As I look back on 2011 I can’t help but be grateful. It was a rewarding time for me both personally and professionally. As an equestrian, I also had a good year.
I certainly had my share of challenges as a rider. In January, 2011, I set out to find a dressage trainer and over the course of several months took lessons from several different people at different barns before finally settling in at the barn where I am now. And, fortunately, I only got tossed from a horse once this year–when Dutchess spooked the night before my first ever dressage show in September. That was also Dutchess’s first show and, sadly, her last; a hoof issue ended her short career as a dressage horse.
Happily, Secret came into my life shortly thereafter and we seem to be a pretty good match. I would have enjoyed my first show with Secret regardless of the outcome, but I have to admit that finishing the two classes we entered in fourth and first place was pretty darn sweet.
Besides having found a good trainer and a nice horse in 2011, I have a wonderfully supportive group of family and friends who have encouraged me every step of the way. You know who you are and I thank you all for your support.
I’d like to end my last post of 2011 with a photo of my ribbons from the December show at Rocking Horse Stables. 2011 was a blue ribbon year and I look forward to 2012. Farewell and see you next year!