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2018 In Review (Part 2)

It is REALLY almost all coming to a close! With just a few hours 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. Let's finish what we started!

July and August were a blur of riding camp, showing and repeating it. I led five weeks of camp at SJD Equestrian with massive help from Susan and my assistant instructor Kaeleigh. We have over 60 campers, two show camps and a sleepover camp. It was crazy but lots of fun. At the same time, I was a horse showing with Ginger. We wrapped up 2nd in the Development Hunters and 1st in the Training Hunters with doing the bare minimum of shows. (a horse I rode ended up 2nd in the Trainings!) We attended the Zone Classic to prep for Championships. A rocky start (entirely my own fault) on Friday but by Saturday we were set. A 2nd place in the Amateur Medal to start the day was only topped by being reserve champion in a competitive amateur division.  Sunday was fun-day. We had a fifth in the model class and a FUN-tastic derby round (despite some sauce). A few days off and then it was Championships.

Championships was like a dream! We set up the sit-stay room and utility stalls on Monday, then we were back on Tuesday with the horses and ALL of the stuff.  The barn had three ponies and three horses competing at Champs in everything from the Smalls to the trillium Hunters. Ginger was showing the first two days in the Development Hunters which had 48 beautiful entrants from across Ontario. She schooled perfectly on Tuesday and toured around all of the rings. Without a doubt, coming to the Zone classic helped a lot! Wednesday was Day 1, and we were 14th in the order. We laid down a great first trip and a solid second trip (wee bobble on my part). When they called the stand by we were 1st in the 1st trip and 7th in the second trip. Then came the waiting. When it was finally time for us to come back down, we were still 1st in the first trip and on the jog for the second. Another 6 horses went and we were bumped from the second list... But not the first! It was surreal being the first class winner at 2018 Championships and so exciting! While the second class jogged, we got ready for the under saddle. We were in Flight 1 of 3 and made the cut. In the fourth flight, we stalled a bit on a canter transition but finished off with a fifth (despite the hiccup)!. The next day we went later in the order but laid down two solid trips and finished off third in the third over fences. This earned Ginger the Reserve Champion in the Development Hunters to a beautiful, experienced chestnut with a great professional aboard. To say I was thrilled would be the understatement of the year! Susan was even more elated! We vegged the next couple of days and had a fun derby round on the Sunday before packing up to go home. AND SJD Equestrian won the tack room (sit-stay) contest!

Then I was packing up to go back to McMaster! I had a packed semester of Critical Thinking, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing and Statistics! It was hectic but educational like the past two semesters have been. It was successful due to a great bunch of professors who all made lasting impressions. Of course, the highlight was the class trip to Ecuador, which you can read about in a previous post.

This semster was a lot of fun as I am a part of a few clubs. I am the Director of Sponsorship for DeGroote Commerce Society and McMaster DECA U, the Programs Coordinator of McMaster Equestrian Club, an OCEA Show member for McMaster and a member of the DeGroote Women in Business and McMaster Consulting Association. Over the semester, I had a lot of great events and experiences that I look forward to carrying with me into the future!

I turned 20! I celebrated with a trip to the Royal with some barnmates and attended my first networking event. Both events were fun, but my feet still hurt from wearing heels for two days straight. Midterms flew in and eventually finals. I survived both of them and have been home since the 20th. I have relaxed, done some shopping and been at the barn as much as possible.

My 2018 was not without sadness though. I said goodbye to two dogs in the past couple of weeks. Mabel was a small but mighty dog and a star in the frisbee fields. She was energetic, lovable and a great performer. She was one of the inaugural dogs on Talent Hounds TV. She did great work with them and taught me a lot along the way. WKD was my first dog and leaves the biggest hole.  WKD came to our house a bit later in lie, but quickly became my heart dog. We achieved an ONYX and 30K in NAFA, along with a regional and national championship. She was consistent but always enthusiastic. She dabbled in frisbee, being a star in Toss and Fetch. In her fifteen years, she accomplished a lot and taught me countless lessons. Both were one in a billion and will never be forgotten.

But, there is so much to look forward to in 2019! That will be the next post!

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