2015 GETS THE GATE

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I got my annual report from WordPress, and 2015 has been another remarkable year!  Thank you to my readers in over 88 countries (wow!) for your interest, and I hope to see you all again soon!  You can see the full scoop here:

https://equineinmind.wordpress.com/2015/annual-report/

 

Until 2016…  quiet rides and happy trails!

 

 

 

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GALLOP POLL

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http://www.equinechronicle.com/todays-internet-debate-american-pharoah-and-serena-Williams/

 

This isn’t the first I’ve read about the ongoing debate over who is most deserving of the Sports Illustrated, Sportsperson of the Year title for 2015, but I appreciate the perspective.  Personally, I’m torn.  While I see the point of naming Serena Williams, and she is absolutely a remarkably talented PERSON, why give American Phaorah as a selection, if you’re only going to imply that he’s not actually a viable candidate because he isn’t a person?

 

I’ll admit I haven’t read a lot into this, but I still want to weigh in on what constitutes a “sportsperson” of the year.  Horses, and their riders are hooves down, athletes.  If your opinion on that matter is different, I gladly challenge you to a dual.  If the award is in fact only to presented to a human, then where is Victor Espinoza in all this?  Piloting over 1,000 pounds of thinking, feeling animal to a history-making career record must have some value.  To that end, Victor’s career outside of American Pharoah is nearly as remarkable.

 

Sports Illustrated would be smart to partner with equine periodical (like the Chronicle) and create the equine version of Sportsperson of the Year.  I can’t imagine an argument for that.  Horses aren’t the only incredible four-legged athletes, we haven’t even talked about dogs yet.  How many amazing canines are there going unrecognized for their athleticism?

 

All I’m saying, is give everyone their due.  If you’re going to open the floor to nominees from more than just the human realm, get your translators lined up for any and all acceptance speeches.

 

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FLYING LEAD CHANGES

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­This week isn’t on topic, but more of an update. In the last few weeks, I’ve accepted a new job offer that came as a surprise.  This week is my final week with the dealership, spent training my protege, and next week jumping right in to my new gig as an administrative assistant for a construction management company.

 

My departure from the dealership is bittersweet. Many clients and co-workers have expressed their sadness to see me go, but are excited for my new opportunity. It feels great to know I made a positive impact, and to receive the appreciation for my work there.

 

I’m looking over my shoulder with a warm heart and looking forward to what’s in store for my future.

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR YOUR EQUESTRIAN

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I’m not sure how, but it’s December again!  One nice long blink, and an entire year flies by!  Here’s a little highlight reel of some items I’ve found that I think would please and little or big girl who loves her ponies like I do…

 

www.backinthesaddle.com

This site continues to be a favorite of my boyfriend’s mom for me.  She may not necessarily be a “horse-person” but she’s able to find great gifts that I love.  They offer a small collection of sculptures by Renee Martig, $50-$60, featuring some heartwarming “moments” in the life of an every day equestrian.

sculpture

 

Any opportunity to encourage young readers into becoming life-long readers, I push.  There are some great series for young and young-at-heart readers; The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley, The Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant, The Billy and Blaze series by C.W. Anderson get kids involved in stories that keep evolving and hold their attention.  Gilly Cooper, author of “Riders” is a great adult equine-related fiction writer.

billy and blaze

 

www.kellyherdjewelry.com

If shiny is what her heart desires, you can’t go wrong with anything from Kelly’s collection.  My personal favorite has always been the halter pendant, $150-$1295, but there are tons of beautiful choices to suit anyone.

kelly herd pendant

 

us.hunterboots.com

Being “muck-ready” doesn’t have to mean being un-stylish.  Hunter boots has an entire line of fashionable, functional short and tall boots, made for whatever you can throw at them, stomp through in them, or let’s be honest, whatever yoga/pajama pants you run to the barn at 5am in to throw breakfast!

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www.equidivine.co.uk

The “Glam My Pony” kits are perfect gifts for grooms and horses.  Maybe for the younger set, but I can tell you if I’d had them, my poor Buddy would have seen his share of glitter!  The kits run $60-$75, but the line covers everything.

glam my pony

 

If all else fails, remember a gift card to the local feed/tack store, and a brand new pitchfork will never disappoint.  We may have expensive hobbies, but we know how to appreciate the simple things!  Happy shopping!