Young Simon. 

April 6, 2017 

This photo is from 4/3/11 and I believe it was Simons first games competition about a month after I got him.  It popped up on my Facebook newsfeed this morning.  

TBT – 8/6/15 

August 6, 2015

This is a 20 year throw back to the summer of 1995.  I was 16 going on 17 years old and it was my first year on the USMGA team competing at the World Team Championships. My team and I traveled to England where we picked up some ponies, one named Jess belonged to USMGA at the time. From there we traveled by lorry and ferri with the Draper family.

We headed to Beligum for a scrimmage and a little sigh seeing. I have very fond memories of Belgium and can still picture the field, the barn yard, the barracks and some crazy techno song of the road runner that was played at wake up time every morning.

After Belgium we went on to Germany for the main competition. I remember there being some type of pony issue and we were sent to pick a pony out of a field to use instead.  It was a weird crazy place that is firm in my memory with about 100 horses of all sizes and backgrounds in a big field.  Julia from Canada spoke German and helped translate which were worth trying.  There were also gypsy wagons parked at the facility.  Crazy right? We ended up with a no-name gray pony that I mostly rode pretty successfully.

**This was before digital cameras. So it’s lucky I even have these photos. I am on the gray, second from the right. **
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That’s me on the gray one to the right of the USA flag.  We placed second in the world team champs that year, closely followed by Ireland to the right.

On my left, holding the flag, is Collen Rutledge. She was Colleen Morris in those days. Now she is a rather famous upper level event rider.

To The left of Colleen is Mark, Mollie and finally Chis.  I believe Chris is still an active point to point turf rider.  I saw him in a video about the Virginia Gold Cup a year or two ago.  Pretty wild.

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After the competition two of my teammates flew out from Germany and one went off on a European vacation. My closest teammate, Mollie, and myself were left in Germany with plane tickets out of London a week later.

I am sure many parents would gasp at two 16 year olds left unsupervised in a foreign country. Gasp away. We rode back to England with the Draper family and Marilyn Hackman put us on a train to London with directions and reservations at a bed and breakfast. Off we went. It was certainly one of the most exhilarating times in my life and I know it helped shape who I am today.
This was before the Internet and cell phones were common. And I don’t believe our parents were aware. We enjoyed our time exploring London and riding the underground. I even got my belly button pierced.
What an experience.

This is one of the reasons I work hard to provide similar (although safer and more supervised, with no belly button piercings taking place) trips for other games riders. Meeting people from around the world, exploring new places, bonding with teammates and trainers, all with the love of mounted games as the glue putting it together, just can’t be beat when it comes to life learning. Not only are these experiences fun but they are educational and they require the traveler to step out and be independent as well as trusting in a team. I really hope these trips mean as much to the riders going on them now through MGAA as they did to me.

TBT – 7/24/14

July 24, 2014

I am moving house next week, which is exciting, but also a little unexpected.

While packing my sewing room I ran across my old USMGA (United States Mounted Games Association) team jacket. I wish it still fit! But it was a little on the tight side when I got it nearly 20 years ago. I also found a white polo shirt from World Team Championships in Ireland in 98′ and an Irish MGA polo shirt. Very cool.

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TBT – 7/17/14

July, 17. 2014

This is a throw back to last summer at MGAA Nationals, which was the last competition I rode Simon in until this year at MGAA Nationals.

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TBT 4/41/14 – Ireland 98′

April 10, 2014

For this week’s Throw Back Thursday, and anticipation of the MGAA team traveling to Ireland on Monday, here are photos from my last trip to Ireland.

The last time I was in Ireland was in the summer of 1998 for the IMGA World team Championships. It was held in Tullamore, if I remember correctly.

Of course this was pre-digital photography so the photos mostly suck.

The team photo is left to right, myself (Krista), Michael B, Jo E, Kenneth L, Chris R. With trainer Rob L in the middle. We made the A final but I cannot remember where we placed.

I am looking forward to traveling to Ireland as team trainer/manager for the MGAA U17 team.  We fly out Monday night and compete next weekend.  It is such an amazing country full of wonderful people.  I plan to blog during the trip, so check back here next week to see how our adventures are going.

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