Launch of An Equestrian Life

Today is the first official post on my brand spankin’ new website, An Equestrian Life. Huzzahs are in order! HUZZAH! I was originally going to get my original blog name, “Vintage Virginia”, as the URL, but it turns out that was taken. For a few months now, I’ve been sitting on my original wordpress.com site, […]

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The Horse Show Waiting

My Saturday timeline: 10:00am – Even thought trainer said to get there at 11am, still lazily sitting around, drinking coffee. Justify sitting by deciding to use time to put on makeup. Forget to put on makeup. 10:38am – Load up Berry and head out. 11:54am – Arrive at venue. Terrified that I arrived too late […]

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A Great Lesson

After feeling disappointed that I didn’t do better at my show, I had a prep talk with myself. I sternly told myself that I need to put in much more effort, and be braver. At my show, I basically went into potato spaghetti¬†mode, put in no effort, and forgot everything I’ve been working on for […]

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PIP 2016: Horse Goals

For the period of time encompassing 1 Jan 2015 – 31 Dec 2015, Ms. Marshallick’s performance fell short of expected, as she failed to accomplish her tiny amount of set goals. Ms. Marshallick was noted to have spent time idly surfing the internet instead of performing relevant duties. Because of this, this Performance Improvement Plan […]

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A Horse Show for Berry

I’m using a very generic title because I don’t know the name of this show. But I did know the following: It was Berry’s first pure hunter horse show, and it was at Morven Park, so that was pretty exciting. I’ve heard the tales of adventure¬†there, so I felt like I was some kind of […]

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Small Accomplishment: Jumping Vintage

I’ve been afraid of jumping Vintage in the past, mainly because she gets fast, and then she would stop. But I’ve been learning so much with Berry, I thought I would try it again, now that I sort of know what I’m doing. Previously, I have the very ineffective tactic of “do nothing” and then […]

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In Which Berry Crashes Again

I had my lesson today, and at first everything seemed fine. I had an awesome lesson! But then I really wanted some media of me jumping, so after sitting and chatting with my trainer a bit, I went back out to jump more. This was apparently a mistake. Full lesson recap coming, but here is […]

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Old Style Horse Jumping

Naturally I am behind nearly everyone in regards to my jumping knowledge, but I just learned something that is so surprising to me that I must share. To give appropriate credit, I just bought “The American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System” presented by Bernie Traurig, and this is mentioned in the introduction DVD. I think everyone […]

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Berry’s Accomplishments

Berry is evolving quickly. She really flourishes with constant riding and attention. So I thought it appropriate to announce the great things she’s done over the last week. The first one: She got clipped for the first time. At least I think it was the first time, I don’t know if they clip on the […]

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Good Girl, Berry!

Substantially shorter post than usual, but I suppose I have less to complain about when everything goes well! It was raining most of last week, which means I barely got to ride. On Sunday, I took Berry to a ring to school her. The same barn that did my rating also allows OPRC members to […]

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