25 Questions

I’ve got a bit of catching up to do after a random hiatus round here, but first I figured I’d post the thing that inspired me to write after this break – a blog hop started by The $900 Facebook Pony earlier this week.

  1. Why horses? Why not a sane sport, like soccer or softball or curling? Honestly nothing else ever stuck. I don’t enjoy team stuff, and horses just work for me.
  2. What was your riding “career” like as a kid? The first place I kept my pony was a backyard farm near my house; I could ride my bike there. When my family moved to Southern California it switched to massive boarding stables with many trainers and barns. I did hunters, mostly schooling shows.
  3. If you could go back to your past and buy ONE horse, which would it be? I still think about a gorgeous thoroughbred in Kentucky I tried before I bought Juice. He pops up in Area 8 eventing social media sometimes. I think he would’ve been too high maintenance for me, though.
  4. What disciplines have you participated in? My first lessons were at a saddle seat barn. Then hunters, equitation, jumpers, eventing.
  5. What disciplines do you want to participate in some day? Working equitation seems fun.
  6. Have you ever bought a horse at auction or from a rescue? No, I would though.
  7. What was your FIRST favorite horse breed – the one you loved most as a kid? Probably Morgans or Arabians thanks to books and movies!
  8. If you could live and ride in any country in the world, where would it be? Ireland. So many fields to gallop through.
  9. Do you have any horse-related regrets? I wish I had advocated more for myself when I got my second horse and throughout my time with him. I was sick of hunters long before I sold him and took a break. I learned a lot but didn’t enjoy it as much as I could’ve.
  10. If you could ride with any trainer in the world, ASIDE from your current trainer, who would it be? My former event trainer that moved to Colorado.
  11. What is one item on your horse-related bucket list? Ride on a beach.
  12. If you were never able to ride again, would you still have horses? Probably not, to be honest. I struggle to spend the time when health issues keep me from riding, so, yeah.
  13. What is your “biggest fantasy” riding goal? To compete at Split Rock.
  14. What horse do you feel like has taught you the most? My first pony Dooney. He had a great heart but was a little shit when he was still green, yet I persisted and showed up to ride even when I didn’t want to (sometimes because my mom made me!)
  15. If you could change one thing about your current horse/riding situation, what would it be? Truck and trailer.
  16. If you could compete at any horse show/venue in your home country, where would it be? The Oaks in San Juan Capistrano, because I never got to show there when it was right down the street.
  17. If you could attend any competition in the world as a spectator, what would be your top choice? Probably Burghley or Blenheim Palace.
  18. Have you ever thought about quitting horses? Yes and I did for a while!
  19. If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the horse industry, what would it be? Oversight within USEF and USEA.
  20. What’s the dumbest horse-related thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well? Got a three year old pony when I was nine.
  21. As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of? Um, everything. Getting hurt, mostly.
  22. What horse-related book impacted you the most? I can’t remember the name or author but it was written in the 80’s by an east coast trainer, with lots of black and white photos – taught me a ton about equitation.
  23. What personality trait do you value most in a horse and which do you dislike the most? Value: personality. Dislike: kind of the same? I don’t want to own a horse that isn’t friendly to me like some people and pros do. He or she needs to be my buddy.
  24. What do you love most about your discipline? Camaraderie, overall get-it-done attitude in eventing is much appreciated.
  25. What are you focused on improving the most, at the moment? Just getting out to ride and appreciating the horse and everything that I have, and not wasting energy worrying about what the next show or big goal will be. My life changes too much day to day to handle it any other way, I’ve learned.
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