Growing up, I begged, borrowed and stole rides wherever I could find them. I showed in lots of local fun shows, ribboning in everything from halter to English and Western Pleasure, with a lot of trail riding in between. Although I had very few formal lessons, I spent every moment I could in a barn - so it was no surprise to anyone when I spent every last dollar of my graduation money on an 11 y/o OTTB named A.J.'s Steel (who I promptly renamed Jack).
Jasper, a lovely NSH who had fallen on hard times. With two horses, we decided keeping horses at home would be cheaper than boarding, so we purchased 17 acres of pasture and proceeded to start turning it (slowly) into a horse property, acquiring a nice gelding named Trigger for DH along the way.
The summer I graduated from WWU, I had the opportunity to purchase two Iberian mares, and my life was forever changed. Topaz and Tres opened up a whole new world for me, and I never looked back. Both mares showed an affinity for dressage, so I retired my jumping saddle and headed for the world of black and white - becoming a dressage junkie along the way!
The name of the blog is entirely tongue-in-cheek, in case that wasn't glaringly obvious - my farm colors are black and teal, so I jump at the chance to outfit my girls in those colors at shows, clinics, and everyday life. At a dressage schooling show a few years ago, the show manager referred to me as dressage Barbie (my mare and I matched very nicely in entirely teal and black attire) and the nickname seemed perfect for my foray into the world of blogging. I blogged under Confessions of a Dressage Barbie from 2016 - 2021, and finally gave the blog a refresh with a more appropriate name change in October.
I'm now blogging as Trainwreck in Teal, which seem a bit more appropriate (while still being able to get a good laugh at my own expense). It also seemed like a good time to make a switch, as I have found a new trainer and am back in regular lessons with the goal of dipping my toe into recognized shows in the not-too-distant future!