The hardest part about the fact that O and I are going to show this weekend, is being out of town on business until Thursday.  I’m so very lucky to have great friends (some of which I’ve known for 10 plus years) who have volunteered to keep my pony occupied for the next few days.  Although I don’t have kids, I did laugh when I left texts stating what she likes, needs, and should be working on.   Reminded me a lot of instructions I used to get when I babysat kids. 

So here is O’s agenda for the week.  She’s getting 2-3 workouts focusing on her balance and steadiness at the canter, some transition work (mainly trot to canter back to trot) and then dabbling a bit in her lead changes and getting them less sticky.  The biggest thing is the lead changes, which have been something we have NOT focused on until very recently, and although she’s got them in her, she’s just not used to doing them. 

As for me, I’ll be hanging around work, doing my thing, and can’t wait for next weekend.  Still no idea what kind of classes we’ll do.  I think there is some 2ft hunter classes, not sure if there is anything “green” but whatever we do, I’m just hoping for a super positive experience for us both. 

I found out a few days ago that Some Fabulous Chick’s BlogPiaffe Girl and Life at the Manor nominated me for the Liebster Award!  Although, I have responded to this award before (read post here), I thought it would be really fun to answer there questions and recap my nominees!

liebster award

The eleven questions for the nominees from Piaffe Girl:
1.      What is your favorite non-horsey hobby?

I love to play volleyball, in the summer the hubs and I play sand volleyball, and in the fall indoor court volleyball.

2.      What discipline do you ride?


3.      Do you compete?

I did a lot in my junior years, and am finally getting back into (thank you budgeting skills).

4.      If you have a horse, what is his / her name and is there any special meaning to the name?

Wecall her O or Olive at the barn.  Nothing special as far as I know, she came with the names, and I don’t like to change them.

5.      Do you come from a family of riders, or are you alone in your sport?

My parents had never really been around horses before, but my Aunt was a devoted rider when she was younger.  I’m incredibly lucky to have married a man who could ride before he could walk, and has his own fiery little chestnut mare at his parents place.

6.      What’s the strangest thing a non-horseperson has asked you about riding?

Does it hurt them?  (in regards to riding them)

7.      If you could ride with any trainer in the world tomorrow, whom would you choose?

I would want to ride with George Morris, although I feel like I would definitely need to get thicker skin.  I tend to be sensitive about O.

8.      Do you have any horse / riding-related superstitions?

I HATE wearing brand new things to go ride (new boots/breeches etc.) I feel like something always happens to “break them in”.

9.      Tall boots or paddocks and half-chaps?

Urgh, I just broke my paddock boots, so I’m stuck in tall boots until I find a shoe repair person to fix my zippers. 

10.  What’s the best horse event you’ve ever attended (either as a spectator or a rider)?

I went to the Rolex just a few months ago and it was the coolest thing!!  Loved every second of being a spectator.

11.  If your horse could talk, what’s the first thing he / she would tell you?

Hmmm….I think it’d either be a “Food?” or a “Can we go jump something?  She LOVES her job, and food.  She’s not a real chatty/vocal horse, so I’ve never thought of this before.

Questions from EquestrianGradStudent

1. What was your very first experience with horses?

My mom has friends who have horses, and they used to pony walk me around on this grouchy old Arabian named George.

2. First horse you owned?

My first horse was actually a rescue named Joy, a lovely quarter horse mare.

3. Your current mount?

My lovely girl, O.  No credit for inventive barn names.

4. Describe him/her in one word:


5. The horse you learned the most from?

Erv-he was this ridiculously fun, independent gelding who taught me so much about what it means to be a good rider.

6. Favorite saddle? Why?

I love my Devoucoux saddle, I’ve had it for years now, and just happens to fit O really well!

7. Piece of tack you couldn’t do without?

It might be my gloves, I ride SO much better when I wear gloves.

8. Do you compete?

Working on it!  First schooling show is coming up next weekend!

9. Favorite horsey memory?

Probably when the husband met O for the first time.  She was in love, and so was he.  Made me feel like it was a perfit fit.

10. Favorite non-horsey pastime?

I love to play volleyball, in the summer the hubs and I play sand volleyball, and in the fall indoor court volleyball.

11. Goals for this year?

Keep O and I progressing towards being a better team and understanding each other!

Questions from Some Fabulous Chick’s Blog:

1. Name a random thing in your room.

Two lamps still in boxes

2. Name a random thing in your purse/ bag or man purse.


3. Name your favorite feature. Physically and personality wise.

I think my eyes are really neat, they are very green, but change to blue and grey sometimes.  I am easy to be around, and honestly love to learn about people.

4. What’s your favorite quote?

“Courage is grace under pressure” -Hemingway

5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Screw what people think, do what you love.

6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever given?

I have no idea!  Hopefully something brillient!

7. Best gift you’ve ever gotten? Tangible and not tangible.

My grandmothers brooch on my wedding day, and the family God has given me.  They are everything.

8. Tell me about the best moment in your life.

Holding my Dad’s arm while I walked towards my husband on our wedding day.

9. Why do you blog?

I love that the connections we make in life make the world a more special place to be.  And I guess I have a lot tosay.

10. And now, for my Oprah question, who are you?

Oh lordy. I am a lover of life; both the simple and the complex.  Everything is an adventure. 

11. And now, for my me question, what makes you fabulous?

I’ve got curves, and know how to work them! HA!

Thanks again Some Fabulous Chick’s Blog,  Piaffe Girl and Life at the Manor


The Liebster Blog Award is a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued.  Here are the rules for accepting the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
  5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
  6. Go to each bloggers page and let them know you have nominated them.

I’m going to stick with my original group of blog selections and questions, so if you haven’t checked them out yet, then you should do it now!! 

My 11 questions for those I nominate are:

  1. What do you notice first about someone?
  2. What was your first job?
  3. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  4. Any bad habits?
  5. What is your dream car?
  6. Mac or PC?
  7. What was your favorite subject in school?
  8. Where was the best vacation you ever went on to?
  9. What are you most passionate about?
  10. Do you have a favorite thing to cook or eat?
  11. What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

I am nominating all horse themed blogs for this award!

1.  Collecting Thoroughbreds 

2. Cob Jockey

3. SelahShepard

4. Equestrian At Hart

5. Alchemy Eventing

6. Sprinkler Bandit

7. From The Horses Mouth

8. Bits, Belts, and Breeches

9. All In

10.  Poor Woman Showing

11.  The Misadventures of Icarus

Have a great week everyone!!

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