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A Life Without Horse Shows

A Life Without Horse Shows

I’ve been competitive my entire life. I’m not sure if the figure skating started it, or if I was drawn to figure skating because of it but I’ve never known a period of time where I didn’t want to be the absolute best at something. First it was double sow-cows and flying camels. Then it was riding horses with 4H shows and much later, IHSA equitation. When I took a break from riding during my time in MA, I turned…

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Little Lion Man

Little Lion Man

When I first was thinking about show names for Simon, I kept going back to “Little Lion Man”. I didn’t settle on this because the actual song lyrics didn’t mean anything for him/me, and it had nothing to do with his barn name (I like there to be a correlation). Instead, Simon became Something So Right but I always felt like my little bay horse had a lion heart. In my world, I’m struggling a bit with Roman right now. It…

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My Ideal Horse Show

My Ideal Horse Show

As you know, I’ve been thinking a lot about horses and horse showing lately. While a lot of this has been deep and theoretically, I have decided something concrete – I need to host a horse show. I’m thinking a low key, no thrills event with satin as long as our torsos since everything is better with amazing ribbons. Location to be determined, but I wanted to toss out my tentative divisions to y’all and get some feedback! I’m Over…

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Achievement Unlocked

Achievement Unlocked

I’m not usually one to brag, but today I’m going to a little. Things are going remarkably well with my creature. We’ve hit that sweet spot in our relationship – the time period where you’ve had years of learning each other’s quirks all the while your horse has been aging and learning to become a solid citizen. I had this wave of realization when I took Simon to the San Antonio show in February that we have figured out how to…

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Unconventional Ribbon Colors

Unconventional Ribbon Colors

Once upon a time, the show series I showed at the most was a huge fan of nontraditional ribbon colors. Every 1-8 had a rainbow stripe down the middle and I have some rather interesting champion ribbons from various divisions. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a satin addict regardless of color so if a ribbon is big with a pretty medal medallion – I’m thrilled… even if it is orange, brown and dark red (true story). However, when it comes between…

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Attitude is a Choice

Attitude is a Choice

Several people commented on my Friday & Saturday show report commending me for my good attitude. Believe me, that attitude is not my natural inclination. I’m a fiercely competitive person. I want to win. I don’t like to step foot in the ring unless I think there is a chance that I will get something in the class. While I don’t feel like I put my competitive desires ahead of my horse’s welfare, the truth of the matter is that I…

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My Time in the Open Show Circuit

My Time in the Open Show Circuit

Even though I’ve always loved hunter/jumpers, it wasn’t until the last few years that I showed at “legit” hunter shows. Moving to the world of rotations and 1 million divisions under 3′ was a little confusing at first. It took a lot of hand holding by my trainer to calm my nerves and make hunter/jumper shows seem like the relaxing norm instead of a brave new world. My showing life before hunter/jumper almost entirely consisted of open shows. They are…

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The Lull

The Lull

I am a bit of a control freak. I mean, that’s what people (aka my husband) tell me. It’s not that I have to tell everyone what to do all the time or what not, but I like to be able to fix things. I love it when a problem has a simple action plan like First A then B and finally accomplish C. Those are my favorite. Right now, I’m experiencing a huge lull in horse showing and training…

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The Bell Boot Incident 2015

The Bell Boot Incident 2015

Who’d have thought I’d have more than one post to write on this blog about bell boots?  Back in 2013, bell boots caused Simon to sit on the ground like a dog.  At the show this past weekend, we had another incident with bell boots but this time it wasn’t nearly as visual. Since Simon has pretty severe hock arthritis, I take a lot of (USEF legal) measures to make sure that he’s comfortable at shows and doesn’t get stiff…

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Stepping Down to Move Forward

Stepping Down to Move Forward

When my husband took riding lesson (oh so briefly), he got very frustrated that riding wasn’t a linear progression sport.  I basically said “duh!” and expressed that it’s often one step forward two steps back… or at least feels that way. Yet, I forgot my own advice recently. This winter has been rough on us for riding consistency.  Not many barns in Texas have an indoor, and that includes us.  We’ve had tons of rain lately, and I’ve been lucky…

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2014 Show Season Wrap Up

2014 Show Season Wrap Up

Honestly alert – I am feeling pretty bummed about this year’s show season.  A lot of that is because we ended on a not-so-amazing note, but what readers don’t know about are the goals and pressure I had put on myself this year.  Why?  I don’t know.  It’s not like I thought my horse would magically get lead changes or that I would mysteriously become an amazing rider… I didn’t.  I did want to have a shot at qualifying for…

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2014 CTHJA Year End – Sunday

2014 CTHJA Year End – Sunday

First off, thanks everyone for their encouraging comments yesterday.  I didn’t get a chance to reply individually to all of them (crazy trying to get ready for vacation and work and life!), but I really appreciate all the support.  I am feeling much better about all this!  Now, back to day two of the show. Sunday morning rolled in, and I wasn’t exactly feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed.  My throat hurt, my head hurt, I was nauseous from worry and…

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