I am the wee one in the back.
I picked a barn off the internet (literally the only one I could find a price for lessons and had lesson horses). I said I wanted to jump but they made me start off with dressage. I hadn't ridden consistently in about 7ish years. I was very lucky, because about six months after I started riding again D because the assistant instructor. D got me hooked on dressage and before she left (I think it was between 1.5-2 years) she had me schooling all of second level and I briefly leased the wonderful mare that taught me so much. After she left things weren't so great at that barn but I was graduating and moving anyway.
Pre D attempting to dressage
Once I moved for my job, I was looking for a barn. Initially, I was looking for a place to do dressage, but I was limited to places that had lesson horses. I went to a few lessons before I stumbled across an eventing barn. I liked it and so I stayed (they may or may not regret that decision). I quickly realized that the lesson horses weren't going to cut it for me and I didn't want to lease again, so I started looking for a horse of my own. Things did not go smoothly when I first got Stinker, and I got the chance to work with Pongo and learn how to jump finally. Skip on over to Stinker's page to learn more about his story.
I moved half way across the country to the western side of things in the summer of 2017. And I am now keeping Stinker at home along with my mom's horse Cowboy. I am solely focused on dressage due to Stinker's health limitations, but eventually would like future horse to be able to event and do dressage. We play on the trails a lot, I have gotten the opportunity to do a couple of limited distance endurance rides, and dabble in whatever comes along to keep things fresh.
Once again life changed. In early 2020 I moved to the midwest for work. Stinker and Cowboy stayed with my mom and I brought Karma with me. I started her in the fall of 2020. We are mostly focusing on dressage and becoming a solid all around horse.
- Earn all my USDF medals
- Complete a Beginner Novice Horse Trial