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Year: 2012

Day 8 – A Little About the Barn You Ride At

Day 8 – A Little About the Barn You Ride At

I ride at Bee Cave Riding Center in southwest Austin.  I came there two years ago when I wanted to upgrade the boarding situation for Teaspoon from a trail barn to a place that has lessons and shows. Bee Cave is a no thrills, hard working facility.  We don’t have fancy facilities, or rolling green pastures.  We do have a really great group of people, including the most patient, sane, and encouraging trainer I’ve ever had the privilege of riding…

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Day 7 – Your Favorite Ribbon Won at a Show and Why

Day 7 – Your Favorite Ribbon Won at a Show and Why

It took me a long, long time to get somewhat good at horse showing.  Going to a show and getting no satin pretty ribbons (oh ribbons, how I love you… let me count the ways) these days isn’t a huge shocker, because there were many, many shows in my past where I would be happy to come home with one 6th place. Eventually, I did start doing better than 6th and then I won some.  There are 3 ribbons in…

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Day 6 – All the tack and riding clothes you have

Day 6 – All the tack and riding clothes you have

I should start off by saying that one of my goals in life is to be a hunter princess.  It’s completely selfish and silly, but I want all the smancy tack and clothes and I want to look polished at all times.  As of now, I have a bit of a ways to go.  The good news is that after years of buying the cheapest stuff possible, I have learned that quality does last.  Now  I do tons of shopping…

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Day 5 – Your First Fall

Day 5 – Your First Fall

My first fall was not super eventful, but I remember it very clearly. I was 10, maybe 11, and was riding Duchess. Duchess was a rich red buckskin grade mare, and was pretty much a honey. She was a well trained and gentle school horse though, and didn’t contribute to this fall at all. I was just learning to trot, and it was maybe my 6th or so lesson before I was allowed to move from walking, steering, and two…

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2012 Year in Review

2012 Year in Review

It feels like it’s been a really busy year for me, but in some ways it’s the quietest year we’ve had in a looooooooong time. We did not move out of the state this year We did not move at all this year We did not buy a house this year I did not change jobs this year I did not get married or engaged this year I haven’t been able to make all of those above statements since 2006…

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My Favorite Christmas Ornaments

My Favorite Christmas Ornaments

Being the shamateur photographer that I am, my mantra is the deeper the depth of field… the nicer the photograph 🙂  So I pulled out my 1.8 lens and took some photos of some of my favorite ornaments on the Christmas tree to share with you today. If you look back through any of the posts about my dog, you’ve no doubt seen my Springer Spaniel, Eliot.  He’s my baby, and springers in general are such a beautiful breed –…

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Day 4 – A Ride That Impacted Your Life

Day 4 – A Ride That Impacted Your Life

After I graduated from college, I was riding at a nice barn with a great trainer.  Most of the clients did A shows, and the ones who didn’t did C shows.  Basically, not a whole lot were in the schooling show circuit I had been doing for years… and I wanted to move up. To make a long story (I’m sure I’ll blog about it later) short, I got a fancy project horse and semi-retired my trusty gelding.  Beckett, a…

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Birthday Fun

Birthday Fun

Today is my birthday!  Being that I am a Christmas baby, usually we are traveling or Christmas shopping or doing something along those lines on my birthday.  This year we stayed in town for the holidays, so that meant I got to do whatever I wanted… which turned out being totally awesome. After birthday breakfast tacos, we headed to the Austin Zoo. This isn’t your average privately funded zoo – all the animals are rescues from roadside circuses, pets gone wrong,…

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Simon’s Christmas Wish List

Simon’s Christmas Wish List

Taking a break from the 30 day challenge for a few seasonally related posts!  Plus tomorrow is my birthday and I’m hoping to spend some time at the barn taking pictures, hanging out with ponykins and giving him his Christmas present.  With that I present to you a guest post from Simon… What Simonpants Wants, Needs, and Desperately Deserves for Christmas I am a remarkably good horse, and deserve to be showered with treats and affection.  Before this past summer,…

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Day 3 – Your Best Riding

Day 3 – Your Best Riding

When I get down about my riding, I look back to some moments of time riding during college. Before Beckett ruining my confidence and before I gained a bunch of weight – I was a confident and fit rider.  That person is slowly coming back! The best example of my riding oddly enough happened when my horse, Elvis, was off due to a freak eye injury (I’ll have to blog about that one later).  A really nice family at the…

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Day 2 – The last time you rode a horse and what you did

Day 2 – The last time you rode a horse and what you did

After short but nerve wracking (for me at least) show season, I’ve been laying low with Simon and not riding quite as often.  So instead of yesterday, the last time I rode was Monday for my weekly jumping lesson. Kathy’s theme of the week was courses with technical challenges, so I was pretty excited. In the division that we show in, the most complicated thing that is ever asked is a roll back and at the November show I totally…

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Day 1 – When and why you started riding

Day 1 – When and why you started riding

I thought a good way to get back into blogging and introduce new readers to my pony self would be to do a 30 day challenge.  Plus let’s be honest, I need a schedule to get back into a blogging routine.  I grabbed this list from Viva Carlos after spending what I think is a solid afternoon reading her old posts (this is without saying, my favorite horsey blog btw!). I started riding when I was ten years old after…

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