Thursday, January 17, 2019

Quotes, Quips, and Wisdom 1 17 19

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Milliron Monday: Sunshine 1 14 2019

Monday Creek Stables - Mac & Zubie waiting for hugs.

Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast, Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. 

Today at the barn early, two amazing people (of many) stopped by. First, Peggy Jo, a former client of Dr. Smith's, drove through the snow into the barnyard. Peggy Jo, an avid equestrian, rode many miles on horseback with Dr. Smith and his family. She attended the famous annual Milliron Clinic Trail Ride and BBQ, riding along with the rest of the guests through miles of Milliron farmland to the cabin where roast beast was the prize. Peggy likes to ride mules. She often talks about their stamina, intelligence, and Dr. Smith's passion for mules. She has fond memories of Dr. Smith and will be submitting one of her Dr. Smith anecdotes for Tails of a Country Vet Volume II

While Peggy Jo and I had a cup of cowgirl coffee, petted the horses, and loved on the cats, Kelly arrived. Kelly is an exceptional artist, attending art school in New York, then settling in the Ohio Valley. She worked for Dr. Smith as an assistant, as well as rode horseback with the Smith family. Peggy Jo and Kelly go way back, and, as forever friends, they enjoyed seeing each other today. Kelly created the art for two of Dr. Smith's books - Tails of a Country Vet and The South High Horseman.

Hanging with fellow horse-lovers is so much fun. Hanging with "Milliron" folks puts the sun in sunshine. After catching up, we jumped in Kelly's Jeep and headed to Logan for lunch. I'm sure the waitress at the restaurant was wondering when we were leaving. We laughed too loud, giggled too much, and argued over who was going to pay the bill (thanks, Kelly, for lunch). We had so much to talk about; Dr. Smith, horses, writing, art, creative ideas, surviving the holidays, family scenarios, etc. Four hours later, we headed back to the barn, promising to get together more often. 

Dr. Smith has brought a lot of amazing people into my life, for which I will be eternally grateful. I'm sure he was smiling on us today. 

If you have a memory to share about Dr. Smith or have a hankering for cowgirl coffee, send an email to mondaycreekpublishing@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you. Enjoy the week ahead.


Read more in Pete's biography Milliron.
Share your stories and photos of Dr. Smith. 
Email to mondaycreekpublishing@gmail.com 
Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

19 Claws by Iraida Sosa


Available in Paperback and eBook!

www.iraidaj6010.wixsite.com/19-claws

19 Claws
By Iraida Sosa

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary, declawed house cat named Bobo, who may turn out to be the bravest cat of them all. Join Bobo along with Laila on a journey full of wonder, adventure, and danger, as the pair comes face to face with the unfamiliar. Their choices shape each of their days, and ultimately their lives, into what they will be. Only an act of tremendous courage can set him free.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Iraida Sosa is a freelance writer and creator of the children’s adventure book 19 Claws. Born in Pennsylvania, Iraida now resides in the suburbs of Illinois with her husband and three children. She is the mother of two sons and a daughter. Iraida worked in the pharmaceutical field for over fifteen years and is now living her dream of writing children’s books. She is a creative person who loves to make costumes for kids and cats, weird food combinations, and more.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

What Do You Say? by Maiyang Saridjo


Available in eBook!

What Do You Say?
by Maiyang Saridjo

"Achoo!"
"Ring, Ring!"
"Please!"
"Thank you!"

What do your kids say to someone who gives them a triangle shape or when someone sneezes? Teach them the grace and gratitude or what to respond common questions in an imaginative and creative way through this artistic illustration book. Your kids will enjoy learning to show appreciation and to return kindness in a fun way!




Friday, January 11, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Architect of Culture: Spoken word poem by Illya Vasquez


Illya Vasquez, Poet

Experience Illya’s new spoken word poem…

Architect of Culture




Biography
Illya Vasquez has a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He writes scientific and philosophical poetry that delves into the biology and psyche of humanity. 


