This is a riding journal, where I will discuss all things related to The Litas, the other horses at the barn where I stay, working with my trainers, shows, and any and all horse-related topics that go along with my girls.
Back in the day, when I created this riding journal, I had two mares; Leelita & Wolita. I planned on breeding them, keeping them until they were old, and eventually retiring them.
Leelita passed away unexpectedly in 2009. I was devastated. Roy was my life; I could barely ride without having her in the barn. She came in to my life in 2001. We went through NAYRC qualifying seasons together. She was my first FEI horse. She was such a special horse.
Doing PSG in October 2006.
2007 was an off year due to injury, but in 2008 we came out again. Started the season doing 4th level, but in uniform.
Leelita gave me one beautiful filly, Elita, by Idocus. Ellie reminds me more and more of her mother every day, and I am thankful that Roy gave me this last piece of herself before she passed away.
And then there is Wolita. She's a 2003 KWPN mare that I imported at the end of 2006. We showed for three seasons, and now she's having babies.
Wo's first show in 2007:
To competing at Devon in September 2007:
I had not expected to have "thelitas" journal not reflect the names of the horses I rode. However, Roy's untimely death and Wo's career change ruined my streak of riding "litas".
In May 2010, I started showing Piccolo, a 15.2 hand half Thoroughbred mare. Her mother was a rescue, and she was destined to be a lesson horse. That was until she was born and had movement that was far beyond her humble breeding. Pik was CADS 2010 First Level Champion.
In December 2010, I said "I'm already in debt because of student loans, I want a Grand Prix horse, what's another bit of money added in to that?" Now, I will tell everyone that this is NOT good financial advice. I feel I only am justified in doing it because I have no dependents and have very minimal bills right now. My trainer placed Narok and I together. Narok is a 1997 16.1 hand Swedish Warmblood gelding. He's had a lot of success in the FEI levels in Europe and America, and I'm just hoping to get my last score for my silver medal and my gold medal on him.