What is your earliest, clearest horse memory?
As a kid, my mom and I rode some horses owned by a guy near my school, including my childhood obsession, a big grey QH named Bo. The summer I was 10, we had a massive amount of cicadas (two different broods hatched in the same year, which hadn't happened since the 1700s), and they were literally everywhere. Bo was not always super tolerant of being ridden by a kid, and that day he walked me into a pine tree, lodged me in some low-hanging branches, and ambled off. I’m not super squeamish in general, but something about cicadas just pushes my buttons – while I was trying to disentangle myself from the branches they were crawling all over me and I was screaming in terror. A bunch of them crawled up under my helmet and got in my hair. Not really a great early memory, eh? Although I am giggling here writing this, so clearly I wasn't too traumatized.
2. Describe the perfect summer day.
Sleeping in (not that the dogs let me do that, ever). A trail ride through cool, shady woods (with creeks to splash in!) with good friends. A delicious dinner with adult beverages, followed by a soak in the hot tub. Maybe renting a projector and watching a movie on the side of my barn from the bed of my pickup.
3. Are you reading anything right now? Tell me about it!
I just started the Handmaid’s Tale, but I’m not really far enough in to tell you much about it. Before that I was rereading the Gentlemen Bastards series (book one is the Lies of Locke Lamora) – highly recommend that.
4. Do you follow a celebrity (horsey or non) that you’re embarrassed to say fascinates you? Tell me. NOW.
So I’ve never been this way about actors in literally any TV show ever (and trust me, I’ve watched more than my fair share of TV!) but I follow the stars of the show Supernatural on Twitter and Instagram. I guess that’s kind of embarrassing? I also am not embarrassed by this, but I follow Lauren Sprieser on FB and had a fangirl moment yesterday when I bought some reins from her and we were messaging back and forth and she wished me happy birthday… haha.
|How could any tack ho resist horseshoe buckle reins?
5. What is your single biggest horsey dream or goal.
This changes so much. A year or two ago it would have been to ride one of my self-trained horses (preferably Cinna, since I also bred her) at 3rd level or higher (IDK, I guess maybe to GP if I’m really dreaming big, haha). Get my medals? Be able to wear a shad? But now I’m not really sure. I’m kind of burned out right now and have no aspirations higher than my horses being decent, solid citizens that I can go out and dink around at fun shows and have nice trail rides on… Need to find my ambition, wherever I managed to mislay it.
6. If you were at Starbucks right now, what would you order?
I don’t frequent Starbucks too much, but I can do just about any kind of flavored coffee.
|Although ironically enough, I bought those frappes yesterday haha.
7. What’s your biggest equine pet peeve?
Oh God there are so many. The “out of/by” when it comes to breeding really pushes my buttons.
8. With everything going on politically and in the media, tell me, do you follow it religiously? Tune it out? Or something in between?
Kind of in between, but leaning towards tuning it out right now. I pay way more attention and do my homework around election time so I can be an informed voter, but especially right now when I can’t even manage the things in my life I do have control over, I am kind of ignoring all the things I don’t have control over. If I didn’t, I would end up somewhere in a corner rocking back and forth gibbering.
|Sanity reset button
9. If you had to show your horse to a song, what would you choose?
Oooh, this is a fun question! I almost put in my goals riding to a musical freestyle. When I had Topaz, I always wanted to coordinate a freestyle around the Megan Trainor song “All About That Bass” – don’t judge me.
10. What are you most looking forward to this summer?
DH finishes his last college class in 3 weeks – it can’t come soon enough. Aside from that, just getting Cinna out more on trail rides and at fun shows.
|Lots more of this, please and thank you.