Not a fan of lengthy posts, so I will keep it as succinct as possible. Also, it takes an incredible amount of energy to dig up old posts/ pics and re post and I just cant do recaps like some of you.
Sadly, we started off the new year with the death of my dear grandmother. She was a HUGE fan of mine and always came to my shows/supported my horse obsession. I actually can't remember a show in OH she didnt attend. Crazy its been almost a year since she's gained her wings
|10 year old me with my first horse|
In Feb I travelled across the country helping my best friend move to LA and it was AMAZING.
When I returned, German Rider began our Dressage boot camp and we buckled down and rode hard for the remainder of February, prepping for the Spring Dressage show.
|Such slobber. Many trots.|
In March, Yankee and I continued our dressage training, but also BEASTED out at a jumer show. Not only did we win 3 classes that were over 3'3, and secure a fourth place in the 2'6 class, but we were GRAND CHAMP and won a saddle pad. I was beyond stoked. I had never won anything besides a ribbon before! OTTB power!
We also cleared 5' for the first time and I almost shit my pants.
May was a month of insanity.
Personal issues arose, my life crumbled, I met TWO loves of my life (Bacardi & The Boy) and I moved to OH after almost 6 years in MO. Its was scary, but the right decision.
|Saying good bye to my BFFs was the hardest|
|BUT NEW HORSE|
|Bye MO, hello OH|
|Bringin Yankee home to OH|
|Bringing B home to OH|
The end of June/ beginning of July the "great Thigh Injury" occurred and put me out of commission for 3 months. Read the Synopsis here if you missed it. It was horrible, and painful, and tragic and I wanted to die. I was being over dramatic, but I had only had B ONE month before the injury, and there went ANOTHER show season-just like that.
|mmmmm torn thigh muscle.|
In August I had surgery, not related to my leg, which was equally as fun. So naturally, my dad and I went on a trail ride abut a week later.
|Smiling in defiance|
I started riding Bacardi lightly, much to my legs dismay, but he was really starting to learn how to be a dressage horse!
In September, the great shoe debacle occurred. Basically, both my horses were lame for a month and it boggled my mind as to why. Yankee was losing shoes like crazy and B was lame. It was fun.
I did finally get B to load in the trailer though!!
October was mild. I worked Bacardi a lot and he was getting better and better. I rode Yankee occasionally and it killed me. I also started "What Do Wednesday's". We also got 3 tons of rock put into our pastures near the gates and doorways. *AMAZING*
In November I clipped the horses for the first time, Bacardi and I struggled to work well together over jumps and I dabbled with Yankee.
|Srsly what are this|
I also announced that Yankee would be leaving for Kansas to event with with Stiver sisters.
Bacardi took his first field trip to an ACTUAL arena and it was wonderful!
December Bacardi lost his damn mind and we struggled to get anything besides spooking done on our rides. I'm sure you all know about this.
And yeah, here we are!
What a tumultuous year. If I had to pick one word to describe it, that would be it. Ups & Downs and inbetweens. A lot of frustrations, but so many new beginnings! terrible luck, but so many things to be thankful for!
Also, I wanted to share this with all of you, sort of my "year wrap up" victory/Transformation Tuesday.
I had no clue just how much he's changed for the better. I could stare at this picture all day, for real!
Here's to a new year!!