Never did I ever think I would do a horse trial, it requires a stomach of steel and a sense of fearlessness, something I always thought I was severely lacking! But once I was encouraged to take my favorite dinosaur, I prepared myself for the most fun I’ve ever had in my life!
A horse trial is comprised of three events; the dressage test, cross country, and stadium jumping. Each rider is given a time slot for when they need to be ready for a certain part of the trial. For example, I have my dressage time at 10:45 am and my cross country at 1:15 pm. I had time to go back to the farm and change my clothes, grab my vest and change bits.
After the dressage test, I headed to the cross country course and waited for my start time in the box. We didn’t have any faults or time penalties, so we sat comfortably in 5th place. Onto the stadium jumping. While we schooled a bit sloppily, Tinker stepped up in the ring and we went clear!
We ended our first horse trial in 5th, a huge success in my book!
I relocated for the winter of 2015 from Philadelphia, PA to Ocala, FL with work. While it was amazing to get to escape the cold and brutal winter that swept through the north, I missed home terribly. The hardest part of being away from actually being away from my boyfriend. We’d experienced monthly separations before, but this was definitely the hardest. It didn’t help that I also was transitioning to working full-time. After a 17 hour truck ride down, I made it there in one piece and set up the barn with Danielle. It was quite a task ahead of us, due to having to split our horses into three barns. This was a view of our little cottage that Kate and I shared together. A spacious two bedroom with a fireplace, kitchen and hybrid living/dining room
It was definitely not something I was prepared for changing from a big bustling city into a small podunk area that was acclaimed for being horse country. But our horses made up for it because they’re so easy and perfect.
We did a group hack once everyone had arrived safely and we were squad deep, as they say!
Next time I’ll talk about my awesome time taking Tinker through a horse trial!
Well rewind to summer of 2014, I trekked back to my favorite place in the world. Dublin, Ireland.
Coming back to Ireland brought back so many memories of my summer there and studying abroad. I got to go down memory lane and also see my second home through new eyes. I changed a lot from when I was 20 to 23, it doesn’t seem like a lot of time in the grand scheme of life, but I definitely was more mature and wiser. I still had that sense of happiness and wonder that I had three years previously, but this time I got to share it with my family and show them the world I lived and loved.
I went to different places this time though; Adare, Inch Strand, Poulnabrone Portal Tomb, Aran Islands, among other beautiful towns along the coast. My favorite part of the trip would have to be the lesson I got a Clonshire Equestrian Center, on a beautiful Irish Warmblood named Tristan. Oh, be still my heart.
Coming back to Ireland showed me that there is more to life than worrying about the future and not knowing what’s going to happen. We all wanna grow up too fast and too soon, but what matters is who we’re with at the end of the day!