I knew when this year started that it wasn't going to be normal. I was going to try to make the jump (ha...) to second level with Courage and I knew showing wasn't going to be a big part of that. We were exploring new horizons and instead of creating a show fund, I tapped one of my favorite local photographers and started setting up a really cool photo shoot.
As anyone who's read this blog knows, this year didn't go down the way I expected. Instead of working towards bigger and better things, I dumped money into vets and treatments and ultimately concluded that Courage would be better suited by a different career.
It took what seemed like years at the time, but the little man found his perfect upgrade home and Ms. Zoebird found me.
I wish the next part of this story was like, "and the birds were singing and everything was beautiful", but the truth is that Zoe has been a very bright spot in an otherwise very challenging year.
I've been running myself ragged with no energy left for creativity and adventures.
But the great thing about horses like Zoe and friends like Alyssa
is that they're ready when you need them.
And when I said, "let's do this thing", they made it happen.
While things aren't all coming up roses, I think we're finally on the upswing.
Through it all, I've been so lucky to be surrounded by absolutely the best people (and creatures) that anyone could ask for.
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I know I'm going to be a stronger, better version of myself because of that.
I'm not quite sure where everything is going to shake out.
I have no idea what next year will bring me, but I know that with all the challenges of this year, I still came through with a Zoebird.
And sometimes, a Zoebird is exactly what I needed the most.
[All stunning photographs and edits by the inestimable Alyssa
. She has limited availability for local photography jobs. Contact her for details.]
Nice bridle 😋 I'm so glad that things are on the upswing for you now. 2018 is gonna be a banner year for you!
I should have given you a bridle shoutout.Delete
I freaking love your costume. Very very well executed.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Can't wait to see what you ladies came up with. :DDelete
I LOVE IT. SO MUCH. YOU BADASS PRINCESS, YOU. <3 <3ReplyDelete
Badass princess = best princessDelete
You guys are stunning! I can't get over how amazing these came out.ReplyDelete
They are so much more than I expected. <3Delete
<3 What a fun photoshoot!! The pics came out awesomeReplyDelete
So much fun! 10/10 recommend, tho maybe less the random dog getting loose and coming after us.Delete
It's not what happens, it's how you handle it. You're gold darlingReplyDelete
<3 Thank you.Delete
You look amazing! Alyssa is amazing! The photos are amazing!ReplyDelete
I kept waiting for things to turn around this year, and really they did when she came smooshing into your life. Even though it's been rough, it's so nice to see you smile so much at the barn again. And now I'm extra glad we waited to take these awesome pictures.ReplyDelete
So nice she liked it twice. <3Delete
Seriously, you two rock my world. Thank you.
Beef jerky, pie, fruit leathers and tack stores. And we go see Bacon's brother. And free airfare.ReplyDelete
What a perfect pair. It always seems to get worse before it gets better and I'm so impressed by the choices you've made and that steps you're taking. ♡ReplyDelete
Thank you. It's been rough, but it's going to get better. <3Delete
Amazing photos! What a cool photoshoot! And so much happyReplyDelete
I had a little grain of an idea and Alyssa made it so much more than I was hoping for. <3Delete
Those photos belong in a magazine!ReplyDelete
The magazine for people with too much time on their hands, I imagine. ;-)Delete
These are probably my favorite photos of all time!!ReplyDelete
MINE TOO LETS BE FRIENDSDelete
These pictures are AMAZING!!! I've been really wanting to get a photographer to get some really nice pictures, more casual not just riding dressage, of me and Katai but I just haven't done it yet. These have added it back to my list even if I'm not going to get anything nearly as cool as yours.ReplyDelete
Yeah. Having nice pictures is one think I never regret. Definitely recommend.Delete
These pictures are SO COOL!ReplyDelete
You have to return her in the same or better shape tho.ReplyDelete
Schweeet pics! <3ReplyDelete
love the pictures ;) and here's to making it through a year of challenges with the brightest of bright spots!ReplyDelete
She brings an amazing energy that I really needed in my life.Delete
These photos are amazing!! Where is this???ReplyDelete
Celebration Park, out in Marsing.Delete
Steam Punk - what wonderful shots!ReplyDelete
I love this! What a fun idea, and you both look AMAZING!ReplyDelete
We had so much fun!Delete