This update is long over due. A lot of things have happened since my last post, and it has all been sort of a whirlwind. I will keep it as short as possible.
First of all, Preston was a rockstar at the show and qualified for championships with a 63.553% at 2nd level. He is schooling the changes at home, and will be ready to show 3rd level by the end of the season. He is schooling canter pirouette and offered some passage-like steps the other day. I am very proud of him and can see him easily showing 4th level some day.
My boyfriend and I left for Alaska at the end of July and spent 3 weeks there. We put on a 6 day running race in the Alaska Dome, where many world records were broken. Myself, I ran 36 miles in 12 hours and raised $1,000 for The Old Glory Legacy foundation.
After the race, we went on a 7 day cruise. I should have known that things were turning sour for me when I got an email from my boss at the wine shop saying she had replaced me with a full time person. The day after I got home from the trip, my horse ripped his face open on the fence where I had him stabled. The next day, my boyfriend and I had a fight which ultimately ended in me moving out and the relationship ending. I had been unhappy for a long time, and though I was willing to see if things changed once he was home more, it turns out that we had stopped communicating a long time ago, or virtually never started. It's still an adjustment for me though, because I thought we were going to be together forever.
I was fortunate to be able to relocate both myself and my horses at my friends farm while I figured out my next move. Since I had moved to North Carolina to be with my boyfriend, and I didn't have a job anymore, there wasn't really anything keeping me there. I decided to move back to Florida, and do a short stint in Alabama with my friends Andrew and Tiffany Palmer, who were short handed and needed my help. I sold Tattle and brought Preston with me. I am really proud of the job I did training Tattle, and it was fun to see what a good match he and his new owner were together. Now in Alabama, it feels right to be surrounded by friends and horses! I love Trakehners and am lucky to be able to work with and ride these amazing stallions. I have my eye set on a nice young stallion that I would love to bring with me to Florida! Now I just need to figure out how!