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In the beginning...

Mar 26 2012
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I have been riding horses regularly since 1992 when my parents, then living in Northern Virginia, decided to purchase a package of 10 riding lessons for me and a friend.  After riding a stocky paint pony named Patches around the arena for an hour each week, I was hooked.

In 2000, a college friend and I headed to Lexington, KY to watch the Rolex Kentucky 4 star competition.  It was my first time getting exposed to the sport of Eventing.  I saw the top riders in the country working in partnership with their athletic four-legged partners to compete in the ultimate test - the equestrian triathlon - dressage, cross country, and show jumping.  It was then that I decided to join the other 11,000 competitors in the US and try my hand at Eventing.

I got my first horse, Dayley (Lucky Last Bet), when I was in college.  I loved the dark bay OTTB mare more than anything else in the world, but she had a hard life and physically aged very quickly.  After 5 years of riding her, I decided to semi-retire her and sold her to a 65 year old lady to use as a fox hunting horse in the Fort Leavenworth Hunt in Kansas.

         

After Dayley, I searched the Midwest for my next eventing partner and decided on a flea bitten grey Appendix gelding named Sterling (Just Plain Sterling).  Sterling was very reliable and dependable, but after 3 years of hard work and training, seemed happier to stay at the lower levels.  I sold Sterling to a 14 year old girl who ended up showing him in 2' and 2'6" hunters with great success. 

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