2016 In Review

Still crazy as ever...
Well, folks, it's been a wild ride for Team PONY'TUDE this year! We've certainly had our share of ups and downs, and reached the end of the year with so many new experiences under our belt and lots of satin to show for it. Let's take a look at what went down this year.

Clinics Attended - 1
Whips Thrown At Us By 4* Event Riders - 1

If we only knew what awaited us at this clinic...
Hunter/Jumper Shows Attended - 1

Horse Trials Attended - 5
Horse Trials Completed - 4

Dressage Shows Attended - 3

Event Derbies Attended - 1

Hunter Paces Ridden - 2

Foxhunting Meets Attended - 2 (so far!)

Hunter Trials Attended - 1

Times I Ate Dirt - 4
3* Events Spectated - 2
XC Schooling Outings - 6

New Catch Rides Obtained - 2

Best Eventing Dressage Score - 30.3
Best "Straight" Dressage Score - 66.7

Ribbons Won:

1st Place - 3
2nd Place - 2
3rd Place - 4
4th Place - 6
5th Place - 1
6th Place - 1
7th Place - 0
8th Place - 1

Lessons Learned - Countless

Fun Had - Bucketsfull

2016 wasn't easy, and there were many times that I was tempted to give up jumping and showing and trail ride bareback for the rest of my life. But I also learned a lot in 2016 - about mental toughness, when to take a step back, and when to push forward. I was reminded that I ride for the joy of it, and that my version of success may not look like anyone else's. Dino and I have come to the end of this year as better, stronger, happier partners for each other, and THAT, my friends, is what I call a successful year.

And to top it off, I got to see my beautiful, wonderful support system in action! All of you out there on the interwebs, my "IRL" riding friends, my trainer, and even non-horsey friends and family all stood by and rooted for Dino and I throughout this year, through victories and defeats, cheering us on in everything we did. Thank you for coming along on this adventure with us!  I'm so excited to see what wonderful things 2017 will hold for us.


  1. Seems like it all added up to a fantastic year!

  2. what a year!! you two really accomplished so much!! and i'm inspired by your hopeful optimism and determination in the face of adversity or tough times :D

  3. I love this break down! You guys definitely toughed it out this year, and I'm so excited to see what next year brings! Plus I'm a little pleased to see someone with as many 4th place ribbons as me. Six does seem like a large amount, doesn't it?

    1. When I came home from our last HT with ANOTHER 4th place, my husband literally said instead of congratulating me, "Oh. You're ALWAYS in 4th place." So much white. So boring.

  4. I am really really excited to see 2017 for you. You and Dino have grown so much as a pair!

  5. Despite all the lessons learned and tough things you went through together, you and Dino still got so much done! What a great year it turned out to be for you both!

  6. It's been a great year and it's not over yet!

  7. I started following your adventures midway through the year and was impressed -- obviously I missed some interesting ones earlier on, will have to go back and check those out! Congratulations on a super successful year!

  8. I love these types of posts because for us as riders and owners they are SO GOOD. Like I know you struggled a lot this year and had a tough time... but you still got out and did SO MUCH!


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