Sunday, September 10, 2006

For the Love of Riding

Horses! I just love them! My parents bought a ranch when I was 13 and my dad and I would ride for pleasure. I really didn't know what I was doing, but loved being outdoors on a beautiful animal!

When we moved to South Africa, Ruth Anne made friends with a girl that rode horses. Ruth Anne was 8 at the time and fell in love with horses and riding...I think she comes by that naturally! Three years later, my dad bought her a pony, named Ivy. She rides beautifully and competes in dressage.

Now, I've started riding Ivy. Yes...I am very short and fit nicely on Ivy! But, really, Ruth Anne has been gracious enough to share her pony with me! I am having the best time. Ivy is a great pony and I am learning so much from our instructor, Sheba. I actually competed in my first "Fun Day" dressage competition...and came in 1st place!!

This picture shows me getting ready to enter the dressage arena and getting final instructions from my daughter, Ruth Anne.