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2018 In Review (Part 1)

It is almost all coming to a close! With just a few days left in 2018, I wanted to put together a year in review. I have had such a monumental year from my adventures at McMaster to my riding career and everything in between. But it makes sense to start at the very beginning (what a very good place to start!).

January 2018 rolled in like yesterday. I had survived my first semester at university and was eagerly waiting for the next one to start. After a couple weeks of holidays at home (and at the barn), I was back at McMaster. I had a fun timetable including Ethics, Canadian Business, Sociolinguistics, and a class called IBH in the Community. All the classes were led by terrific professors with the help of great T.A.s.  Outside of class, I had a couple of O.C.E.A. shows, including the one hosted by McMaster. Both shows were miserably cold but a great way to start off 2018. In flyball, we had one tournament but Jive ran superbly despite having a winter break herself.



February's highlight was Model UN! I had competed in Model UN throughout my high school life including being a top three finisher at the Simcoe County regional in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  MACMUN was a big leap though! Position Papers, more committees and a four-day event made it more challenging but way more fun! I am excited to be back again in 2019!  I had my final OCEA qualifying show, which went well and kept me in the top six to be eligible for the Open Over Fences!



March was a flood of midterms and assignments but also OCEA Finals and the OCEA Gala! OCEA Finals and Gala was a TERRIFIC weekend and ran so smoothly. I am proud to have placed 4th over fences at finals and earn 6th in the division in the West Zone!April was the end of it all! There were studying and exams, and in the blink of an eye I was home




May and June were a lot of fun. Upon coming home, I start riding more. In mid-May, I started working with my coach and Ginger. Ginger is one of the most rewarding horses I have worked with and come June, we dabbled in showing. But first, Flyball! June 1st weekend was the annual flyball tournament hosted by my club and as always a great success. Jive ran really well and the team finished great.



Back at the barn, the riding continued. Susan, Ginger and I were becoming quite the trio and we went to the first show in early June. We had a slow start, but very successful! We are lucky that all of the June shows are at the same facility in our region, so we decided to keep going back. Without a doubt, she improved every time. After 3 shows, we went home with 4 Reserve/Grand champion ribbons and a lot of fun memories. At this point, Ginger had made a splash on the THJA Georgian Bay scene, so we kept on. Susan showed Ginger the last weekend in June (to some AMAZING wins) while the dogs and I went to a Flyball tournament in Grassie and enjoyed the last bit of summer before the craziness of camp...





Rest of the year to come!



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