Ocala 2014: Day 2

Well, I am officially exhausted. Incredibly happy, but exhausted. Today started with a wake-up call at 7:30 (which I consider sleeping in), a relaxed breakfast, and a leisurely drive over to the show by 10:00. When I arrived at Don Stewart’s tent, grooms, horses, and expensive tack trunks were everywhere. The tack stall was laid

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Ocala 2014: Day 1

I woke up this morning to the sound of the hotel phone ringing with a wake-up call on the bedside table, followed immediately by my phone’s obnoxious alarm. The frequent changes in emotion, from excited to nervous to excited, during yesterday’s drive down to Ocala, exhausted me, so I slept like a baby. I got

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One Step Closer

I have always been one who believes that if you work hard enough to achieve your dreams, no matter how big or “unrealistic” they are, you can make them come true. My dreams may not have come true yet, but today I am one step closer. I have been blessed with so many incredible opportunities

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Pain Builds Character, Right?

I cannot even begin to tell you how many times my dad has told me “pain builds character,” but I’m hoping it’s true….because tomorrow, I doubt I’ll be able to walk. This afternoon I had three wonderfully exhausting rides on Charlie, Ramsey, and my main man, Gus. Said Gus, of course, decided to end my

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Back in the Saddle

Hello, lovelies! I’m baaaackkk. I know, I know, it has been far too long. Over the last couple of months, I have been so busy I can’t breathe, and so stressed I can’t think straight. But, my schedule has cleared and so has my mind. And, with that newfound clarity, I have been reminded of

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Utterly Imperfect

As some of you may have noticed, I have been absent for quite some time at this point. This is for many reasons, including school, having five horses in full training (I’ve taken on some horses for other people), an attempt at a social life, and so on. But, if I assigned full credit to

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Happy Birthday!

Today marks a sad day for many riders out there. It’s a new year, according to USEF, and we are all going to be putting a different age on our entry forms. For some, that age will be 18, and they will no longer be signing up for the Children’s and Junior’s classes. “Aging out”

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Equestrian Coach

I’m sure many of you have heard of the website, Equestrian Coach. I have been seeing ads everyone and curiosity has gotten the better of me. “Equestrian Coach was created to make quality education accessible and affordable to every equestrian, regardless of their background, their level, or their geographic location. Our philosophy is this: seek out

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The Future Always Begins Today

As we approach four months from when Gus first coliced, he’s still not ready to jump. Yes, at this point he’s “healthy,” but he’s still skinny enough and lacks a topline so much that I don’t feel comfortable really jumping him. We’ve been taking things super slowly in putting his weight back on, as the

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It Takes a Village

I would like to take a moment to say thank you, to all of you. I don’t have a lot of money. My horse is not a Maclay Finals veteran. I can’t afford to show every weekend. My saddle was well used when I bought it. But, I do have something; something that is far

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