2017 In Review

January: I started off the year with a big realization about just how much I want to throw my whole heart into riding. Frankie and I continued to school some bigger (to us) jumps and made our official move up to the High Adult division!

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McDonogh, January 2017

February: I did an anniversary lookback on what Ocala meant for me as a rider. I rode (poorly) for a guest trainer, we talked about who gets to ride my horse, and I took a moment to look back and appreciate some of the progress I’ve made over the years.

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Daydreaming about Ocala, February 2016

March: I talked about what I look for in a trainer and admitted that I am a special needs client. Manfriend and I celebrated an anniversary. Work was pretty busy so this was a quiet month on the blog, but Frankie continued to be a constant.

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Frankie AND Manfriend

April: I continued working to find a balance between real life and the barn. We celebrated one year of Francis being part of the family! We made it to our first big show of the season at Culpeper where Francis won his first 1.15m and carted me around the Highs. We marveled at what a long way he’s come.

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You will never be able to escape from this photo, sorrynotsorry

May: I talked about how the bigger jumps forced me to reevaluate my position. Frankie got his SI injected and we confirmed our qualification for the USHJA Regional Jumper finals. I spent some time in a dress.

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Learning how to land off the jumps

June: I made some big changes with a new job and a new apartment. We went to Upperville and Frankie showed us just how professional he could be- including taking us to the jumpoff in my first 1.15m track.

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Best Pony Ever made the 1.15m look like child’s play

July: I stirred the pot a bit by defending the use of grooming services at shows. We started thinking about what the future might hold for us, but also kept our focus shorter-term by building a fitness plan. We looked at how Frankie developed his jumping technique over time and I got to panic less about finances.

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July was hot. Frankie was not amused.

August: We got to lesson in the new outdoor ring and talked about sale ads. We then ended up going to USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships, which was the culmination of many months of hard work- and we even managed to pull off a team silver medal!

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This happened.

September: I told you about our fall plans to go Do All The Things, went over my show outfitting, and told you about my deal with Francis. We talked about what our perfect horse would be (Frankie, obvi) and Manfriend chimed in with a how-to guide to being a Horse Show Boyfriend.

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And we took unofficial Christmas card photos

October: We started out the month with a show in the equitation division (where Francis was a star but I was an idiot) and then we got out of the ring for some XC schooling. We talked about self care heading into the winter months and jumped some weird looking fences. Big surprise- we scored a last minute invite to Zone 3 Finals to round out our season, where Francis showed up and told us all how fast he could go.

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Goin’ fast and lookin’ cute

 

November: I got to share with you how proud I am of a certain barn rat. We talked about how we feel when we leave the ring– whether it was good or bad. I got some sun, got excited about a new USEF rule, and decided that Francis is always a star to me- even if we didn’t get a spot in a big clinic.

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I spent time in clothes other than breeches!

 

December: We reviewed our entire show season to celebrate the USEF New Year! I spent a lot of time travelling from place to place while Frankie relaxed, and we got to make a super fun decision around our next show year. Then I got the best surprise of my life when Manfriend asked if he could become my Horse Husband!

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Frankie’s getting a dad!

From beginning to end, 2017 was truly a year to remember. So much growth and learning, so many wonderful memories made, and so much love shared. Cheers to 2018 being even better!!

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6 thoughts on “2017 In Review

  1. Bette 01/01/2018 / 11:55 am

    You definitely had a fantastic 2017!!!!!!! Cheers to an equally or better 2018!!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Liz 01/01/2018 / 1:10 pm

    You had a freaking amazing year. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings to the table for you. Happy New Year!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. carey 01/01/2018 / 3:52 pm

    Great year for you!! I’m glad to follow along and looking forward to what 2018 will bring!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Stacie Seidman 01/01/2018 / 10:33 pm

    What a great year you had both with Frankie, and you know, all that other stuff too! Can’t wait to read about your 2018 adventures!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. HunkyHanoverian 01/02/2018 / 12:53 am

    What a truly amazing year you and Frank and Manfriend turned fiance have had!! So crazy happy for you, and I cannot wait to see what 2018 brings for y’all! Cheers!!

    Liked by 1 person

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