Thursday, January 19, 2012

Passionate About.....

Horses and riding has always been something I love  and happily enough, my daughter Kate has wanted to learn to ride also. We knew that a few years ago a wonderful new arena and horse facility was built not to far from the MTSU campus but we just found out this past year that school had a riding team and that you could take lessons and classes in horsemanship. This past fall, Kate joined the team and began taking lessons. She's had a blast and done well in her beginning class. They offer all types of riding from western to hunt seat which is used when you jump. She decided on hunt seat, which made me happy cuz that's what I ride! The school club competes in a lot of shows around the area which is a lot of fun and great experience. Toward the end of the first semester, her instructor approached Kate about showing in a couple of classes at the last show in KY. She was freaked out to say the least, the really big thing was they wanted her to ride in the beginning western walk and jog class! Keep in mind, her lessons had all been in English which is totally different! Well, she decided to give it a shot, they managed to give her 2 quick lessons in the basics of Western and off she went! I was sad cuz I was unable to make it to watch her compete in her very 1st show! She had a great time and managed to get a 6th place in her first class and a 2nd place in her last class! Very exciting! Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of her all dressed up in her western "duds" but do have a pic of her very cool ribbons! One of her friend's Mom and Dad own one of the best training stables here in town and have offered her the opportunity of comming and helping out at their stable a couple days a week in return for lessons! Very cool
I do have a few photos of her working on a couple of the horses out there, this 1st gorgeous horse is the one she got to take a lesson on. I took these pics not thinking they would end up here so bare with me, some of
them are not the best!

This is the gorgeous horse Kate got to take her lesson on

This is the inside of the barn which is big enough to do some basic riding in, don't know
what happened to this photo, but hopefully you get the idea!

These are only a portion of the ribbons hanging in the lounge

Here are Kate's very first ribbons!

I was so excited to watch her riding, I forgot to take any photos during her lesson! Hopefully next time I will have it together a little more and get some shots!

Till next time......

PS.  Kim at is having a cool giveaway! If you don't know who Betsy Spreet is, hop on over and check it out! She's a fabulous designer who has a wonderful book that Kim is giving away!

I'm partying at:


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

What a beautiful daughter you have! How exciting to follow in her mother's footsteps and excel as well. Congratulations to Kate on her first two ribbons!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Awesome! I wish I had learned to ride! She's beautiful- congrats on her ribbons!

Jen said...

Very nice horse, but Kate is the gorgeous one! You must be very proud of her, and what a wonderful thing for her to be doing.

Late Bloomers said...
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Late Bloomers said...

While I loved to ride up until I retired my horse 3 years ago, I'm glad my son is not as excited about it... maybe when he's older I'll be ok with him trying it. He's gotten rides on my horse of course, but riding on his own? Still scary to think of at his age and with his impulsive-ness.
How great your daughter is riding with IHSA, I wish that had been around when I was in school, I would have been all over it! And a beautiful horse to learn on as well, do you know what breed that lovely black horse is? I see they showed Walking horses? Would love to see pics of her lessons or next show... let us know how she does!

Ironstone and Pine said...

Ahh,Rebecca I can almost smell the leather and the......well, you know us horse people love that barn smell!!! Isn't it great to watch your daughter take to riding when it's your passion too? I'm lucky enough that my daughter and I are both into the horse scene, we're not super competitive but the occasional local show suits us just fine. It's a great hobby to share and I know how you feel watching her follow in your footsteps! C ya devon :)

Chelsea said...

I never grew up around horses or anything, but I have somehow found myself studying them for my graduate degree and I love it. Their personalities are better than dogs, I wish they could fit in your house! Once I graduate and get a job, I will buy a new car, then my next purchase will be a horse!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

what fun
to learn a new talent

my daughter would love to learn
but there just isn't the time
right now

love the photos
and your girl is lovely

thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


outjunking said...

In college, winning ribbons for her riding abilities and she gorgeous. You are one lucky mom and I can tell your beaming with pride as you should be.
Have fun this weekend and happy junking,

Bristol said...

Love that post. I rode as a kid and long to get back into it. I think that is why I collect anything equestrian. Thanks for the motivation to look back into riding.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Thanks for the heads up on the giveaway! I always wanted to learn to ride. You are both blessed!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

How fun that you can share this with your daughter. Congratulations to both of you!

Anonymous said...

Here's the post I tried to comment on! ;o) Kate is absolutely gorgeous!! And so is her horse. :o) I think it's amazing how well she's doing with her riding!

BTW - I would just LOVE to have a barn like that on my property. :o)

kay Ellen said...

How wonderful, I miss riding!
I loved it growing up I had a dear friends that had we could ride anytime~~~

I went to a dude ranch two years ago and had so much~~~wish I could go back right now!

Beautiful daughter, congrats on the that really looks like amazing horse to ride:))

Kay Ellen

Lynnie said... sorry that you couldn't be there to watch her ride! Hopefully there will be a next time. My 3 girls are competitive swimmers and I just hate to miss a meet!

Vintage Home said...

Oh Thanks for dropping by! So sweet of you!
Our daughter worked for years @ a barn where she leased till she saved up enough money for her own horse. She now has had a Thoroughbred for 5 years now. It has been a joy and a privilege to see her commitment to "Fred". She has him @ friends where she does all the work for their 3 & Fred for free room & board. It has been a huge responsibility & she is amazing.!
Your daughter is beautiful & I am so happy she is doing what she loves! Good for all of you!
Such a pretty horse..!
Now off I go to read the rest of your blog!

Vintage Home said...

Oh my I love your mantle & your trophys...,, my daughters & I are right this minute on the lap top looking at everything MOOSE! We want an image to hang in our daughters new family room! How cute is your shed!
Your store is wonderful I wish we lived closer!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Rebecca!

Your daughter must have been so excited to do this! I've never in my life been on a horse before - so it always amazes me when someone gets to do things like this! And your daughter is just gorgeous!!! I'm sure she gets it from her mom! ;) Thanks for sharing this moment - take care and enjoy your weekend!


momto8 said...

she is tauntingly beautiful too! good luck to all of you..follow those dreams!
i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh your daughter is just gorgeous!! What a beautiful horse she is getting to ride and what a great facility. Look forward to seeing more pictures.

Honey at 2805 said...

Your daughter is beautiful! Congrats to her!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at Potpourri Friday!

Sherri Cassara said...

Fun! And GORGEOUS (your daughter!).