2017: a year in photos

Early January- Rio arrives at his new barn in Argyle.


January- Rio is on stall rest for his non-healing and infected left hind pastern wound. Trainer Lauren let me have a super fun lesson on Cascai.


Equestrian tack leather halter

February- Rio is back under saddle and I faced my fears and went for a gallop in the back field (he was of course perfect).


hunter/jumper, equestrian fashion, green grand prix coat
March- Rio goes to his first show. We win our first ribbon (2nd) in a very large (and long) Eq on the flat class


April- attend our 2nd schooling show and do a an entire o/f division for the first time (2’6). Win our first o/f ribbons, the best being a 2nd! Pc @if._.photograph


Late May- Something poisonous bites Rio’s right hind. This was at its worst.


Late June- 1st ride back after the spider bite incident, also just moved to our new barn in Flower Mound. Smile says it all!


hunter/jumper, warmblood, hanoverian, equestrian style
August- back to jumping and taking lessons again. Feeling better then ever and getting excited for fall shows.


Late August- broken right hind splint bone that requires surgery.



September- lessons from MM on Clark keep my spirits up while Rio begins to recover.


September- 3 wks post-op and Rio is allowed out of stall jail, thrilled to see how happy he is.


October- Rio’s first ride back. Still doctoring his surgical wounds but he is doing well.


October- Got to meet the god himself and watch him ride and train (MM rode Clark!)


Late October- Rio is cleared for jumping and feeling stronger every ride. MM has taken over the reins of our training.




Late November- ordered my first ever custom saddle. So excited and I cannot wait until it arrives in February.


December- Rio and I make it to our first A show! (I often wondered if this day would ever come 😂).


December- Our first rated show is also our first time around the 3 ft ring and we had a total blast!!







2017 had its ups and downs but it was an INCREDIBLE year overall and I am very much looking forward to 2018. Rio is feeling better then ever and I have an amazing trainer and barn family 😍😄😃! So much to be thankful for!


Cheers to 2018!!!!




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  1. I have been reading your blog for a while now, and you have finally convinced me to start a blog of my own! I would be so grateful if you would be willing to read and share my new blog. I can’t wait to see what you and Rio accomplish in 2018!


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