2016 started out exactly like 2017 will. I was in Florida with my dad and step mom, and my trainer was being super generous and sharing her ponies with me.
|Charlie wanting me to get his good side.
|Welcome to the family Badger!
Our local hunter jumper association held their banquet on January 30th, and I picked up Jampy's year end awards:
I also found these boots in January which I am still pretty attached to:
February was really bipolar. I was home most of the month and rode a roller coaster of weather. It started out really cold and snowy:
The ponies had lots of time off while I waited for the snow to melt. I got back into running somewhat though, just on the treadmill. Then it got really cold. So cold that my truck's diesel congealed and I had to have it towed.
Then like a minute later it was in the 60's and all the snow melted. Which was awesome because I got to lunge Rio with a bridle on for the first time in years AND I got to sit on Jamp and Romey a few times.
|All of these things are much like the other.
March brought a little more springtime weather and the return to work for the tall kids. Jampy turned 17!
Where does the time go?! I attended a book launch as well as another year end awards banquet where I picked up Jamp's Champion ribbon.
While March was overall a pretty quiet month, the best thing EVER happened. Seriously. Best thing ever, hands down, there is no argument here. I RODE RIO! For the first time in two years. The first time since he got so sick with epm and I thought I'd never sit on him again. And it was the most amazing 10 minutes of my entire life.
The beginning of April started out cold with everything frozen over. Thus no riding, again. Booo. I took a quick work trip to upstate New York and had a horrifying experience in the tiny plane on the way home. But all was fine in the end. Phew.
Later in April, I headed back to Florida to play with Badger and realized I have lots of work to do to be able to ride him. Lots. And I still do.
I also got to work planning Rio's 20th birthday party!
It was epic. If you haven't read about it yet, please click here and enjoy!
I had a birthday too, but it wasn't an exciting one. I let Rio have the spotlight this year.
May started out with my finally posting a braiding tutorial!
My second niece Ellie was born at the beginning of May.
Her birthday is the day before her big sister's! That shouldn't cause any birthday drama in the future...
Romey had a birthday too! He turned 7.
I got my gig over at Beeju Boxes in May too! I can't wait to get some new posts up over there. I've been having a tough time logging in, so I am super behind!
Badger got his third and final name in May. It stuck thank goodness. Poor kid was going to have an identity crises. He also moved to CT for the summer!
June started out with the horses in full work and Jamp starting to jump. He had a lingering not quite rightness thing going on and I had the vet out to address it, but we were left scratching our heads. He was still working well though, and moving forward with his fitness. Rio battled some cellulitis, but was doing great otherwise. And Romey was not trying to kill me which was much appreciated.
Badger turned 5!
I spent Father's Day weekend with my dad and family on Nantucket. It was so nice to get away without any horses for once!
After thinking I wouldn't go, I did get to spend a long weekend in Saratoga at the horse show. I even got to borrow an incredibly nice horse to show in the alumni division. It would be my only time in the show ring the entire year.
Probably the biggest thing to happen in June was the sale of our company. After spending his grown up life building our little company from a tiny 1 person operation to a world wide company, my dad got an offer he couldn't refuse. We all are still working in similar capacities for now.
July started off with some fireworks and a boat ride (though not really in that order) to celebrate independence day. The horses were pretty much stagnant in their not really behaving and kind of limping ways. Rio of course was perfect. As were the pugs who I haven't really mentioned because they just do their thing.
So August began with my deciding I wanted to try to go to finals on a borrowed horse. I finally found one to ride and then realized I'd missed the entry deadline. Whoops. Not meant to be I guess.
Rio had an EPM relapse at the beginning of the month but thankfully he pulled through it quickly without lasting problems. That's my boy!
I headed back up to Vermont to visit with Badger for another long weekend. It was lovely and uneventful.
I got to dress up all fancy to celebrate my friend's completion of her PhD.
September started out with a barn tour on the blog.
I got to go to my second Yankee game of the season which is always a good time.
October I finally bit the bullet and ordered a new truck (which as of publication has still not arrived!). And obviously I had to write an ode to Bruce, the truck I traded in.
Rio got some fancy new kicks:
November brought fewer riding days and more cold weather. I went to the Equine Affair to check out trailers and sit in some saddles. I managed to not buy lots of things I don't need, except for one rather expensive purchase that I have yet to reveal to most of you since it's not yet in my possession.
I did get some other fun things from the interwebs though because I have a shopping problem.
December has been really busy! But only mildly with the ponies. I headed south to Florida to visit Badger and to watch the boat parade early in the month.
Once back home, I got a little crazy at my hair appoinment.
Happy New Year Friends!