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Champion and Classic Win!

This weekend was a very very very good show weekend for Bella and I!

I went to the show with many goals, and I achieved all of them! The show lasts Friday-Sunday. On Friday I didn’t show, but I warmed up and practiced some jumps with Bella. We had an amazing practice and I was really excited. Saturday was an OK show day… It wasn’t really the best I could do though. We did win a 3rd in one of our rounds out of 19 people though so that was good! Now Sunday was really our day for Bella and I to shine. Every round was perfect and we won a $500 classic! I won all the rounds I went into except for one round, but I still got 2nd place in that one! 

The classic win was so exciting! Bella and I got a pretty blue ribbon, and we won this felt blanket thing that said “Winter Series Classic Winner” on it! 

Then, on top of that, Bella and I won our first champion ribbon together! I was so excited and I know Bella was too. She worked very hard this weekend and I am so proud of her. Of course we got a big champion ribbon and we also got a blanket to drape over Bella in the winter. It said “Winter Series Champion” on it. It was so exciting!

It was one of the best weekends Bella and I have had together and I am so proud of her! Can’t wait to show at Pin Oak in a month or so!

 

(Photos from this weekend are coming up)

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Derby Goals!

Tons of shows have been going on lately, and It’s so exciting to have shows almost every weekend!

The next show I am doing, I hope to participate in a 3ft derby. Derby’s are a special kind of class you can enter in. They have high and low option jumps, and the courses are really hard and technical. They are so fun, and the judges give you scores in each of your rounds. After everyone has finished, they add together everyones 2 scores. Whoever has the highest total wins! You can even win lots of money in the derbies.

I really hope I get to compete in a derby soon, they are really exciting and fun! 

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My Birthday & Valentines Day

I am really excited because tomorrow is my birthday! I am so excited to get to spend it with my family, and I am excited to see what I am going to get present wise.

I don’t know anything about what I’m going to get tomorrow, the only present I am aware of is getting the chance to go to Canada in June to meet Lacey Jamieson’s (my friend/inspiration who passed away in 2013) parents! I linked Lacey Jamieson’s instagram account and her youtube where I have typed her name, so check that out if you want! I have also made a couple blog posts about the trip and about Lacey so check those out if you would like as well. 🙂

Also Valentines Day is coming up! I will be at a horse show during Valentines day, but hopefully my whole family will come so we will get to spend it together anyways. I love Valentines Day and think it’s a great holiday. <3

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New Show Season, 2015!

I am so excited that the new show year has finally started! That means at least 2 shows a month, if not more!

I have already been to 1 show this 2015. I had one last weekend, and I have one this weekend. I leave tomorrow (Friday) and the show is until Sunday. The last  show was in Waco, and the show this coming weekend is in Waco as well,  but I have a few shows in Katy this February.

I am especially looking forward to the Katy show this February. The show actually starts the day after my birthday (it starts on Friday and my birthday is on a Thursday), but my mom is going to take me to the show early on Thursday so that I get to spend my birthday at the show with my horse! I am really excited.

Since I will be at the show on my birthday now, I plan to have a fun bareback ride in the sunset in the huge field that they have at the show. It sounds really relaxing and fun, and I have always wanted to get silhouette photos with my horse! If I get any good ones I will be sure to share them on here.

That’s about it for now. I will be sure to update on how the show this weekend goes, and wish me luck! 🙂

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Canada Updates!

I am really excited to say that it is 100% official that I am going to Canada this summer!!!

I am so excited to go to Canada, words can’t even describe it. I actually did a post on why I’m going awhile ago, but for those who haven’t seen it, I will do a little recap:

So basically it’s a tradition in our family that whenever we turn a certain age we get to pick a trip to go on in celebration of that birthday. For my trip I chose to go to Ontario Canada. I chose Canada because my inspiration and friend Lacey Jamieson lived there. If you don’t know who she is you can look her up online or look her up on instagram: @laceyjamieson. She has 120k followers on instagram and has inspired many people including me. I wish with all my heart that I was going to meet her in Canada, but she sadly passed away in 2013 because of a blood disease. She was 16 years old.

However in Canada I am going to meet Lacey’s parents and Lacey’s horse Forrest! I have been communicating with the Jamieson’s lately and they are the nicest people! And better yet they told me when I come to Canada I can ride Lacey’s very own horse Forrest!!! People around the world could only dream of doing that, and I am truly blessed with this opportunity to go to Canada.

Thats basically it, but when I go to Canada this summer in June, I will be sure to take tons of photos to share on here. Down below I have a photo of Lacey (my friend, the girl who passed away) and her amazing horse that she trained, Forrest, so that you guys can see him and Lacey too! 🙂 She was an amazing girl and I miss her a lot.

Lacey and Forrest:

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Hope…

Tonight I learned a lot about hope, courage, perseverance, and getting over very rough things in your life. Tonight, at my brothers tennis academy ATA, a guy, Rick Yarosh came to speak to us. He is a retired soldier in the military who served in Iraq. He shared his whole story with us, and here it is.

So Rick decided to serve in the military in his early 20’s. The night before he went to Iraq, he had a talk with his sargent and everything. Sargent tried to explain what war was like, and the reality of war, and what may happen. It was a lot to take in, and Rick was not completely sure what he was getting into, but he still wanted to fight for his country.

The next morning, they started traveling to Iraq. Along the way, they stopped in Germany and met up with the German’s who were just coming home from Iraq. One main thing they told the American’s, including Rick was, when you are driving, no matter what you will hit IED’s. Those are bombs that are hidden under the ground, and when you drive over them they explode. Rick knew it may happen to him, and that was hard, but little did he know one really was going to harm him very soon.

