I’m baaaccck!!!

Alright guys, it’s been a goal of mine to get back on this wagon. Let’s see how it goes.

I really just want a place to track my progress and be able to look back on the year if I want.

There might be some motivational posts like old times…and some just updating progress and results.

The past 2 years have been an absolute roller coaster. I call 2014 my heartbreak year and 2015 the year of rebuilding and re-evaluating where I wanted to go in my life and who I wanted to be.

So that brings us to 2016…and I couldn’t be more excited.

As most of you know I decided to sell Rusty. I got to compete him a couple more times this past fall (and we won everything in true Rusty fashion)…but he just doesn’t want to be an upper level eventer. Even though our goals might not match up anymore…I still can’t believe all that we’ve accomplished together throughout the past 4 years. He’s become my best friend and the horse I trust with my life. There aren’t many horses you find that just…get you. That seem to know exactly what you want and what you’re saying. It’s the best feeling in the world.

I never thought I’d find another truly special one after Country and Duke…I mean how many insanely awesome soul mates can one girl get!? But it was meant to be and I wouldn’t trade our time for anything. He is my better half and I know that whoever buys him will be so very lucky.

But on a happier note…and no pun intended but I am sooo excited for this season and to get Happy and Higgins out.

I think most of you know about Happy and the trip to Ireland last year….that just happened to fall across the same dates as the huge Goresbridge Sport Horse Auction in March. As a birthday present to myself, I convinced my parents to spend one day there just so I could see what it was all about…I saw Happy and instantly fell in love. Though he didn’t seem to have much natural jumping ability…his effort, kind eye, and flashy trot had me hooked. I bought him for a steal of a price…and I really think he’s going to have a huge future ahead of him. Hopefully after we get enough coordination to canter to the jumps ;).

Also, when I was over in Ireland, I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Hoey family. Trisha is the experienced horse judge of the group and is the one who helped us figure out the details to buy Happy and to get him over here (check out Hoey Horses Ireland on FB). So of course when I was casually looking for another young horse this fall knowing Rusty was on the way out…Trisha was the one I called.

After months of fruitless searching and coming up short half a dozen times…Higgins came out of no where and I just couldn’t say no.

So trusting Trisha to make the judgement call after many exchanged photos and texts half a world apart…hands were shook and the deal was done. Higgins was mine and he would be making the trip to the States in late January.

I joke that he’s my first official ‘pony’ because I never had one growing up…even if he is only 1/2 Connemara.

2016 is the year of fresh starts and I couldn’t be more excited to have such two amazing horses to compete.

Updates to come 🙂

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Selfies with Higgins & Happy

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