Saturday, April 3, 2010

Neglect. Apologies

So my friends, it has been awhile(yet again) since I have updated my blog. I apologize.
BUT, there has been A LOT going on since I last filled yall in, so lets get down to it.

MY PARENTS CAME TO VISIT!(rand too, but.....just kidding, That was fun too!)
My mom and dad came to visit at the end of February and stayed for 8 days! My brother flew in from Minsk for 3 days. It was so amazing to have the family together again! It has been a while since we were all in one place at one time.
We did some traveling and a lot of eating, you know us! They got to meet all my friends and co-workers, the horses, and see what my life is like over here. I took them to my favorite places(mostly restaurants) and showed them around Dusseldorf and Köln, my stomping ground! They got to see me ride some horses and filmed some too, sooooo videos coming soon, I promise.
It was a very exhausting week, I think I slept for 3 or 4 hours the whole time they were here.
It was hard to say goodbye but was happy they got to come and see how everything is and that everything is going well.
Can NOT wait for them to come back!

RAND IS GETTING MARRIED. wait, stop the bus.... WHAT!!!!!! (i know, cra-crazy!!!)
I am so unbelievably happy and proud of my brother for making this commitment to this beautiful wonderful girl, Alla.
I LOVE HER! She is so cool and perfect for him. She is the only person I have ever met that can keep Rand Mason on a leash. And trust me, that is one heck of a feat. The wedding is planned for this summer, so I will definitely be coming stateside for a least a few weeks then! I am so excited about everything I can't sit still!

On a more low-key note, work is going great. Riding some fabulous horses and of course still learning a ton everyday. I started to ride a new horse a few weeks ago and have totally fallen in love with her! She is a HUGE Oldenburg mare, dark livery chestnut(thats a color, not a disgusting food item, for you non-horse people) with huge beautiful movement. She is 5 years old and just wonderful. Liking all the adjectives?!? She is a true pleasure to work with.
My trainer/boss, Johan, has been doing a lot of showing on his International Grand Prix horse, Question de Liberté. The show season is really starting to begin and I can already tell things are going to get crazy around here! wish me luck.
I wont be doing any showing in the near future but there is promise for this summer or a little later!

Move over Apollo Anton Ohno, Brazil is in the house! Brazilian Olympic team rider, and long time student of Mr. Zagers, Luisa Almeida moved into the stable for a week to prepare for the FEI World Cup in 's Hertogenbosch last week. She and her Lusitano stallion Samba are awesome! So friendly and humble. It was great to talk to someone that has already started to live my dreams! I learned a lot about that level of competition.

So life has been crazy as you can see. We lost a rider here at the stable, so the work has been extra hard and even more tiring. But we are sticking in there! Tonight we are going in to downtown Dusseldorf to go party a little! Dancing it up german style!
It is refreshing to go out and be normal young people sometimes. We are always working so the break is much enjoyed!

I can't tell if I'm forgetting something....... If I am, it must not be that important.
I'll try not to not update my blog for another 3 months again.... I promise!

Thats all for now folks!

The future is always beginning now. ~Mark Strand, Reasons for Moving

Monday, February 15, 2010

Major Update pt.1 Christmas/Sylvester/KD

So it has indeed been a long long while since I updated my blog. There is SO much that has been going on I think it might take a few entries to catch up!

Lets start with Christmas:

Arnas, Frie, and I had to work over the Christmas holidays. It was not to bad seeing as the horses got all their vaccinations and what not on the 23. We only had to take horses to the walking-machine(an enclosed hotwalker) for the 5 days we had to work. We only had to ride a few horses and clean some of the horses for the few boarders that weren't out of town.

Arnas and his girlfriend, Julia, invited me over for Christmas eve dinner! It was wonderful. They bought me some really nice(and much needed) snow pants, hand warmers, and GLOVES! Frie came over later and we all talked and played some games. It was a great time.

Since we worked over christmas time that meant we got to have 5 days for Sylvester(New Years) off. My good friend Kathleen flew over here on her way to England/Ireland to visit family. She spent 5 days here. We had a blast! We drove over to Luxembourg for the day on New Years Eve, such a beautiful city! Then headed over to Ramstein to the Air Force base where my friend Warren's wife is stationed. They were throwing a New Years party and invited us over for the night and New Years Day. The party was awesome! 300+ dollars worth of fireworks that took all night to use up! Met some really nice Air Force people that were great to talk to. Met a really nice german family that lived next door that invited us over for drinks. It was a great night! The next morning we woke up and drove onto the base and got a tour of everything. They took us to the mall where I got to eat some TACO BELL(missed it SO much) and look at some American stores. Bought some Corona for my housemate then loaded back into the car for the drive home!
There hadn't been any snow on the ground since Kathleen had arrived but drove through several little flurries on the way home. The barn was already covered in a light blanket of snow when we got back. It then continued to snow for the next week(and still is, hasnt really stopped!) Kathleen was super pumped about all the snow so we spent a good deal of time playing! Peter and I took her extreme sledding behind his car! I think she had a good time. I know we had a great time watching from the warm car!

But, the fun had to come to an end and I had to go back to work and Kathleen had to leave. We had such a blast and it was hard to say good bye.

Things went back to normal after that. We got a new girl from Belgium to work in the stable. Her name is Maite and she is 20. She lives in the house with us and is pretty fun.

Well that was the holiday season condensed as much as possible. My head is aching a little bit from trying to remember all the details, even though I'm sure I left a good deal out...
I think this is enough for one post... I'll catch everyone up on everything else in another one. Still much more to talk about!

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin