Now that I’m home from vacation and back at work (sadly), it’s time to get back into the regular routine. And since it’s the last week of 2017, that means it’s time to look back on the year! There are a lot of ways to do that though, so we’re starting here with my favorite things of the year.
Liam and Presto’s Bromance
These two baby turds. They’re absolute hell on wheels and love to pick on each other (remember that time Liam took a bite out of Prestos face? Then remember that time Presto chased Liam away from all the food and wouldn’t let him eat anything?) but at the heart of it, they are total bros. These two spent most of the year side by side, literally, and watching them nap together was probably one of the cuter things I’ve ever seen. Because baby horses are real cute when they’re sleeping. Less so when they’re awake and morph into tiny demons.
Ah, Deutschland. Our adventure to Europe for Bundeschampionate was one of my favorite trips ever, if not THE favorite. We started with Belgium, then France, then Germany, and while I love pretty much all of Europe, there was just something about Germany that grabbed my soul. It was my first time there, but it just felt like home to me. It was beautiful, the horses were fantastic, and we met so many great people. 10/10 would absolutely go back, and 10/10 could also totally live there. The paprikaschnitzel is a big bonus, too.
While we’re on the subject of Germany… Diarado was an interesting stallion to me before our trip, but after seeing so many of his offspring (seriously like a dozen) and then seeing Diarado himself in person at Schockemohle, I turned into a borderline stalker Super Fan. He is small and unassuming to look at, but the power and technique he puts on his foals – CONSISTENTLY – while also stamping them with his type is seriously impressive. I am really excited to see the two Diarado foals that Michelle has due in 2018, they could be something really special.
Okay sure, kittens in general, but really y’all know I’m talking about one kitten in particular. If you had told me at the beginning of this year that I would have a friggin cat and that I would be totally in love with it, I would have laughed in your face with no hesitation, yet here we are. Grem is absolutely hilarious and has fit into our little menagerie really well. She is a ton of fun to have around, and I’m so glad that I did the totally crazy and impulsive thing of smuggling the runt kitten home with me from a Presto visit. I grudgingly maintain that I’m still not a CAT person, but instead I’m a Grem person.
These totally deserved a nod in here, because they’re probably the only thing that kept me sane throughout the first half of the year. Initially I was glued to them when Sadie was pregnant and I obsessively watched her behavior on the cameras leading up to Presto’s birth. Then after Presto was sick, I checked those cameras 24/7 for the first few weeks that he was home. Not kidding, I spent hours watching that kid. Paranoid does not even begin to cover it. Being able to pull up the cameras and see what he was up to was a total lifesaver, or at least huge anxiety reducer, for me. Except for that one time when I opened the app in the middle of the night and found that he’d squirmed under the fence into the stall next door and called Michelle in a total panic. But hey, thank goodness for the cameras. All horses should have them.
Henry’s cross country face
Last, but certainly not least, one of my favorite things in the world. I never get tired of looking at pictures of Henry on cross country, because it never fails that he looks like he’s having The Best Time that any horse has ever had doing… literally anything. This horse brings me so much joy on a daily basis, and it means a lot to me to see him enjoy his job. It doesn’t hurt that his “I’m having fun” face looks a whole lot like an ecstatic squirrel. He’s always made this face, but I swear the bigger the jumps get, the happier his face gets. We didn’t get to show a lot this year, but he sure as hell seemed like he was having a blast out there anyway. He made the move up to Training feel easy and fun… and that crazy face made all the pictures fantastic.