January brought about snow and some saddle time with Roz as he was living at NDF.
We moved to our new farm in February and had a good two day clinic with JW the same weekend as our move.
|Starting to look like a big kid|
|Riding Roz around the new place|
In April Emi and I competed at the Adult Team Show. The first day we showed Intro A & B with a 72.5% and a 63.438%. The second day we showed Intro B only and it was a bit of a disaster, scoring 53.438%. Since we had such a high scoring test the prior day we still managed to get Reserve Champion in our intro division and our team was champion of our division. All in all it was a good learning experience. Then we got to go to Rolex!!! Talk about a fun month.
|I also took one of my favorite photos of Roz|
|Such a good 3 year old pony|
We also had another JW clinic and Emi was really starting to look like a dressage horse!
June was a crazy busy month for us. We met up with Michelle for a trip to Perrydale Trails, Emi moved home, my horse trailer got a new floor, we went to the beach, celebrated Emi's fourth birthday, and I scored some beautiful European stall fronts on craigslist.
July was equally busy and actually pretty challenging. Emi and I had a clinic where we had some terrible trailer loading drama and she learned how to put her tongue over the bit. The weekend following that we headed to a horse show, despite me feeling completely uninterested. We showed Intro A & B with scores of 68.438% and 65.625%, earning a first and second place. Roz also earned himself a trip to the vet when he "colicked." They didn't actually find anything wrong with him and he was of course fine as soon as he arrived there. We also got our new outdoor arena completed!
Then August rolled around. Emi and I went trail riding at Silver Falls for the first time and had another clinic. It was clear something was wrong with Roz. Not only was I struggling to keep weight on him but he was laying down....a lot. Sadly it was determined that he had lymphoma and I made the decision to euthanize him. That was truly one of the hardest days of my life and I cried buckets. The following day was very bittersweet as I celebrated 5 years of being a cancer survivor.
Following the sad loss of Roz, September was a month of adjustments. I blogged about Emi's response to being with out her horse friend. We made our first day trip up to see JW, went trail riding and went to the beach.
We had lovely weather in October but challenging rides. I talked about Frustrating Four and Emi had her first training ride. I ran my first half marathon! We also went to our final show of the season, competing at Intro B and Training 1 (for the first time) and scoring a 66.56% and a 66.06%.
November was one of our first low key months in a while. We hauled up to JW and went schooling on the Mountain Trail course. Emi was a rockstar!
And now we are wrapping the year up with the end of December. We played with jingle bells, had a clinic ride, and also a solo trail ride. Now the pony has a cough and snotty nose so I think we are going to be grounded for a bit.
It's always so fun to scroll back through the year and see how you've grown. This was a big growth year for us. Thank you for following along and being part of our journey.