Can you believe that it is the last quarter of 2016? Time sure flies. Every evening when I get home from the barn I am trying to get some paperwork done so I can stay current and not fall behind anymore. I am finally to a point where I am beginning to look at 2017. We are trying to get a calendar together. I have a client with a mare that is currently on track to futurity in 2017 which is another reason I am already looking at the calendar. I am trying to teach my client that entering futurities is not at all like deciding to load up and go to a weekend jackpot. You need to figure out your futurity schedule months in advance so you can pay all your entry fees on time and not fall behind.  Plus, futurity colts are young and new to the game the last thing you want to do is get them hating their job and over running them. If you fail to plan for your futurity season in plenty of time, plan to fail.

I am also starting to look at the 2017 calendar in order to get things ready for our internship program and camps. Since I am at the barn full time now, I am considering starting our internship program as early as March and continuing through mid-October. That way we can give more people the opportunity to come and have the experience of a lifetime. Plus if I know I have help we can take in even more training and consignment horses. If you are interested in more information about our internship, I should have more information posted by the middle of November, and applications will be available starting at the end November.

In 2017, we are hoping to move, we are quickly outgrowing our current facility now that I am working horses full time. We have been looking for the perfect place for a few months now and have it narrowed down to about 3 properties. There will be some changes at the new facility. I hope to have enough space to open a small store and carry feed (since I worked a the feed mill and have tons of expericence with the feed side of things), tack and supplies (we will also be selling items online), and clothing (hopefully some Ranch Dressin!!!) I am so excited about what 2017 holds in store. Do you have any new adventures planned for 2017?



Go Cubs!!!

As I sit here writing this post, I am also watching the first game of the 2016 MLB World Series. I am a big sports fan. Growing up both of my parents were PE teachers, now my younger brother is a PE teacher as well as football and baseball coach. My mom was a high school softball coach and my dad coached football and baseball, and my brother played sports. I was the odd ball that rode horses.  Sports were a huge part of my life. We went to all of the Clemson football home games until I started riding horses and going to barrel races. I still watch lots of college football on weekends when I am not at a barrel race. I also try to go watch my brother coach a few times during the season. MLB is not something I generally watch though. This year I will be watching as much of the World Series as I can, and I will be pulling for the Chicago Cubs. The first reason I am pulling for Chicago is the fact that my mom was born in Chicago. Most importantly though, I have to pull for the Cubs because of relief pitcher, Carl Edwards, JR (CJ). My brother went to high school with CJ. I also went to high school there, but I had graduated several years before either one of them got to high school. CJ spent nights at our house and traveled with us to baseball games. I remember watching him pitch in little league when he was around 10 years old and all arms and legs. I am so excited for our hometown boy to be able to make it to a World Series. I hope he gets to play some, but even if he doesn’t it is still an amazing experience for him.

Carl Edwards Jr.

Are you watching the World Series this year? Who are you pulling for?


First Field Trip

Well lots has changed in my life since my last post. Jacob started school in August so I quit my part-time job so I could take him to school, pick him up, help with homework, and just spend more time with him in general. I am working at the barn full time. I have a new boarder, am giving more lessons, and riding a few more horses now.

Today, Jacob had his first field trip. Of course, I had to go. I went to the barn super early, came home took Jacob to school, ran home and took a shower, and met the bus at Johnson Farms. They have a gem mine, pumpkin patch, hay rides, a corn maze, peddle go carts, a few farm animals, blackberries, blueberries, peach trees, and they recently added apple trees that will start producing in a few years. We had a great time! I can’t wait until field trip #2. I am so proud of myself for taking the leap of faith and quitting my job. I love being able to spend more time with Jacob. Before, there was no way I could  have gone on field trips with him. Here are a few pictures from our trip.

If you have a child and are in the Spartanburg SC area I recommend taking a trip to Johnson Farms.