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.





TBT – 3/6/14

March 6, 2014

I took riding lessons for a few years before I got my first pony, Skippy. This is the only photo I have of him. That’s me on his back at my friend Emmy’s house. Her mom, Mary helped me tack up in lent tack. Skippy ended up being too much pony for me at the time and was returned shortly. A few years later he would have made a nice games pony.

Funny story. When we returned Skippy to my dad’s friend. He rode the pony up rt15 for at least 10 miles to Eylers horse auction to sell him. I bet he was dead quiet when he got there.


TBT – 2/27/14

February 27, 2014

This is a small competition that was held in Kentucky in the early 2000 time frame. My sister, Kerri and I rode with my long time teammate, Mark and one of his students.

This is when I was riding Osh Kosh and was still athletic and could vault! Ahhh, the good old days.




TBT – 2/20/14

February 20, 2014

This photo is from October 1998 and was taken at the Erin Fall Fair in Canada. I was coaching the USMGA team at the competition. My sister was riding my pony Osh Kosh and I hopped on for a quick photo.

This was the trip to Canada that the driver’s side door got ripped off my parent’s brand new truck I was driving. Although it was completely not my fault, I was still banned from driving it for years. I am not sure if I am *allowed* to laugh about that old memory yet (I am sure my Da would say no, you’re not).


Here are a few more photos from that same weekend





TBT – 1/30/14

January 30, 2014

When I was around 8 years old, give or take, my best friend, Emmy, invited me to go on vacation with her and her family to Chincoteague Island. You know, the place known for wild ponies and the famous Misty of Chincoteague.

My early childhood memory is fuzzy, but I clearly remember riding in the back of their “colt” station wagon, facing backwards, and going to the Chincoteague Pony Center.

The Center had the real Misty, stuffed and on display, which I thought was a tad creepy. Cloudy, Misty’s palomino grand-foal, was aged, but still living, and at the center too. Emmy’s mom, Mary, took our photo with him. Being a horse crazy kid who had read all of the Misty books, it was like meeting a celebrity!

You may notice in the photo that we are properly dressed as the *cool* 80’s kids that we were. Emmy is sporting her blonde Little-House-hair, and I had the properly over sized horse t-shirt. My grandma made me those cool-lots though, so no making fun!


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