Endurance Meets Dressage: Liz Visits!
Seems like no matter where I go, there are bloggers to be found. And those bloggers? They are always amazing people, with great stories, helpful hands, and open arms.
Liz exemplifies all of those amazing blogger traits. If you don't know Liz, she's an amazing endurance rider (just finished her first 100 miler! I'm in awe!) with two crazy athletic horses and an adorable ball of husky fluff, Kenai. Having bonded over shared #huskyproblems, Liz was one of the first I called about our move to the east coast. During our cross country move, she opened her home to my husband, the dogs, and I to stay for a night. And what a night that was...
|Rolling thunderstorms through the mountains, piles of huskies, good friends, good conversations, good food, good beer... I kinda wish we'd remembered to take photos!|
In April, Liz traveled through DC for work, and stopped by to meet Pig. In between her impromptu riding lesson, Pig's hilarious attempts at changes, and waiting for a locksmith, we had another great time.
|Also, Liz takes crazy good photos.|
So when Liz said she would be stopping through DC again, I made sure to phone a friend. Liz is too much fun to keep to myself!
|Horse girls in city clothes. A rare sight.|
We packed a lot into a short visit, but it was SO fun. I barely noticed how tired I was... barely. Starting the day off right, we headed to the barn where Stephen Birchall was holding a clinic.
|Stephen rides Maverick|
Liz had mentioned wanting to audit a clinic, so I was quite happy this trip lined up with Stephen's visit! We had a chance to watch Stephen ride a horse I'm quite familiar with, then give a lesson to another pair I know pretty darn well...
|The Puppetmaster at Work: Stephen directs Emma and Isabel to greatness|
Emma's lesson was chocked full of information, so I think we were all happy to relax a bit with her and Isabel afterwards.
|Okay, so maybe Isabel wasn't big into the "relaxation" theme. More into the "NO TOUCHY" theme.|
That bottom lip, though.
We only took a few minutes of downtime though...
|"No, no, no. You're doing it wrong. The huskies get the clif bars, not the peoples."|
|Liz and the two old chestnut boys.|
|And accordingly coordinated their outfits... duh|
|Ted would prefer I didn't ride him, however. Apparently I can't sit on a horse without trying to make them work properly!|
|Complete with Pig leading through a couple of water crossings!|
|Seriously. Does it get better than this?|
We're already planning future adventures, which I seriously cannot wait for. In the meantime, make sure you go check out Liz's blog for endurance adventures as well as stories about her adorable husky and more! Girl lives a crazy full life, which I am so happy to be a part of!