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  • It's that time of year, time to reflect on where we've been and where we're going.

    How did your year go with your horse(s)?

    Did you meet your goal(s)?

    What were your unexpected highs and lows?

    What plans are you making for next year?

    What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?

    And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!
    Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN

  • #2
    How did your year go with your horse(s)?
    It started out great and went downhill after Nikki was out of commission for 8 weeks. I got pretty burned out by the end of the summer. Not a good year overall.

    Did you meet your goal(s)?
    No. My goal was to go clear in a 1.50m GP. I only did 2 of those and did not have that result. I did go clear every time I did the 1.45m high a/o classics, but I only did a couple of those before I turned pro.

    What were your unexpected highs and lows?
    Highs: Going clear in the A/O classic at HITS the first week I was showing. It was a BIG 1.45m (and got put up to 1.50m for the jump off) and neither of us had shown in over 8 months, it was my first show back from shoulder surgery, and I hadn't had that great of a week. It was a good day.

    It was also a major high, although unexpected, when a baby green that I showed was not only good for me, but fantastic for his owner in the short stirrup the next day. It took a lot of work with this horse, but we went from jumping around 2'6'' or so to jumping a full 3' course with "big boy jumps," including a liverpool. I made a lot of progress with him and it made me smile.

    I e-mailed La Mundial Custom Boots on a whim and basically wrote a cover letter saying why they should sponsor me. I really couldn't believe it when I got an e-mail back saying that they would like to!

    Lows: Nikki's persistent abscess that would not come out. I was disappointed that we couldn't show, but it was worse that she was so uncomfortable and there was really not much I could do. By the time we were back in the game, things weren't coming together and I lost my confidence and my drive. It was pretty rough.

    What plans are you making for next year?
    I honestly don't know at this point.

    What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
    I learned a lot working with Katharine Burdsall Heller! I took some lessons with her toward the end of the summer and learned so much. She is a fantastic teacher! I'm planning on uploading a video of one of the lessons once I get home for winter break.

    And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!
    I have multiples since I showed a few different horses:
    This one of Nikki always makes me laugh because she's up so high and yet somehow, I'm hanging on and maintaining my eq!
    Nikki
    Nikki jump-hunting

    This is Benny. He belongs to a good friend of mine who does prelim eventing, but let me borrow Benny for a hunter derby.

    Baby Owen in the baby greens.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/supershorty628
    Proudly blogging for The Chronicle of the Horse!

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    • Original Poster

      #3
      How did your year go with your horse(s)?

      It went okay. We started off showing in Atlanta, and then KY, and then my baby horse Comet got sick in June and my show plans had to be put on hold.

      Just this month I've got Aero back in the 1.20/1.25 ring and had a blast with him. He won his first little bit of prize money. He's my best buddy and I love him more than words can say.


      Did you meet your goal(s)?

      With my 4 year old I met all my goals but one, he didn't make it to his first rated show in 2012 and that had been my top goal with him. He was champion or reserve champion at the unrated shows he went to.



      What were your unexpected highs and lows?

      My unexpected high was jumping Aero (my 7 year old) 1.55m for the first time. It was a total rush. Loved every moment of it.

      My unexpected low was having Comet (my 3 year old) diagnosed with EPM in June. It's been a long and heart breaking road, but he is doing okay now. Taking care of a very broken and debilitated EPM horse can be alarmingly expensive and it took most of my horse show money. But, he's standing in my barn munching hay right now, starting to be ponied again and may improve to the point where he can be ridden again.



      What plans are you making for next year?

      Hoping to do the 8 year old jumpers with my big horse. Hoping to do the 5 year olds with my young one, and I day dream about my baby Comet.





      What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?

      I have been working with a sports psychology coach for about 3 months now and that has been the best coaching/training experience of my riding career.

      I also learned that I should never, ever, take a vicodine the night before jumping horses. I learned that it really does effect my muscle control. I had never fallen off a horse at a horse show but I did that day, in the 2'6" ring no less on a client's horse who had decided he'd had enough, did a dirty stop, turn, and run out, and I was positively impacted by the ground. LOL. Oh good times. Not.



      And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!

      My baby Ollie


      and

      this one, my very first attempt at 1.55m and Aero's first time too. It was so much fun!

