What a weekend!

It was an absolute whirlwind of a 4-day weekend, with a super successful ending to a great start. Fridays I usually don’t work so I can get my weekly errands done, so I took the day to get the barn cleaned up and rearranged for winter. Friday night a friend and I went to dinner at the Daily Grill and then to the 10:30pm show at the DC Improv. The comedian’s name was Bob…

November 23, 2010
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Home from Aiken – Bittersweet

As you have probably noticed from Facebook/Twitter updates, Wanda and I have returned from Aiken to my parents’ home in Fairfax Station, VA. There is a point in time when being a working student starts to wear on you both mentally and physically, and I think ending things was the best option. PD and I are going to continue working together in PA, as I am planning to drive up…

April 3, 2010
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10 days till Aiken!

There are 10 days until the official move to Aiken! Emma’s been crazy trying to get all the horses clipped and all the stuff together to take down with us. I’m actually heading home to northern VA this weekend (Friday to Sunday) to attend an HA Rating retreat at Millwood. This is totally unrelated to TPF, but the knowledge I gain from this weekend should definitely help my work with…

January 15, 2010
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Requiem for my eye…

December 7, 2009

What do you get when you mix working in a barn and running out of contact lenses? The short story: A very unattractive infected eye.   The long story: A week ago I ran out of contact lenses. I called the optometrist and they said they would only order me new lenses if I came in for a re-check (since the prescription I’ve had for the last two years may…

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A Very Turkey Vacation

November 27, 2009

A TON has gone on in the past two months! Firstly, I would like to share the good news that I was asked by Phillip and Evie to join them when Phillip moves the competition horses down south to Aiken, South Carolina mid-January to late March. It is a pretty huge deal to have them ask me to continue working with them, so I’ve got to step it up to…

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Another Day at TPF!

Today I got to ride a horse Phillip owns named Houston, and may be looking to buy. Everyone here thinks I’m crazy because he’s definitely not the easiest horse to ride, but I did flat work with him today and actually felt pretty good. I’m supposed to have a jump lesson on him with Phillip tomorrow, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m also trying one of Chip’s young horses,…

September 22, 2009
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Plantation Crazy

This week/weekend was Plantation Horse Trials and CIC. Luckily this event was about 15 minutes away, so transporting horses to and from the event was pretty easy. Today was the x-country day, and the weather was PERFECT! Phillip scheduled all the horses at True Prospect to have the day off, so those of us who were working could finish up the morning barn chores and help him with his CIC…

September 19, 2009
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AEC’s and a roommate!

Phillip and the crew are on their way back from the American Eventing Championships. Things went pretty well, but everyone who had faults knew they could have changed things to make them better. Final Results: Advanced (6) Phillip – 2nd Nate – 3rd Jennie – 6th Intermediate (16) Jennie – 1st Phillip – 5th Preliminary (39) Phillip – 5th Training (19) Phillip – 2nd Novice (40) Phillip – 2nd LeeLee…

September 13, 2009
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Oh what a day!

I haven’t updated in a while, mostly because it has just been crazy getting settled here at True Prospect. Things with me are going so much better after a bit of a rocky start getting used to the craziness that is here! My horse Sully is doing loads better after some lessons with Ryan Wood.. his jumping was a little difficult but is starting to come along quite well. In…

September 3, 2009
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Phillips Dutton’s: Day 1

Day 1 of me as a working student for Phillip Dutton. The trip was about 3 hours from Northern VA to here in West Grove, PA. I ended up paying about $32 in tolls on I-95. One toll was $23! It was just crazy. I can definitely tell here is Amish land- I’ve been stuck behind about 3 horse-carts. I got here about 3:30 and unloaded Sully in to the…

August 12, 2009
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