1. How many pairs of breeches/jods do you own?
Seven. I just started growing my collection again after riding in jeans for years.
Lad clearly didn't care what I wore...
2. How many horses have you ridden?
I've never owned a horse, so my riding career has been spent primarily taking lessons. And I've ridden at many barns, so there's a lot of variety here. I got to 83 just on the ones I remember... (yea I made a spreadsheet lol, so what?)
3. How many trainers have you had?
At least 12. This includes my first trainer, two from LF in Rochester (not including the IHSA coach who I never lessoned with), the bio-mechanics trainer and D Clasing, two OF trainers (jump & dressage), three from ST, and two from a barn that wasn't a good fit.
show time with A and Harry in Rochester
4. How many barns have you ridden at?
At least 7. One (CS) was a trail barn where I traded chores for free unsupervised rides. The rest are lesson barns with varying degrees of fanciness. I was a paid employee at 3 of these barns.
5. What is the name of the horse you consider yourself to have the greatest bond with?
Another toughie. Isabel and I have a pretty cool thing going. But there was another red mare in Rochester, Ellie Mae, who meant a lot to me and was the first horse I 'got going.' And Lad (also of Rochester), whom I simply trust without reservation...
Smellie was a very good girl - so long as you just left her alone
(this photo, blurry and grainy tho it may be, has permanent residence on my fridge)
There are a few others. Snowy and Dancer, in particular, from the barn where I learned to ride... I think this variety comes with the territory of never owning something.
Snowy was a sensitive appy mare - learned a lot from her
6. What is your favorite show name that you've encountered?
I don't know about this one... honestly never thought much about show names. There was a gray gelding at my first barn named Idiot's Delight bc my trainer had sworn off grays once and for all (too difficult to keep clean), but he was such a nice horse she couldn't resist. Not sure if it counts, but it always stuck with me.
7. What do you consider your greatest weakness or flaw in riding?
My personal confidence and trust in the horse. So so so many of my mistakes stem from not being able to just let go.
8. What do you consider to be your greatest strength?
I am teachable. I want to learn, to improve, to be a better rider. Therefore I *listen* to instruction. (though this quality is usually reserved for paid trainers - unsolicited lessons aren't always met so openly lol)
9. Have you ever leased a horse?
Yeppers - Isabel :)
10. What is the name of the first horse you rode?
The first horse I rode was a paint pony led around by my non-horsey mother on a big trail property. No clue about it's name, but I remember that ride very well :)
My first lesson was on Bonnie, an infinitely patient buckskin whale.