More winter. I attended the awards banquet for the Connecticut Hunter Jumper Association and collected my championship ribbon. The horses got lots of grooming, and the dogs got... well... Chubby. (Me too!)
In March, I ran half marathon #5, which was hilly, icy torture. And I think my slowest one to date. I did a LOT of running in March. Katie and I went on a 10 miler where I lost my phone, and eventually found it. And a random 8 miler after I hadn't run long in quite awhile. I ran the Leprechaun 5 Miler with some friends:
Ugh. April was a bad month. Normally my favorite, but April is when Rio's world changed forever. Thankfully I can use the verb "changed" and not "ended". But before that drama, I did have some fun! I competed in a spelling bee with my brother representing our family company:
I joined some of my co-worker friends at The Drunken Pallet where we created these masterpieces!
My world was right once more with my boy home! With Rio home and recovering well, I was able to get back to work with Jamp and Ducky. Or so I thought. Jamp was more than willing to get back to work. Ducky on the other hand? Not so much. May is when he started his Stationary Hony phase. We spent many an hour standing the ring. Not moving. At all.
The Pugs were happy to have time for walks too. With my driving 6 hours each way to visit Rio on the weekends, they were super deprived of good walks!
June marked the start of horse show season! Jampy and I started with a one day show at Mystic, and finished up Champion. Good boy Jampy!
July is a stay home and horse show close by kind of month. So Jampy and I did just that! We showed at Westbrook and were Champion both weeks. One was without my trainer too! (Miracles do happen!)
For the past many years, August starts for me in Vermont at the Vermont Summer Festival. But this year, with Rio's health in a questionable state, I didn't want to leave him for so long. Instead I did LOTS of other things!
I went to visit Ducky at cowboy camp:
Two of my good friends got married (not to each other!) and I was so happy to be home to attend both weddings!
September was slightly less busy than August... but only slightly. It started off with my company moving to a new, farther away from my house, location. The new building is beautiful, and I have a great view!
October started out with a one day show at Mystic with Jamp. We were Champion!
I got to finally see my younger brother's new property in Vermont. Since he doesn't have running water, we didn't stay too long...
One of my favorite events every October is the New England Equitation Championships. We didn't have a stellar performance this year, but Jampy looked handsome and we got some cute pictures at least!
November was cold. Like really cold. I didn't get much riding in, but did manage to ride some friend's horses which was really fun. I also went to my first Toga Party!
I got a few outdoor runs in, and ran the Turkey Trot with my friend Vanessa on thanksgiving:
December is for holiday parties, cookies, and family! (Two and four legged!) I attended our company holiday party:
I'll end my super long post about myself by wishing all of my readers the happiest and most wonderful year ahead! I hope you all stay safe tonight and ring in the new year however you prefer! See you next year!