This year has been a real adventure! I will try to keep my recap short and the media plentiful!
Annie and I started to lesson more regularly in January and even popped over baby jumps. I got to meet Katherine’s new boy Siggy. January was also the month that I started to plan my first return to the show ring.
I planned to show 2 weeks at Wilmington and week 1 really put a wrench in those plans. On the bright side this meant that Annie was able to venture to Wilmington to see the sights. Tracy and Sam came to visit as well! Love blogger meet ups! Later in the month Annie totally stole the show and really knocked it out of the park at her first show.
At the beginning of March I found out that Houston was coming back to me. This month Annie also got her first taste of trail riding and we got to go to our second schooling show once again proving to me that she seriously is good about all adventures!
April brought more of the same. We went on more trail rides, did more schooling shows, and best of all made a trip to KY for Rolex. I also committed to the dark side and ended up with a dressage saddle again…
This month was probably one of the more epic adventure months. I finally got to meet Beka (part 1 and 2), crossed off the bucket list item of riding on the beach, and due to Rolex weekend inspired FOMO Annie and I attempted our first horse trial.
This month was also pretty huge. Annie and I went to River Glen. Kyle and I added the cutest little bear cub to the pack and last but certainly not least I was able to meet Henry and Quinny… Meeting Amanda and Karen was alright too ;). I also learned that Austin is literally hotter than hell and I pretty much never want to reside there.
The first week in July was spent at TIEC. Annie was a beast in the baby jumpers and then we had a blast and a half at Chatt Hills (day 1 and 2) the following weekend. The rest of the month was spent at home trail riding and soaking up all of the lessons.
This month ended up being the month of new things. My BO helped me build a jump, I went to my first inspection, attended the Elisa Wallace clinic (day 1 and 2) and met Lauren, and had a blast using my truck tent for the first time at River Glen (day 1 and 2).
This was a nice and low key month for me. No shows, minimal travel, and the start of my new job. Huey did find a new home though and ended up moving to AL to teach a mom and 2 daughters all about dressaging!
Our last voyage of the year was no small feat and found us in OK at Feather Creek with Bobby/Halo for our move up to Novice. On top of that Baby Luna joined the herd this month!
With no more shows on the docket for the year most of my rides were very low key. I also continued to battle scratches and thrush. I did still end up at a show though with the Young Horse Show finals. Go team HMS!
This past month has been all about fun. Annie and I have been hacking out, jumping all the things, and most of all just enjoying life. I have been absorbing any and all material on sport horse breeding and the blogger meet up adventures continued though with L coming to visit me and Carey taking me to meet MoMo while I was in SD. For the first time in I don’t even know how long I will get to ring in the new year with my family. Happy happy new year!
Here’s to you 2016! Can’t wait to see what adventures 2017 has in store!