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  • Actual Names of Riders Please

    Would anyone care to share their names so that I could live vicariously through you and follow your progress in the COTH? (or would that take the mystery out of it?) Thanks if you want to.
  • Original Poster

    Would anyone care to share their names so that I could live vicariously through you and follow your progress in the COTH? (or would that take the mystery out of it?) Thanks if you want to.


    • #3

      I have no problem posting my "real" name on the board...I'm Sharon Sluss, CPA, pleased to meet you. I'm a Cost Accountant/Financial Analyst with a small pharmaceutical company in Research Triangle Park in Durham, NC. My desire was to always go to the olympics..just a dream now...thus Daydream Believer. It's also a good song for those of you old enough to remember [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
      I have 4 horses, a husband, 4 dogs (JRT's) and 5 cats...get the picture? An animal nut...to include the husband!

      Can you tell us about yourself? I looked at your profile and saw that your birthday was 1903? Is that correct or a typo?

      Anyway, I hope others will do the same as I have. I'm always curious about the folks behind the user names and what they do for a living, etc...


      "I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself." D.H. Lawrence


      • #4
        free, what is COTH? i have seen it referenced all over the board. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img]


        • #5
          It's an abbreviation for Chronicle of the Horse Magazine. Free was asking for our names so she could watch for them in the results from competitions published in the magazine to see how we placed, etc.. I see that I'm still the only person who "uncloaked." That's OK. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

          "I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself." D.H. Lawrence


          • #6
            Hi Ann aka Drifting Cloud

            I'm glad you uncloaked too. I was beginning to feel a bit odd all by myself! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

            "I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself." D.H. Lawrence


            • #7
              Like Drifting Cloud, I don't think you have to worry about seeing my name in COTH anytime soon, but I'll go ahead and reveal all my juicy details anyway... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

              I'm Janna Bankston, and I am a senior at Clemson University in upstate SC. I am a marketing major. I live in Greenville and commute back and forth to Clemson, b/c my horses are in Greenville.

              I am a graduate H-A Pony Clubber, and I'm still actively involved with PC. I'm going to a seminar in Lexington, KY in October that will certify me to start participating in C-3 ratings. I hope to eventually become a National Examiner!!

              I have two horses. One is actually my fiance's mothers that I am competing for her. Her name is Shasta McNasty and she is a 7 year old chestnut Appendix mare. She will be doing her first training this spring. I hope to do my first prelim on her sometime after that... *fingers crossed* it seems like I can't ever get above training level, so maybe this is my chance!

              My other horse is an 8 year old gray 3/4 TB, 1/4 QH gelding named Duramax. He will be doing BN later this fall- or as soon as we work some of our issues out! He is 8 yrs old, and I'm the 8th person to own him, so he's been passed around quite a bit b/c he's difficult. We are making progress though!

              Thats me! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]


              • #8
                OOOPS! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img] i just subscribed to COTH, received my first issue today. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] maybe i will now understand some of the bb lingo.


                • Original Poster

                  that I "uncloak" also, but none of you will be able to live vicariously through me. (If you can, boy are you in trouble!)

                  I feel almost as old as that birthdate ( it is actually '41 (19 not 18) and I do remember the tune "Daydream Believer" quite well. I just realized that I have been humming it a lot lately. I guess from seeing it on here. One of my favorites.

                  I am "free" on here because Mary was taken and it was a quick name that I had admired in a novel. (Also to convince the animals that they DO NOT own me) Real name (nothing glamorous) Mary Helen Sparks. I am down here taking care of the farm with two horses, one mini, six dogs ( someone dropped the latest one off 5 days ago) and two cats. My husband will be joining me here in Florida after he takes his second retirement. We have eight children and six grandchildren.

                  The reason that I am here is because our youngest son followed his horses down, I followed him, and my DH is following me. Now #8 child recently moved to Virginia to become a working student for the O'Conners for as long as he can afford to be in this sport. My license plate reads "Go broke, buy a horse". We are addicted and horse poor....and only been in it for three years.

                  The horse that Andy thought he would go Intermediate with in a couple of months was just diagnosed with suspensory problems so we can relate to the heartache of that.

                  Enough already! Someone elses' turn. I could tell from some of the postings that quite a few of you knew each other from Events, so I didn't think that you would mind sharing.


                  • #10
                    Free, I'm thrilled to find someone older than I am on the board. Born in '45 so that puts me at 56, pushing 57 really fast.

