2017 – A Look Back

2017 is coming to a close, and while I’ve been really excited to look forward to 2018, first I think it’s important to look back and acknowledge my accomplishments this year.

2017 started out with me being in a pretty low place.  Sure, I had accomplished a lot in 2016, especially when it came to my confidence in the saddle, and I’d had a stellar show year.  But I’d also taken a lot of hits that year when it came to my personal life.  Still fresh was the loss of William, the horse I had been leasing-to-own until his unexpected passing.  I didn’t know how or when my trainer and I would start horse shopping again, and with that up in the air, I wasn’t even sure if I’d have a 2017 show season or not.

But, I had my first ride on Prada in January at my trainer’s suggestion.  She wasn’t really what I thought I was looking for, but I figured since she was already at my barn, trying her out would at least give me something to do until Misty and I could plan a trip to look at horses.  Instead, I fell in love with her, and bought her in mid-February.

January 12, 2017 – Prada on the day of our first ride together.

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