Journey to our new "winter home" in Georgia at Cahuilla Dressage- Goodbye SNOW!

I was very excited to make the trip south to Georgia this year. The beautiful facility that I am staying at is owned by my dear friend Anne Margaret Meyers and her husband. The stable is called Farm 1371 and she runs her dressage business, Cahuilla Dressage, at this facility. Relocating with two horses for four months takes a lot of planning and preparation. I hired Phil Silva to ship my horses and it was a game of back and forth before a date was set. It felt like I had to wait forever and then I got the news on Thursday that we needed to leave Monday from CT.....ahhh! There were some issues with the schedule and I had to scramble to find a layover barn that was closer than CT. I decided to have my friend Elisha Harvey of Elysium Sport Ponies trailer the horses to MA so that they could rest and layover before the long trip to Georgia. This was Rovandio's first year traveling south and I was worried that he would lose a lot of weight and get stressed during the trip. We left early Saturday morning and made it to my friend Danielle Barrasso's barn  (DD Performance Horses) in Feeding Hills, MA by mid-day. We spent Sunday playing in the indoor, taking walks, and resting before the long trip on Monday. 

Douwe & Rovandio in their "condos".

Douwe & Rovandio in their "condos".

Phil arrived around 12:30 and once the horses were loaded I began my long drive to Cary, NC to stay with my Aunt Pat and Uncle John. I made it around 1:30 am, luckily the roads were clear and I didn't hit a lot of traffic. Tuesday morning I headed out after a relaxing breakfast and made it to Madison, GA at 3:30. The horses arrived later that night at 7:00 pm. Phil stopped a few times and had a short lay-over so the horses could rest. When they arrived I was so anxious to see them and still worried that Rovandio had been stressed during the trip. To my happy surprise he looked really good and seemed relaxed and happy to be a part of the adventure. They settled in nicely to their new "condos" as we like to call them. Their stalls are 12' x 14'...very spacious and they can keep their heads out and see the other horses.  On Wednesday I turned them out in their spacious new paddock and they were pleased as punch to nibble on some grass. I also turned them out in the roundpen so they didn't get sick on too much grass. They are having a great time so far and have plenty to do and see. I am posting regular updates on my Begin the Dance Facebook Page if you want to stay tuned to their progress. You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter for updates as well.