Wow it has been a busy summer......I guess a busy year!! It has been very exciting traveling and competing all over the country. My horses are going well and I'm so excited to have the young horses coming along.
I had a great weekend at Woodside this weekend and couldn't be more proud of Sunsprite's Romany. He really stepped up to the plate and was my favorite cross country ride of the day! This horse shows a ton of talent and I am crossing all of my appendages that he goes where I think he can!
Dempsey competed and WON his first event this weekend and I am having so much fun with him. His cocky attitude makes me laugh constantly. He swears he knows everything about everything....until he doesn't! Then he just pretends like something is going to eat him. I'm looking forward to seeing his progress over the next year and all of the excitement he has brought to NLE already!!
Riding Lynn Carlson's mare this weekend was a real treat! She did her first training level since Lynn
bought her and she couldn't have been better. She answered all of the questions we were asking to make sure the move up to training would be a smooth one! Looking forward to watching these two compete at Galway!
Gandolf, whom I just won on this past weekend in his 2nd training level is one of the most improved horses I think I have.....he was quite the project when he came to the barn and was shipped quickly off to Allen Clarke at Horsemanship Unlimited. Allen is a few blocks from my facility and has been instrumental in the success of my riding for many years now. He is very well known in the show jumping industry and has helped train horses for several top professionals in show jumping, dressage and three day eventing. He has been a huge asset to my program and his ability to think outside the box is incredible.
With the combination of Allen, his son Lane Clarke, who is also a very successful Grand Prix show jumper and Nicolia Clarke, who is a very successful Grand Prix dressage rider, I couldn't be in a better place to receive the best help.
They are a part of my team and not only help me, but help my students as well. I really feel lucky to have these people helping me produce my string of talented young horses.
With all of the success that has happened this year I really credit receiving the Rebecca Broussard Grant. Becoming the recipient of a grant where people believe in you really made me realize that I needed to study and become better. Not only because I want to be one of the best, but because a committee of well respected people have put their stamp of approval on me. I really have felt like that catipolted my riding. I have had several people ask me why I have had more success this year, and after really thinking about it, I really decided to focus more than I ever have. To create a team that had the same desire and passion as I do and practice perfect on every horse.
Kate (my right hand) and now the big boss of NLE, has been my saving grace. She makes me focus on my riding. Takes my phone away from me when I get on a horse, demands perfection while I'm riding and her horsemanship and management skills are second to none. It's truly been a wonderful asset to myself and my program and were all so happy she is a part of the team!!
MacKenna Shea & Katie Yozamp are a huge asset to NLE and their hard work is prevalent everyday. They have both helped with competing the younger horses and ride my experienced horses while I'm traveling. They also help while on the road as well and are learning what it takes to run a professional business. Olivia Loaicono has also been a huge asset in helping with riding while I've been traveling. Now with the new addition of Kendra Robison, I feel as though we have the perfect team!
So often you hear it takes a village to become successful. That saying is so true! My village is more like a small city but it's the best place ever and every single person who is a part of my team is a part of my success.
I hope to keep improving my riding and ride for Team USA and look back someday and say, I remember when..........until then my team and I will continue to strive for excellence and enjoy the journey!
Thank you to everyone who continues to support NLE! We truly are a family and I couldn't do it without all of your support!!