England and Wales 2016 – wrap up 1

August 22, 2016

We managed to get so busy on our trip that we didn’t get to blog post much. 

Here is a wrap up of the trip by team rider Mackenzie. 

The mgaa international trip was definitely the highlight of my summer and the greatest experience of my life. In the 2 weeks that we were in england/wales i have learned so much and i know that i grew as a rider. Competing at world individuals was such an amazing opportunity for me, i am so thankful for krista and melanie for helping me ride such a difficult pony with all the amazing riders from around the world. This trip has given me so many memories i will never forget and i know that if i was ever asked to do it again i 100% would.

England and Wales 2016 – Vlog post 2 

August 14, 2016

We are work out from the awesome weekend at the Cock of the North competition.  We finished second in our final in the U17 division. 

We will write up a post tomorrow with details about it but for tonight here is a quick Vlog post to hold you over.  

Good night! 

Click to view our Vlog post

COTN session 1 

August 13, 2016 

We are at the Cock of the North competition for the weekend!!!

We met our ponies last night.  One, Goose, did not arrive until after dark so it was a quick walk trot bareback ride.  Two were here when we arrived.  Lacey and Jaz are quick little pocket rockets.  And the lovely Ellie is a large paint pony.  The 5th pony is Flicker is a tiny little made games pony.  

The first session was a little rough, but the team got a feel of their ponies, each other and the footing.  There were a few dropped hand offs and mistakes but nothing horrible.  We are excitedly looking forward to session 2 this after noon. 

England and Wales 2016 – day 3 Vlog 

August 11, 2016 

Check out our short Vlog by clicking the link below! 

Vlog 8/11/16

England and Wales 2016 – day 2 

August 11, 2016

This morning the team got to go hack out ponies with Emma, Sophia, and CJ.  When they got back we had a mini practice session. 

Next was a trip to Monmouth for breakfast/lunch and then off to sight see castles!   First we went to Caerphilly Castle.  It is an old massive castle under restoration.  Super cool, with lots of steps to climb and walk ways to explore.  

Next we went to Castle Coch which is a refurbished castle, more of a small residence in comparison.  It was furnished and fully decorated.  What a difference between the two. 

We also fit in a little time in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, checking out a few shops.  

Dinner was at “The Stable – pizza pies and cider”.  I loved it. They serve gourmet pizzas and British pies (think meat pies) and boast over 80 varieties of cider.  Chrissy and I got the sampler.   We all tried some new pizzas, including a crab pizza and a surf and turf pizza.  Yum.  

I was also offered the opportunity to ride in the veterans session at world individuals. If you know me even a little you know I was beyond excited for the opportunity.  But unfortunately it’s the night before we will be arriving st individuals so I won’t be able to make it.  *gutted*. Sniff sniff.  Maybe (read – please please hopeful) sometime in the future.  

Now it is time for bed so we can be up for another amazing day.  And maybe the team will get in some blog time in thei own words tomorrow.  

Have I mentioned how much I love this country?  




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