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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

Day 4 - A ride that impacted your life

Obviously, my first riding lesson impacted my life the most, because without my parents FINALLY agreeing to let me ride horses, my life would not be the same at all!

But if I had to pick one ride, it would be the four days I spent riding at the World Equestrian Games in 2010.  (Warning: the linked blog post is long with tons of photos, but it is kinda fun to read about!)  It is definitely one of my most favorite horse memories and impacted my life in so many ways.  I shipped my horse myself all the way to KY which was crazy and gave me a huge confidence boost in driving my rig.  I met a ton of great people and enjoyed spending time with friends.  I got to RIDE MY HORSE AT WEG (yes, yes, it was just four riding demos, but still.  WEG.  It was WEG, people!)

We had to apply ahead of time to ride in the demo, and it certainly was an honor to be accepted.  It was a huge confidence boost to ship and ride my horse in such a faraway place.  Dreamy was absolutely perfectly behaved the entire time.  I could not have asked for a better mare and she just took everything in stride.  We made an overnight pit stop in New Jersey both on the way down and back home, we stayed at a friend's house near the horse park, we rode in a practice ride at the Red Mile, and then we spent four days at the actual horse park.  Being chosen and then riding at WEG was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something that I will probably never have a chance to do again.  

Our practice ride at the Red Mile before we arrived at the KY Horse Park the following day


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  1. another great post :) You have had some good experiences!! Mine seem lame after all yours HA!

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    1. Thank you! I have been lucky to have been given some amazing opportunities and I never back down from a challenge! I owe it all to my mare, Dreamy! She gave me many memorable times!

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  2. Oh man WEG is definitely on my list - how awesome to have gotten to actually ride in the event!!!!

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    1. It was awesome to be there, even if we weren't actually competing haha!

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