Friday, December 26, 2014

A Very Equestrian Christmas

Wow, I had such an amazing holiday! I hope everyone had a splediferous day and enjoyed the company of friends and family and stuffed their faces in the typical American way.

This truly was the best Christmas yet, which is saying a lot because for my 10th Christmas I got a pony!

It was special in several ways. For one, The Boy spent Christmas with our family. He's a Tennessee transplant and couldn't get extra days off to see his fam, and it meant a lot to spend such a special holiday with him. We have a semi-long distance relationship and I only see him on weekends, so that was immensely enjoyable. Second, my BA brother bear was able to make it home for Christmas. We just went to FL to watch him graduate from TACP school (aka total badassery, seriously, click the link) and it made my YEAR that he was able to stay for a few days before beginning other training. He will be moving around to different bases to complete training before he gets deployed, so I'm sure you can understand what a blessing it was to have him here. Thirdly, one of my best friends from OH got engaged and asked me to be in her wedding. OF COURSE I said yes. Plus, open bar. Lastly, FOOD! So much food.

gratuitous repeat Santa hat shot
In the realm of gifties, I was super surprised and grateful for everything. My family seemed to embrace my horsey nature and I pushed my Dover Wishlist HARD. Seriously whoever invented that is  saint. Non horsey people dont know shit about equestrian wares and Dover made it a breeze!

Also, my Secret Santa's gift was a total and wonderful surprise. I mean, I knew it was coming, but I didnt know who from and what it was! I LOVE this idea and can't wait to do it next year. Such a cool idea.

I felt like a kid again when I received TWO packages in the mail and a card from my Secret Santa.

Super intrigued at the gorgeous boxes I ripped them open like a 7 year old!

My Secret Santa was Nicole & Murray from Zen & The Art of Baby Horse Management. Surprisingly I wasn't yet following her, so not only did I get thoughtful, beautiful & amazing gifts from her, but I now have a new blogging friend! YAY FRIENDS. If you havent followed her you should; I stalked her page and not only is her horse a baby (love babies and the adventures) but she has stunning photos. Really really neat.

Inside the boxes were four little trinkets. Perfect and gorgeous trinkets. I could tell Nicole really took some time in searching for great gifts that fit me.

In the brown box was a stunning pendant of Da Vinci's horse. ONE OF MY FAVORITES. In college, Da Vinci was one of my Master Study subjects and I fell in love with his style. Google "Da Vinci Horse" and you can see all of the beautiful drawings hes done on horses. For one major project we had to replicate 2 Master's art. I chose the Da Vinci horse, of course, and one of his human studies. I wish I knew where I put them!

Its like she knew me or something! I'm so in love with this and have to think a little on what I want to do with it. I know you're supposed to wear it as a necklace, but I might make it into a bracelet. So. In. Love.

Second box was full of fun, shiny things as well!

I'm not sure if the Bacardi and Levi tags were meant to go on a necklace but thats what I did with them!   I loved the idea of the animals wearing them, but they were too gorgeous for that so I put them around my neck. That way I can keep my boys close to my heart all the time! Also I'm assuming the Bacardi plate is for a bridle, which is where its going! Nicole did an awesome post about her Etsy shopping for me and I think you all should take a look! I think I need to get a few more tags because they are gorgeous and I LOVE THEM. Thank you Nicole!!

Dont mind my terrifying eyes here

Not to take away from Nicole's gifts, I just have a ton of posts in the que and wanted to knock out the Christmas deal now, I got some other pretty sweet equestrian gifts from the family. My brother got me 2 pairs of breeches I really wanted and bit guards. The Boy got me the composite stirrups I've been drooling over and the Gina Miles Waterford Wonder Bit for Bacardi. The rents got me a new muck fork (Seriously, I was so stoked for that. My old one was TWELVE years old and dying), a beautiful Italian Leather riding belt, Michael Kors phone case and D&B wallet as well as some money to pay for those pesky adult things. German Rider got me some breeches (can never have too many!!) and I haven't yet gotten Wondermare's Mom's gifts but I'm sure they will be perfection because she knows me better than anyone.


They look amazing! Now to clean that nasty saddle and get new leathers

A terribly grainy pic of me modeling a new pair of breeches and the riding belt

Can never have too many bits.
All in all- awesome, thoughtful and USEFUL gifts. I am always just grateful to spend time with family and friends, so gifts are the icing on the holiday cake! I also LOVE giving gifts and making people happy! Christmas in general, really.

Did any of you receive something truly amazing or useful this Christmas? What are you thankful for this season?


  1. YAY I'm SO GLAD you like your presents!! I didn't have an intended use for the Bacardi and Levi tags (couldn't leave Levi out!), and I did hope the bridle-tag one would be the appropriate size to go on a bridle. YAY for new blogging friends!! <3

  2. Those tags are so cute! And yay for useful gifts. And family :)

  3. Sounds like a fantastic Christmas! Yesssss, the Dover wishlist really comes in handy for the non-horsey folks!

  4. woo hoo - looks like you made out!!! what awesome gifts, those tags are gorgeous!!

  5. I got the Compositi stirrups too, but of course I don't get to use them for another month! Let me know how you like them, I am dying over here! Merry Christmas!

  6. What awesome gifts you got! I got myself a PS of Sweden bridle and breasplate, and some aztec diamond breeches, and the boy got me a 5 tier saddle rack. No complaints here!

  7. Glad you had an awesome Christmas! Let me know how you like the Compostis!

  8. Great gifts!! I recently started following Nicole's blog too and I love it. :D Oh and that riding belt is awesome!