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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Day 17 - Your equestrian idol

I have never really been the type of person who follows and swoons over celebrities (except for New Kids on the Block back when I was, like, 12 years old to be honest hahaha), so I cannot say I truly have a super famous rider idol.  

However, in order to answer today's blog hop question, I would have to say I currently most look up to Daryl Kinney.  She is the barn manager at Tamarack Hill Farm, owned by Denny and May Emerson.  
This is Daryl on Union.  They're pretty badass.  Sadly, he had to be put down.  :-(

I was able to attend Denny's adult eventing camp with Dreamy back in 2013.  It was one of the coolest things I have ever done, and now that he no longer offers the opportunity, I am even more thankful I did it when I did.  


I remember that when I arrived, I pulled into the driveway and stopped when I saw a girl come running over to tell me where the park.  OMG it's Daryl!!!  I laughed to myself when I realized that meeting Daryl was like meeting a famous person.  LOL!  Denny posts about her on his Facebook page all the time and she has a position to literally die for.  She has obviously worked hard and made good choices in her life to be in the position to ride such cool horses and end up eventing Union Station at Advanced. 


I love this photo of Daryl, showing her reaction to finishing her first Advanced!
The best part about Daryl, besides the fact that she is a superb horsewoman, is that she is super friendly and down to earth.  She is definitely someone I was pleased to finally meet!  I love keeping up with her on her Facebook, her Facebook page, and her Instagram, not to mention Denny's Facebook.  She comes up here to Maine every so often to give clinics at a farm about an hour away from me, so once Ellie is ready, I'd love to ride with her!


That time Denny used us as the photo to go along with his FB post...hahaha!





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  1. that's awesome to have them so close by too for when Ellie is ready for potential future clinics and such!

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    1. YES! I need to find an instructor close by (so hard when everything and everyone is far away from me!!) but for clinics or even a long weekend away in VT, I am totally planning to ride at Tamarack again or at least with Daryl when she comes to Maine!

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  2. I think she's great as well! Love following her on the grey OTTB that she and Denny produced. I just love everything about Denny. He even has great people at his barn

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  3. Daryl was the barn manager at my old barn before she went to Denny's. :) She's great!

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    1. Nice! She is definitely someone I would trust implicitly with my horses!

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