A lot of incredibly challenging things have happened this week. They have tested my emotional resolve but have also made me think:
You never get anywhere on your own. Countless people, sometimes in the background, line your path to success and it is important to be ever grateful to them. I wanted to briefly mention some of the great horsemen, mentors, friends, and family who have helped me get where I am today.
Michael Cintas - For finding us the absolute best first horse and for giving kids a great space to learn to play and love horses. For giving me confidence to jump big obstacles and encouraging us to find a love for flat work.
Philip Klippa - For teaching me the concept of "finding a distance" in a tangible and unmysterious way. For patiently teaching the out-of-towner on days off and finding space to travel to teach.
Archie Cox and Peter Lombardo - For patiently teaching "that kid" on "that horse" and always showing an incredible amount of professionalism in the process.
LJ Banks - For taking on a kid with a broken horse and patiently retraining the both of us. For expanding my knowledge of equine biomechanics and the benefits of proper carriage, proper work, and proper lunging techniques. For giving me a respect and love of dressage.
Cyndi Merritt - For inviting an outsider into her barn and coaching us at shows even though we didn't school at home with her. For teaching me the finer points of the equitation ring and always being a great example of professionalism and organization. (And congrats on becoming a certified "r" judge this week!)
Clinicians - For imparting your wisdom in a patient manner and making yourself available to a new part of the world.
Family - For supporting my hobby-habit. For my mom who helps groom, muck, and offer daily support. For my dad who has always believed in me even if he can't stomach watching me compete. For my grandparents who always ask about and are interested in the goings-on. For my husband who silently supports my addiction because he knows doing anything else wouldn't be wise or helpful. And to my aunts and uncles who have housed me, bred incredible athletes (that took me fifteen years to figure out how to ride), and otherwise supported me in my journey.
Clients and Friends - For supporting me so I can continue to share my knowledge and love for horses and the sport. I owe you so much.
Employers - For trusting me and believing in my skills and for giving me the opportunity to share that knowledge with others.
Horses - For being the silent (or not so silent) teachers. For challenging me every day to be better and do better.
Future Friends, Clients, Family, Trainers, and Employers - I can't wait to meet you and see what the future holds!
"The first to help you up are the ones who know how it feels to fall down."