Stories from the Saddle has offered up a timely blog hop - "Why I do what I do", entertaining stories of how you found "your" discipline of choice. I say this is timely for me because I am at an emotional cross roads with my riding right now. Things are going great under saddle, that isn't the issue. The issue is that I feel confused as to what I want to be doing with my horses right now, and if I want to continue on with my current preferred discipline.
It all started with this woman. Who has loved horses forever - and gave up riding and horse ownership when she had my sister and me. When I was 6 years old my mom asked me if I wanted to take riding lessons - something which had never entered my mind. I wasn't one of those kids who was born horse crazy. I didn't really have an interest in horses at all...until my first lesson. I will save you long horse ridden trip down memory lane but that was all it took. After my first lesson I was one hundred percent totally horse crazy.
|my first show with Esther|
I took Snapple to Touch A Rainbow for the first time when I was 11. I think we placed 2nd, and the year after I took her again and this time we won. We won this awesome wool cooler and a nice big ribbon. I remember driving home from the event and saying to my mom that I wished there were more shows like "the event" around. So much better than hunter and jumper shows. She said there probably were and if I wanted to do just that type of show I could.
And that is how it all started. My mom found out about the OHTA and I started solely eventing Snapple. I became the eventing enthusiast I am today. From then on I read all the eventing books, watched all the movies, and was completely obsessed with it. Things were different back then. There was no internet and no way to connect with the sport or upper level riders. Watching the Training level riders I always admired them so much and hoped some day I could be there. They seemed so out of reach and I was just longing to be that good day one day. I met a girl who also had an Appaloosa as she was stabling at my friends house for Hawkridge Horse Trials. We went to watch her, she was going Training level. I remember thinking this was the coolest chick and horse on the planet and my new goal in life was to event at Hawkridge.
|water at Hawkridge|
|Stadium at Hawkridge|
|Our first event together - Entry level, that we won|
|in the warm up at Fiddlers Green|