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As 2016 comes to a close, I reflect how grateful I am for my equestrian friends and family. It’s not just the horses that keep us grounded, but the people who we share them with. The equestrian passion drives us in a unique way that outsiders often can’t understand. So, the people that share that passion are linked to us in a very meaningful way.
It’s been the most tumultuous year of my life, but my local horse community kept me grounded through some incredible highs and lows. There’s nothing like a long trail ride or jump school with friends to bring life’s troubles into perspective. Thanks to all of you: you know who you are!
My Equis-lovin’ equestrian friends and I had an amazing season across many disciplines. The unofficial Central Washington eventing crew, candidly known as the “Baling Twine Betties”, showed in force this year competing at many recognized events in Area VII. One of my favorite highlights was when the “Baling Twine Betties” (BTBs) gathered for a season ending celebratory dinner in Ellensburg. Eventing is just so much more fun with a crew of amazing people to swap stories and copious bottles of wine with at the end of the day.
Some of the “Members of the BTB” making a Novice team at Whidbey Island Horse Trials July 2016. LEFT TO RIGHT: Me on Stella Doro, Julie Williams on Dark Horse, and Joyce Kennedy.
BELOW: Kathy Grasher and Flashy Sen Bar King (aka Honey) performing her Western Dressage Musical Freestyle
A BTB: Karin Saltzman and Wesson at the Pacific Outreach Show in August.
Another BTB: Lisa Parker on her mare Sophia at the E.I. Horse Trials at WSHP 2017
Kristie Kewlich and her Winning Mare, Lazy JV Spring Spellcaster (aka Gabriella)
Ryder Defranco and I on a mid-winter ride up Ryegrass Pass before she got too pregnant!
Jessy Benson and I on our annual birthday beach ride!
Linda Baker and Kingston schooling grids in preparation for our next horse show.