Our daughter became an equestrian the first time atop a horse!
Spending all of her allotted fair tickets, she rode this carnival pony at least ten times.
She has not stopped riding since.
Over the years we have watched her love grow into a passionate sport. From riding for pleasure to visiting a stable on a regular basis to leasing a horse to owning a horse. In fact, it is because of her passion that we moved from the comfort of suburban living to our hobby farm where we lived for six years. Somehow, I thought it would be more convenient to live with the horse instead of visiting it 6 or 7 times each week. Clearly, I did not consider Minnesota winters and mucking stalls! Still, our family insists to this day, the six years spent on that hobby farm were the best years ever!
So today, my dressage and cross country equestrian and I will leave the frozen tundra we call home and fly to California on a horse seeking mission. Her childhood friend, a former Olympic Rider and now a horse trainer, will meet us at the airport and we will begin the search for her next horse. Should we find just the perfect fit for the next phase in our daughters equestrian career, I'll post the new photos ASAP!
It's off to Temecula...for the love a horse (and a daughter!)