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Gorgeous day here in Wangas, had a fab lesson with Cath Garden this morning. And I got over my nerves and rode my new horse (by myself) all the way (2km) to the arena for my lesson - YAY because I normally only ride her on my own half way down our road! Bex and I went for a 2 hr road hack on Sunday and it was great, and last Sunday we did the same. She was only a bit nappy going down our driveway on the way out, but Mr Whippy sorted that out ;-) No stopping us now :-) Looking forward to our first dressage day this weekend, doing two tests even ;-) 1.2 and 1.4 (gotta start somewhere).
It's so cool when you overcome rider fear and nappiness:)
1.2 and 1.4 sound like perfectly respectable starts to me. We are still doing 0.2 and 0.4 here and me and my boy have given it a go three times now as you say gotta start somewhere
NH - yeah I know - a total surprise ;o) Anyhooo I have some pork spare ribs and I've not cooked ribs before. Any fail safe recipes anyone? Am more than happy to throw them in the slow cooker/crockpot as I reckon they'd be much nicer (I'm not a fan but bought some for hubby coz I'm nice ...). So any recipes, suggestions would be most appreciated. Cheers ears :o) Oh and what to dish them up with ...
Boil them up for 10 min or so, then coat in a mixture of whatever you feel like (such as tomato sauce, worcester sauce, chilli, brown sugar etc), leave to marinade then cook long and slow for about an hour in oven at 160 degrees (tip marinade in too), cutting ribs apart for the last half hour of cooking. This is from memory but have cooked a few this way, the cooking twice works well. Enjoy.
As for what to eat them with I would usually have a salad but a orange kumara mash and those thin green beans coated in little bit of oil and salt then cooked in oven for about 40min til they start to shrivel and get brown spots on them would be nice too. Don't doubt the beans, lol, they are really nice done like that but usually I have the oven at about 180 - 200 for them.
I'm trying to wean - my own fault for not doing earlier, but am sick of the bog, trying to work in the yards is near impossible, feet keep getting left behind in the mud. Nice to see a bit of sun today though.
THink the horses are enjoying it too, as a lot of hooning going on.
I have a definite memory of a local pony club event during my first season competing (age 11) where the final 2 jumps on the kindy section SJ were 'full barrel' (poles on full height 44 gallon drums, about 1m) & being told that if we could jump those then we were ready for Nov pony. So Nov clearly was not small! thank goodness for the introduction of height divisions for all grades, can appreciate why Mums turned to rescue remedy!
I had a B grade pony in the 89/90 season. That was when our local course builder was relatively new to building and he told me a couple of years ago that the old heights were 95-1m for novice, 1.10m for C grade, 1.15-1.25 for B and 1.25 upwards for A grade. I remember they were massive when I was on a 13.2 pony LOL