                    I'm Susan James and am one of those weird people that use their middle name instead of the first name.

                    Have a small farm in Honeoye Falls, NY (small town just outside Rochester)with 2 horses and a house and barn cat. Eventually will get another dog, but that's not in the cards right now.

                    One horse, Chocolate, is a 15 yr old retired QH and usually referred to as a PITA pony. The other horse, Tiger Bay, is a lovely 10 yr old OTTB, who was evented to training level before I got him. He usually forgets he's a tb and is a very kind and honest guy. I still try to train on a regular basis with Carol Kozlowski and Carrie Wehle. Both are very kind to this little old lady! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

                    When I was much younger, I evented, did hunters and open jumpers and even did a stint as a DQ. Now, I just have the horses for enjoyment. I'm the first to admit that I no longer have the guts to do any serious jumping. The ground is just way too hard and I don't bounce anymore! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

                    You will usually find me at Genesee Valley Riding and Driving Club (GVRDC) and Stuart HT and the GVRDC Jumping Derby in the X-C warm-up ring with my trusty megaphone telling people when to go to the start box. You'll also find me at a few of GVRDC twilight dressage shows as well.

                    I also get to relive vicariously all the thrills of eventing thru all the other event riders nowadays. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]


                    You know you're a horse person when...you can find your boots by smell.

                    PWBTB@WC (People who browse the BB at Work Clique)

                    I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


                    • #11
                      Just me again. I wanted to state that your chances of seeing me in COTH are fairly slim as well for this season. My primary competition horse, What About Bob, a 14 year old TBX is laid up with really sore hocks right now. His arthritis is flaring up pretty bad. Bob made it to training level back in the mid 90's but a suspensory injury knocked him out of competition in 98 and I'm still trying to get him back to training level. It's not looking real good now unfortunately with his other problems giving him so much trouble but there's hope that the Adequan will help. He's a good looking pasture ornament so he's not going anywhere.

                      My other gelding is a 14:1 hand BLM mustang named Nevada Star that I "rescued" when I lived in Watertown, NY. I found him in a backyard waiting for the killer man to come get him. $450 saved him and he's a wonderful little guy...a great jumper and fabulous dressage pony. He's done Novice eventing and 1st level dressage. Unfortunately, he's injured his left front foot...we suspect a navicular ligament now...and he's out indefinitely too. I love this little guy and will never sell him either. We're going to try Adequan on him too to see if it helps.

                      My only ride at the moment is a Connemara/TB mare that's another rescue. She's just weaned a surprise foal(another long story) and is starting back to work but she's quite green and it will be next spring before she' ready to event. So that's why you shouldn't look too hard for my name this fall but if Bob gets back to work, it's possible.

                      Nice to meet all of you. I'm glad you all decided to "uncloak" as well. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

                      "I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself." D.H. Lawrence


                      • #12
                        Hi Free, I'll be next!

                        I'm Angel Martin-Dias and live in Gibsonia, PA, which is just north of Pittsburgh. I do environmental project management, but it's more paper shuffling and mousing then hugging trees and kissing bunnies.

                        I have 3 horses, a retired Dutch Warmblood who just turned 21 - I evented him through prelim and then he taught my best friend to event. My intermediate mare, Cordelia, and Aldie (who will show as Judge Not), a 5 year old who hasn't competed yet, round out the crew...well, I guess that's not fair to say, because my trophy husband is a major part of the team as is Tucker, a yellow lab (the bestest dog in the world!). I'm not competing right now since Cordelia is for sale, and Aldie's not quite ready to go yet.

                        Duramax mentioned she was in PC, and I was too, back in the day. I'm a graduate A from Harts Run Hunt and still try to help out with club stuff and regional stuff when I can.

                        msj, hope you have a great weekend at Stuart!



                        • #13
                          You won't see my name either! I'm Betsy Miller and I live in Maryland, Southern Prince Georges County. I'm 39, and also remember Daydream Believer! I have a 6 year old OTTB that I am taking in un-recognized horse trials this year. We've done some BN and I plan to do a novice in October. Plan to do some recognized stuff next year though. My horse's name is Hektor, but I plan to give him a "show name" next year.

                          I used to do some eventing in the 80's when I boarded at Olney Farm in MD, while I was still in college. I had an OTTB named Steamer and we did Novice.

