Yesterday I thanked all the professionals who have helped, and continue to support, Miles and I. Today, I want to recognize a different but equally important group of people. In addition to keeping my horse happy, healthy and performing his best, our relationship is a partnership between him and I. And no matter how great Miles is feeling, it doesn’t mean squat if I’m sucking. And let me tell you, it takes a whole group of people to keep me going.
No seriously — there’s a lot of people that help me every day and support my “horse habit.” So here’s to them; by now they probably all deserve an Emmy or a Nobel Prize… or something!
Riding would never have entered into my life if it weren’t for my parents — and it wouldn’t have become such a big part of my existence if they hadn’t continued to support it. They consider horses a part of the family, just like I do. In fact, a piece of Visa still lives on their mantle, at my father’s request when we decided to get him cremated. Okay, maybe that was TMI, but seriously — my parents are crazy supportive from making Miles fly bonnets and quarter sheets to encouraging me to buy a new saddle so that we can succeed, I am crazy lucky to have them backing me up at every turn.
My Barn Family
I realized a long time ago that while I love to show, I don’t love to show alone. It’s way more fun to go with a group and cheer each other on. And that’s exactly what I have here. Team Brookside kicks ass (if I do say so myself) and it’s awesome to have made so many great friends while riding. From the show crew, to the lesson gang and even those who I just see around the barn everyone checks in in Miles (especially in inclement weather) and we help each other out.
My Best Friend & Maid of Honor
I met my best friend and maid of honor at Timber Run when I started riding there in 2011, and it’s been a fast and easy friendship. So far, her maid of honor duties have included body clipping my horse (who we found out HATES to be body clipped), reminding Miles how to behave on the lunge line (4 weeks after she had major surgery) and letting me borrow half of her stuff when Miles wasn’t cooperating. N is always in my corner, helping me through anything and everything. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend who truly understands this crazy horse thing.
Best of all? Friends who ride together, win together and stay together!
Yeah, you knew this one was coming! It’s probably annoying to keep hearing about how awesome Sam is, but I can’t help that it’s true! He was right beside me rehabbing Visa, took days off when he passed away and he was the one that told me to buy Miles. He comes to every. single. horse show, and many, many lessons. He even comes to the barn just to hang out and watch me hack. He’s always supporting my dream and without him, it definitely wouldn’t be possible.
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So thanks guys, for sticking by my side through thick and thin; talking me down off the ledge when shit hits the fan and for celebrating every success with me, no matter how small. Through my love of horses, I’ve found a love of people and an extended family that I wouldn’t give up for the world. It takes a village to keep horse and rider on track, but honestly? I wouldn’t love it as much if it were any other way.