      First 1.55 jump
      Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN

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      • #4
        How did your year go with your horse(s)?

        With my mare it was mixed. Finally realized we weren't clicking, but we did get to our first show!

        Did you meet your goal(s)?

        Actually some. I wanted to get my mare out to a few schooling shows- to a horse trial or derby and a jumper show, and I did get her to a derby/mini horse trial! I even got a ribbon! And my BF got 2nd on her at the same derby/HT. Didn't get her to any jumper shows, though. :/

        I also achieved a "lifetime" goal rather unexpectedly!! I've always wanted to own an Andalusian or Lusitano, I ride as an amateur on a few Andalusian stallions at shows and wow. Nothing compares to that feel. And noooow I'm the proud owner of a 7 month old Andalusian colt!!

        What were your unexpected highs and lows?

        Unexpected highs- my Christmas colt!!

        Lows- realizing my mare and I don't mesh and deciding to advertise her for sale.

        What plans are you making for next year?

        Baby horse plans!! And of course, plenty of riding! And showing the Andi stallions

        What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?

        That just because a breed isn't popular in a discipline doesn't mean no individual from that breed can be competitive or successful! I got the opportunity to work with an Andalusian gelding for a couple months who gleefully jumped a meter and had scope for more. And that was with a dressage trained background! No jump training before I was able to ride him.

        And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!

        Prepare to be inundated with pictures!

        Here is that Andalusian gelding!

        http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...65724218_n.jpg

        http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...49801501_n.jpg

        http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...23175014_n.jpg

        http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...86518718_n.jpg

        And my Andalusian colt!!

        http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...25979655_n.jpg

        http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...40726483_n.jpg

        http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...47271137_n.jpg

        http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...91723710_n.jpg
        Originally posted by Nickelodian
        We jump horses. Over sticks. For fun.
        Never take life too seriously. Nobody makes it out alive anyway.
        Regulus RDL

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        • #5
          How did your year go with your horse(s)?
          Better than last year (no knee surgery in 2012!!), but pretty average. I showed 4-5 horses in a variety of classes ranging from 1st level dressage, 2'6"- 3' hunters and some baby jumper classes (3').

          Did you meet your goal(s)?
          Not really. I was hoping to get further with my greenies than I did.

          What were your unexpected highs and lows?
          Unexpected high would be finding out that a horse I purchased as a schooling horse may be capable of doing the bigger jumper classes (1.30m+). My low was saying goodbye to one of my old jumpers. She was 35 when she passed .

          What plans are you making for next year?
          Finish my USEF judges license by fulfilling my judging hours. Hopefully doing a sport horse competition in Sweden and touring some of the German Stud farms. Finish my trainer's certification with USHJA. Showing one of my jumpers in 1.20m classes, doing baby green hunters and some dressage classes with some of my greenies (I have 8 this year to show!).

          What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
          I had a lot of fun working on some committees with USHJA and look forward to doing that again this year. I also learned some useful things at some clinics and will hopefully do more this year!

          And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!
          http://s1264.beta.photobucket.com/us...ml?sort=3&o=25

          http://s1264.beta.photobucket.com/us...ml?sort=3&o=26


          Those are a couple pics of one of my new guys I bought this summer.
          Last edited by hntrjmprpro45; Dec. 18, 2012, 03:01 PM. Reason: ETA: Better Pictures!

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          • #6
            How did your year go with your horse(s)?
            I don't own, but the year started pretty bad with my old barn, not being pushed enough, not enjoying myself, lots of barn drama, etc. However, I switched barns and I can't say how much I am enjoying myself. The trainers are super nice, but they nitpick me which I want and need, and everyone else in the barn was super welcoming.
            I started riding a large pony about a month into my new barn, and one lesson in particular was perfect. We were just flying around the course. It just reminded me of how amazing horses really are and the freedom that they share with their humans. By far, that was the best moment of the year.


            Did you meet your goal(s)?
            Although not a showing goal, I think my goal was to just enter the 'real' showing world, find a couple good mounts and a trainer I liked. I have definitely reached and surpassed that goal.

            What were your unexpected highs and lows?

            What plans are you making for next year?

            What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
            In my new barn, my mom and I have heard multiple times people saying "She is a beautiful rider". I have decent Eq according to show judges, but it means a lot to have the trainer, assistant trainer (BN) and a couple clients say that about you, unprompted.

