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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…

Noble Outfitters Refer-A-Friend Contest!

Somehow I managed to win the Noble Outfitters' Refer-A-Friend contest, which featured a $250 shopping spree!  I guess I can no longer claim I never win anything LOL!!

When I first received the email, I was a bit skeptical.  I actually called Noble Outfitters just to be sure this was real life!  It took me several days to peruse their website and decide what to buy.  I had to pay shipping (totally fine with that) and with the $250 gift code, I only had to pay around $8 out-of-pocket for all six items!  SWEET!

I had been wanting new riding socks, so I am glad I waited to pull the trigger on buying them!  I think the fox socks might become my new dressage show socks to match my Annie's Equestrienne coat, and the bucking bronc pair was just too funny.  I already own a pair of NO's Over the Calf Peddies, and they really are comfortable and fit well under tall boots.

I ended up choosing a show shirt, called the Madison show shirt, that I probably never would have purchased without this contest because of the $90 price point and the fact that I already own several show shirts.  However, I do not have a long sleeved white shirt (shocking, I know) and I really liked the snap collar and fun pop of color inside the neck and wrists.  It is made of a super nice wicking stretchy material that is supposed to be well ventilated.  It is clearly a well made shirt and totally worth the $90!  I ordered my normal size small and it fits great.

I also splurged on an Ashley Performance long sleeved shirt, which is still a bit out of my price range for a schooling shirt at $65, but I may have bought it without the contest since this is my favorite color!  It is also made out of a nice wicking material and is claimed to be UPF 50+.  Definitely a nice shirt and the reviews make it sound like it really is cool on hot days.  I ordered a medium because I did not want it super skin tight.  It is perfect, except the arms do seem rather long.  I am a tiny 5' person, so maybe that's the problem haha!

At that point in my deliberations, I didn't really know what else to use my money on.  It was a one shot deal and I had to use the code by the end of the year, so I didn't want to wait too long or not spend the entire amount at once.  I did more searching and decided to order a nice utility knife called the Viper.  At one time back in college when I first started driving my old Morgan, Sparky, I had a good knife that I always wore on a string like a necklace when driving her.  I was told by my driving instructor at the time that it was a must-have in case of an emergency where I had to cut through the harness.  (Funny, we did have an accident once at a show and I did use the knife to free her from the harness.  Besides the both of us being shook up and a few minor cuts and abrasions on her hind leg, we were fine.  The harness needed parts replaced that I cut and the cart needed a minor repair.  We were lucky!!)

At some point about six years ago, I lost track of the knife and figured this was as good a time as any to replace it.  I have a basically brand new pleasure driving harness that does fit Ellie that I had bought for Snappy, and I plan to train her to drive in the spring with my little metal cart.  Then, I can go about finding a wooden meadowbrook type road cart (never should have sold the one I had for Sparky!!).  Plus, it is always good to have a knife handy in the barn.  

Then I figured I might as well look for a nice button down shirt for my husband, because he deserves nice things too (and I had no idea what else to buy for me!) and this Generations Fit plaid shirt is really well made and definitely worth the $42 price tag.  Heck, this seemed cheap compared to the $90 show shirt hahaha and something I would buy again for him without winning a contest!  I almost threw out a little card on the front of the shirt (you can see it in the photo) that says Noble Outfitters gives away a free matching youth shirt!  While I would definitely pay $40 for another shirt like this for my husband, I would never pay $40 for a shirt for a growing toddler LOL!  So along with the receipt, I sent the card and am supposed to receive a cute matching shirt in 6-8 weeks for our littlest son who is about to turn two!  The smallest size was a 4T, and he is currently wearing 2T, so he will have a few years until he can wear it!

Here are the spoils!

Uhhhh, can you tell I have a favorite color???  😂   I didn't notice anything until I received the email (screenshot above) and was like oh hey, look at that hahaha!

So, thank you Noble Outfitters!  This is not normally a company I have purchased from, but now that I own a bunch of items, I can say it is worth looking!  All the items are well made and worth the money (even though it wasn't MY money I spent haha!).


  1. That' so cool. I wish I'd won. I just bought those fox socks and they are adorable.

  2. I am so jealous! I love noble outfitters! I have a pair of their MUDS and they are perfect boots. I love everything that you chose. I have an 'equestrian' swiss army knife. It comes with a hoof pick, wire cutter, hole punch and, of course, cork screw. :D

    1. Good to know you like their boots, as I will look at them when my current Bogs need replacing! Ohhhh, that sounds like the perfect knife! ;-)

  3. lol i'm definitely sensing a theme among your picks ;) what a cool prize tho - lots of good stuff there! i haven't purchased much noble outfitters stuff bc honestly even tho a lot of it is well priced, i tend to be a little.... aggressively economical lol (read: cheap). hope you like it all!

    1. I am the same way! Though c'mon, I prefer the term "frugal" hahahaha!!

  4. how cool!! yay! And yes YOU MUST drive Ellie so i can live vicariously through you driving Morgans again SO MUCH FUN! Love all the color! it will look fantastic on her!

    1. Yes definitely! I loved driving my Morgan, Sparky and I did drive Snappy a little (though never showed her in carriage since I don't have a show worthy cart at the moment).

  5. WAIT. STOP. They make corgi socks???? WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS TIL NOW.

    1. YES! The Corgi socks are the ones I had first! Best "trophy" I have ever won at a horse show this year!!!

  6. I probably would have spent all $250 on socks!


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