Last sunday, we had an oportunity to work with on of the best young riders in Poland, Jasiek Gawecki. Although he is only 21! he has a lot of experience, and he is an admirable rider. He is also a great trainer - he can easily, and in good way share the knowledge he has, He helped us with some dressage elements- both my horses seemed to know he is there, and they were really good We made some half passes, leg yielding, we worked over the quallty of gaits and made some exercises that helped me achieve a better balance. After this training I felt that I am falling in love with dressage! I hope we will have an opportunity to meet with Jasiek in future :)

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Few days ago, I made some delicious oat cookies. Whole family liked them, and they disappeared in one day!

Here is the recipe, for something about 12-15 cookies. :)

  • Ingredients
  • -2 cups of oatmeal
  • 1 & 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (you can use more or less, depending on individual preferences)
  • 100 gram of melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • raisins, chopped nuts, cranberries, pieces of chocolate etc - together about 3/4 of cup

if there is a need - few tablespoons of milk/water

Mix all ingredients together in the bowl. If dough is too thick, add some milk/water (amount depends on density) Heat the oven to 160 degrees. Cover the baking tray with baking paper. Using a tablespoon, drop mounds of dough onto sheet pans, and then flatten slightly. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cookies chill completely, and then enjoy! Perfect with a cup of warm milk :)

Recipe from http://niebonatalerzu.blogspot.com/

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Few days ago I've had an amazing training. We were jumping a parcour, made of seven obstacles. The hardest part was the line, where you should made three foule (steps of canter). My horses at the beggining were a bit unfocused, but after some mistakes we made a good ride.

The height of the obstacles was between 135-155 cm :) The oxer from photo has 140cm.

Sorry for the bad quality.

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I'm still waiting to meet with coordinator in hospital, so I haven't started my work there. Nevertheless, I wanted to make something for others, so I bake the cake for Amnesty Sale :) Here is the recipe for classic brownie that I've made:

Ingredients

  • 200g of dark chocolate
  • 200g of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 270g of sugar
  • 135g of flour
  • a pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees F. Prepare a mold with dimensions of 21 cm x 28 cm. Line it with baking paper.
  2. Melt the butter on a low heat. Add 2 bitter chocolates (200 g), broken into cubes and stir constantly to melt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs with the sugar. Add the melted chocolate and butter, and blend or mix till smooth.
  4. Add flour and salt, mix again. Spread into the prepared plate.
  5. The rest of the chocolate (100 g), grate or chop into cubes and sprinkle the top of the dough..
  6. Put in the oven and bake for approx. 35 minutes, until the dough will rise slightly. After baking and cooling, cut into small pieces.


Recipe from http://www.kwestiasmaku.com/

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Yesterday, on 17.10.16, the official Olimpiada Giełdowa has been opened. My team and I  have already discovered all technics, ways and hacks, while we were playing the trial, so now we are starting with some experience. ,,Playing" this Olimpiada gives us a lot of fun - we need to have one's finger on the pulse of all major events. Global politic, NYSE, currency rate, holidays. Everything can have possible impact on our ,,stock market". We keep and eye on all main newspapers and websites, and also follow advices from more experienced colleages. This Olimpiada give me a lot of fun and self-satisfaction when something goes in my favour. 

Also I'm already preparing myself for Olimpiada Wiedzy Psychologicznej, even though the test will be ran in February. I've bought some handful books and subscribed necessary magazine. I hope that this will help me achieve a good result! 

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Yesterday I competed in regional competition, in Aromer, near Warsaw. We took part in two classes - N1 (125 cm) and C (130cm). We were lucky enough to won both contests! Horses jumped great and I'm proud of my ride. A lot of strangers compliment my work, and I was even named ,,A most talented and perspective junior"! 

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Unfortunately, I missed the last meeting for candidates for volunteers, so i need to wait until 25th for the next opportunity. My friends have already took part in such appointment, so I already know what I can expect. I have made research and vaccine, so as soon as I meet coordinator and determine details, I will be ready to work there!

To be active while waiting for official Service, I gave additional math lessons  to few friends. I helped them with  percents and mathematical induction. They were really glad and thankful, and I was happy that I had helped them. 

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In this week my creativity was mostly based on developing my abilities. I went to a lot of meetings and have already defined my goals – I am planning to compete in Olimpiada Giełdowa and Olimpiada z Wiedzy o Psychologii. I took part in the first class from Stock Exchange Simulation. As you may know, this activity is supposed to prepare us for Olimpiada Giełdowa. I am a part of team called Hajs Makers, that includes my two friends – Gabrysia and Weronika. I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of fun while ,,playing’’ Giełda and competiting. I feel that it will be an awesome experience, and I’m sure that it is a great way to develop myself.  

 

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I am still looking for activities that will satisfy the Service criteria and be completely filling to me. I went to some meetings – I already considered helping kids with cerebral palsy, helping in hospital by talking with people in need, working with blind people and tutoring. Luckily I have been accepted as a volunteer in a foundation ,,Dobrze że jesteś” where I will be given opportunity to talk with people who are usually in tough, different situations. This activity includes work in a hospital, so I need to make blood tests, etc. to check if I’m able to work there. Also I have contacted a teacher from Gimnazjum and I hope to be giving lessons for some younger pupils

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From the 8th to 11th of September I was competing in a National Championship in Jakubowice, small town near Wroclaw. Although we didnot win a medal, for me that competition was one of the most important and fulfilling. I went there with two horses – 8 year old Contendro Lady and a 9 year old mare Countess of Highfields. I am really proud of how they handled this Championships!

Webegan on the 8th, with horse inspection – the moment when official vets are checking whether the horse is healthy and can compete, by judging his condition and movement while the rider trots with the horse in hand. Unfortunately, the inspection was unlucky for us. During it one of my horses kicked me and I was limping for the whole four days. Well, as you may guess, in this sport there is no place for complaining - so three hours after this accident I was already in the saddle, waiting for the official training on the main area. Horses are by nature really flightily and spooky, so for majority of them, it is really important to familiarize themselves with the parcour. Luckily this part went without any problems and both horses seemed relaxed and healthy.

We started with the first semifinal, a classic competition against the clock – every knock down (an obstacle felled) is a 4 second penalty which is added to the actual riding time. Final places depend on the total time of the ride and penalties added together. The course was really tough, and even the best riders, such as the medalists from last year, did not finish it without mistakes. I was satisfied with this day - both horses jumped well, and my results were giving hope for the medal.

Regrettably, next days weren't that good - I got scared of height and difficulty of obstacles, and that has clearly impact on my results. All parcours were really technical and there was only a few riders that finished without penalties. Even though, my horses were jumping amazingly and a lot of professionalspraised our work. It was our debut in National Championships, so I am quite happy with the result. I have left Jakubowice with a lot of new experiences, and big hopes for the next year.

I am extremely thankful to my parents, trainers and grooms who had put their heart, time and emotions in my starts. Also big thanks to whole J.W. Piasecki Equestrian team and friends from school, who were crossing fingers!

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