August 31, 2013

Hello, Horse Nation!

Hello and welcome to everyone hopping over here from Horse Nation!  Carla of The Collegial Equestrian interviewed me about my experiences as an Equine Studies major-turned-IT-professional, and the article turned out great.  Give it a read if you have time!

Greater Dayton HT, 2013 - Starter
For those of you who haven't been here before, I started this blog to chronicle breaking a Welsh Cob for a college course in 2010, and today this blog features my eventing adventures with my 14hh Welsh Cob gelding, Castleberry's Contender (Connor), a pony with a very large personality!  One part entertaining anecdotes about life with a Cob, and one part training journal, I love using the blog to share this amazing rare breed with a larger audience.

Personality in spades
I am fortunate to have a beautiful barn that I love being a part of, a great trainer who is both willing to put up with Connor's quirks and great at getting the best out of us, and an active group of boarders that form our little eventing team.  Also often mentioned in this blog are Connor's breeder, whom I have a great relationship with, and the owners of his full brother, fellow blogger EquinPilot.

Welcome, and please introduce yourselves, I'd love to meet you!


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    1. Thanks! I liked the way it came out, and got a lot of help from Carla on making it readable. :)

    2. Well the source material was good to begin with :) Gotta cater to the miniscule attention spans of online readers though...

      Good idea to do a welcome post!

  2. I find it so odd when you refer to welsh cobs as a rare breed as I'm from England and they're everywhere! I'm not a new reader, I've been reading for a while now, but I just wanted to say once more that I love your blog :)

  3. Hey there, you have the Cob that's a similar color and size to mine, I remember! They are pretty rare in the States still, he gets mistaken for a Mustang by the Western riders I meet, and a Halflinger by the English riders I meet. Crazy! Funnily enough, my trainer is from the UK, so she is used to them. Works well! Nice to see you on here again!

  4. Super article Jen! Good advice for the college bound - esp on the student loan subject!

    1. Thanks, I am pretty passionate about that subject, having seen girls go into $120k in debt for this degree. I had a great scholarship and parents who made it their goal to send me to college debt-free, or else I wouldn't have done it, but I'm glad I did.

  5. That was a great article! I like how you identified parallels between your degree and your current profession. I have always felt that my life with horses was an asset to my profession. Having a passion seems to make for a good interview, especially if you can show that this personality trait will transfer to your career. You certainly did!

    As for Connor, my first guess would have been Haflinger. ;)