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January 7, 2013

My Supporters And Students Meant Everything To Me In 2012

2012. What a whirlwind. The ultimate balance between going to a university as a full-time student and three-day eventing may never be a balance I find.

This year really was about that balance and finding myself in my riding. The acquisition of a talented, careful horse named Jitter Bug has pushed my riding to a new level of understanding. I have not only broadened my understanding of the importance of the lower levels through this year with her, but I have also found patience and respect for this time in a horse’s learning process.

March 8, 2012

A Whirlwind Trip And A Return To Blogging

This is a far overdue update. During the last few months some dramatic changes have taken place, all of which were welcomed, and it’s only now that things have finally started to settle out and become part of my normal life.

The most busy time of the past three months were wrapped up in December and January, so I am going to jump right in.

November 17, 2011

Rewriting The Past

I realize, being who I am, that I have a tendency to be overly competitive and overly analytical. When I see a problem, I want to fix it immediately. Since my return from the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, these qualities certainly haven’t changed.

October 23, 2011

Disappointed But Not Defeated

I woke up this morning with a feeling of incompletion after cross-country at the Pan American Games. Twenty-four hours ago I couldn’t sleep or eat. I woke up with clammy hands before my alarm. I was ready for the day. 

When we arrived at La Hipica Club, we loaded the horses into trailers and took all our supplies over to Santa Sofia Country Club, where the cross-country was to be held. I got on for a quick ride when I got there to feel the footing and get a little air in my horse’s lungs.  

October 22, 2011

Dressage Day At The Pan Ams Was The Best Possible

It was the best I could have imagined. It’s like she knew today was the day to do her very best in dressage. She never put up a fight but was compliant and better in the ring than I could have ever expected.

Today my horse, Ballingowan Ginger, and I put in our dressage test for the Pan American Games. It was surreal. As I trotted into the big arena, there was a large audience, huge flower boxes and a big-time feel to the arena.

October 20, 2011

Riding On A Golf Course Is A Dream Come True

It is good to remember the past. It brings me home, reminds me of what I’ve been through, and strengthens me for what is to come.

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