2016 in Review

I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a weird year, right? I’m certainly looking forward to 2017!

Early in the year, Drifter started learning to jump bigger jumps and learn striding through gymnastics and got a fun wintery photoshoot. I finally bought a new saddle. As the winter wore on, the jumps started getting a little higher and by the spring, Drifter was getting comfortable between 2’6″ and 2’9″.


In June, our riding and philosophy got a big overhaul with Kirsten Nelsen. Drifter got a major haircut and suddenly started looking like a grown up show horse. I finally felt that my relationship with Drifter had solidified into something strong and beautiful. I got a new perspective on centeredness.

We had a series of amazing jump lessons and Drifter suddenly started giving me flying lead changes. Then I took him to our first show and freaking rocked it.


In June, I found my new favorite sun shirt and awesome shampoo and conditioner. I went to Vermont and saw adorable Morgan Horse foals.

I set goals for our next show, and didn’t really meet them. I realized I had a form problem over fences and set about trying to fix it. I watched and read about the Rio Olympics for two weeks straight.

Toward the end of the summer, Drifter and I hit a rough patch. It was very frustrating but we worked through it. I showed my nephew how to ride for the first time, and my heart exploded from cuteness. I took Drifter to our last show of the season, then found out that it was our last show together, ever. I struggled with that for awhile.

The moment I said goodbye
The moment I said goodbye

I reflected on the beauty of barn friends.

Then, I decided to make a change and finally try something I’ve always wanted to do: Eventing. I started taking lessons in jumping and in dressage. I met new horses and had one of the best lessons ever even though I fell off (twice). I joined in a Horse Book Club and started trying out the gymnastic exercises in our book.


Funny. I started and ended the year in very different places but doing the same type of exercise: Gymnastics/grid work.

This is not at all where I expected to be at the end of 2016. I thought I would still be riding Drifter and turning our training to bigger jumps and trying out the jumper ring. But instead, I’m at a completely different barn, in a different discipline and riding different horses. What a ride!

3 thoughts on “2016 in Review

  1. What’s that saying – something about one thing is for certain, nothing is… or the only thing for certain is that everything changes…

    Sorry to hear (and go back and read) about yours and Drifters unexpected separation. That is so hard particularly when it isn’t your choice. Must mean something better is out there for you!

    2016 was so strange for me too. Happy new year! I am glad I stumbled upon your blog so I can follow your new eventing adventures! Out of everything I have tried, eventing always will be my favorite and I always come back to it.

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