New Year New Start

Well, there has been a big change here since my last post. Everyone says the new year is a chance to make a new start and we sure did!! Cisco moved barns and I found a new trainer. Unfortunately Cisco’s old mom and my previous coach decided to step back from the equestrian world for…

2019 in a Nutshell

Where to start! Last January I started riding Cisco in weekly lessons at Krystal Point Equestrian. The year ended with Cisco belonging to me and looking forward 2020 with a new coach and a new home for her in a few weeks. There were a few health scares with my little Maverick and two surgeries…

Prednisone and Push Ups

This isn’t something I talk about much. It’s not that I’m overly concerned about my privacy, in fact I’m all for sharing and educating people about my disease. It’s one of those “Oh but you look fine!” diseases. Hi I’m Laura and I have lupus. I was diagnosed with SLE lupus in 2002 after several…

Officially an Eventer

This weekend Cisco and I braved a very soggy day to make my it around a challenging Tapole horse trial. No big deal. Cisco had Phoenix and Nico for company who both crushed their pre-training and entry levels respectively. My ride times started and finished before either Nico or Phoenix started so the day seemed…

Fall Adventures

Fall is always a busy time. We think summer is busy, but I think we fail to realize that we’re always busy, it never really slows down. Summer with horse shows and outdoor plans every weekend rolls into fall clinics and awards banquets and more things packed into less daylight. Back to school and halloween…

Hunter Pace 2.0

I ran 44km between Thursday and Saturday. Then I took a train to Toronto that landed just after midnight. About 5 hours of sleep later I got myself out of bed and got to the barn as fast as I could. I hadn’t seen Cisco is almost a week! And today was hunter pace day….

A day with horses and hounds

After the hunter pace a few weeks ago I sat down to read the magazine of the Eglinton and Caledon Hounds, Stirrup Cup. I was fascinated at the professionalism and uniqueness of the hunt club that had hosted the hunter pace, and I wanted to know more. I reached out to the secretary and found…

Big girl (riding) problems part 1

I hate how I look in photos. Who reeeaaally likes it, let’s be honest. It’s human nature to be critical of ourselves and low self esteem and poor body image that I think most of us here would say we have, takes a magnifying glass to the parts we hate most. For me, my back…

Plus size problems with acceptance

An article from March 2019 on the Noelle Floyd website has been re-shared on Facebook again recently. Written by Stephanie Peters, an A Circuit hunter rider who is tired of being told she can’t ride due to her body size, it talks about how being told that that one is big means that larger people…

Gin le savais pas avant

I started building my Pinterest the other day. So far it’s filled the horses and gin. And as I was researching other gins I want in my collection I found my way to the Royal Warrant Holders Association website because why not? If it’s good enough for HRH it’s good enough for me. And this…