Happy Gotcha Day: 2 Year Anniversary

Happy gotcha day to  my incredibly handsome Rio! It’s been 2 amazing years- time sure flies. I cannot believe I have such a good-minded, talented, and sweet horse in my life. I could not be happier with the decision I made 2 years ago to purchase this guy. Despite being plagued initially with some bad luck on the health front, I wouldn’t change a thing about our time together. I am SO excited to see what the future holds!

Waco show, 6/23/18
Waco show, 6/23/18, Jerry Mohme Photography


For those new to the blog, I have decided to link to some of the more pivotal moments we have been through together in chronological order, and share some of my favorite photos! Enjoy!!



2/23/2017: Back near the beginning of our training together. I still struggle with some of the same themes today, but I enjoy looking back on this and reflecting on our progress.

“Ah-hah” training moments


4/1/2017: A short post about a wonderful afternoon playing in an open pasture and jumping small XC obstacles.

Faux eventer for a day


5/16/2017: Schooling show re-cap, aka our first show together where we did a full division (our actual first show we only did one flat class and one o/f class because it very soon after an injury). Fun to look back at this and think how far he has come in a year!

Horse Show Recap Day 2


6/2/2017: The dreaded spider bite. Beware of graphic pics. I STILL cannot believe this happened to him, but am SO THANKFUL that it didn’t cause lasting damage.

Spiders are Evil


9/9/2017: A fun post with photos of Rio running and playing. His first time back on turnout after his splint bone surgery.

Rio Raucously Runs Rampant



11/20/17: I love looking back at this post because I no longer have any fear issues when jumping Rio. Our relationship has really strengthened and we have both gained a lot of confidence in each other!

Is this where I die?


12/12/2017: This was our first A show together, and first time in the 3 ft. Definitely memorable!

Waco Christmas Show: Part 2


3/14/2018: My first lesson update post after the move to Bay Yard. I can giggle at this now because Rio and I were on the STRUGGLE bus with some pretty basic principles when we arrived. Basically it was stuff I thought was boring and hadn’t bothered to really practice in the past, like ground poles. I can laugh about it now that most of my struggles in this post come easily to us now. Progress!

Lesson Update: Basics are Hard

hunky hanoverian gotcha day


That’s it! We are currently settled in at Bay Yard with 3 A shows under our belt. I plan to take a bit of a break in July and August by cutting back to one lesson a week, due to the heat. I am already looking forward to the fall show season though, and playing around with the budget to see what I can manage. It feels like a pretty good place to be 2 years into our partnership together!


hunky hanoverian gotcha day

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  1. Happy Anniversary! You two have gone through lots of ups and down in just two years. That spider bite ordeal was insane! I hope it’s all good things moving forward for you guys!

    1. Right?!? Sometimes it feels like we’ve barely been together any time at all, other times like we’ve been together forever. I’m excited to see what year 3 brings!

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