Riding creates the space in which Allison is happiest and always has been. She truly believes staying connected with that happiness benefits her family life, health, friendships, marriage and career. She loves the whole horse experience. She trailers her own horses, had the chance to handle her two mares for the RPSI Inspection last fall, and she shows her husband’s quarter horse in the local AzQHA schooling shows. The list is never ending and she is always adding to it! Like most equestrians, it’s an addiction that started as a toddler and has not let up.
By: Ambassador Elizabeth Noelk
As an avid adult amateur equestrian, I spend most my weekends and early mornings (or evenings) at the barn. I can spend an average of twelve hours a day at the barn. But it isn’t spent riding or just hanging out. Those twelve hours encompass both riding and caring for the horses. Mostly caring for them.
Amy is a 28-year-old litigation paralegal trying to make up for the riding dreams she never got to live out as a child. Amy spends the majority of her time outside work with her Thoroughbred show jumper, Saint John, and Arabian pony, Lilly.
Every day she rides is an exercise in maintaining shaky confidence and embracing the fact that riding should be nothing if not fun. The lifestyle she's chosen may always be an uphill struggle rolled up in a bit of chaos, but the payoffs always remind her that it is beyond worthwhile!
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So much has happened in the latter half of 2017 that made the entire year feel like a whirlwind.
"That's not fair!"
Whether it was from getting in trouble, to not getting what I wanted, that's something I used to say to my parents all the time growing up. And my mom had the perfect response:
"Life's not fair!"
And oh how I've been experiencing that here lately. With the holidays upon us adulting has been even more stressful.
By: Ambassador Olivia Carr
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". [Wikipedia]
Learning bad habits is never a good thing. No one ever wants to learn the hard or the wrong way to do something. But sometimes it just happens when you look back on a personal journey.
Admitting that things aren't going the right way, or the way you'd like them to go, is the first step, and boy it's a doozy!
By Ambassasor Laurel Hanna
My return to showing has not been easy. I feel like I get two steps ahead, and then 28 steps back. I knew it would be rough. I did. It’s not the same as when I was younger. It’s trying and tiring. I am so sore most days and often ask myself if it’s all worth all the work.
By: Ambassador Elizabeth Noelk
I remember the first time I clipped a horse. I was in high school and worked part time at the barn where I rode. One weekend I was helping prepare the horses for a local horse show. I was just cleaning up their muzzles and ears. As I went to clip the edge of a horse ear, the horse moved and I took a patch off the top. It was more than noticeable. All I could think was, “Oh snap.” Over four years later, I now clip horses throughout the week during the winter months. Yes, there are “winter months” even in Florida.