In Iraq, they drove along this certain rode many times and hadn’t hit an IED yet. Rick was a gunner on one of the machines that they drove. They were driving on this road, and all of the sudden, they hit an IED, and it exploded. It hit the fuel tank with the fuel that was very flammable. Rick said he remembered hearing the boom, and in a split second he was covered in fuel, and in the next second he was covered in flames. He couldn’t see a thing, He was covered in head to toe with flames.

He knew he had to get out of the vehicle. The hood above him is normally closed, but this time it was open. He climbed out and knew he needed to jump and get off the vehicle. He was scared because he didn’t know where he was jumping, he couldn’t see. But he did eventually jump and he met the ground. He did break a leg in the process and messed up some other parts of his body too. He started rolling but he couldn’t put the flames out. Rick said he started to give up, but then he knew he couldn’t if he wanted to live. he didn’t loose hope. So he kept rolling, and thankfully he rolled into a canal, which put the fire out. The canal actually harmed him too, because he got a deadly fungus from the water, but it did stop the fire. His buddies came and got him and took him to a helicopter which would fly him to the hospital. The whole experience caused him to lose his ears, part of his nose, and he has no eyebrows or anything like that, and he also lost his leg and his hands don’t have a few fingers, and on the fingers he has, the tops are burnt off.

As you could imagine, this was devastating for Rick. And it was hard for him to. But he never lost hope. Tonight he told us, hope is the most important thing we have, and to never loose it for a second. He said everything was hard… He had to re-learn how to walk and use his hands, and wherever he went, people stared at him and tried to move away from him because of how he looked. And seeing what he looked like was one of the most horrific moments. But he learned to persevere, and take everything and make him stronger. He said he has never lost hope, and now he is the happiest he has ever been in his life, because he gets to inspire people, and give them hope too.

Rick Yarosh was truly an amazing person, and I felt very blessed to have been able to hear him speak, learn his story, and talk to him. It was one of the most inspiring moments of my life, and his courage has really made me have a new view point on life and how it should be lived. Thank you Rick for your service, you are truly a hero!

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Waco

Waco, a horse show coming up, is this weekend! It is special because I am doing 3 foot for the first time (jumping 3 foot jumps in the show ring). It has been a little nerve racking thinking about it, but I am determined to do it!

Waco at this time of year is always fun, because the people who manage the show always make it so festive. The prizes for winning first place and champion often have a Christmas theme, and it is really cool! Also, at the barn tents, many people decorate around there tent and put of lights and other decorations. I have even seen 4 foot Christmas trees by the tents! It’s really cool to see all the decor.

Every year at this show, they also have a Christmas stall decorating contest! Back at your barn tent, there are of course tons of stalls for your horses. You decorate your horses stall as Christmassy as you can, and then a judge comes by to look at it. I can’t wait to enter this year. I am very creative and love to decorate, so I am really excited, and am ready to win with my decorating skills! Just kidding 😉

I am so excited, and I know this show will be very fun. I know it might be a bit scary since I am jumping higher now, and I know it may not go as planned, but Bella and I are ready to try. And of course I am excited for all the Christmas activities at she show too! 

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Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars is my all time favorite TV show! It is literally amazing… and for anyone who loves mystery, this is the show for you!

Pretty Little Liars is all action packed. What it is, is 4 girls are trying to figure out who killed there best friend Alison, and along the way they are getting creepy texts from an anonymous person named “A”. It turns out that many people work  for “A” and send all of the girls weird texts. Some are bad, and some have clues to Alison’s death. Sometimes “A” even contacts the girls parents or friends, and tries to make the girls look guilty of Alison’s death. Thats all I can say for now. Every episode has clues and actions, and throughout the seasons, they reveal who each of the “A’s” are. I have only learned about one… One of the “A’s” turned out to be Hanna’s BEST FRIEND Mona! 

Thats about it! I am at season 3 on PLL, and it is the best show ever! I seriously recommend it! 

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Canada

In our family, a tradition is whenever we turn 13, we get to choose a trip we would like to go on to celebrate. I have chosen Canada! It is far away, so we are not sure if it can happen or not, but It would be very fun and an inspiring trip for me… Here is why!

Back in 2013, I had a friend online who was very sweet. She was an equestrian like me, and an AMAZING rider. She was fearless, funny, and as sweet as can be. She truly loved the horses, and she was one of the most inspiring girls I had ever known. On October 13th, 2013, at only 16 years old, she passed away from a rare blood disease called HLH. She was on the news and everything. It was a very tragic loss. 🙁

Her parents sometimes invite some girls that Lacey (the girl and there daughter) inspired to Canada, and visit with them. In some cases they even let the girls ride her horse! It is super cool, and I may be one of the lucky girls to go and do that. It would be so amazing to experience part of her life that some girls would die to experience. It really is a big deal. Lacey inspired over 130k people through instagram.

Favourite-photos

^This is a photo of Lacey jumping her horse Bonkers without hands. 🙂 I love jumping without hands, and by the smile on her face you could tell she loved it too.

So that is the story of the wonderful Lacey, and I really hope I get to go up to Canada for my 13th birthday trip, it would be truly amazing!

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Zone 7 Finals!

Zone 7 finals is one of the bigger shows in my area, that takes place around the end of the year (mostly in November). It is 2 weeks long, and it is always really fun!

Last week was the first week, and tomorrow (aka Friday) I am heading out again for the next weekend! Bella was amazing last week, and we had some really good rounds, and did very well out of many riders. The flat classes went really well also, and we got some great ribbons.

Last weekend, I tried out a horse that I may buy. His name is Bravo! He is still a baby and is only 5 years old, so he was a bit hard to steer, but other than that he was amazing! He’s really big too.

So that’s about it! I can’t wait to go back to Houston this weekend for finals. Wish Bella and I luck! :’)

 

 

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