Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 09- Any injuries that occurred from riding

I don't have any good injury stories- but here are the not so exciting ones I have...

1. Passed out while riding
2. Fallen off and got close lined on a jump
3. Gotten the wind knocked out of me when falling off
4. Been bucked off pretty hard

**I do have to say that i have a horrible back from riding- it's always hurting but I wouldn't give up riding for the world!

Day 08- A little about the barn/stable you ride at

Diamond Hills- (Stable)
200×325 Outdoor Arena
A Smaller Outdoor Arena
100×200 Indoor Arena
50 stall barn
17  stall barn
Mare Motel
Large Pastures
Round Arena and Round Pens
Warm Water Wash racks
Windmill Ranch- (Barn)
Irene Lorimer – Owner, Trainer, Manager
Best trainer IN THE WORLD! :)

Day 07- Your favorite ribbon won at a show and why

I would say that to date- my favorite ribbon was when I won my first 1st place ribbon. It was at a schooling show in Watsonville and I was riding a horse named Cappuccino. She was a appy- not appealing to the eye BUT she was as sweet as they come and I had worked so hard to "polish" her up for the shows. It was a WTC- Eq class and Carli, Kristin and I were all in it. Normally the three of us were neck and neck and Kristin always won the under saddle classes because her pony Tinny (Tin Foil) was super fancy. Carli had her own horse and so she had more in the saddle time then I did. My grandma and mom were there to watch and I wanted to do so well. If you have ever been to the Watsonville Fair Ground we were in the Arena that is typically used as a warm up arena over by the fixed stalls. I rode through that class like it was the Olympics- head held high and making sure everything looked perfect!

I'll never forget how proud and excited I was when they called my name, number and horses name....

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 06- All the tack and riding clothes you have (brand/color/other details)

This is going to expose me ...

1 Victor Saddle (Western with back cinch)

1 Pessoa Saddle (English- including irons and leathers)

1 Collegiate Saddle (English- including irons and leathers)

1 Western Head Stall with Split Reigns
2 English Bridles (2 Horse- Collegiate, 2 OS- Collegiate and im not sure)

3 Martingales (2 horse, 1 OS)
1 Western Breast Collar

3 Girths (2 48's and 1 50)
1 Western Cinch

1 set of draw reigns
1 set of side reigns

1 Slow Twist Snaffle
1 Full Cheek French Link Snaffle
1 Happy Mouth Snaffle
1 D-ring Snaffle

3 sets of bell boots
    1 rubber pull on, 1 rubber with velcro and 1 Sports Medicine
2 sets of open front splint boots (Roma)
2 sets of ankel boots for above (Roma)
3 sets (of 4) of Dover splint boots (2 white 1 black) (LOVE THESE)

Sets of 4 polo wraps in: black, green, navy, maroon and white
Front set of SMB- Royal Blue

2 crap half pads
1 nice sheepskin half pad
2 Close Contact Saddle Pads
About 20-25 square saddle pads- i have a little obsession haha
Professional Choice Air Ride western saddle pad

2 Nylon Halters
3 Leather Halters
4 Lead Ropes

LOTS of grooming supplies, medical supplies, bathing stuff, buckets, treats, suppliments etc

Baker Sheet (76)
Baker Blanket (76)
2 Bid D Waterproof Blankets (78 and 82)
Big D Light Weight Blanket (78)
Amigo Sheet (78)
Amigo Fly Sheet with Neck Piece (78)
Riders International Waterproof Blanket with Neck Piece (82)
Wool Cooler with Henry's name (76)

Black and White Plad Cooler (80)
Jersey Cooler (78)

Windmill Ranch Tack Trunk
Black Tack Trunk

Charles Owen AYR8 Helmet  for shows
IRH Helmet for schooling
3 Pairs of Show Breeches
8 pairs of Schooling Breeches
Ariat Paddock Books in Black and Brown
Ariat Half Chaps in Black and Brown
2 Pairs of Ariat tall boots
2 Show Coats
3 Show Shirts
3 Belts
Lots of tall socks
But Pulls
Barn Jacket
Black Waterproof Jacket with my name
Carheart Jacket
5 Pairs of Ranglers
2 Pairs of Ariat Western Boots (Black and Brown)
3 Bling Bets
6 Western Button Up Shirts
2 Pairs of Western Spurs
2 Pairs of English Tom Thumb Spurs
2 Pairs of Black Gloves

I am sure that I forgot things but this is a good start right? So now I am not allowed to shop for more horse things for a while- well except show clothes :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 05- Your first fall

My first fall scared the POOP out of me!

I was riding with Christine and was learning to jump... the horse I was on tripped pretty bad and I ATE it hard in the dirt. She made me get back on- crying hysterically I got back on and finished my lesson. I am thankful for her making me get back on.

Each fall is hard and I still don't like getting back on but I do...

Day 04- A ride that impacted your life

This is hard to think of one ride ... I wouldn't say that I have had one lately.

