In 2011, I was in a very different place horse-wise. I was juggling a fair number of personal and professional challenges. Horse activities were more of a far-off dream. And I couldn’t figure out how to make progress beyond what my once-a-week riding lesson schedule was providing. Everything equestrian seemed so distant that I didn’t really consider that it could be a reality.
In May of 2013, I was invited to go with a group from my barn to the Devon Horse Show. I used the outing as an excuse to contact HJU and “volunteer” to be a blogger. My submission was graciously accepted, and my second “career” as a blogger was born. Not long after, I was taken in as a regular blogger, and I haven’t looked back!
In late 2013, we set off on the adventure of buying our first horse. It took a year to find him, and I became a horse mom in late 2014. Now this has been the year of training and showing with our beloved Charlie Brown. It has been a whirlwind of learning experiences — bonding, nutrition, saddle fit, training schedules, and self-examination, to name a few. My fellow bloggers and the HJU community have been a great source of information and support as I embark on this adventure of being a mid-life eventer, and an eventing parent.