Lots of new things have taken place in the last six months.

After some soul searching I decided that Eventing is not for Sawyer. While our partnership finally started to take form, and jumping had started to be less stressful for him, he just wasn’t in the least bit enthused doing the work I wanted him to do. The more I asked of him, the less he was able to handle it mentally. He had the athletic abilities to do the work at hand, but it was too much for him to process to the point of him having bouts of being unpredictable. The work wasn’t hard, physically, or mentally demanding, it was just too much for him. And that was okay. I’m happy that he let me know now that he didn’t want to be an Eventer now, instead of fighting him to do something he does not enjoy. Now Sawyer is happily in his new home where he goes on rides now and again, and he lives out on a large pasture where he can gallop and play to his hearts content.

Now I am happy to say I have not one, but two horses in my “string”. Both are leases, one being a lease to own to see if we are right for each other, while the other is owned by a friend and mentor who is letting me ride her dream horse for the season.

Let me introduce them to you.

Touch of Mink, or “Twilla” is a 2007 model dutch warmblood/thoroughbred mare by Aliant (KWPN, grand prix show jumper) out of a thoroughbred mare, Cibecue Creek. She has done many things, but not a lot of any one thing. She is still green, but well on her way to being my eventer. She is a naturally talented jumper, and enjoys it immensely. You can find her out in her pasture jumping the logs out there out of sheer enjoyment. My goal for her is to take her out at BN this spring, and move her up to Novice at Whidbey and then take her to Rebecca Farm. If everything works out I plan to continue our partnership and prep her as my B mount for PC and to hopefully take her Prelim in the next few years. Twill has been with me since November.

Commandant RF or “Caper” is a 2003 Rheiland Pfalz-Sarr gelding by Capone (Holstiener, grand prix show jumper). He has successfully competed in Eventing, Show Jumping, and Dressage with the two later being his strong suits. This is what I plan to do with him this summer as well as my C2 Trad, C2 Dressage, and C3 Dressage Specialty certifications through the USPC. I also hope to make it up to the 1.05m jumpers with him and 1st/2nd level dressage. Caper will be joining Twilla and I here in Montana from Omaha in March. While he won’t be here till then, Caper and I have done Standards and Ratings Clinic demos, a CT rally at novice (after only a handful of rides), as well as schoolings and lessons together in years past. I am very excited to continue where we had left off.

As you may have seen in my previous post, I have started a Go Fund me campaign. My goal is to reach $5000. Included in this are USPC certification fees, event and show entry fees, prep and clinic fees, and traveling expenses for two horses.

Here is a brief breakdown of how the $5000 would be used.

-USPC certifications $560
-HA 260
-C3 Dressage 200
-C2 Trad. & Dressage speciality $100
-Events with Twilla $1550
-Arrowhead HT 350
-Whidbey HT 400
-Rebecca Farm 450
-Stanton HT 350
-Traveling expenses $1500
The remaining would be spent on H/J shows with both Caper and Twilla, Preps for Certifications, lessons, clinics, and basic equipment needed for the above. None of the monies raised would be used on the upkeep of either horse.

If you have any questions pertaining to any of this, I would be happy to answer them. You can also find out more on my page at gofundme.org/hayleysfund


Bootcamp Recap- Day 35

Last week Sawyer and I went to camp at Rebecca Farm! 

The region flew in two (in my opinion) NE’s in the country; Sali Gear and Terri Rocovich. We had two rides a day, for four days. I wasn’t expecting Sawyer to step up to the plate like he did, and for us to improve together so much. What I was least expecting what how much the NE’s liked him for being my potential C3/B horse. 

The best part of the week was being put in the true UL (B candidates) group. While I am an HB, I’m only a C1 traditional riding wise. While being placed in that group was a compliment in itself, I received the best verbal compliment from Sali, “Hayley, while you may only be a C1 you ride like a B.” She couldn’t say enough good things about Sawyer, ether. 

Here are some pictures from the week. Since we are in Montana we had everything from downpours to scorching hot weather. For the first time in my existence, I got a burn. It was a sad day in the neighborhood. 




















Something Different- DIY Dirty Chai Lattes

Here is a break from my usual equine themed posts. As many of you don’t know, I love espresso and Chai, but as a poor college kid (and being extremely frugal), I can’t justify going out and buying a drink from a coffee hut on a regular basis. So here I have recreated my favorite Dirty Chai Latte from my favorite coffee hut, Florence Coffee. 

