Although I didn't grow up with horses, they're in my blood. My mom moved to Hawaii at the age of ten when my grandfather, a meteorologist for the Air Force, was stationed on the island of Oahu. She was an avid pony clubber, competing in everything from western pleasure to 3-day eventing. She moved to Missouri when she married my dad, where she bought and trained a Quarter Horse by the name of Mr. Ranger Rick. Although she sold him when I was born, we kept in touch with his new family and some of my first rides were on his solid, steady back.
up, I begged, borrowed and stole rides wherever I could find them. I
showed in lots of local fun shows, ribboning in everything from halter
to English and Western Pleasure, with a lot of trail riding in between.
Although I had very few formal lessons, I spent every moment I could in a
barn - so it was no surprise to anyone when I spent every last dollar
of my graduation money on an 11 y/o OTTB named A.J.'s Steel (who I
promptly renamed Jack).
Jasper, a lovely NSH who had fallen on hard times.
With two horses, we decided keeping horses at home would be cheaper than
boarding, so we purchased 17 acres of pasture and proceeded to start
turning it (slowly) into a horse property, acquiring a nice gelding named Trigger for DH along the way.
The summer I
graduated from WWU, I had the opportunity to purchase two Iberian
mares, and my life was forever changed. Topaz and Tres opened up a whole new world for me, and I never
looked back. Both mares showed an affinity for dressage, so I retired my
jumping saddle and headed for the world of black and white - becoming a
dressage junkie along the way!
name of the blog is entirely tongue-in-cheek, in case that wasn't
glaringly obvious - my farm colors are black and teal, so I jump at the
chance to outfit my girls in those colors at shows, clinics, and
everyday life. At a dressage schooling show a few years ago, the show manager
referred to me as dressage Barbie (my mare and I matched very nicely in
entirely teal and black attire) and the nickname seemed perfect for my
foray into the world of blogging.