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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.
By: Ambassador Elizabeth Noelk
It was a Tuesday morning. I was getting ready to leave the barn and head to work when I heard my trainer, Andrea Duffy, call my name. I turned around and started to walk back towards the barn, Andrea was walking out to me. “I have bad news,” she started. My smile immediately faded. I knew the bad news she had to deliver was that my precious Molly had passed away.
By Ambassador Alexis Martin
Since the first time I walked into a show ring, I have always been taught how showing is much more than blue ribbons, bows and having the most expensive horse. Like most things in life, sportsmanship is a HUGE part of riding and an even larger part of showing.
Tack trunks. Every equestrian needs one for all the 'stuff' we accumulate. Tack, treats, brushes & other grooming supplies, clippers, first aid kits (cause we all know horses are quite accident prone), duct tape, vet wrap, Epsom salts, hoof hardeners, crops, gloves and the list could go on and on....and on.
After much deliberation and online research, we purchased the standard trunk from Sawhorse Tack Trunks unstained and without any hardware to truly make it a customized trunk. Here's how we did it!