I usually post about topics that are related to fashion or style because they are things that I am interested in and not related to academics. I thought I would post about something else that has been an important part of my life since I was just seven, horse riding.
I started riding in first grade with my friend, just once a week at a riding school. I went to several summer camps and continued the lessons until I was about 12. After that I started riding my friend’s horse and took private lessons with one or two other girls and eventually started to help out at my friend’s stable which they had at home (she was a few years older than me and and had two ponies at the time). At some point when I was 13 my parents finally decided to get me a pony, it was one of the ponies I took care of. Definitely not the easiest pony to have, he made me fall off about once a week and caused a lot of tears when thing’s didn’t go as planned. I have a couple of photos and videos of him, he is a New Forest pony and he’s called Herry Marquis.
When I was 15 I started to realise that I was getting too big for my pony and that I wanted to be able to compete more, to get better results and to just jump more. We decided to sell my pony ans start looking for a horse. Obviously it wasn’t an easy decision, it is always hard to see your pet go after seeing them every day. This was in the summer 2005, I tried several different horses until I found the one I wanted. He was called Le Santon and he was an Oldenburg horse and he had just been transported from Germany to Finland a month before we bought him.
I don’t have a lot of pictures from competitions because we almost always filmed them and all the videos are in Switzerland. Here are a few more pictures from Switzerland though.
We moved to Switzerland in 2006, a year after we bought Le Santon. We left him in Finland for a few months so that we could get settled and then he came a bit later. I competed with him on a regional level up to 110 cm. When I knew I was going to go to university in England I knew I couldn’t keep him any more so we decided to sell him. After that I stopped riding for about six months because it felt weird just going to horse riding lessons. Last summer I worked at a riding school and got to train with a five year old horse called Cinnamon and I also competed with him a few times and did very well. Unfortunately all of those videos are in Switzerland but hopefully I’ll be able to put them on my computer when I go home the next time.