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Jump, Jump, Jump!

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This little cutie was born last week and everyone’s already smitten with her. I think you can see why; isn’t she adorable? 🙂

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In addition to being super cute, she’s also quite the cuddle-bug. When I was at the barn this afternoon, she wanted ALL the petting.

Oh, and since I’m sure you’re wondering, her name (pending final approval from Fred) is Isis. Also, one of our other mares is expecting and due just about any day now, so I will probably have more foal pictures to share very soon!

In the meantime, have a picture of Meknes, who as of last Tuesday night is no longer our youngest resident:

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Yesterday was, quite frankly, gorgeous, so I decided to take advantage of it and do a long-overdue photoshoot with Couelita (pronounced Kwell-ee-TAH, incidentally; and before you ask, I have no idea what it means).

We started off in the indoor arena (a safe place for her to blow off some steam if need be and an easy-ish way for me to get some action shots):

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(I was reminded of why I need an assistant for action shots – it’s hard to cue a horse to move and take pictures at the same time.)

Then we went outside:

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Isn’t she pretty? 🙂

April 8th Show Pics

Sunday’s show went really well, in spite of the sky intermittently spitting on us (April showers have arrived in full force this week). Couelita and I did very well: we didn’t place, but we jumped clear both rounds, which is a first for us (until now the best was one out of two). My friend Ilona rode her for a third round and they jumped clear as well, which is even more impressive considering Ilona had only jumped her twice before. So I can safely say that the last year of hard work is definitely paying off. 🙂

It was also a good day for pictures. I didn’t take quite as many as usual, but the vast majority turned out well (usually I have a ton of blurry ones, but I think I’ve – finally –  managed to figure out how to focus properly). Here’s a sample:

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We have another show coming up next month, and hopefully I’ll have some other stuff to take pictures of in the meantime (weather permitting, of course).

March 25th Show Pics

As promised, here are some of my favorite pictures from last week’s show (which went really well, by the way; a couple of minor oopses but overall I’m very pleased with how we did). Enjoy! 🙂

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And on that note, we’re done (for now). See you next time! 🙂

Yes, you read that right. I spent three weeks in the States last month and the camera was largely forgotten during most of that time. To be fair, I was having too much fun with various friends and family members to take very many pictures. Living in the moment and all that (I’m not always good at it, so actually this is a good thing).

I spent most of my visit at BJ’s, getting “kidnapped” by her family almost every day (not that I was complaining) for Starbucks, shopping, and silliness. There is never a dull moment with this crew, let me tell you. 🙂

When I was not out and about, I was making friends with BJ and Mike’s pets, including this very photogenic (and ironically somewhat camera-shy) lady:

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Her name is Pooka and yes, she really is as soft and fluffy as she looks.

I also got to spend a few days in Charlottesville with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. Naturally, there were some shenanigans as well:

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I even managed to go back to Fredericksburg one Sunday and meet up with some old friends there.

And of course I made sure to indulge my geeky side: I was able to see Black Panther opening weekend (fantastic movie, by the way), plus I picked up a few fun odds and ends like this guy:

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Yes, that is an Ant-Man keychain. I couldn’t resist.

So, that’s basically my vacation in a nutshell. There was also the usual trip out to Triple-R where I got to be barn staff again for a day, which was fun.

I’ve been back home again for a month now and not too much has been going on, aside from starting up the job hunting process (yippee). I do have a jumping show coming up on Sunday, though, so at the very least I’ll have some new pictures to share soon.

January 2018 Show Pics

Last month I participated in my first jumping competition of the year and overall it went pretty well. This was my second official jumping show with Couelita, my new project horse (Blue sadly had to be re-homed due to an injury last year), and while we didn’t place in either of our classes, we didn’t have any major mistakes, so I’m calling it a win. 🙂

The lighting wasn’t great, so I didn’t get very many good shots, but a few turned out nice:

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