Culpeper Finals Candids

Big thank you to Manfriend for using my camera to sneak some super sweet shots of Francis and I at the show! The pro pics are nice and all, but it was awesome having my own paparazzi.

cf_coursewalk
Course walk with Trainer. That’s right, my trainer is actually a jump standard. You caught me.
cf_awk
Faces like this are the reason I have no nice pictures
cf_wtr1
Dat tail doe
cf_around
Tee hee oh I didn’t even know you were taking my picture LOL
cf_wut
I don’t know what I love most: the porta-potties in the back, Frankie’s total apathy, my distinct lack of eye contact, the list just goes on and on
cf_trotaway
UGH WARMING UP STINKS MAHM
cf_trot
MAHM WASSTHAT OVER THERE
cf_llama
MAHM THAT STRANGE MAN IS TAKING MY PICTURE MAHM WHY DO NOT WANT UGH
cf_laugh
On cloud nine after a double clear round
cf_pats
Frankie was more thinking, “Probs just gonna nibble her boot for a bit, feels like the right thing to do”
cf_ribbon
Holding together the excitement
cf_ribbon2
Starting to lose control a little…
cf_ribbon3
HOLY FRICK DO YOU SEE THIS RIBBON I HAVE

Kali Spera from Santorini!

Greetings! I’m still in Santorini (and then Milos) for a few more days, but I couldn’t resist taking advantage of wifi and sharing some pics so far. Can’t wait to share stories when I get back!

Yasou โค

Fish pedicure in Santorini
Momma looking over our balcony in Santorini
One of the incredibly gorgeous beaches on Naxos
I made dis!
One of the tiny coastal villages on Naxos
My mom can’t escape my love
My happy mug
True story: my sister looks like an actual movie star
Everyone needs a big hat
Getting creative with the local foliage to create pretty tablescapes
View over the island from our villa on Naxos, featuring the amphitheater we used to perform dramatic readings

Wordless Wednesday- High Alert

  

The closest I’ve ever seen Addy come to spooking on the ties. AKA she looked awake. She then received tons of nose smooshes for being so darn cute.

 PS- my internet has been wonky for a few days so I’m a little behind, but I’ll be rejoining you as soon as it’s fixed! 

Pretty Girl Photo Dump

The promised photos! All taken by an extremely talented junior at our barn- you should totally check out her Instagram @hgielloh, she posts awesome pics of her and her hunky gelding doing the big eq and super cool shows.

I know I should do what Lauren at She Moved to Texas does and use these photos in my blog posts….but I have absolutely no self control and must share them with you all at once.

loose_rein_walking
face wut
breeches_and_boots
oh wow such majestic
outdoor_rail_trotting
looking really not pleased about the whole “no-stirrup” thing
posting_rail
cute trot!
addy_trotting
are pics when you’re in the “up” of your positing trot always awkward, or is it just me?
sunset_rear
continued majesty.
draft_halfseat
holy crap she’s massive
draft_addy
seriously what a beefcake
cannter_circle_lean
oh wow leg looking SUPER effective here
canter_circle
gonna go sit on my horse couch for a little bit
addyface_side
ohmygosh her face is the cutest little pony face!!!!
addyface_front
just look at it!
canter_turning
by my expression, it seems that someone just told me that my mother died. y u in such pain, self?
canter_nostirrups
human derping at no stirrups. horse super photogenic.
rail_trotting
Pretty Girl being super Pretty.
outdoor_vertical_2
those floppy donkey ears!
outdoor_vertical_1
another sweet flop. lawlz elbowz.
loose_rein
taking a breather to admire how cute and relaxed and easy this pony is
dragon_swedish
LOLOLOLOL DRAGONMARE IS HERE HANG ON FOR DEAR LIFE

Talented photog had to run at this point, but I promise it got better from there. Read my lesson recap if you don’t believe me.

Hope you enjoyed seeing more of the majestic unicorn that is the DragonMare!

Wordless Wednesday- Rollback of Death

quarterline_rollback

I should’ve put this in my post yesterday! I’m clearly a little slow. But this is the turn we were trying yesterday: jump in the first one, then tight rollback right to the rail in front of some standards that were in the way (represented by the white X). We fiddled with our track quite a bit, so these arrows really just give the gist of what direction we were generally aiming to go.

How would you have approached this exercise, both pace and track-wise? What skills would you want in your toolbox to tackle this?

Wordless Wednesday- Tail Braiding

tail_braiding
Not perfect, but not too shabby for my second time trying! Having trouble with starting it at the top and keeping it straight mostly. Would love any tips you might have!

Wordless Wednesday- Faces

horse_selfie
Y’all need more of our smiling faces in your Wednesday.

PS: Guys I’m on Twitter now and pretty confused about how it’s supposed to work. But if you want to see me fumble my way through a new social media channel, then find me @hellomylivia!

Almost Wordless Wednesday- Stall Swag

addy_stall_swag
Addy got the icing on her stall door that she really wanted. She also told me that we need to get another champion ribbon to make it symmetric. What Pretty Girl wants, Pretty Girl gets.