My name is Olivia, and I’m what happens when that horse-crazy girl you knew in middle school grows up.
After showing through middle and high school, I stayed away from the barn for several years- graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biological Engineering, moved to northern Virginia, got a big-girl job. Everything was going well, but something was missing.
So I found a local barn in September ’14, signed up for weekly lessons, and breathed a sigh of relief that once a week I could have my hobby. End of story.
Three months later I started half-leasing my girl Addy.
Five months later I stepped back into the show ring for the first time in 10 years.
Eight months later I tried the jumpers for the first time.
Seventeen months later I used up most of my savings and all my vacation time to compete down in Ocala.
Eighteen months later, I took the plunge and bought myself a horse.
A year and a half was all it took to go from testing the waters to spending 6 days a week training with my very own unicorn. It’s been a whirlwind couple of years back in the saddle, but I can’t imagine my life any other way.
Francis and I are currently competing in the 1.10m/1.15m High Adult Jumper division with our sights set on the 1.20m classes in the near future. We spend our days working hard and having a blast- whether that’s dabbling in the eq classes, going XC, hacking around the neighborhood, or developing our skills. I’m convinced he’s the world’s most perfect horse- go read some of my posts about him and I think you’ll agree. He’s proven to be the best partner I could ask for with the sweetest disposition, and we have so much fun training and competing together!
When I’m standing on my own two legs I enjoy smiling, reading fantasy and historical fiction, making lists, playing board games with my roommate, spending time in the sun, and figuring out how to be a functioning adult. I’ll have to get back to you on that last one.
Welcome, and thanks for joining our journey!
A collection of my favorite posts from 2016.
(2017 posts to follow once we wrap up the year!)