Still Here, Just Busy

The months of June and July ended being some of the craziest I’ve ever set up.  I’ll be in 7 different cites in 61 days doing my day job.  Add that to my trainers travel, and pretty much I’m in a non-riding holding pattern until things calm down. 

Getting business done.

Airport sign wins!

I’m squeezing lessons in when I can, but full disclaimer, I continue to struggle.  It’s been a long time since I cried during lessons twice in a row.  Or maybe I’m at 3 in a row now?  Anyway…

Chestnut boys!

Essentially riding hasn’t been fun lately.  I’m not giving up, but it’s been nice to get away, see somewhere new.  Hopefully when I get back in the saddle next I’ll be in a better spot mentally and ready to deal with the hard lessons.  

Where I’ve Been

A bit of a confession (again):

I’ve been on vacation.

Not just any vacation…

A vacation to this place–


The beautiful Punta Cana beaches!


On the hunt for my next pina colada…

Beaches are my favorite!

Beaches are my favorite!

Anyway!  I came back to over 300 new blog posts to read, so I’m plugging away on those, as well as my clinic review, plus I have a very special holiday post coming out this week as well as the show on Sunday!  Whew!  Stay tuned.

Off the Track, On Course

As a proud owner of a former racehorse (a horrible one at that) I found myself cheering even louder for 2013’s field of 9 ex-racehorses in the Kentucky Rolex 3-Day!  These horses are not only powerhouses in Eventing, but lived a whole other career as young’uns.  It inspires me to keep working with my own off the track horse, and encourage others to recognize the possibilities with these horses .  A short list of the 2013 Rolex ex-racehorse competitors, and how they placed follows…

  • Donner, ridden by Lynn Symansky to 5th place!
  • Pirate, ridden by Meghan O’Donoghue to 12th place!
  • Parker, ridden by James Alliston to 14th place!
  • Sal Dali, ridden by Beth Perkins to 26th place!
  • Irish Diamonds, ridden by Micheline Jordan to 29th place!
  • Tsunami III, ridden by Sarah Cousins-withdrawn before XC
  • Exponential, ridden by Jessica Phoenix-withdrawn before XC
  • Our Questionnaire, ridden by Heather Gillette-eliminated on XC
  • Can’t Fire Me, ridden by Becky Holder-eliminated on XC

Peronally Parker was a favorite to watch! 

Beautiful to watch!

Beautiful to watch!

Being there was one of the best experiences of my horse related life, and I really hope to go back soon!  Anyone else ever been to the Rolex 3-Day?  Or have a favorite competitor?

By far my favorite booth was the New Vocations booth.  It’s amazing what they do to help connect riders and ex-racehorses who need each other.  Check them out here: