So uh I've been blogging a really long time and even though I wrote less posts this year than I used to write in a month, blogging still brought some of the greatest people into my life. Because of those people, I present: the decade in review, sprinklerbandits edition.
|2010 this looks... way more pleasant than it was|
In 2010, I was newly back into riding as an adult amateur. I was fresh out of college and took on a (black 6 year old) spoiled warmblood mare as a project. The goal was eventing, so we did a little of everything.
|2011 yeaaaaaah i was completely terrified in this picture|
2011 brought lessons and a major wreck and broken bones and moving in with a trainer and learning that my horse was all wrong for me and then meeting the horse that was so, so right for me.
|2012 with this stud|
In 2012, everything came together for a few glorious moments. I was in love with a giant red horse and we showed and lessoned and trail rode and played and I'll always remember that time as one of the best ever. <3
|2013 this photo always makes me laugh|
2013 brought an opportunity to work on the racetrack and meet new (bay) faces. Of course one of those faces came home with me.
|2014 this one time we looked competent haha|
It's weird to me that 2014 was five years ago. I quit my job at the barn (s), started being an adult with a career, lost my beloved Cunafish, and had some high highs and low lows with Courage.
|2015 because Alyssa is the actual best|
In 2015, I was determined to make showing happen. We went to every. single. show. at the lowest level available and I won this giant ribbon that I'm still proud of, haha. Good friends and fun adventures and yeaaaaah apparently you can get eliminated by refusals in a ground poles class. Now you know.
|2016 football and dressage |
By 2016, I finally figured out that I should quit jumping C. Then I quit a lot more things. This picture is probably his best dressage moment ever and he looks so damn sexy and he so wasn't happy and I wasn't happy and things were about to fall apart real hard.
|2017 a steampunk princess|
Basically the only thing that went right in 2017 was getting a baby percheron mare that wasn't even started under saddle. Courage found an incredible new home, I made career changes, and Alyssa took some of my favorite photos of all time.
|2018 when one photo is your whole year|
2018 accelerated the changes that had been rumbling. My personal life fell apart while my professional life took off and my constant was my curvy baby mare. I took about 4 lessons and never went to a horse show.
|2019 a whole new perspective|
I spent most of 2019 getting on my feet and my beloved ZB had to take a back seat while I sorted things out.
I'm rolling in to 2020 with a black 6 year old mare and a whole new perspective on life, the universe, and everything, haha. I still have a someday goal of a bronze medal, a shorter-term goal of organizing a horse-soccer team at my barn, and an every-day goal of becoming a better human and horseman in whatever direction we go.
I wouldn't hold your breath for horse show domination this year, but maybe we'll take some lessons and get back on the bus.
What a decade. I love how you took care of yourself.ReplyDelete
One hell of a decade girl. <3ReplyDelete
That means I've been reading your blog for a decade, and writing my own for a decade. So glad I stuck it out all those years ago when I almost stopped reading this because I couldn't bear to read your Izzy posts anymore. 2020 is going to be a great year for you!ReplyDelete
Beginning and ending with a black mare! I hope the next decade is amazing for you.ReplyDelete
girl i feel like you deserve a most improved ribbon. you're killing it.ReplyDelete
You've definitely gone through a lot these last ten years. But I'm just so happy you and Zoe found each other!ReplyDelete
Horse soccer! Can't wait for that :). It's been fun keeping up with your journey this decade.ReplyDelete
I have loved following your journey, and seeing so much of it in one place is awesome!ReplyDelete