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Year in Review: 2017 Recap

Jan 02 2018

I will always remember this year as a time of challenge and growth for me.  Many family members (including myself) experienced health issues, I encountered training issues with Cullen, and work was incredibly stressful.  Even though I didn’t meet many of my goals for the year, I learned a ton and I’ve made some significant changes so that I can start off 2018 better and stronger than ever before.

Nathan and I spent a week vacationing in Antigua with my family in March and a long weekend at Kentucky Lake in July.  I also took a trip to Nashville in July to see two of my best friends from high school.  Nathan and I celebrated our 4 year weeding anniversary in August this year by taking a trip to Cumberland Falls.   We spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in St. Louis, MO visiting family and friends.  Career wise, Nathan started a new job November and I successfully completed my first year as a Managing Director at Accenture.

Antigua Vacation                                    Cumberland Falls Vacation
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I spent most of the year working in Hartford, CT, but I also went on business trips to Phoenix, AZ; Atlanta, GA; King of Prussia and Philadelphia, PA; Nashville, TN; and Sunrise, FL.  I stayed over 100 nights in a hotel and flew on over 66 airline segments. 

Even with a busy life at work, I was able to ride over 169 days this year including completing 3 horse trials at the Novice level – Spring Bay HT, Penny Oaks HT (cross country was canceled), and River Glen June HT.

Spring Bay HT
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I started the year by taking a 2 week trip to Ocala, FL with my friend Nikki and our two horses.  It was a wonderful and relaxing vacation.  While there, we boarded at the fabulous Sweet Dixie South Farm and were able to take lessons from Dom Schramm (show jumping and cross country) and Peter Gray (dressage and gymnastics).

Sweet Dixie South, Ocala, FL
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In September, I decided to make some changes for Cullen and me.  I moved Cullen to Rockbarton Farm which is a private boarding barn closer to my house.  In addition to an indoor arena, outdoor arena, jumps and large grass pastures, the full service horse care is second to none.  I also started working with a new trainer, upper level event rider Elissa Gibbs.  Elissa has been phenomenal about working around her busy schedule to accommodate my crazy schedule to work with Cullen and me.  She’s been riding Cullen during week when I travel and also gives me weekly lessons.  I have seen drastic improvements in both our jumping and our dressage in the 4 months we’ve been working together.  I can’t wait to continue our progress in 2018 and start showing again.

Rockbarton Farm
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Despite our abbreviated show schedule, Cullen and I won some really cool year end awards.

MSEDA High Point Adult Amateur Eventing (perpetual trophy) 
MSEDA 3rd Sr Novice Horse Trials
USEA Eventing Gold Medal at Novice
USEA Area 8 8th Adult Amateur Rider Novice

Year End Awards
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In addition to training with Elissa, I’ve been working hard to increase my fitness in preparation for the 2018 show season.  I’ve been working out with a personal trainer twice a week where I lift weights for about 60-90 min.  I also just started going to a Booiaka fitness dance class 1-2 times a week.  I also plan to start running more to increase my cardio stamina with a goal to run 500 miles in 2018.

I am anxious to leave 2017 behind and I look forward to a great year in 2018! 

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