Friday, October 11, 2019

10 Questions for October

As always, L at Viva Carlos is giving us prime blog fodder - thank you for the 10 questions!

1. What discipline do you ride? What would you ride if you could pick any other one?

I played western with this saucy red head for a bit <3
This one is kind of a two-fer, as I both ride and drive (although I suppose driving is not *technically* considered "riding" in the literal sense). Regardless, I am what one would define as an all-around English rider - I don't really fit into the mold of a Dressage rider or a Hunter rider - I kinda do a bit of everything and spread my learning across a the broad spectrum of disciplines available to the English community. Mostly tho, I stick to Dressage and the low Hunters.

If I had to pick another discipline, I think it would be fun to try my hand at Eventing. At the same time tho I'm a huge wimp when it comes to jumping, so Reining or some kind of Ranch Horse competition would be fun!

2. How many horses have you ridden in your entire riding career?

Hilariously enough, a friend and I were just talking about this the other night. A few years ago I captured names of the horses I've ridden, but since then the list has grown. I've updated the linked list below:

  • The Quarter Horses/ Paints/ Morgans (and respective X's):
    Annie, Mac, Suzie, Pal, Cobra, Flash, Monroe, Pippa, Cheyenne, Beauty, Myriah, Sunnyboy, Nifty, Riott, Rookie
  • The Arab/ Anglo Arabs (and respective X's):Amythyst, Flicka, Jazzy, Oliver, Paloma, Zephie, Stormy, Smokey, Fly
  • The Warmblood/ TB/ Andalusian (and respective X's):Czar, AJ, Geronimo, Havana, Bubba, Tally, Lacey, Sinclair, Diamond, Peppy, Roxie, Asterix, Neveuhm, Navarro, Cloud, Annie, Nixie
  • The Gaited Horses/ Standardbreds:
    BJ, Bumper, Goldie
  • Ponies:
    Lightning, Prada
With the inclusion of these new horses, the total is now at 47 (and I know I am missing some!).

Pictured: Tally the jumper extraordinaire! 

3. Most bizarre activity you've done with your/a horse?

Oh gosh, I used to do all kinds of silly things with the horses I rode.

I mean, bizarre vs stupid can be kinda subjective, haha.

However, I've done the following: rigged up a children's wagon and had Suzie pull it, swam with the horses, ridden tackless (and once received a concussion after being bucked off lol), jumped ditches, ridden in the snow, have gone jogging with Spud, etc...

4. Do you consider riding to be your outlet? If so, why?

They remind me to stop and smell the flowers <3
While horses can be a great addition to stress, it is also the main thing in this world that keeps me sane. I don't know how to explain it, but there is just something about horses that grounds me and brings me so much joy and fulfillment. The ability to communicate with an animal of such beauty and power is simply incredible.

5. Have you ever read horse-related magazines? If so, which one(s)?

When I was younger I had hoards of them - every now and then I'll grab one for some light reading but most of the time I use the internet to source information and articles relating to things I am wanting to learn. Back in the day I used to read from several different magazines, namely: Horse Canada, Canadian Horse Journal, Equus, Horse & Rider, Horse Illustrated, Young Rider... I had stacks of magazines when I moved out from home.

6. Most memorable advice given to you?

 I remember my first clinic with Anthony Lothian and he told me that, "Horses teach us a lot; and most of it isn't about riding." It was such a profound statement, but one that I've carried with me throughout the years.

It was this clinic, to be exact.
Riding the hot-headed Geronimo.

7. Did you ever collect Breyer models or similar?

I had a ton of horse toys, but none were of the Breyer variety. I had a bunch of the cheaper "Grand Champions" - the ones with magnetic muzzles that would hold apples or "kiss" each-other. I also had a few of the Barbie horses to play with as well.

8. Favorite "celebrity" horse?

This is a tough one. As a kid, I loved seeing Eric Lamaze's (now deceased) mount Hickstead cruise around. Now, I'm not really sure I could pin-point a single horse aside from the ever-famous Valegro - he's a pretty cool guy and I love the fact an older lady hacks him a few times a week.

I remember as a kid, he was such a powerful athlete. 

9. If you could spend a day learning from any horse person (past or present), who would you choose?

This is a tough one - there are so many amazing people I'd love to sit down and chat with. I think I'd be pretty pleased if any of the following would entertain my questions and prying eyes: Ingrid Klimke, Carl Hester, Beezie Madden, Lainey Ashker, Elisa Wallace...

10. If you could ride in any international arena in the world, where would you choose to ride? 

The kid in me would be tickled to gallop around Spruce Meadows bc #Canadian, but I would also love to rip around one of the FEI driving competition marathon courses - the courses look so fricken amazing I'd love to do that one day.

^ Does this not look like a TON of fun?!