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