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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TBT – 4/3/14

April 3, 2014

This is my second pony, Dottie. We are at Frederick Pony Club for my first Pony Club rating for my D1 and my D2. I passed!

This pony was a bit of a cow. She had barbed wire scars on her face from long before I had her. I was told she was cornered in a barbed wire fence and cut up as a yearling. I was also told this made her claustrophobic. She freaked out in trailer and stalls. Which made doing things with pony club so convenient. Not.

She was still a special pony.

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TBT – 3/27/14

March 27, 2014

This is a selection of old Osh Kosh photos from the mid to late 90s.

I bought Osh Kosh at Eylers Horse Auction in Thurmont, Maryland around 1995.  He has been the most amazing pony since the day he came home.  He is still kicking, and is out on free lease now in his early 30s.  Love this pony.

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TBT – 3/20/14

March 20, 2014

This is a throw back to when I competed at the Devon Horse Show in 1994 or 1995. My teammate, Mark, hosted teams from Canada, England and another country, whom I forget. We all stayed at Mark’s house. Rob brought down a big blue Lorry for transporting ponies to and from the show grounds. And we rode several sessions over 2 or 3 days.

My memory is even more foggy than usual in regards to this competition. I had mono and felt like I was moving through muddy water the while time. I was also puffy and swollen from meds and slept through pretty much everything but the riding. I do remember before going to the competition the doctor asking me what my chances of falling off would be and me just laughing.

This was back when I had my lovely Arab mare, Berry. She was a games master and took good care of me. She was fast, had wicked killer turns and could stop. She was also an easy vault.

look at these lovely pre digital photos!
The first one is of (left to right) Colleen (M) Rutledge, myself (Krista) and Mark Washburn.

The second photo is of myself and the third shows my teammate Mollie S in the background with her pony Allie.

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TBT – 3/13/14

March 13, 2014

This week we are throwing back to 1996, and the IMGA World Team Championship that was held in Sweden.

I was 17 years old and had just graduated high school. Ah the memories.

My team traveled to England, met up with some of the GB team riders, picked up ponies and then we all headed to Sweden via ferry.

It was a really exciting trip but not so great on the riding front. We ended up with pony trouble of and eventually were eliminated from the competition. Not a fantastic out come at all.

I do remember that although it was summer, it was cold. There was a small beach we could walk to from the grounds and the ocean was full of amazing jelly fish. We had one pony named Boris, who quite fit the name and reminded me of a triceratops dressed as a pony.

In the team photo the MGAGB team (who I the giant Toblerone bars and trophies went to) are in the back, and in the front the US team, from left to right: Joe B, myself (Krista), Colleen M (now R), Chris R, and Mark W. Our trainer was Robert T.

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