About Me

 Where to start? My introduction to horses started at age 11 and involved trading many hours of labour for the use of one very patient pony. Most of my weekends and summers were spent at the barn with a group of likeminded girls and ponies. We grew up with very little supervision and minimal tack, and knew nothing of Pony Club or lessons. Yet somehow we survived (with only a few scars and a lot of good stories).

Many years later, I'm still just as horse crazy as ever. Luckily my 11 year old self didn't sustain too much head trauma from falling off multiple ponies helmetless, so I stayed in school and eventually went to college and now have the finances and ability to own my own ponies (and helmets and lessons!)

In short, I've been riding my entire life, but only in the last few years have I been learning to ride!

Recently, I have been competing my Welsh Cob mare Bridget in lower level eventing and competing First/schooling Second level dressage on her. In mid 2018, Bridget let it be known she would rather avoid the sport pony life in favour of a more couch potato existence. So, with the support of my husband G, we added Sophie, a coming 3 year old German Riding Pony, to our family.

My long term goals include riding upper level dressage, and I'm hoping Sophie will eventually be my partner in that. In the meantime, I still play with teaching Bridget new things, and often take lessons on my coach's lovely dressage mare Audrey, who has much to give.

Finally, I should explain my living situation! To add some small confusion to my life, I work  and live in a different town than my home three days a week. My work is located a ferry ride closer to the big city, so those three days a week are in an area with many more horse professionals than my very rural and isolated home. Depending on my work and my riding goals, the horses can sometimes be boarded in either town. So, you may read on this blog about me riding with my coach after work one day and then struggling with the lack of coaching or support at home the next.

I've been blogging since 2012, and this blog has seen me partnered with a few different horses, seen me move all over Western Canada, and seen a lot of highs and lows in life and riding. Fingers crossed, I'll be here a while longer and I hope you'll stick around to follow our further adventures. Feel free to leave comments, and to share your own blog and social media links and thoughts - I love hearing from everyone and feel very lucky to be part of such a great community.


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