|2016 was ushered in with one of the most lovely trail rides ever|
|Tango went cross country for the first time, and although exuberant was very good|
|In February, I bought a truck|
|And took possibly the most 'Merican photo ever|
|We ramped up to prepare for Twin Rivers and had a trailer malfunction that resulted in Chente and Diva just kinda chilling downtown while I got the trailer's tire replaced|
|We had a loose-goat problem, which prompted Twin's #notevenloosegoatscanstopusnow|
|In March we loaded up and headed to Twin for a long weekend|
|Which was a spectacular success and we all learned a lot.|
|I started taking more regular jumping lessons|
|Which resulted in a FANTASTIC show for Tangoose in April.|
|He also gained a lot of confidence about everything|
April wasn't all good however, as we lost Diva to colic.
|And my sister came to visit me in May!|
|I also met Jen from CobJockey and managed to only take terrible photos (sorry Jen...)|
|Chente made it back to Twin for a successful horse trial|
June also saw Elrond purchased and brought home. And a NorCal blogger meetup!
|I also had the opportunity to run the most amazing summer camp everrrr in which Megan helped with a dressage intense day|
|July started off with a bang as my dog got kicked in the head - but she's fine!|
|July also heralded in a new era in my riding: the beginning of Tracey lessons|
|I got to meet the friendliest grey hippo ever and I've been plotting how to steal him ever since|
|I began to struggle with a pretty deep sense that I'd lost my direction in riding and in life - and the apathy/depression continued to plague me for months|
|I went home to Michigan for a week|
|And remembered how much I love the state|
August saw summer camps, continued Tracey lessons, and Alex beginning to take the ride over on Tango.
|I struggled a bit with Tracey's lateness|
|But all the dressage work paid off big time for Kat's confidence in the show ring (which tbh was never a concern, so maybe now she's too confident lol)|
In September I apparently went cross country schooling with some combination of students every other day according to the photos I took (only sort of kidding), Tango and I came first at Novice at a horse trial at RDLA (OKAY OUT OF ONE BUT IT STILL COUNTS), and Kat hurt her fetlock which kicked off a good six weeks out of work.
|I met the lovely Austen and she subjected Tango to some major face cuddles|
|Alex and Tango began to hit a stride as they ramped up for their first rated event together|
|We went to JK Presents and my students cleaned. up. Seriously. So unbelievably proud.|
|Tango and Alex were ah-mazing at their first rated event and I seriously considered crying after every phase|
|We went to RDLA to do some cross country schooling to ramp up for Twin's final one-day horse trial and had a run in with way. too. many. turkeys|
|Two of my students competed at Twin and finished, on horses that had never done a trial and riding horses that had never even jumped before these girls started training them - makes a trainer very proud|
|Somewhere in here I took the ride over on Jr and began to get pretty excited about his potential as a dressage mount|
|in November Kat made the triumphant return to work! And I went on an awesomely fun trail ride with Olivia|
|Elrond began to hit his stride with jumping, and we're looking forward to seeing how that goes this coming season|
|and Kat is beginning to rebuild the strength necessary for what is on the docket for her career|
It was a good year in a lot of ways, and a disappointing one in others. I showed a lot more in 2015 than I did this year, and instead diverted those funds to taking lessons from eight trainers in total, though most regularly with two. I miss showing, even though I spent all of 2015 on the schooling circuit with my students. I'm hoping that this year can find a healthy mix of training and showing.