Probably one that I can refer to that I will never forget is the one time I rode and showed Lizard. He was a Chestnut super cute horse that my old trainers Marie and Riley had. He was a well seasoned horse who took great care of me. I had worked so hard to get to where I was- as two of my friends who I rode with were my competition. They both had their own horses and I was always fighting an up hill battle- riding different horses at most shows and trying to keep up with them. At this show I wanted to do well and had worked so hard.. finally I had a horse to match my "riding skills." We did great in the show winning first and second in all our classes- I don't remember what exact classes I did but something to the tune of flat (wtc) and some OF classes that were no more then 2 feet tall. Nothing crazy but I was proud and all my hard work paid off. I just remember feeling so great because I had ridden well and my horse had performed well.

Day 03- Your Best Riding

I wouldn't say that my best riding has been lately as I have had some hiccups... having a baby, horses that aren't what I need and life/work. I look forward to looking back at this in a year and seeing how much I have progressed. I am riding with a great trainer now who can take me further then I have ever gone. Money is going to dictate what I do in the show ring but I can at least get some great training and schooling shows under my belt.

So keep posted and I hope to show you some amazing progress :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 02- Your current riding goals

My current goals are to get back into riding consistently. I just got a new horse a week ago and am hoping to ride him this Sunday after the craziness of my best friends wedding is over. I would like to start with some schooling shows this season and possibly do some bigger shows next season. We have almost monthly shows at the barn and they are a great experience for both rider and horse- especially since I am SO nervous all the time!

Eventually id like to get to the point where I: am jumping 3 ft courses, have polished my Eq, am confident in my horse and my abilities together and get back to a place where i feel that I am a competent rider. Right now I feel like I have the knowledge in my head but my body needs to get with the picture- I guess that's what having a baby will do to you ha!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 01- When and why you started riding

Day 01- When and why you started riding

When I was 8 I wanted to take horse lessons and my parents said that I could if I found a place and got all the details. So I went to the yellow pages and called around to many different barns. I ended up riding with Christine Whitman in Scotts Valley.

Then I moved to Briarcliff Farm in Santa Cruz when Christine moves out of the area.. there i rode with Jill Cole, Benson Caroll and Marie/Riley Wilson.

When I got to highschool it was to much for me to keep riding with Marie and Riley so I ended up just working horses for the equestrian program at my school. It was meant for beginners so they let me come down and ride whatever horses I wanted during my appointed period.

The first two years of college i didn't ride- couldn't afford it... but the second two years i rode on the equestrian team at Baylor University.

After College I took about a year off to get my feet on the ground and then bought Maddy MY FIRST horse... I will forever love that horse more then anything! I rode for a few years on my own here in Livermore because I didn't find any trainers that I liked.

About a year and a half ago I found Irene and I will never go else where! My new horse is Henry and I am excited to work with Irene and have a fab show horse in no time!

30 Day Challenge

Day 01- When and why you started riding
Day 02- Your current riding goals
Day 03- Your Best Riding
Day 04- A ride that impacted your life
Day 05- Your first fall
Day 06- All the tack and riding clothes you have (brand/color/other details)
Day 07- Your favorite ribbon won at a show and why
Day 08- A little about the barn/stable you ride at
Day 09- Any injuries that occurred from riding
Day 10- How your family/friends feel about your riding
Day 11- Find a horse for sale online that you would want to buy
Day 12- Favorite horse color
Day 13- Most Embarrassing moment
Day 14- Your dream barn/farm
Day 15- If you could speak to any horse, dead or alive, what would you say?
Day 16- Your most recent fall
Day 17- Your equestrian idol
Day 18- Your grooming routine
Day 19- A discipline you would like to do that you’ve never done before
Day 20- Your favorite horse show
Day 21- Your perfect schooling outfit
Day 22- The importance of riding in your life
Day 23- Picture of your favorite jump/combo
Day 24- Your best riding friend
Day 25- Your dream trailer
Day 26- Biggest riding pet peeve
Day 27- You know your an equestrian when….. (Give 5 original ones)
Day 28- Helmet or no helmet?
Day 29- A style/trend in tack/riding apparel that you don’t like
Day 30- Your Future With Horses

Monday, June 20, 2011

RIP Roxy

This weekend Roxy jumped the fence and was hit by a car and didn't make it. Sean and I are just heart broken over the whole thing. We can't imagine life without her and it has been the hardest weekend of my life trying to move forward.
We love(d) Roxy more then anything and she was just the best dog anyone could ask for. If any of you know about Aussies- they are the most loyal loving dogs ever. We were so blessing with 3 great years with her and know that she will never be forgotten.
We miss you Roxy but know that you are waiting in Heaven for us!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Bayley Talking

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Old Horse Show Picture

I found this picture while we were down south visiting my mom, brother and grandma...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bayley Laughing

Bayley's First Food

Karley's New Horse