This is the place where I record my current learning experiences with horses. I’m personally aiming to become an excellent horsewoman, but the nature of horses is that they are truly catalysts for personal development. So, while half of my musings will be from a point of observation and communication with horses, this only reflects the way that I am personally developing. Because of this, it is my hope that you can relate to my blog on whatever level you wish. If you are a fellow horseman-in-training: good to meet you, it's wonderful to be on the same journey! But at the same time, if you are a complete stranger to me or to horses, you are just as welcome. Hopefully this blog will bring you some amusement; even if it is just laughing at how mad we horse people can be!

In this blog, you can find pages about my life so far, mentors, and of course, horses and my adventures with them.

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory..."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A thorough update.

Hi All!

I thought it was about time to give you an update, before I head out yet again!

The past few weeks have been so busy, that I've rarely found myself at a computer with the time to write a blog post. So if you travel back to March with me (which is when my last blog post was due! HA!) I'll give you a brief update.

March was a quiet month (the quiet before the storm?) where I ticked along with the usual routine. The exciting thing is that a new man was added to my life. It was totally unexpected, but God has a funny way of working, and my relationship with Calvin has been a great blessing thus far! Towards the end of the month, I had the opportunity to work plenty of overtime at work... nice in the sense that it gave me extra cash to fund all my activities, but it did mean many 6 o'clock starts!

At the beginning of April I headed up to Birmingham to spend a day with my close friend Mallory, followed by a week helping with the Parelli UK Celebration! The event was fantastic, and it was a wonderful wonderful experience to see what happens 'behind the scenes.' I enjoyed catching up with the USA Parelli Team, as well as meeting the lovely girls that run Parelli UK. I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed at the opportunities this program has opened up for me. As they say, Parelli is FAR more than riding....

The great thing about Parelli is that it builds a community of like-minded people. Put a bunch of like-minded enthusiastic people together, and the resulting team-spirit is unbelievable! Likewise, it draws friends (old and new) together. During the weekend of the event, I caught up with people I know from various clinics and Parelli events. It was most special to see some of my friends from my Fast Track course in America, and we had a nice catch up over a meal. Kim-Jo from Belgium came back home with me, and we spent the following week together. We had a fantastic week doing all sorts of things... riding in the New Forest, riding around here, cycling to Winchester followed by a day in Winchester, a day in Oxford, Parelling, and generally talking talking talking. We got on like a house on fire, and are now scheming about her return!

On the Sunday that Kim-Jo traveled back to Belgium, I headed down to Southampton for a week of sailing with the Ocean Youth Trust South. OYT South is a sail-training charity, whom I have been sailing with on and off for the past 3 years. We had a beautiful week with lots of sun and little wind; you can read about our trip here. I was very pleased to have passed by Third Mates' assessment. A week after that (2-7 May) I found myself back on the boat, and this time I gained my RYA Watch Leader certificate. I'm so excited to be developing in this area of passion!

Last week and this week (so far) have been beautiful and peaceful. I've had some quality horse-focused time, as well as a relationships-focus. Near the end of the last week, I found myself saying that I'd like to put a bit more structure into my horsemanship, and thus looked around at Parelli clinics for this summer. The timing and finances were in the right place for me to book 2 weeks worth of clinics - starting next Monday! It would be usual to say that 'the pressure is now on' but other than the basics like packing, Blaine and I feel so ready for this learning opportunity. I am bustling about with my Yachtmaster Theory studies, as I'm hoping to complete an assignment before I head towards Wales on Sunday.

I hope to update you soon.... but until then, keep well and excited about life!