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Schooling jumper debut

For our first show of the season, we returned to Pine Hill for the first time in two years. After debating for the past month or two between doing the schooling jumpers (3′) or the junior/adult jumpers (3’3″), we decided to play it safe and do the schooling jumpers. Special thanks to the bf for videoing my rounds and to… Read more →

Perks of being an adult amateur

I know I often mention the struggles of being an adult amateur rider, but despite a tight budget and aching joints, I much prefer being an adult amateur rider to a junior rider. Here’s why: Wine. Wine before and after your classes at horse shows. Wine before and after your lessons. Wine to celebrate, soothe the ego and achiness, or just… Read more →

2015 Goal Recap

How did Sabra and I do in accomplishing our 2015 goals? After competing only five out of 12 weekends, Sabra and I finished fourth out of 26 horses that competed for points (other riders and horses showed, but didn’t register their points) in the GHHJA Year-End Standings for the Itty Bitty Jumper Division. I think we could’ve finished higher if… Read more →

Accomplishing personal goals

The nice thing about in-barn schooling shows are that they’re zero pressure and give me a chance to work on myself and my goals for Sabra and myself. Our current goal is to start preparing for next show season: moving up to the 2’9″ – 3′ schooling jumpers at the GHHJA shows. What better way to practice than to do… Read more →

Small horse, big hops

In lessons and on my own, we jump anywhere from 2’3″ to 3’3″. We’ve become extremely consistent on the flat; Sabra is quiet, soft and relaxed. She stays that way when we warm up over singles, as long as I ask her to down transition as soon as we land. When we start jumping lines or courses, Sabra “wakes up” —… Read more →

Ups and downs

The saddle fitter came out a month ago, and made a HUGE difference. She basically re-flocked my saddle from scratch because the balance was totally off. The way the previous fitters were adjusting it, she said, were never going to be a permanent fix. She was by far the most knowledgeable fitter, and evaluated my goals and Sabra’s build. She… Read more →

Transformation Tuesday: Look how we’ve grown

Quick, short entry today: Eight months ago, Sabra and I attended our first jumper show. When we walked the course, I remember trainer saying, “I’m not going to ask you to do this turn now, but soon, you will.” Check out the turn from jumps 4 to 5. Most people went all the way around the red vertical; I conservatively… Read more →

Executing the plan

I hadn’t shown since early May, so we were super excited to get back to the jumper ring. Plus, the prize money for the Timed First Jump-Off had been upped, so as long as we placed first, second or third, we earned our money back plus extra. Sweet! GHHJA | 2’6″ Itty Bitty Jumpers | GSWEC Goals: Execute the plan — turns… Read more →

What’s our tack set-up?

As training and your horse progress, sometimes your tack set-up will change, too. For Sabra and I, our tack has been pretty consistent for more than a year and a half. I’m not sure what brand her bridle is; I bought it at Charlotte’s because it was affordable, haha. Her bit is a Korsteel Tom Thumb Jointed Pelham, which we… Read more →

Tidy rollbacks

The rain in Texas this year has been relentless, but luckily the footing in each of the arenas has held up really well. We’ve been lessoning and schooling in the two smaller arenas the past couple of weeks, though, because (1) it’s been hot and humid as all get-out, and the side arena has more shade and the covered arena… Read more →