I know I have been inactive for a while but I’m back and better than ever! As we are all looking forward to 2019, I want to rewind a little to what has been happening lately.
Last year, I competed a lot, which takes us into summer where I traveled to Montana to groom for the Area III NAYC team at Rebecca Farm. When I got home, I immediately left for the Chincoteague Pony Swim. And then in a blink of an eye I was right back in Kentucky working for the amazing Dan James. That took me right up to the beginning of my junior year, when I started doing full time dual enrollment which means I have more time to ride and am already getting some college out of the way. So in October of 2018 I completed my fourth Retired Racehorse Project with Awesome Victor owned by Laura Oliver. Shortly after that my new horse, Altus Louvo (Queso) arrived from England. In November I went to Rocking Horse with the great Wallace Eventing Team and then after Thanksgiving I went to Pine Top with Eddie G, Queso, and my good friend Josie who rode Hurricane Ramiro. Before Christmas, I went down to Sarasota to ride some polo ponies and the day after Christmas I went to Italy with my friend Leila and her family which brings us to 2019.
This weekend I am heading to Sporting Days in Aiken to take Queso is the training one-day and then to Rocking Horse over Valentine’s weekend for our first preliminary together. My goals for this year is to make it to NAYC in Montana on the CCI2** team (old) or 2018 one star).
Tomorrow I head to Chicago for USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals. I qualified for this by first competing at a rated show during the summer of 2014 and then competed in this class at Dressage Regional Championships in Wellington, Florida last October. I am excited that Nationals is finally here.
Because it is an equitation class that means I can take any horse. I have chosen to take a wild mustang with 100 days of training. This mustang was trained for the Georgia Extreme Mustang Makeover by Stan Smith. Ford was supposed to compete this weekend in the mustang makeover but Stan was injured by a training horse and is unable to ride. I love riding Ford and am glad he has all the training necessary to compete at nationals with me. What I love about mustangs is their ability to compete in any discipline.
This past weekend I showed at Chattahoochee Hills schooling show. It was wet but still lots of fun.
This is my 2nd raining show this spring (not to be confused with reining). Here are pictures of the arenas from each show. Which one is wetter?
The other show was at IEA regionals in March at the GIHP. I am happy to say both arenas had great footing even with all the puddles. Sometimes you just have to show in the rain. I hope these things don’t go in threes.
It was Old Brownsboro’s 1st 3 phase and 1st beginner novice. Schooling on Friday was wet but he wasn’t bothered by it at all. He was a super star.
I was going to call this blog the first show of the season but it is really my 5th show of 2015. It is my first show with my RRTP horse Old Brownsboro. He was a superstar.
We started out with a combined test at North Atlanta Equestrian at the tadpole level. The show was a huge success and him and I gained a lot of confidence.
Sometimes I would much rather jump higher but I remember that my horse is very green. A month ago he had never seen a jump. It is great that I am able to show him at all. I know if I am patient that I will be at a higher level in no time.
Also, the Chattahoochee Hills Pony Grand National was held at NAE’s show. The event was so much fun and I wish it could be held at every show! I mean how often are you allowed to gallop as fast as you want to over jumps. I never am. My pony and I are now qualified to move up to the semi finals at the Chattahoochee Hills May Event. I can’t wait.
After the show I trotted Old Brownsboro around the Pony Grand National course. As you can see in the picture he was wild (NOT). I love this horse.
I first saw my horse in December in Florida while staying with my dad. It was love at first sight. His name is Old Brownsboro and he is a 5 yr old grey gelding. He is one of the most laid back horses I have ever ridden.
My first ride on him.
I picked him up in Florida a few weeks ago and have been hard at work. We stopped on the way home and had a lesson with Marsha Sapp. He just took it all in. We are working hard on dressage and even managed to go cross country schooling yesterday. I am lucky to be so close to Chatt Hills. He was great for his first time!