Our last show of the season was not only extremely successful for Miles and I, but truly a culmination of all that we’ve accomplished in the last six months. We jumped around the big ring, had out best trips to date in our division and had a lot of fun. Of course, none of this would have been possible without my amazing support system: Trainer, friends and family. The show wasn’t without its challenges — competing with no preparation (Miles went to the show the day after I returned from vacation), showing with the flu (thank goodness for DayQuil), and attending a Wedding the same weekend. All in all though, the show could not have gone any better for us!
Wow, I have so many updates for ya’ll! It’s been way to long since my last post, but I’m finally settled in enough after our whirlwind start to October to sit down and talk about all the awesome that’s happened. To start, I’m backing all the way up to our vacation last week in Georgia. We’ve been planning this trip for over a year, and both my husband and I were really excited. Our plan was to fly to Atlanta for one night, drive to Athens for a night and then spend a few days on the coast in Savannah.
I’m a ring baby — I grew up riding in a ring, and while I went on the occasional trail ride at the first barn I ever rode at, I was focused more on showing. After I bought my first horse, I moved to a barn that didn’t have access to trails and we only hauled out one time for trail ride that I can remember. And that’s been pretty much my experience trail riding except for one ride in a Metropark in 2011. Now I’m lucky enough to board at a facility with direct access to miles of groomed trails, and I’ve been logging some time riding outside of the arena. When a last-minute chance to haul out to a nature reserve with tons of bridle paths presented itself this week, I jumped on it!
This is just a quick and dirty recap of all that’s gone on in the last few weeks — it’s been a whirlwind for sure. Lots of highs and lows, but that’s life. My riding has been sporadic at best, but I’ve still managed to fit in some quality pony time (thank goodness).