            And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!

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            • #7
              Well, here's giving it a shot:
              How did your year go with your horse?-Our year went great, with only a couple blips along the way! I had a baby in January, started riding again in March, jumped my first course on green jumper mare at a clinic in May, then got reserve champion our first time jumping at a show in June.

              Did you meet your goal(s)?-Goals were to be able to jump a decent course on a very difficult & green mare, and for the most part we succeeded. Currently doing 2'7"-3'1" courses.

              What were your unexpected highs and lows?-Unexpected Highs- that first clinic...being able to "keep up" with the other horses & riders in our group when we were placed in the jumping group vs. the flat only/low jumping group we requested.
              Unexpected lows- a freak fall at a show after jumping the first 5 jumps in the course nicely. Still not sure exactly what happened (mild concussion), but I'm pretty sure my being physically loose/not strong enough and having a slippery saddle had something to do with it. Also, other unexpected low was extreme nerves before entering the first class at a couple shows (especially the one after that fall). I found myself thinking that I like showing better on paper than in real life! But after that first trip went OK each time, then I was fine.

              What plans are you making for next year?-Plans for next year include continuing to improve our jumping, maybe even start riding to win instead of just being conservative. Also, strengthening as a rider- i.e. my core, legs, and seat, which will be hard given limited time to ride.

              What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?- I learned that my horse isn't a she-devil. She actually does want to try hard, and although I need to help her learn how to do it right, I also need to learn to let her go sometimes and not let my nerves take over. Oh, and it won't always be perfect

              And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!
              Not really my favorite pics, but here are a couple I can access from work (photo credit JAS Photography):
              http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/...pse24bb182.jpg
              http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7cc21bf4.jpg

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              • #8
                How did your year go with your horse(s)?

                A good year -- finally got my OTTB out and about a little and spent some time having fun with horses. OTTB is a joy to ride and I am so pleased with how far he has come and how well he is jumping. I almost even made it to a horse show.

                Did you meet your goal(s)?

                No -- the "almost" above. But we did make it to a good clinic and my horse did great there, so I am happy with the year.

                What were your unexpected highs and lows?

                Highs -- having Ted turn out so well. This horse is blowing away my expectations. Lows -- 2 year old overreached badly and spent 8 weeks in a stall this spring. He was never lame but the wound was nastyhttp://http://www.facebook.com/#!/ph...type=3&theater and he could not be turned out until it healed enough to wear bell boots. He was an angel on stall rest and healed completely, though, so that was a positive.

                What plans are you making for next year?

                Sending baby horse to get started in the spring; having a baby human myself in the spring. Maybe getting to a few horsey events if we all get in shape.

                And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!

                Ted: http://www.shutterfly.com/lightbox/v...4ab00f16ca9e1e

                Farm with running horses: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...type=3&theater

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                • #9
                  Fordtraktor, I could only see the last two.
                  Originally posted by Nickelodian
                  We jump horses. Over sticks. For fun.
                  Never take life too seriously. Nobody makes it out alive anyway.
                  Regulus RDL

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                  • #10
                    I went and copied my 2012 Goals (http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...502-2012-Goals) because I couldn't remember what I had actually tried to attain. Good idea for reflection!

                    Here's hoping --

                    Show the mare in the schooling jumpers (3'-3'3'') at our local shows and try very hard to qualify for APHA World. We've got to see if we can fix the fact that, while tidy, she does not care if she tips a rail here and there. If we can't; may have to rethink plans.

                    Show the gelding in the 3' hunters at the local shows and get up to schooling 3'6'' at home. Do the year end hunter derby if our local club sponsors it again in 2012.

                    Sell the pony!

                    Show the weanling (almost yearling) in halter at an APHA show.


                    So - that said.

                    How did your year go with your horse(s)?
                    Overall, I feel like it went really well. I'm the reigning world champion in the APHA Jumpers, I have a new horse, and I've got a lot of new directions and things to try in 2013.

                    Did you meet your goal(s)?
                    Yes and no. My mare and I didn't show at the level I had wanted to as a practice for world, but we did qualify and ended up winning in Ft. Worth! My gelding coliced in March, then died in June, so that was a bust. And then I ended up not only selling the pony, but sold the yearling too. My heart just wasn't in it after Witt died.

