January 18, 2011


Thanks to Riding from the Ground Up and Nina's Story for nominating me for the Stylish Blog Award.  Not really sure what it is, but it's still nice to be recognized as a blog that is actually read.

So the Rules:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!
1. Check and Done!

Seven Things about Myself:
1. I started this blog as a way to vent/share my horsey thoughts and stories without boring my husband to death. He is very supportive but can only fen interest for so long. I find if I keep things in I forget them but if I write them down and am forced to explain myself I remember and understand better. So I started this blog to un-load my brain and never, ever thought anyone would read this.

2. For 6 years of my life right out of College I made beer for a living. I worked for Anhueser-Busch as a Production Supervisor and made beer. Part of the job was "tasting" every tank before I released it to be packaged. The dream job in theory, and truly it was a lot of fun. But after 6 years of working shift, even the free beer couldn't make me stay.

3. Back in 1996 & 1997 I won the Jr/Yr Region 5 Championship Award, 2 years in a row for Training and 1st Level. I'm not bragging, just sharing as it was the peak (and still is, sadly) of my riding career. Right or wrong, those wins solidified my lifelong passion for Dressage. It showed that I was actually good at something. And that I could be successful at it with an unknown trainer and a little QH, I didn't have to drain myself or my parents of money to succeed, even if on the smallest level.

4. I am almost 31 and my favorite item on the McDonald's menu is still Chicken McNuggets. I know they are gross and over processed, but with that sweet and sour sauce they are soooo good. Go ahead and judge, I don't care.

5. I am a Floridian by birth, but a Coloradan by heart. We visited Colorado when I was ~14 and have dreamed of living here ever since. And have finally gotten my dream... modified. While I live in the high plains, and it resembles Kansas more than Colorado, on a clear day I can see the mountains from the barn.

6. I hate cleaning, it is the most soul sucking activity I can think of. But I'm also a slight perfectionist so I am constantly struggling with the need for a clean house but the absolute dread of cleaning it. Plus I'm lazy, so I often throw clothes where ever and put of doing dishes, knowing its going to drive me crazy the next day. Its quite a paradox.

7. I learned Dressage on a Reining horse, and couldn't get him to walk straight for the first 4 lessons. He had some dressage training, but was primarily a reiner (and my trainer let me do some slides on him for fun.) But he had so many buttons and I was so new, every little shift in weight or bump with my leg or hand sent him off into another direction. He was the sweetest and most patient horse. For a while I'd be afraid to move on him, but it was the best way to learn quiet aids.

And now for the 15 Recently Discovered Blogs - I haven't been blogging or reading blogs for long, so they are all recently discovered for me.  And I'm sure some of these people have already gotten this award, since it seems to be spreading quickly.  But I don't care, if I like 'em I like 'em.
  1. Kelly and Dexter's Lessons (OK so this is my other blog, but I do read it and enjoy it.)
Now to just tell all these blogs how much I enjoy them....


  1. oh good, you saw it! I didn't get all the notices sent out this morning and was just getting to yours. :-)

  2. I love your list. Also, very impressive winning regionals on a QH. Love McNuggets, hate cleaning - great!
    Thanks for nominating my blog. Appreciated.

  3. Thanks! Barb and Carol, hadn't gotten around to sending notices yet, consider this yours :).

  4. Thank you so much for the award. Congrats on winning regionals and I love QHs. Hmm, we may be kindred spirits. I'm a perfectionist (dressage requirement?) and drive myself nuts regarding house cleaning both because I hate doing it and because it's dirty.