This is the third instalment of my looking back posts. Every new year I take some time and do a review of what went down throughout the year and where things are at going into the new year. I see last year at this time I was starting to juice and here I am again - planning on juicing for a few weeks this month. I guess some consistency is a good thing in life! I can happily say this was my most plentiful year of blogging.
January started off with some snow, and me working through Williams bucks. It was an exciting find to get ahold of all of Parkers baby pics. The month was pretty quiet and ended up with me whining about the cold (quell surprise).
In March we had Robin down to give a clinic and I got some good help with William. I struggled with motivation with the change in weather and I acquired the most difficult foster dog I have ever cared for Stryder (who now has the most amazing family ever!). I was trailering over to Alayne's a lot and we finished the month off with another schooling show at her place!
With May came our second time running a Short Course Event at the farm. It was an insane day but we came out with positive feedback despite the horrible weather. I took a clinic with Diana Burnett the days before but it didn't make it to the blog because we were so swamped! I took William to his first show ever where he was a good boy, and I cried all afternoon about the judging which I thought was harsh. I grew a lot from that day and it was a learning experience that's for sure. I never blogged about it since I was very depressed at the time, but Archie and I went to a combined training event (dressage and stadium only) where we attempted training level and although completed, completely destroyed the stadium course and put the wheels in motion for his retirement.
September was full of eventing (yay!). Ottawa Horse Trials was first where we finished 4th out of 22. Parker was started up after his year off from the track and promptly jumped some cross country fences, William was also jumping some bigger fences nicely. Alayne and I headed to the OHTA Championships and had quite the mishap on the way up. I blogged our conclusion of the Champs where we went home ribbon-less but still had the time of our lives! I finished September off with a successful upgrade to Training level at Stevens Creek where we finished 4th and half of our division was eliminated - a very fun day for me!
In November I asked for help with the OTTB Valiant (goal was reached - thank you). The best part of November had to be my coach Rick and I travelling to Toronto to show at an indoor jumper show where we both took home Championship ribbons. I had an "Ah Ha" moment regarding coaching and my horses were all going well. November also brought what was the start of a horrible winter with an epic dumping of snow.
December came around and I moved my horses to my moms for the winter for some arena time. Not much else happened but I switched my horses to straw bedding. I participated in the pet blogger and horse blogger gift exchanges and yes, we got even more snow!
So, that is my year in a post. I will be posting my 2013 goal review and 2014 goals next. It wasn't the year I expected, but it was a good one. Really looking forward to 2014. May we all be blessed with a happy new year!