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. **

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.


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 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.




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.



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.





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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