Happy New Year!
(and Happy Birthday to the TB's!)
2014 is bringing some exciting adventures my way- I'm going to attempt to try a blog to chronicle said adventures.
Who are we?
There is Aloan- the star of the show! He's a 2005 KWPN gelding I purchased from www.twowillowsequine.com in 2009 after I fell in love with him while starting him under saddle. There was just something about him that seemed to click with me and I was bound and determined to make it work. I've never regretted it for a moment. He's apparently tall (17.1hh) however since I'm 6'+ we create an optical illusion of average. Aloan has a great work ethic and tries his heart out for me everytime. He makes prelim feel like a casual hack, and despite being a bit of a princess he is tough as nails. (I can go on all day but there are many more blog posts to come to learn more about him and as the saying goes "Ask me about my horse! Have you got all day?")
Then there is Chloe. I'd never really intended to have a dog even though I love them. Chloe came with the apartment I currently rent- her owner had moved to New Zealand and couldn't take her. I took her on the condition she could learn to come to the barn and work with me- something Chloe has learned to love! The first few days were interesting as she would growl at children and I had to be very careful if people brought their dogs as she was quite agressive. Now I don't think the barn would be quite the same without her. She watches lessons, keeps the parents company, entertains little brothers or sisters and is always ready to comfort you if you have a tumble. Its quite rare to see us apart now!
Me... Started riding when I was 13 (short of a handful of lessons and trail rides at 10). Was involved with Pony Club and I had a great coach that introduced me to eventing. Learned to ride on OTTB's, got to school XC through the Pony Club but had to wait til after graduating college to actually compete in my first event. Just finished the 2013 season at Prelim and am aiming for our first CCI* in May and stepping up to Intermediate this year. Which is pretty much why I figured I'd start a blog- this is going to be quite the most interesting year ahead.
So out of the start box we go-
Lets see what 2014 has in store.