                    What were your unexpected highs and lows?
                    I got to lease a really talented horse (high) after Witt unexpectedly died (low). He's taught me quite a bit over the last six months - we've been circuit champions in Showmanship (which I only started learning in August), and having him helped me decide on a new plan. I have a really nice new horse and my mare won me a world title - and she gets to retire on a high note.

                    What plans are you making for next year?
                    All my plans are with the new horse. Show in the 3 Y/O futurities and at the 2013 world show. Sassy is more or less officially retired from showing, so my progress with be with my new pony. I'm hoping over the next few years to go from showing the Showmanship/HUS to doing the true "All Around".

                    What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
                    That sometimes a change of pace can reinvigorate you better than any well laid plans - and that when a door closes, a window opens.

                    And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!
                    Well, I have three -
                    Winning Round at the World Championships
                    Winning Circuit Champion in Waco
                    My last solid ride on Witt, on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning.
                    Veni vidi vici. With a paint pony, nonetheless.

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                    • #11
                      How did your year go with your horse(s)?

                      Mine started out bad, but ended really well. The horse I was leasing at the beginning of the year started showing neurological issues, so I had to send him back, and after that whole ordeal I was pretty burned out. Fast forward two months, and I found my dreamhorse! Its been a slow uphill battle, but we have both come so far as a team, and I cant wait for what the future brings us!

                      Did you meet your goal(s)?

                      I met them and surpassed them! I was hoping at the end of this year to be comfortably riding my greenie around by myself, and maybe doing courses. We are not only doing all canter courses, but my eye has improved tremendously, and my mare is already ready for baby greens.

                      What were your unexpected highs and lows?

                      Unexpected low was definitely finding out that my first lease horse Ollie wasn't going to work out. But my unexpected high was finding my mare, and realizing that riding can be fun again!

                      What plans are you making for next year?

                      I'm hoping to get my mare out and about more, and go more regularly to shows. I really want to finish next year with a couple baby green/pre-green ribbons under our belts, and maybe even get into some A/O classes. That would be a stretch but still attainable.

                      What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?

                      Letting go has been my biggest obstacle throughout my riding, as my first horse would get super strong after the jumps, so I got to be a bit defensive. My mare has taught me to just let go, sit back and enjoy the ride.

                      And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!

                      My favorite picture of us so far is my banner picture in my blog. The show that it was taken at did not go very well at all, we were backed into by a golf cart, but it goes to show that even though everything was going against us, we still had some good come out of it. :-)
                      www.diaryofahunterprincess.wordpress.com

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                      • #12
                        So sorry to hear about your boy, Arelle!
                        Glad that your mare ended her career on a high note, though!
                        Originally posted by Nickelodian
                        We jump horses. Over sticks. For fun.
                        Never take life too seriously. Nobody makes it out alive anyway.
                        Regulus RDL

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                        • #13
                          How did your year go with your horse(s)?
                          Great year with the ponies. I've been trying to move to the SE for forever (2 1/2 years to be exact), and finally gave up on selling the farm and quit my [well-paying] job giving me lots of time and the remnants of the salary to show on. It got tight towards the end of the year, but I headed up to Canada for 1-2 weeks a month through the summer and had a blast.

                          Did you meet your goal(s)?
                          My OTTB continued showing in the 1.40m and 1.45m classes. My goal was to get him back into some 1.50m and if everything went well 1.60m classes this summer, but things didn't go quite the way I wanted. My farrier moved away right as the show season started and we were plagued with incompetent shoeing through the summer months. I kept ending up with a horse who's feet would get drastically changed 3 days before a big show and therefore struggled a little to "find his feet" (literally!) through the week. But even so he came home with a High AO Championship at all of the shows except for one.

                          My goal with my baby was to move him towards the YJC classes. I knew it would be a stretch because he's a late-ish baby (July b-day), but I was hoping to get into the 1.20m ring by the end of the year. We ended up making it through the 1.15m classes and I ran out of steam at the end of the last couple of weeks of showing and didn't have it in me to try to ride him in the one 1.20m offering that coincided with my High AO classes in the big ring. So I'm pleased that I feel like we could have made it, but we fell short.

