A Look Back at 2015

2015 was filled with some big changes for me. Some good, some bad. I am so thankful for everything I was given this year.

January

I didn’t post a single thing during January. I was on hiatus. I was also in the process of syndicating Dandy but that was our little secret. We did have our very last lesson together. JanuaryLesson_5

February

Everything became official with the sale of Dandy to the Team Longlegs Syndicate in February. This was a very emotional day for me. I felt a lot of sadness on leaving Dandy and in saying goodbye (with me moving, who knew if I was actually ever going to see him again). But I also felt a lot of relief which made me realize I was doing the right thing. I took the dogs to one last agility trial in Washington where we all had a ball.

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March

Even though Dandy wasn’t mine anymore, I still loved on him all I could and did a fun experiment with curry combs. As part of his new life, Dandy immediately got on the road and headed out to Georgia to show at Poplar Place. Not his best finish but he learned a lot. I also got in the car and started my long trip to Georgia.

from JLE's Facebook page
from JLE’s Facebook page

April

I started looking for a new horse and got surprised when I ran across Gus. I knew I was taking another risk with a straight off the track thoroughbred but I had a good gut feeling. Unfortunately with the rain and the lack of an indoor, I wasn’t able to get on Gus until the end of the month. He was everything I dreamed of! Both Gus and Dandy had their birthdays in April and then I ran off to Kentucky for Rolex!

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May

May was a relaxing month full of lost shoes and fun trail rides. I really spent the time getting to know Gus and installing some basic riding horse manners. We also began taking lessons with awesome dressage trainer C. Dandy went to another event and Harley jumped almost 19 feet at her dock diving competition.

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June

We repeated May all over again, only with less lost shoes. Dandy competed at Aspen. I won a pair of EquiFit boots. And Gus started working over poles.

Oh yeah, and I got engaged.

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July

Gus competed in his first schooling show where we did Intro A and Intro B. It was at his home barn and he behaved great in the warm up and great in the ring. Dandy surprised everyone and came home with the win at the 2015 Whidbey Island H.T. Open Training division. And then did it again at Rebecca Farms.

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August

Things slowed way down this month. The heat really began to take its toll on me and I found myself getting to the barn at ungodly hours in the morning to make it work. We also did a lot of crazy trail rides. Dandy had a less than stellar showing at Caber H.T. and I went to Istanbul!

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September

I tried to pull all four of Gus’ shoes off this month and he immediately went four foot lame. He came back pretty quickly but there was not a lot of riding this month. Dandy had an unfortunately and weird fall in his first prelim debut. Not the best ending to his season.

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October

I was able to get back on Gus for a while. I also started my new job. My future sister in law came down to take our engagement photos.

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November

After having Gus get sore again right after being trimmed, I decided to put the front shoes back on. I missed not being able to ride my horse. Gus also got a clip and was an angel. Took me half the time it took me to do Dandy. Work problems, drive time, and the rain kept me from seeing too much of the Gus Gus. I bought a new to me dressage saddle.

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December

This was a bigger month than I think I blogged about. It was also the month of competitions. Harley and Guinness went to an agility trial at the GA Horse Park. Guinness was on his A game, Harley was a monster. But somehow Harley came home with High in Trial for Novice Dog. The very next week I took Gus to his first off property schooling show. He was a super star. And he jumped double clear in both stadium and XC. I also found my wedding dress and had a tv style “Say Yes to the Dress” experience.

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Here’s to an even better 2016!

2015 (Fall) Aspen Farms

It was absolutely the worst feeling in the world to come back from Istanbul, open up StartBox and see the dreaded RF next to Dandy’s name in his first Prelim outing. Omg.

Panic.

Was Dandy okay? Was JLE okay?

I couldn’t imagine what had happened and waiting to hear from JLE was torturous. We got in to JFK late Sunday, I heard from JLE the next morning. Everyone is okay. Thank God!

She said that Dandy read the question wrong at the water and sent me the video. It was both the weirdest and the scariest thing I have ever seen with Dandy. He had to jump a large canoe into the water, which he did fine. But then he LUNGED into the water like he was jumping down a huge bank and when he came down, it looks like his front feet slipped out from under him.

Dandy went head first into the water. Fell completely onto his knees and then his side. Thankfully they both got up and walked off the course though Dandy did bang up the right side of his face and had superficial scrapes on his knees.

I don’t know what Dandy might have seen in the water to do that but the whole thing was very fluky. JLE said he was jumping great. It’s frustrating but I am just so glad that no one got hurt. I know they’ll regroup, JLE will school that dang water, and they’ll come back next season ready to tackle that Prelim course.

2015 Caber Farms H.T. – Ugh

I am a bad horse owner. I completely forgot Caber Farms was last weekend until I started seeing posts about it from the JLE team on Facebook.

But maybe it was a good thing I forgot. For Dandy, the whole event was forgettable. Dressage sucked. A rail in stadium.

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The only bright side was that he went double clear in XC.

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It’s been a long season for Dandy, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a bit tired. I think the plan is two more events, Aspen and Woodside, and then his season is over. Though I still don’t see him entered at Aspen so that might not be happening. I’ll keep you updated on Woodside though!

2015 The Event at Rebecca Farm – XC!!!

And now for the part we I have been waiting for! Dandy’s XC run from Rebecca. I haven’t seen him go since his first less than successful run at Aspen.

It was so great to see all the improvement. He’s clearly still a tough ride but at least now JLE can get him to rate enough that she’s able to string more than one fence together, lol. And when she lets him open up… zoom!

In other news, I have some fun stuff to share for Gus but I’m having real problems with my computer and photos right now. Hopefully I can get that fixed soon!