|Equine Blogger Karen Melroy|
All American Quarter Horse Congress, Ohio
Karen had Buddy until September 2009, when she finally had to let him go home to God's barn, after living with an injury for a couple of years. The loss of Buddy was devastating; in ways that she never imagined, and for a long time, she could not even consider the idea of another horse. The void Buddy left still needed to be filled with something else, so Karen was rescued by a Beagle - Sami. Now, Karen feels like she has healed enough to be ready for another horse, but the timing is not right just yet. Her animals have always found her, rather than Karen finding them, so Karen figures it is just a matter of time until another horse lumbers into her life.
An expert in the show ring, Karen knows that a winning combination of a well-groomed horse and proper riding attire are important. However, Karen will tell you that the most important accessory to wear in the show ring is confidence. Read more of Karen's riding advice in Just Getting Started.
When was your first encounter with a horse?
I don't remember a specific event, but the earliest memories I have, are with my neighbors. They had a couple horses I'd spent time with over the years, Blaze, a big chestnut gelding (with a blaze, surprise!) of unknown origin, and a leopard Appaloosa named Wakonda. I'd wanted a horse for as long as I could get the words out, but my family didn't have the room, or the know-how, and thankfully, (though as a kid, I thought it was horrible!) knew enough to not just get me a horse and let me figure it out!
What is your riding discipline?
By AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) definition, I'm an All-Around rider. When I show, it's usually in a five-event group of Showmanship, Equitation, and Hunter under Saddle, Horsemanship, and Pleasure. I've always enjoyed trail riding as well, and even driving when I've had the chance.
Where do you like to ride?
I like riding wherever I can. At the last barn I boarded at, they had several nice trails, and during our last years there, it was fun to ride with friends in the relaxed surroundings.
What horses do you currently stable?
My last horse went home to God's barn in the fall of 2009, and I haven't had my own since. It was too heartbreaking to even consider for quite a while, but I feel I'm ready again now, so just working on timing and finances. I've always boarded, and been fortunate in the places I've found, always privately-owned, homey-feeling places.
What does horsemanship mean to you?
I'm in the very early stages of working on a book, but writing is something I've always enjoyed, and been good at, so writing about horses feels natural to me. Stay tuned!
We have a nice office at home, that gets used for laundry overstock, gift wrapping, my personal nail salon, and a number of non-office things, in addition to actual work, but not nearly as much! Thanks to the convenience of the tablet, I write wherever the mood strikes, which is often at my boyfriends’ son’s baseball practice, or while I'm fixing dinner. I haven't really found my "spot" yet. I do fantasize though, about having a little lake house, or some other kind of getaway cozy space for writing.
How do you maintain thoughts and ideas?
I have self-diagnosed ADOS (attention deficit ohhh, SHINY!). I keep a little notebook on me at all times, and whenever an idea pops into my head, I write it down so I don't forget. Learning to be a "sparent" I think takes up more memory than I expected, but I'm learning to balance my life, and trust that the important stuff will stick.
What are you currently writing?
Currently, I'm focused on my blog, while mentally drafting ideas for my first book (suggestions? anyone?). I've enjoyed very positive feedback so far, and lots of encouragement, so I'm trying to stay upright on that wave, and use it to my advantage.
What are you currently reading?
I've just finished a series by another blogger, Romi Moondi, called Year of the Chick, in which she turns a casual blog into a self-published book series. I wasn't seeking out something like this, but it came to my inbox at a great time, and I enjoy her writing style, it feels similar to mine.
Do you have advice for beginning bloggers/writers?
I would tell a beginning blogger, to speak without fear or filters. It's your personal story; tell it in your own voice. I think the world is lacking in authenticity. With all the "reality" shows, which couldn't be farther from reality (though admittedly, I'm still a fan!), I think people really appreciate someone being honest. For example, we have a personal trainer that comes into the office, who had a bad day, and ranted for a few minutes about something, then apologized profusely for allowing us to see the "unprofessional" side of her. I stopped her and said "no, if anything, I have more respect for you now, knowing that you have crappy days and eat ice cream too!"
List 10 things that your fans may not know about you...
1- Apparently, I look younger than I actually am (37) to most people. I like that! Thanks Mom, for the good genes!
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