                          Superheroes of the universe, unite! http://www.allmightysenators.com/super.html

                          The truth is rarely pure, and never simple. Oscar Wilde


                          • #14
                            This is fun. I am Becky Bowen, Glen Ellyn, IL and you will probably never see my name in the Chronicle either. My horse is a 15 y.o. Dutch Warmblood/TB mare, Fan Dancer a.k.a. April, that I event at novice and we are having a ball. She is recovering from a bruised tendon right now and we are just starting back to work. I am an area sales manager for a food additives company. Nice to meet everyone.



                            • #15
                              Angel!! I don't think I realized that was you! How's everything going?!

                              Ok, guess I"m next. I'm Tammy Makela and I maintain the corporate intranet for Elder-Beerman Stores (midwest retail chain with 68 stores near you... so go non-horsey shopping and keep me employed! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] ). I remember Daydream Believer too (my fav Monkees song) but only in reruns. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] Doubt you'll see me in COTH results either. Temporarily on hiatus from competition with my 15yo tb mare Lady Chardinan (Char) but hope to do 3 events later this fall. I've had her for almost 9 years (my first horse) and we've gone from green rider/greener horse to fairly competent at Prelim and tried our hand at a CCI* last fall (although we didn't finish XC). Phoebe the formely stray cat and Reese the 9yo Newf finish the family. Other things I do: currently president of the Central Ohio Eventing Association, webmaster of the Official Area VIII website (www.horse-events.com/area8), announcer for several local horse trials, new "Buffy" addict, oh... and I've applied to be on "Survivor" 3 different times. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

                              YEA RED WINGS!!! 2002 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!! HOCKEYTOWN FOREVER!!

                              If Dressage is a Symphony... Eventing is Rock & Roll!

                              Survivor thoughts -- Thailand here we come. BTW PICK ME FOR S6!!
                              "Of course it's hard. It's supposed to be hard. It's the Hard that makes it great."

                              "Get up... Get out... Get Drunk. Repeat as needed." -- Spike


                              • #16
                                "I work as a library manager in Columbia, SC so I have a long & sucky commute. I'm trying to find another job closer to Aiken."
                                My boyfriend's father lives near Columbia, SC in Eastover. It's a nice area (so much land!) He does Equine Massage. What library do you work at?...I'm thinking of relocating in the next year or two and I am a Library Assistant.

                                Anyways...So hear's my actual stats....which will probably not be appearing in COTH anytime soon either!

                                My name is Lisa, I am 24 and work as a Library Assistant at an art college (which I attended and graduated with a BFA in Design/Illustration). I own a 'spunky' 11-year-old-still-green-with-attitude TB. His name is Smart Alec and he's my pal. He was injured in Feb and we are coming back slowly and steadily. I just started adding canter back into our work but we mostly work walk, trot, do groundpoles, and trail ride. Hopefully, if all goes well in another 2 months we can begin to jump again. Meanwhile, we work on basics which we need anyways. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

                                Me fail english? That's umpossible.
                                -Ralph Wigham [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]
                                \"Donuts. Is there anything they can\'t do?\"


                                • #17
                                  Yep, it's me Tammy! I've missed seeing you!!


                                  • #18
                                    Are you going to be at the Annual Meeting?! We could definitely plan to catch up there. Miss you too!

                                    YEA RED WINGS!!! 2002 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!! HOCKEYTOWN FOREVER!!

                                    If Dressage is a Symphony... Eventing is Rock & Roll!

                                    Survivor thoughts -- Thailand here we come. BTW PICK ME FOR S6!!
                                    "Of course it's hard. It's supposed to be hard. It's the Hard that makes it great."

                                    "Get up... Get out... Get Drunk. Repeat as needed." -- Spike


                                    • #19
                                      I'm hoping to be there. Geez, no excuses since it's only 2 hours away!


                                      • #20
                                        <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>What library do you work at?...I'm thinking of relocating in the next year or two and I am a Library Assistant.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
                                        I work in the small internal library at the SC Department of Transportation. I want to get another job in a public, academic (college), or public school library. Where there's a bit more action and the work is more varied (and interesting).

                                        I'm enjoying reading everyone's stories! I'm a bit shocked at how many of us have injured horses (especially with tendon & ligament injuries!!!). Seems to be a trend there. Oh well...at least we're all in good company! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]

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                                        \"So shines a good deed in a weary world\" - Willy Wonka