If you had asked this time last year the next time that I would compete prelim, I would tell you I have absolutely no clue. At this point last year, EZ has torn his Deep Digital Flexor Tendon, I had lost Wendy to EEE, Bruce was running training hesitantly and we were focusing on the Young Event Horse Championships, and Buzz was abscessing like crazy and I couldn’t keep him sound. If you would have told me I would have a prelim horse running, a horse stepping up to prelim at his next show, and a horse who was prepping for Fair Hill and confidently schooling training and ready to school Prelim I would have told you that you were insane!
I was convinced I was on a downhill spiral last year, but I now realize that I really wasn’t. It’s all part of a plan. I decided to head over to Full Gallop Farm in Aiken, SC for a working student position. I got the ability to run some phenomenal horses through training level. Bruce ran around his first prelim. Buzz and Gray did their first training level events.
I can’t thank Lara Anderson and the FGF team enough for this past year. We are in the process of aiming for a Fall 2* now. I have my first true sponsorship. Finish Line Horse is the best you will find to help your horses in anyway you can! Buzz will finish the year at YEH-5 championships and come out fighting at a winter prelim!
I suppose the point of this blog is to say it will all go forward. You might go through tough phases, but trust me. It will all look up! I am thankful for all the opportunities and I can’t wait to see how we progress through the next year!