Friday, September 2, 2011


It feels like eternity since the last time I sat down with my computer and started trying to think of clever things to say……and now I have a lot of feelings that I’m sure if you could open up my head it would be a huge scramble of overwhelming information not many people would quite know what to do with……that includes myself.

Since our last meeting, so much has happened. We competed at Woodside H.T. and most recently Richland Park Pan Am selection trials.

Woodside was a great show and being able to coach and ride some babies was refreshing! I recently got the ride on a very cute TB Gelding by the name of Top Secret, owned by Krystie Bush. He competed at Woodside in a very competitive Open Preliminary class and won. This little horse has probably the biggest heart of any horse I have ever ridden. He then went on to Richland Park and competed in the Open Intermediate and I went into the show not putting any pressure on the result……well maybe a little. But most importantly I wanted to see if “Sai” was ready for the level. He had competed OI with his previous rider, who by the way has done a great job at getting this guy around. The course was huge to say the least and Sai really had his work cut out for him. He would end up 2nd after cross country with a double clear and go into a very technical show jumping course with no rails to spare. Sai jumped his heart out, but just had the in of the triple combination which was our last fence on the course so we would move down to 5th position in the class. Still not shabby for whom we were competing against! I was thrilled with him and his ability to try harder than any horse! We will come home and continue to work on strength. The next competition will be the Area VI Championships…..I’m looking forward to seeing how that show works out and riding my favorite mare Fleeceworks Fernhill!

This year overall has been so exciting…..consisting of a lot of travelling and I’m assuming its only going to get better. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed because I have some decisions to make and soon.

We headed off to the Pan Am Selection Trial last week. Thanks to a travel grant given by the USEF we were able to fly Dinero this time. He has been on a trailer quite a lot this season and I really wanted to give him a break from the travel. WOW!!! What an experience! Flying is the way to go! It was so easy….Greg at Tex Sutton really made everything so easy! So much can go wrong and these guys were so organized… was a fantastic experience and frankly spoiled me!

I went into the selection trial feeling the most prepared mentally and physically then I have ever felt. Dinero felt the best he has ever felt and the weekend really went well. I believe in my bones this horse has it all. Some might look at me crazy, but Dinero, although a bit difficult sometimes… truly a class act with unending talent!

I was picked first in the division! YES! First…..again! Are you serious!!!! CANCEL! I quickly wiped out of me mind that being first would be a bad thing and focused on how great it would be.

Dinero and I put in a great test! He was very relaxed and his trot work was beautiful! We scored a 47 and that put us just 3 points out of the lead sitting in 4th place.

The cross country as always with good ol Ian Stark was a BLAST! Don’t tell anyone, but so far my favorite course designer! I’ve jumped things in every one of his courses that I had never jumped before. And it always rides perfectly! Dinero was a champion! We ran around the advanced course like it were Novice. Very exciting as I’ve struggled a bit with control this year…..I can thank my good friend and Dineros owner Leigh Mesher for getting the brakes back! THANK YOU LEIGH!!!! We moved up a spot after cross country and I was really feeling confident going into show jumping. The course had some technical lines and was a good track for us both.

Much to my dismay as I entered the ring, Dinero as he usually does got a bit tense. He quickly relaxed going up to the first fence and I rode it very soft thinking and always believing that my horse would and does jump above the standards….we had the first rail down behind. I thought to myself……really!!!?….crap…..well put your leg on a bit more….and the rest of the course Dinero was flipping his head quite a bit….it was clear something was bothering him. We would have another down in the triple combination which I didn’t even hear come down. A huge disappointment as I haven’t had a rail on him in 6 shows. We got back to the barn and he had a slice in his mouth which would make the puzzle come all together and from that point forward it was wondering what the selectors were thinking!

When I stopped and looked at our overall performance I was very pleased! But I’ve never been one to be happy when I haven’t achieved perfection. I felt like it was a bit of bad luck…..but really I’ve been riding Dinero for 6 months now…..trying to develop a partnership at the advanced level and I’m really happy that every show everything comes more and more together.

The best part of the whole weekend was Bec came and groomed for me and did an amazing job, Dave was there to cheer me on and I got to see my best friend and share a great week with her…Heather Morris!

Tuesday afternoon I received a call from the USEF congratulating me on my selection and just 30 minutes after that I received a call from Sara Ike notifying me that I received a grant to compete at Boekelo CCI3* in the Netherlands and that Mike Huber would be calling me shortly with the details.

I’m not sure I’ve had that many emotions flow through my body ever in my life. This is what I’ve worked so hard for……and it’s here! I have so many people to thank for helping me get here and I know it’s just the beginning, but I am the first one to say this….it’s been a long rough road and there wasn’t nothing that was gonna get in my way! I just didn’t realize it would come to fruition!

So now for the decision making… I go to Boekelo and compete in the CCI3* on our Nations Cup Team or hold out for the Pan American Games. It is a big decision and I’m very lucky to be in such a position!

Dinero and I have a fabulous new partnership…..we have many more exciting things to happen in our future and I am very lucky to have Leigh Mesher be such a great supporter and reality check for me. She was one of the first people I called when I got the news…..I was a bit overwhelmed and I guess emotional and she used her new motherly instincts and quieted me down….talked about our options and everything seemed so much more clear.

So this month will be a busy one…..I have some dressage shows, some jumper shows and a couple horse trials to attend. I am looking forward to being home for a bit and getting into a routine….soon to be shaken up with some exciting new adventures.

Again, I can’t thank every one of my friends and family! I know I have a huge pool of people routing for me and it means more than you know!

Thank you to all of my sponsors and I’m ready for this ride so hang on!!!!

Til we meet again...........kick on and stick on!

Closest to the score competition update!!

Congratulations to Connie Bowman for winning the Donation Basket this last weekend at the Pan Am Selection Trials! Her donation was $48.50 and my dressage score was $47.30. Connie won 4 Fleeceworks Baby Pads as well as a signature Half Pad, valued at $380.00. In addition she won boots from Professionals Choice. Very exciting and thank you to all of my sponsors who joined in the last two competitions.
Our next competition will be Boekelo CCI 3* in the Netherlands. Keep following and donate for your chance to win cool stuff!!