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Blithe of Prospect: Perception Planner by Cedes Truth


Are you ready for personal transformation?
Author Cedes Truth
Presents A Planner to Enhance Your Life
Blithe of Prospect
Perception Planner


ABOUT THE BOOK
Do you wish to get in sync with who you really are? Are you ready for personal transformation? Cedes Truth has made plain her secrets to "living the vision in your heart" in this beautifully illustrated personal perception planner called, "Blithe of Prospect." Cedes has broken down the principles and practices to break through the shackles we use to bind and limit ourselves like never before. This perception planner will support you in becoming the highest expression of yourself and achieving your definite purpose by organizing your positive proclamations and keeping in tune with the frequencies of your desires. Use this planner to practice becoming the best version of yourself by proactively and intentionally transforming your perspective and allowing the laws of the universe to make your desires become reality.



Definition of Blithe of Prospect:
An untroubled and happy mental picture of your future and future self that is not governed by that which is considered realistic, likely, or reasonable.

Blithe of Prospect looks like a great self-help book. What type of reader did you write the book for?
I designed the perception planner for anyone that is on the vibrational frequency to receive it. We are vibrational in nature and if the book comes in your path and you resonate with the concept it will serve its purpose in your life.

What do you think makes a great self-help book?  
A great self-help book encourages you to use the faculties of your mind to focus and declare triumph in your life regardless of the circumstances. It helps you to actively be involved in the process of designing the greatest version of yourself and serves as a tool that you can always relate to and change based on your personal experiences or becoming— a book that keeps on giving.

What inspired you when writing Blithe of Prospect?
My mother introduced me to my blithe of prospect at a young age. She placed the seeds of happiness in my hand and encouraged me to plant it in my imagination. She believed and trusted in my capabilities to transform and design the world I preferred to live in. My mother is my inspiration, and when I created this book, I thought of all the moments that she told me to keep my blithe of prospect intact.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?  Full time?  Part time?
Right now it is part time. Throughout my studies and experiences I discovered there is universal power in being happy and beaming a light on your personal preferences.  I Intend on designing creative beautiful books that will inspire others to live their truth and be happy.

When writing Blithe of Prospect did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
Blithe of Prospect is a system that I have used throughout my life to manifest the desires of my heart. It only took two months to create from start to finish using he mastermind principle by Napoleon Hill. The book vibrationally already existed, I just needed to focus and put the pieces together. The process flowed smoothly with very little challenges.

What do you like to do when not writing?   
I love to go out with my family. We milk happiness every chance we get.

How can readers discover more about you and your work? 
Milk happiness with me on my community site that allows you to release your happy thoughts into the universe.  When we beam a light on the simple happy moments of our life we transform and become our highest expression, living the vision in our heart. Thank you Milkhappiness.com





Monday, January 7, 2019

Milliron Monday: Cats 1 7 2019


"Hairball" Photo by Joy Miller-Upton
Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. 

Cats! Some people love them, some people don't. A few people I know are allergic to cats. I don't know a veterinarian who doesn't have a cat - or two, or three. Personally, I love cats. I have four cats living in the barn; Tinker, Sophie, Jesse, and Fluffy. Jesse and Fluffy are feral kittens, dodging in and out of the horse stables, running around horse hooves, unafraid of being stomped. 

Today, down my country road, I saw a clowder (a group) of cats. There were about a dozen cats in this clowder, most likely inbred and feral. As much as I love cats, I believe that they need to be spayed and neutered. In my experience, a spayed/neutered cat makes a better companion and can live longer because they don't roam from the safety of the barn. My cats, like all outdoor cats, are prey for many predators. The largest predators in my area are birds - peregrine, hawks, vultures, etc., and, of course, coyotes.

Protect your cats and be a responsible pet owner by getting your cat(s) spayed/neutered. Find a clinic in your area that offers quality veterinary care. Check out these reasons to spay/neuter your cat... www.bestfriends.org 

Dr. Smith and his family had many cats during his lifetime. Milliron Clinic saw a lot of cats, including Hairball (above) - the cat that sat on the clinic's counter and welcomed clients. I'll write more about Hairball and Dr. Smith's pets in upcoming posts. 

