I guess it’s been a minute. I have not posted to this page in a long time. I have a lot of reasons for that, but mainly it’s because Fiz is still under the direction of Phoenix Farm and trainer Blair Cecil, and we have been VERY busy. Let me explain: Owning horses is hard. Training horses is harder. Caring for horses is challenging in many ways, albeit rewarding. Giving up on training your own horses is the hardest. I had a hard time letting go, and honestly, I still have days where it hurts me to my core that I don’t see Fiz and interact with him every day-or even every week sometimes. My heart literally hurts. Every. Day.
BUT, I know it is for the best. When we signed on to this journey, we made a promise to him to make the best decisions FOR HIM. What we didn’t understand in the beginning is that those decisions may be hard. They may hurt. And they may be financially challenging at times. But a promise is a promise, and we are keeping our word as difficult as it may be. Blair is an exceptional trainer (and person) and we are grateful for the care and training she gives Fiz, and for the opportunities afforded to us due to having him in her barn.
This June, after showing Fiz primarily saddleseat for the entirety of our ownership (with some occasional trail riding) we have decided to go a new direction. As the Phoenix Farm resident expert in all things dressage/Hunter/Jumper, our friend Emily showed him in his very first ASB Hunter class at the Lawrenceburg horse show and it’s been a whirlwind ever since. He really took to this style of riding and we have decided to try and campaign him for the ASB Hunter classes at the World Championship horse show in 2020! Now, we may make it and we may not, but we are certainly going to try.
For me, this means basically forgetting everything I know and re-learning how to ride in a new way. Thanks to Emily, I am also learning some dressage techniques that she has used successfully on Fiz to help us in our new discipline and she has also been teaching Fiz (and me!) how to jump. He LOVES IT, and is actually GOOD at it! We will see how that goes in the future, but I am looking forward to it.
Also in store for next year is potentially having him carry Cindy’s oldest daughter to her first lead line classes if she decides she wants to. This is super exciting as we have hoped from the beginning that one day he would be able to carry her girls to some of their first horse shows and the time is near!
This horse is quirky and infuriating on many levels but he has taught me SO much over the last 6+years and he holds a very special place in my heart for everything that he is, and everything that he isn’t. There really aren’t words for what he means to me.
Emily showing Fiz in his very first hunter class, June 2019:
Kayla and Fiz winning the Saddle and Bridle Hunter Classic at Owingsville, July 2019
Kayla and Fiz winning the hunter under saddle class at Owingsville, July 2019