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Bel Joeor Sale and Giveaway!

Amanda from Bel Joeor is hosting a big sale on her Etsy site and a giveaway on her blog!  She makes beautiful saddle covers and bags.  I highly recommend checking out her shop and entering her contest.  

Day 1 - When & Why You Started Riding

As a small child, I begged my parents for a horse for as long as I can remember.  They finally gave in to riding lessons, thinking I would take a few and lose interest.  Hahaha parents, you are so funny.

I started riding at the ripe old age of six, at a local Morgan breeding farm known as Joydale Morgan Farm owned by a woman named Joy and her husband Doug.  I was lucky to ride a variety of Morgans (and a few other breeds here and there) and learn how to start young horses.  I was taught "balance seat" and the basics of dressage and jumping.  I attended my first three phase event as a groom for the "older girls" at the barn when I was eight and I was completely hooked.  At age nine, I was allowed to be the first rider to sit on my project filly, which was super exciting and as I taught her the basics of riding, I thought I could convince my parents to buy her for me; sadly, she was sold the following year.  

My first horse, Joydale Sparklerslas, was originally born at Joydale, and she came to become mine when I was thirteen and she was ten, as J & D heard about one of their horses in a bad situation.  My parents finally caved and I got my first very own horse!  Of course, with Ellie in my life now, it is full circle back to Joydale, as Sparky came from the Kennebec lines.


This is me, about to do a dressage test on Kennebec Chief, Sparky's sire.
I credit my love of eventing and Morgan horses to my formative years at Joydale.  I learned so much from Joy and Doug.  They gave me opportunities that I will always be grateful for and taught me to be the best horsewoman and caregiver I can be.  

I lessoned, attended summer camps, and eventually gave summer camp lessons at Joydale throughout my college years.  Even when I moved my horses to my own farm when I graduated from college, I still taught summer camp for a few years.  

I miss being a kid at Joydale. :-)


One of my first lessons on Joydale Pollyanna!



Comments

emma said…
aw this is great! sometimes i miss being a kid at the barn too ;)
Martidoll said…
love all the Morgans :) I am so jealous (I think your Morgans were nicer than ours LOL) HA HA HA
Yes! The best times! :-)
NOOOO, I saw your posts and your Morgans were gorgeous!!! :-p