Actually taken Feb. 3rd - I have no Jan. pictures of Riva and myself
I started off 2013 with a hernia and had surgery to repair this on January 25th. I am sure I was not supposed to be riding yet on Feb. 3rd...but we all know how hard it is to stay away! We spent most of the winter working in draw reins to help with contact and keep Riva working from behind. I lessoned with Jennifer Conour about once a month and Alexis helped out as much as she could. We worked on getting ready to compete Training Level.
End of a lesson at Jennifer's
Training Level work and lessons with Jennifer continue. We concentrate on power from behind and exercises to help with bend. Riva gets very fit and we look forward to show season.
Riva & Cheers get Spring dentals and vaccines
Lesson at Jennifer's
In March, we start talking about moving to KY due to my husband's job. He had been working in Georgetown all week and driving home on weekends since the previous fall. We spent the last week of March in KY to check out boarding facilities and for our daughter to interview with Reese Koffler.
Maplecrest Farm in KY
Serenity Farm in IN
April brings weather nice enough to ride outside again - my favorite! We spend lots of time riding around the galloping track working on conditioning. Spring brings lot of rain and mud to Indiana and we fight scratches/mud fever on all 4 of Riva's lower legs. We attend our first show of 2013 at HHP in Edinburgh and compete Training Level 2 & 3 with scores of 62.857 & 62.4.
HHP in Edinburgh, IN
Oldest daughter with us at HHP in Edinburgh, IN
Mother's Day weekend we compete again at HHP in Edinburg and my oldest daughter comes to watch us show for the first time. We once again compete TL 2 & 3 with scores of 63.214 & 67.2. We also start packing up our house to move and get it ready to rent to a tenant. I give notice at my job of 7 years and we start saying our goodbyes to friends in Indiana.
Front porch of our IN home
Cheers and Lex at new barn in KY
June 1st, on my birthday, we move to Georgetown, Ky. We go back the next day to move the horses to their new barns, Cheers, our OTTB, goes to a private barn and Riva goes to Maplecrest Farm with Lex.
Riding in Riva's pasture which has hills!
Lex begins her new job and I start looking for one as we settle in to living in Ky.
Riva gets shod for the first time by the new farrier and goes lame. We spend all of July getting her sound - lots of vet visits and money spent to get her back to the way she needs to be shod. Our oldest daughter comes for a weekend visit at the end of July and I continue to job search.
Woodford Reserve in KY
We move our OTTB to another boarding facility in July and he goes on 27/7 pasture board. New place is closer to where we live and has an indoor arena.
Antebellum Farm in KY
We attend our first KY horse show in August and compete TL 2 & 3 - scores of 75.357 & 68.4. We move Riva to the barn where Cheers is and I start riding 5-6 days a week again. I have several 2nd interviews for jobs and get closer to employment.
Antebellum Farm in KY
Heritage Farm in KY
We begin schooling First Level and ride outside as much as possible. I get a job at USEF and adjust to working until 5 pm thru the week.
Cheers get very fat on KY bluegrass
Lex competes at KHP on Wild Angelica
Alexis competes a client's horse at Kentucky Horse Park and gets another Second Level score towards her USDF Bronze Medal - just one more Third Level score and she will have it! I start feeling more comfortable in my new job and we continue to school First Level and think about attending a November Snowbird Show at KHP.
Paul and me at Keeneland
We go to Keeneland to watch the yearling auction one Saturday and then attend races on another Saturday. Lex wins big on a bet on Calvin Borel!
First time betting
Scary warm up arena at Kentucky Horse Park
We decide to compete at the November Snowbird Dressage show at KHP - so thrilling to ride there! Was our worst show ever - but it is all about the experience. Competed TL 3 and First 1 - scores of 54.2 & 56.724.
Equally scary indoor was not Riva's favorite place to show
Indoor at Heritage Farm
After the November show, we try changing bits as Riva was becoming a pulling machine. She responded well to it for a few days, then began raising her head, mini rearing, double barrel kicking, backing widely around the arena, etc. We changed back to our previous bit and went back in the draw reins. Will continue to work with the draw reins and normal reins for a month or so.
Riva says hello to the barn cat - ZaZu
2013 has been a year of big changes for our family and I still am adjusting to a new job and environment. Kentucky is a beautiful state with wonderful opportunities for our daughter. 2014 will bring decisions to be made about our home in Indiana and where we go from here.