Yesterday I celebrated my very own made-up holiday: National Pony Day. In honor of Visa, I decided to take April 17th off work and do nothing but fun stuff, just because I can. This year was extra special because it was the first National Pony Day I got to spend with my very own horse.
The day started off fabulously: I slept in, cuddled with Rocky and woke up to an amazing bouquet of spring flowers and a heartfelt card from my fiancé, Sam. Yeah, he’s definitely a keeper. Around 10 am I finally rolled out of the house to do some shopping. I hit Kohls, Dicks Sporting Goods and Target before meandering my way to the mall to check out DSW, Macy’s and Sears. I got all sorts of good stuff, including some new jeans and cardigans and a much needed work-appropriate rain jacket. I’m officially all set for Rolex next weekend!!
|National Pony Day: April 17th, in honor of Visa, the best one <3|
Of course the local tack store is on the way home from the mall.. ish. So I stopped there too. I bought a Lickit Bar Treat for Miles, Springtime Zocks, a new girth for the bestie N… and I picked up a consignment saddle for her to try (psst, someone go buy her M. Toulouse Annice please, haha). I met Sam at home and we enjoyed a nice lunch outside on the patio at Noodles & Co. I absolutely love their Wisconsin Mac N Cheese; not good for the diet what-so-ever, but entirely satisfying none the less.
I picked up N from school (she skipped her afternoon class to hang out with me at the barn) and we each had two horses to ride. So I hopped on Vinnie and we hacked around outside in the sun for about 20 minutes. The horses were great and it just felt so damn nice to ride outside in the daylight.
Then I grabbed Miles and N hopped on Diamond for our bonus National Pony Day lesson. We were able to lesson outside for the first time this year, which was a huge treat. The horses were great — a bit rusty at jumping outside at first, but they were both stellar. We jumped around some 2’3″ courses and Miles was fantastic, nailing every lead change and even taking a really long spot.
N loved the saddle I brought for her to try, and she looked great. Her partnership with Diamond has come such a long way in the last year, and I’m really pumped to watch them show this year! And of course, there’s a small part of me that really hopes we get to show in the same division together once this year… even though she’d kick my ass!
Anyways, N and I finished up the day stuffing our faces full of margaritas, mozzarella sticks and burgers at Red Robin. ‘Cause there’s no better way to end a day than copious amounts of frozen tequila.
|So incredibly blessed to have two amazing chestnut geldings in my lifetime!|
P.S. Thank you so much to everyone for your thoughts and well-wishes yesterday. Despite some tears… okay a lot of tears especially in the morning, I had an absolutely fantastic day. It means a lot to know how many people I have supporting me… especially so many that I’ve never met. <3