John Wick on Horseback!

I'm just gonna leave this behind the scenes footage of Keanu Reeves as John Wick on horseback here...

Not that I wasn't going to see John Wick 3, but now I'm REALLY going to be motivated to see it!


Thank You

I can't thank you guys enough for all of the comments on my last post.  You gave me a lot to think about, a lot of things to try, and most importantly, made me feel like I'm not alone in this.  Thank you!

Right after I wrote that post, I scheduled a lesson with NK for next week, after my Dressage saddle gets back.  Her teaching style clicks with me, she has her silver medal, and she's SO good about identifying biomechanic issues and giving first toolkit instructions that I can understand and implement immediately.  But more than anything, she's always able to give me a sense of where we're going and how we're going to get there even though we're not there yet, and I need that right now.

I haven't ridden with her since April because it's hard to schedule time with her since she only teaches when I'm working and it's a 3 hour roundtrip, but I'm going to make it work.

In the meantime, we'll be trail riding (and apparently packing snacks for our trail rides)


This Must Be Why They Call It the Weedout Level

You might have noticed I haven't been posting as often lately.  It's mainly because, well, riding is kinda not my happy place right now.

Connor is still my happy place even if riding isn't.  He still nickers every time I walk into the barn.  Which is amazing because riding can't be fun for him right now.  We're asking him to change the way he carries himself at the same time that I'm finally firm about my new, non-pulling position.  It's hard for both of us right now, and I'm feeling lost.

I don't know if it's me.

I don't know if it's my trainer.

I don't know if it's my horse.

I don't know if it's the fact that I've ridden my horse one way for years and now we're suddenly changing that.

I don't know if what we're doing right now is the right way to go about changing that.

I don't know if it's his conformation.

I don't know if it's some unaddressed invisible pain.

I don't know if second level just sucks this much the first time.

I don't know if I'm running up against my trainer's limits of teaching me Dressage since she isn't a true Dressage trainer.

I don't know if it's even fair to say that about my trainer when I'm not doing a good job of implementing her suggestions right now.

I don't know how to get out of this place we've been stuck at or what comes after this in the grand scheme of things.

What I do know is I haven't had a Dressage ride I felt good about in probably two or three months.  I've ended 5 out of my last 6 lessons with tears in my eyes.  I don't feel burnt out, I still want to move up the levels as much as ever, but I don't know if working harder or working less or not working at all or taking up Professional Trail Riding (TM) is the answer.

It's a first world problem for sure, and hopefully someday I'll look back on this from far up the levels and smile, but in the meantime, man, it's a crappy place to be. 


Upperville's Network Infrastructure

There's a very small cross-section of people who will be interested in the networking infrastructure powering a larger hunter jumper show, but I am one of those people, and this is my blog!

The Upperville Horse Show in Virginia has some pretty unique networking needs, which are powered by gear from my favorite networking vendor, Ubiquiti.  Here's an excerpt from the blog post about it:

Every year, an empty field in Virginia is transformed into a small city with tents everywhere.  The tents provide stabling for 500 horses, VIP seating and vendors.   Two large office trailers provide the room for servers and desks full of staff taking entries and keeping track of results on laptops.    Two video production trailers provide international live feed of the 5-6 video cameras covering the 4 separate show rings.  Each individual ride video is recorded, edited and packaged so the riders can later purchase them. 
Three giant video screens work as score boards, provide live video, and run sponsorship advertisements. 
Four starting gates (one of each ring) have to be connected to the network so the names of riders can be entered and relayed back to the servers keeping track of everything.   Free Wifi is provided at the VIP tents and the Press Tents. 
All of this is powered by a UniFi.
All of the above generates a ton of traffic - a Terabye of WAN traffic in a week as shown below is ridiculous.

They basically have to create an enterprise-grade network out in the middle of a field, once a year, for a week, which is crazy.  Enterprise grade anything related to computers doesn't just happen overnight like that.

For more behind-the-scenes tech footage of Upperville, click here for the entire blog post.


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