Amanda asks 25 questions and since it appears I’m blogging this week, why not? I’m not sure I’ll actually answer all of them since I don’t actually have answers for everything, but other than that? Why not?
Why horses? Why not a sane sport, like soccer or softball or curling?
Mostly because I played soccer and softball and didn’t like playing them? I wasn’t good and in team sports that matters? Individual sports it doesn’t matter so much. And curling? Well, I DO want to try that one day… Lol. Plus, horses. Animals are so much better than people, just saying.
What was your riding “career” like as a kid?
My riding “career” started as a teenager as the deal for lessons was I could start lessons once I could find a barn and schedule lessons myself. I actually got into horses through horse racing and a phenomenal organization called Kids to the Cup founded by the late Trudy McCaffery who sought to bring young fans to the Breeders’ Cup and Triple Crown races. I won a trip to the 2001 Preakness Stakes through an essay contest and joined KTTC to the Breeders’ Cup and 2002 Triple Crown for my senior project… The organization introduced me to trainers, owners, jockeys, etc. and brought me to the backside.
Anyway, riding wise, my mom paid for weekly lessons until I graduated high school and then I was on my own. So I started working off my lessons for my instructor and went from riding 1x a week to 3x a week…
If you could go back to your past and buy ONE horse, which would it be?
Forsooth. He was probably always a better match for me than Subi. Just as athletic but always a little quieter?
But truly, Ranger is the real answer here.
What disciplines have you participated in?
Hunters, eq, and short lived IHSA stint in western stock seat
What disciplines do you want to participate in some day?
Perhaps eventing? I’ll steal Ranger and we can go event. Lol
Have you ever bought a horse at auction or from a rescue?
What was your FIRST favorite horse breed – the one you loved most as a kid?
If you could live and ride in any country in the world, where would it be?
Irish countryside or Icelandic horses!
Do you have any horse-related regrets?
That I couldn’t fix Hayley. Maybe if I figured out what was wrong with her earlier I could have fixed or saved her?
If you could ride with any trainer in the world, ASIDE from your current trainer, who would it be?
This I don’t know. Perhaps Louise Serio for hunters?
What is one item on your horse-related bucket list?
Riding in the Dixon Oval was a bucket list item that I’ve checked off…. Riding in Ireland?
If you were never able to ride again, would you still have horses?
YES! Considering I have a retired Subi horse and mini….
What is your “biggest fantasy” riding goal?
Large farm! I just want LAND and no mud. Fine, that’s a horse goal not a riding goal. To be comfortable and confident almost always?
What horse do you feel like has taught you the most?
I think Ranger, being a packer, has taught me that I know more than I believe I do? When you can just work on you, it’s SO NICE. Subi taught me to have a strong leg and quiet hands. Batty taught me to wait at fences (yay for stoppers…)
If you could change one thing about your current horse/riding situation, what would it be?
I’d have money and be able to ride multiple times per week? Maybe I’d have a riding horse that can actually do ring/fence work? I want a Ranger!
If you could compete at any horse show/venue in your home country, where would it be?
I don’t love showing/competing so no real needs here! Lol. Showing at the Devon grounds was just an experience because, tradition.
If you could attend any competition in the world as a spectator, what would be your top choice?
I’ll start with NotRolex and go from there
Have you ever thought about quitting horses?
All the time! More due to finances than reality. After Hayley, I was an awful person and ignored my boys for about 2 months… So much guilt about that…
If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the horse industry, what would it be?
How fragile horses are…
What’s the dumbest horse-related thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
So many dumb things…. Riding Batty around the neighborhood? Buying Batty?
As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of?
What horse-related book impacted you the most?
I’ll try and fill in later…
What personality trait do you value most in a horse and which do you dislike the most?
Willingness and loyal and kind.
What do you love most about your discipline?
Non scary jumps!
What are you focused on improving the most, at the moment?
Trusting my eye!