One contest ends and another begins. Congratulations to Blaire, who has a private blog, on winning the Noble Outfitters Giveaway!
In a lesson the week of December 14 in which Connor skittered sideways for no good reason approaching a tiny crossrail, my trainer suddenly asked, "How old is he now?"
"He'll be ten in May." We both laughed, and she said something to the effect of, "He's just taking the slow track."
On the one hand, it's been a while. I've owned him for four years. We've been with my trainer and at this barn the entire time.
On the other hand, we've come a long way.
|Before I owned him, our first show together, 2011.|
|May of 2015|
I started this blog before I even had Connor, and also before I met my trainer, if you can believe it. I started it at the only period in my life that has been 100% horse free: the few months between getting married/moving to a new city/being unemployed for six weeks and beginning lessons with my trainer, whom I have been with five years in January.
So now, 1,000 posts and five years in, it's now a chronicle of my entire "Part II" of my riding career. It takes me from being so afraid to jump, I never thought I would jump again. I came to my trainer as "probably a Dressage rider". The blog chronicles the process my trainer took me through when I first came to her, which was to completely rebuild my riding as if I was a beginner.
|Lesson on Mac in 2011. Man I look small on a full-sized horse.|
It takes me from learning to jump again on the saintly old Dillon, without whom I would definitely still be a Dressage-only rider. It takes me from first laying eyes on Connor, his breeder offering him to me, and agonizing over whether to take him or not.
It takes me from going XC for the first time, jumping a show jump course for the first time, doing a rated show for the first time, learning to ride a ditch, learning shoulder in, riding a Dressage test for the first time, bodyclipping for the first time, moving up a level for the first time, winning an event for the first time...in short, it takes me through everything that has made me the rider, and Connor the horse, that we are today.
Blogging is an interesting journey sometimes. The community is amazing, the people I met through it are the greatest. JenJ and I are like long lost twins or soulmates that never would have met if it wasn't for blogging (seriously, we share a name, one of us owns a real Haflinger and one of us owns a wannabe Haflinger, both own mutant Malamute mixes, and both work in tech. Twins). The blogger meetup last year was AMAZING. And I've bought/sold/won/been given/gave away so many things through blogging, so while it doesn't actively make me money, it has definitely been financially worthwhile too.
|Simon selfie with Genny!|
All that is to say, I have no intention of stopping despite slowing down a bit in 2015 for the house. Here's to another 1,000 posts and five more years. Maybe Connor will have stopped overjumping ditches by then...maybe.
|Um, we're just, playing it safe. Really, really safe. Penny Oaks, 2014.|
To celebrate having written 1,000 posts over five years and two months, I'm giving away a $50 gift certificate to blogland's favorite equestrian retailer, Riding Warehouse. Enter by leaving a comment and then entering the Rafflecopter giveaway (and sorry if my Rafflecopters seem awkward, Rafflecopter has made almost every feature paid-for since I did my last contest).
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