I know traditionally that Chai Lattes do not have espresso in them, but as the espresso fiend that I am I can’t help but make it “dirty”. Usually I get a 16oz Chai Latte with a triple shot of espresso. I am lactose intolerant, so I always get soy or my favorite is almond milk. Here my take. 

This is what you’ll need:


-Oregon Chai Latte Concentrate                                                                                               –Almond, Soy, or regular milk                                                                                                      -Cafe Bustelo, or other favorite espresso                                                                                                                                                                                               -Glass (microwave safe) liquid measuring cup                                                                           -Moka pot (stovetop espresso maker), or espresso machine. I personally love my stovetop stainless steal 3cp (3 demitasse cup) Imusa.                                                                                 -Demitasse cup to measure out shots                                                                                           -Lastly, your favorite giant mug.                                                                                               

-Optional. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and/or honey.

1. Fill up your moka pot with water to right under the steam valve. Then add you espresso to the basket. Do not tamp. Just fill up and level off. The grounds will expand as it brews. Then put on the stove over medium heat. Keep the lid open to keep an eye  on the brewing process.

2. Measure out equal ratios of the chai latte concentrate to milk or milk replacer in the glass measuring cup. Stir and put in microwave on high till hot; mine took a minute. 

3. Once your espresso had started to brew, watch for when it starts to gurgle. This is when you want to remove it from the heat to avoid getting the dregs. 

4. Poor the chai latte in your mug and add however many shots you desire. I personally like 2-3. Measure them out with your demitasse cup.

5. At this point I’ve mixed everything up and adding a splash or two of the chai latte concentrate for taste. You can also add some cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cardamom to the top as well. Honey would be good as well. You can serve either hot, or over ice. Delicious either way. At this point I also go for my favorite biscuit, which is McVite’s. Enjoy! 

If you have any suggestions, comments, etc please post below. 




Dear Potential Sponsor,I have recently required a pretty

Dear Potential Sponsor,

I have recently required a pretty cool horse, and I think he really deserves to compete at Rebecca Farm this year, as he hasn’t ever had the chance before. He’s been a really good boy, and been looking forward to it all year. So if you would be so kind, today is the opening date, and we’d love to go!

A Poor College Kid and her “Pony”

It should work, right? Currently taking any and all donations! Sawyer has agreed that he will proudly display your name on his rum in the form of a quarter mark. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal!

*Eventing geek out moment of the day-when Hawley Bennet likes your fb status 😀

A Day of Happenings

Day 6-                                                                                                                                                                    Today was the day to hop on Sawyer for the first time since Saturday, and since he has been “home”.

Yesterday was quite a stressful day. We had a vet appointment scheduled for the evening so I had all day to think about how it was going to go.

Long story short we were going to do a PPE but, only had time for a lameness eval but he passed! My vet was not impressed with my farrier’s handiwork, but Sawyer is sound all the same. We were given the go ahead to start riding! If the putty falls out of his crack (which I’ll post a picture of tomorrow), I’ll make an appt to have my vet put some silicone stuff in it.

So today I lunged him first, just for my sanity, and then hopped on. Its nice to get on a horse that you’re not worried about doing something stupid or that you can’t handle. Or maybe I’m just more confident in my skills? Who knows…

Anyways, he was lovely and we got many compliments on what a good boy and nice horse he is. Did I mention that I got him to join up with me the other day, the first time I’ve ever even free lunged him? First horse that has done it the first go around…. Oh and COTH seems to love him as well! The boy is going to need his own FB fan-page here soon.

Today was also the day I finally got my dressage footage from my region’s CT Rally we held a few weekends ago. I rode a switch ride, my trainer/friend/mentor Molly’s super star of a horse, Caper. Caper is a huge dude, pushing 18hh with very big movement. Did I mention this is my what, second novice AND a switch ride?! Thought we did pretty well. My upper body and hands could use some work though.

I thought we deserved a better score than a 36, but we had a clean stadium round that I was very happy with, and ended up winning! Not too shabby.

My day also consisted of teaching several lessons, and cleaning sheaths….Money is money. Right?

On a cleaner note, Sawyer and I have camp in a few more weeks. Whidbey is a few weeks later, and Molly seems to think I should at the very least take Sawyer BN. We’d probably make it around no problem. Guess we’ll see!