I was nominated for the Liebster Blog Award! Bakersfield Dressage nominated me for the award. If you haven’t read Karen’s blog, you need to. She’s a brilliant writer who is documenting her journey from Endurance rider to Dressage competitor (serious competition in dressage too). I have so much admiration for her determination, courage, and perseverance. Thank you for nominating me Karen!
I copy and pasted the “how to accept part”.
HOW TO ACCEPT THE AWARD: The Liebster Blog Award is a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued. Here are the rules for accepting the award:
- Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
- List 11 random facts about yourself.
- Answer the 11 questions given to you.
- Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
- Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or fewer followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
- Go to each blogger’s page and let them know you have nominated them.
11 Random Facts
- I am 4’11” tall. I have been stuck at this height since I was 11 years old. I am still waiting on that growth spurt.
- When I was 29 I fractured my T10 – T12 vertebrae and broke my arm. My back still causes me an immense amount of pain.
- I was in the Marine Corps for 4 years. Honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal. I was activated for Iraq, but never sent due to a broken back.
- I didn’t go to college until I was 30. I wrote my first computer program at 32. I got my first programming job at 33.
- I owned two coffee shops with my sibling when I was in my very early 20’s. I learned that being your own boss is far harder than being an underling.
- In my 20’s I decided to move to Texas. I drove 2 thousand miles with just my dog and a backpack. I moved back north a month later when I realized how hot it is there.
- I once ran 3 miles in 23 1/2 minutes. I now run 3 miles in approx 45 minutes. This is supposition since I can’t run a full 3 miles anymore.
- I once had a pet woodchuck named Chucky. He chittered when he was happy and followed me around like a puppy. He loved being petted and would crawl on your lap and snuggle with you.
- I am severely introverted. I’m not shy.
- I had a beer with Jeffrey Deaver (author) once.
- I own my own house, have a dog, two cats, a horse, and a brilliantly kind and wonderful husband. Life is good.
11 Questions Answered
- Where did you meet the love of your life?
At a coffee shop. I was avoiding a stressful situation where I was staying at, so I was hanging out at a neighborhood coffee shop, and these two brothers walked in and struck up a conversation with me.
- You’ve just won the lottery. Would you quit your job?
Maybe. Probably. But I wouldn’t quit programming. I’d just modify what I do so that I could work on things that were more in line with horse stuff.
- Black tack or brown?
Black, but that’s because it looks better on my horse. If brown looked sharp on the horse then I’d use that.
- Where is one place you wouldn’t want to visit?
I dislike touristy areas. I don’t particulary like big cities. Flint. I would never voluntarily visit Flint or Detroit.
- What’s your favorite horse book?
Black stallion. Loved those books as a kid.
Or 101 Dressage Exercises is good. And Centered Riding. I loved Max Gahwylers books. I met him once. Very nice man.
- How many riding disciplines have you tried?
I started out western, and rode western for probably a year to two years. Then switched to jumping. The barn I was taking lessons from wasn’t the greatest (safety wise), so I moved to a new barn. They did Saddleseat. So I tried my hand at saddleseat for a while. I’ve done barrel racing, pole bending, jumping, western and hunter pleasure, halter, trail classes (fun), etc. etc. I still love dressage the best.
- Is there something you won’t do with your horse?
As long as it’s safe for the horse, then I don’t see the harm with it. I’m not sure I’d ever do Eventing though. That scares the daylights out of me.
- Favorite barn snack?
Apples, because they are easily portable and shareable. 😉
- Do you have a “guilty” pleasure?
I love sweets!! Anything with chocolate. And laying in my pj’s watching netflix. I enjoy both those activities WAY too much! My middle keeps expanding.
- What’s your favorite brand of potato chips?
I’m not a fan of potato chips, but like Doritos.
- Do you prefer “fancy” breeches, or just plain jane?
Plain Jane. Well, honestly, I don’t know. I never have any money so I go for inexpensive. And I’m too self-conscious about my body and my riding to wear the fancy stuff. If I were less insecure, I think I would totally rock the fancy breeches!
11 Questions for You
- What accomplishments are you most proud of? Why?
- What was your biggest challenge? Did you overcome it yet, and if so, how? Or what have you learned from it?
- When training your horse, how do you (if you do) plan out what to work on for the ride, the week, the month?
- What is the most inspirational thing an instructor, mentor, or friend as said to you?
- What are your goals for the next year, five years, and lifetime?
- Tell us about your worst training problem that you’ve overcome (i.e. difficult horse, or some element of training that you or the horse weren’t getting but finally did).
- How do you stay fit for riding?
- If you work outside of horses, how do you manage fitting horses in?
- What is the one thing you want right this moment?
- What is one life lesson you would want people to know?
- How do you determine how far to take your horse’s training?
11 Awesome Blogs (in no particular order)