                          What were your unexpected highs and lows?
                          Highs - having some extremely nice rounds in extremely technical $50K Grand Prixes on my TB. Winning the Young Jumper Class on my 5yo (where it's judged 50% time/faults and 50% style) against some good competition in his first time ever on grass and over those jumps in the big scary grand prix ring.

                          Unrelated to showing it was an extreme high to purchase a 2yo Holsteiner filly from a breeder who turned out to be RyTimMick here on CoTH. She's everything he talks about on his posts relating to breeding here and I seriously cannot wait to sit on her next year!

                          My notable low was having my TB colic badly twice towards the end of the summer. Both were bad gas colics that resulted in 4-5 days in the vet hospital with very touch-and-go moments. But the positive side of it was figuring out that the issue was the fact that he was on a daily dose of omeprazole, and as soon as that cleared his system he was back to his normal self. But that was a very scary and expensive lesson.

                          What plans are you making for next year?
                          TB--Now that I have a farrier back in place, the plan is to make it through some 1.60m GPs next year on my OTTB.
                          Young Horse--Start my baby in the 6yo YJC classes....or at least be ready to move up to the 6yo classes by the 2nd or 3rd show of the year. Guess that partly depends on how quickly he gets out of his "punk" phase!
                          Old Girl--keep on with my no-stirrups work. We're 2 1/2 years into the program and I intend to keep going strong (pun intended )
                          Baby--Back my baby mare sometime in the mid-summer phase and get 60-90 days on her before turning her back out to grow more. The goal is to be coursing around little 2'6"-ish courses by the end of that time. If I'm lucky I'll get to start her with Greg Best the same way I did my gelding.
                          And not to be forgotten - my own baby girl. I hope that my daughter is ready to come out to some of the shows and do lead line and maybe some walk-trot type classes at some point in the summer.

                          What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
                          I relearned how important a good foot on a horse is. Hate to have to learn that through experience when I already knew it was true

                          And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!
                          TB and jumping
                          Holsteiner gelding, though THIS spooky moment is my absolute favorite picture of the year (it ended okay....the poles came down, but technically he made it through the standards and we continued through the course)
                          Baby mare
                          The old girl
                          And finally, my own baby girl on her pony
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                          • #14
                            How did your year go with your horse(s)?
                            Really well, actually, once I figured out how to ride her correctly! I've got my leg/hip situation mostly fixed, and we're much more comfortable doing the 'horse stride' and even did a couple 3'6" fences in lessons.

                            Did you meet your goal(s)?
                            No, unfortunately my inability to ride with the right pace and confidence at the beginning of the year stopped me from horse showing. And I bought a saddle, which was my horse show budget.

                            What were your unexpected highs and lows?
                            Jumping the biggest jump I've ever faced, multiple times, and actually riding for it (instead of out of a gymnastic).

                            Doing the Low Adults at a local B show in December and getting around. Having my courses get more and more effective instead of just letting my pony do her thing!

                            What plans are you making for next year?
                            I'd like to do the Low Adults at a couple A shows. Our zone is 3'3"-3'5" though, so we'll see, we might do the 3' Training instead. But I'd really like to get around a 'real' jumper course at an A/AA show.

                            What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
                            I did two clinics this year with the same clinician, and it was awesome to see how different I rode each time. He had me really lighten my leg aids to be less naggy and more effective, and sit tall with my back.

                            My trainer really worked on the sitting tall, and she had us do a no stirrup month that totally changed how I rode of my thigh. That, coupled with the new saddle, and I was a totally new rider!

                            And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!

                            SuperPony and I doing the 2'6" or so at the beginning of last year
                            http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...yr/jumpers.jpg

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                            • #15
                              How did your year go with your horse(s)?
                              Some good, some bad. Still not taking up breeding fish.

                              Did you meet your goal(s)?
                              One big yes: Pirouette foaled (a gorgeous filly!) safely. One big no: Porte didn't make it to a recognized event.

                              What were your unexpected highs and lows?
                              The unexpected low was Porte's diagnosis of EPM (in the #2 slot was having to pull one of his molars due to the jaw fracture that went untreated by a prior owner, and #3 was finding a chunk of wire in his jaw on the X-ray. No, really). Another, not so much 'unexpected' as 'breeding is like that' -- Pirouette is open after 2 breedings with frozen and 1 with fresh.

