Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Best Family Portrait Ever

You know, people have told me before that Lyra, our 2 1/2 year old daughter, should go into modeling.

Having been in that industry myself (a long, long, LONG time ago), I'm not in a great hurry to get her into show biz.

However, there is another family member who needs an agent, ASAP.

Yesterday, the temperatures rose from -12 in the morning (I wish I were joking) to a warm and toasty 25. We practically got out our flip flops and sunblock, we were so excited. Instead, we all went riding!

Lyra loves riding, and she rides Siggy, our 16 year old OTTB. She's got great natural balance and tells Sig to walk, halt, and points out parts of his body. I took the time to snap some photos, because, well, that's what a Mom does.

And then this happened.
I have no words.

Sig always mugs for the camera, but this brings it to a whole new level.

My brother Jay and good friend Ann suggested I make a meme of this photo, and thus begins my crash course in funny memes! Ann started the fun:
Meme credit to Ann Leary!

Then I got started.... (click on the photos to enlarge them)

I like this one since Siggy's sire was a Derby and Preakness winner!


Yes, I have that on video.

One for my eventing buddies

This one is my favorite....because this is real life with a toddler, folks.

And that's what happens on a random Wednesday, here at Thunder Moon Farm. I expect Hollywood will be ringing us shortly.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Of Champions and Sport Horses

Without delving too far into detail, 2014 was a great year of growth and success for Zeus and I. He has really become a fantastic athlete with potential to rise to the top of the leaderboard. We were asked to be the faces of CANTER New England for their 2014 campaign and were featured in Chronicle of the Horse in August, which was such an honor!
Little did anyone know, Zeus' head bashed my lip at the jump prior to this amazing bank image, making it appear as though I had applied a lush crimson lipstick prior to starting XC. Au contraire!

Zeus handled every challenge along the way in his typical fashion - he was a beast in the trailer areas, making people scatter with his, ahem, over-exuberance. He's far from an easy horse in that regard. But as soon as we began getting ready, tacking up and getting game faces on, he seemed to settle and understood that it was time to focus.

When we ended the season in October, I thought it was a great time to sit back and reflect on our year and think about what 2015 could bring. And in the doldrums of January, I received a package with a very exciting reminder of our great 2014 season!

Ribbons make my day. And a jacket! I can't believe I got this lovely jacket in our riding colors!

As cool as that was, I happened to be thumbing through the Chronicle of the Horse's "American Horses in Sport 2014" edition, and lo and behold....Novice Recognized Horse Trial Champion.
Resilient = Zeus. Because, you know, it's been awhile since I've blogged.

Now that is one spectacular way to get through a very cold, and very snowy winter. I am so, so grateful to Zeus and all of his talent and potential for more, and to the support team around me - my husband and daughter, my parents, brother, and friends and family who make all of this possible. You are all part of this.

So, I've made a promise to myself. I hope to write one blog entry per month in 2015. If I do more, then that's great! In the meantime, I hope the winter is kind to you and yours - it will get warmer. At some point. Cross your fingers!