I say this all the time, but one of the best things about being an equestrian blogger is the amazing community. I’ve made a lot of friends from all around the country (and the world!) through blogging, and I’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting a few in person too. Every time I meet a new blogger, it’s like we’ve been friends forever — the conversation never lags, time flies by and I find myself thinking oh my gosh, how is time to go already?!
Up to now, I’ve met 13 bloggers, and pretty much every single time I go somewhere, I end up meeting someone. And pretty much any time someone comes into my neck of the woods, we meet up. I love it! A few more local bloggers I’ve hung out with more than once, and I have to admit there’s a few that live fairly close that I’ve never met (I’m look at you Monica and X!) But all in all, it’s been a wonderful experience to meet so many amazing people through blogging.
Each year, I’ve met at least three bloggers since 2014. I started seriously blogging in 2013, so that’s not a bad record! In 2014, the first blogger I ever met was Jess from Riding Rainbow. She moved to the area for a short-term job, and we had quite the time barn hopping a few times. Then in April I went to Rolex for my bachelorette party, and it was the first time I ever met Kristen from Stampy and the Brain, and Hillary from Equestrian At Hart. Both lovely ladies have since been in the area more than once and we’ve met up. Finally, to round out my year I met Mary from Simply Horse Crazy at Quarter Horse Congress.
The following year, 2015, started off with a bang when I traveled to Austin for vacation in January and met Lauren from She Moved to Texas — and rode the infamous #nerdhorse! In March I tagged along on my husband’s business trip to San Francisco and met the amazing L from Viva Carlos. My show season started in May, and at the time Emily from The Exquisite Equine lived in the area, so she met us at a horse show! And then in August, Jen from Wyvern Oaks drove all the way from Texas with Brego and Paddy for a joust at the Ohio State Fair <3
So far though, 2016 was my banner year for blogger meet-ups. In April I visited my grandmother in upstate New York and met Carly from Poor Woman Showing who let me ride Bobby Magee, and I crossed “participate in epic Bobby photoshoot” off my bucket list. A few months later in June, Genny from A Gift Horse was in town on business and she got to ride Miles when he was “wild” in the outdoor! In September I once again tagged along on one of hubby’s business trips to Boston and met Terisé from Breeches and Boat Shoes! The year rounded out with meeting Beka from The Owls Approve while we were on vacation in Savannah, Georgia.
And finally, 2017 started off right with a blogger meet-up in late January! I met Siobhan from Alberta, Canada when she was in town on… you guessed it — business! So if you’re ever in Columbus, Ohio let me know so we can meet up!