2 years ago i was in a weird place. I had sold my previous horse and was questioning my drive to continue riding. Did i really want it? I didn’t have a huge budget, and i needed a horse that would take me to a big budget ring. When i searched for my first horse, it took me a year and a half to find one. I was having doubts wether a horse for me- let alone my perfect horse- existed. So upon the recommendation of my trainer, my mom and i drove the 3 hours down to the Evergreen Classic horse show on sunday, August 14th 2011. My trainer had 13 horses lined up for us to look at. After trying 5, loving one, and seriously considering a baby project, we took a break to go watch a little thoroughbred from Oz jump around the junior hunters. Justine warned us that he was very quirky and a bit of a handful to manage and probably wouldn’t be what i was looking for- which was a nice dopey warmblood gelding. Watching him jump around, i was intrigued. I always loved watching old school hunter videos on youtube, and here was my classic hunter. And a horse that snaps his knees to his ears is never a turn off. So my trainer got on, dropped the reins, and jumped up to a 4’ oxer on the buckle. *drooling* I then got on. I had a serious oxer phobia, and after picking to the base a couple of times expecting a stop, i was able to drop the reins and lope up to the oxers. This was my guy. I was in love. He was forgiving, he was cute, and he was quirky as F**K. Who doesn’t love a little attitude? I was done, i didn’t need to see anymore horse. The next 5 horses could have been rumbas for all i cared, Trick was my one. He was wayyy out of my price range, but the stars aligned, and his owners were some of the nicest people i have ever met. I went to evergreen looking for my dopey under ten warmblood small junior hunter, and came away with a 13y/o sassy thoroughbred. I’ve had the life altering privilege to own my eccentric little TB man for two years and i’ve never looked back. All things happen for a reason, and those reasons led me to Trick. This horse is my life, man, partner, monkey, insanity, sanity, friend, ego check, confidence booster, bad day, good day, soaring, trickster, goofball, soul mate. Thank you for the best two years of my life mister man, and heres to so many more.
Well, today is Trick and my 3rd year anniversary, and looking back on this year all i can think about is how blessed I am to have this incredible spirit in my life. It’s been a year of new beginnings, new homes, new friends and new experiences, while never forgetting those that got us to where we are. This is also the first time I can truly say that i own EVERY last hair on him. Making that last loan payment made was such an amazing moment. For three years he has been my everything, but now he is officially MY everything. Thank you so much to my incredible parents Karen & Tim for realizing he would be the only thing to keep me sane through my first years of university, and subsequently paying for first year tuition, board and meal plans on someone not even attending UVic. And to my grandparentsHeather & Gary, you have given me the world, and I will never have the words to thank you properly. Heres to many more years (knock on wood without colic) of being idiots, trail rides, horse shows, pony rides, annoying baths and forcing you to behave through photo shoots. Thanks for the past three years trick- I couldn’t have gone through them without you.