                              Unexpected high: a new colt foaled across the country from a sireline of interest to me, is coming to CA once weaned.

                              What plans are you making for next year?
                              1) I'm getting on a horse
                              2) Breeding Pirouette again
                              3) New colt
                              4) Probably time to come out and show in hand again (late June)
                              5) September 2013, Al Khamsa Convention in Elk Grove, CA. <-- must survive chairing same
                              6) Stretch goal: training level test on Porte at a schooling show [this ducks the entire question of show clothes]
                              7) Get Pirouette under saddle
                              8) (Speaking of stretch goals) Apply my butt to Pirouette's back. Walk away from the landing.

                              What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
                              Well, I have learned a lot more about neurological exams and EPM (diagnosis and treatment) than I ever really planned to know once I gave up the idea of vet school. As a friend says, it's all experience.

                              And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!

                              I hardly ever take good horse pictures, but this one -- well, I had a custom phone skin made from it.


                              Pirouette CF and ADA Sareeah by starlingfeather, on Flickr
                              Originally posted by HuntrJumpr
                              No matter what level of showing you're doing, you are required to have pants on.

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                              • #16
                                OMG ambar!! I love your mare Pirouette!!
                                My first equine true love was a bloodmarked Arabian mare!

                                Me showing her in hand 9 years after I first met her- she is 25 here!
                                http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...70999086_n.jpg
                                Originally posted by Nickelodian
                                We jump horses. Over sticks. For fun.
                                Never take life too seriously. Nobody makes it out alive anyway.
                                Regulus RDL

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Kryzlstoff View Post
                                  Me showing her in hand 9 years after I first met her- she is 25 here!
                                  http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/...70999086_n.jpg
                                  What a beauty! What's her registered name?
                                  Originally posted by HuntrJumpr
                                  No matter what level of showing you're doing, you are required to have pants on.

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                                  • #18
                                    How did your year go with your horse(s)? This year was unfortunately a huge bummer. Lost my wonderful mare this summer to colic, and the other horse I showed last year had major surgery and is just coming back.
                                    Did you meet your goal(s)? No, but there's always other years
                                    What were your unexpected highs and lows? I loved getting to ride a variety of horses in our barn this year due to the generosity of friends. My barn mates are fantastic and supportive and were there for me this year during some rough times. Obviously, losing my mare was the biggest low. She was a wonderful girl.
                                    What plans are you making for next year? I've already signed up for a few clinics in the Spring and can't wait to get back to showing this year. I didn't show once last year, which was both strange and a nice break. I'm also looking forward to my next new horse, whenever that may be! I'm excited to be repping a new line of equestrian wear, starting in Spring of 2013. That's my tease as I can't divulge more, but I think the products will be loved by many.
                                    What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you? I learned that stepping back for a bit and not having huge showing goals allowed me to focus on my love of riding. I also learned some new skills from some very nice horses this year.

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                                    • #19
                                      How did your year go with your horse(s)?
                                      Pretty good! Managed to strike a balance between work, riding, and showing and improved my riding.

                                      Did you meet your goal(s)?
                                      Yes! Was champion/reserve all but two times out (not a goal, but a sweet surprise!) and am ending the year by starting a lease on a fancy, saintly adult hunter.

                                      What were your unexpected highs and lows?
                                      My high, is by far, the awesome horse I'm starting to lease. He makes me so excited for next year! Honestly, I can't think of a true low except for occasional lesson where I just can't get it together, but we all have those.

                                      What plans are you making for next year?
                                      Hoping to do well in the Adults with my lease, go to M&S Finals, maybe Zone 2 Finals, and so on.

                                      What thing(s) did you learn that significantly and positively impacted you?
                                      I can be a nervous rider, and I think I learned to let go of a lot of that this year, thanks to great horses and a trainer who never questions what I can do.

                                      And of course, show us your favorite picture from this past year!
                                      http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphoto...54761740_n.jpg

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                                      • #20
                                        TR - I love that picture of Ollie....he's such a striking boy!

                                        Love this picture, Tha Ridge. The expressions on your face and the horse's face make me smile

                                        Okay, okay, I love all of the pictures in this thread. I have to admit that I go straight to the pictures on each post before reading the rest. I love seeing a year encapsulated in pictures (or just the favorite picture of the year) from a bunch of different people.
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