall off at some point and she had helmet and safety vest on, so all was fine. and it didn't make her too scared to ride snow white again this week.

snow white totally ADORES jumping

but you can see how we come into a situation where we fall off her occasionally.
it happened again today.
and that's ok too.
because it's how we learn.

but we do prefer felix

Thursday, November 5, 2009

jens drew some stamps!

hey moneek, i thought you'd like to see the wintery stamps that jens hage drew for the post office. they were released last week and i absolutely love them. they're stickers, rather than ones you lick, so forward-thinking technology as well. :-)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

galloping girl

was playing with shutter priority settings on my camera today. as you can see, i'm not there yet (need giant, fast sports zoom lens next), but i loved the motion in these galloping shots...

Monday, August 31, 2009

loving lizette

we learned this weekend that we could buy lizette if we wanted to. apparently all of the lesson horses are for sale at any time, but at 45,000DKK ($8600), for a 12-year-old with a stiff rear left leg she has to warm out of, it seems a bit pricey, to say the least. so we'll continue to enjoy her on saturdays and sundays. but she is lovely.

and in the saturday lesson, sabin learned a bit of jumping. sabin was the only one who could keep the horse pointed at the jump and keep her from avoiding it at the last second. all of the other horses were totally ducking it because they could get away with it. sabin's doing well, but it could also be a testament to how wonderful lizette is. and of course, they were really just trotting over it, since it wasn't that much of a jump.

Monday, August 24, 2009

latest riding lesson pix

because mom wanted to see our latest riding lessons...
she's riding lisette, the danish warmblood, for both lessons on the weekend now.
they seem to have been made for one another.
you can see how good she sits in comparison to others
they were told to lean back at the canter
they're learning balance,
so that's why she's leaning back like that.
far's giving her a leg up.
it was a bit dusty in the arena.
she likes to ride bareback at the end for the warm-down.
she still sits well, even without the saddle.
very concentrated.
riding outdoors for the sunday lesson.
we even went out on a little tour outdoors.
and back again for a few rounds bareback before sunday's lesson ended.