Read more in Pete's biography Milliron.
Share your stories and photos of Dr. Smith. 
Email to mondaycreekpublishing@gmail.com 
Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

An Interview with Caroline Towning, Contemporary Equestrian Artist


An Interview with Caroline Towning, Contemporary Equestrian Artist
By Gina McKnight
As seen in the November/December 2018 Issue of Arabian Finish Line
No duplication without permission.

“My paintings are about bringing the horse closer to the human.”

Through the convenience of the internet, the world has become smaller. We can connect with artists around the world who share our love of horses and their beauty. Connecting with Caroline Towning and viewing her art has been a wonderful experience.

Currently living in London, Caroline grew up near Harrogate in Yorkshire, surrounded by horses and dogs. Caroline writes, “I learned to ride before I could properly talk. It was no surprise that my first drawings were of horses and dogs.”

With her pony alongside, Caroline grew into her teens, becoming a keen amateur showjumper and a “familiar face on the Yorkshire circuit.” She rode through the Harewood Estate with her young friends, boarding her horses at Wikefield Farm. In her early years, she spent hours gazing and studying horses, then finally sketching, learning how to draw horses and capture their essence.

GM: Welcome Caroline! So many artists capture the beauty of horses. Your art has a different flair; inspired. What motivates you to create equine art and to paint the Arabian horse?
CT: I think there is something deep in my psyche that connects to horses as I have been drawn to them for as long as I was old enough to hold a pencil. My earliest friendships were formed with animals. I grew up in a house where there were horses everywhere as my mum always rode and she had plastered our entire home decor with a horse theme. I can't remember when it started but the horse obsession has just always been there.

GM: An artist's life seems glamorous and intriguing. People are interested in your daily routine, how you like your coffee, and your painting schedule. Describe a day in your life...
CT: Being an artist is quite lonely and you have to be very self-motivated as you spend a lot of time on your own with the painting and your own thoughts. I try and structure it like any other job and keep regular hours. A typical day is I wake up, make coffee for my husband and tea for me. Then I take the dog out for a long walk around Hampstead Heath which clears my head. Hampstead Heath is my favorite place in London and a place where I spend a lot of my time. I get back home and go to my studio and spend the rest of the day painting. I normally have about three to six paintings on the go at once as oil can take up to two weeks to dry and rotate them while layers of oil paint dry. I have a short break at lunch and then I work till about six and then I normally go to an evening yoga class to clear the day out of my head. Then I come back and have dinner, then I do a little bit of work late into the evening, and then bed. At weekends I still work but at a very casual pace. 

GM: Where you paint is important. The aesthetics of your environment must drive creativity. Describe your studio, your muse, and what we will find on your shelf...
CT: My studio is absolute chaos at the moment - we are moving later this year and I have made plans to build my dream studio in the garden. My current studio space is one room I have outgrown and is spilling out into the rest of my house. I have been a slight victim of my own success and my paintings have got bigger and bigger, so I am juggling the size of the paintings with the size of the space. Luckily my paintings are selling quite quickly so I don't have much to store, but I am dreaming of a day soon where I have my perfect light-filled purpose-built studio in the garden.

GM: A garden studio sounds like heaven! With so much art leaving your easel, do you have a favorite painting of your own creation?
CT: The last painting which I have finished is a white Spanish horse. It was one of the first paintings that actually looked like the image which I had in my head when I started. The current painting which I am working on now I am completely in love with, it is a horse under a tree on a really sunny summer day and he has dapples of shadows of leaves which I am putting so much detail in. It is always the current painting which is my favourite.  

GM: They all sound so beautiful! Playing with color, design, shadows, and… horses! All within your brush! Who is your favorite artist?
CT: I am really in absolute admiration for Christian Hookes’ work, he paints a lot of horses and does them in this really amazing broken up style. He really captures the movement and mood of the animal. I find his paintings mesmerizing - I have tried doing the broken-up style but it just does not work for me, I can't get the right brush marks - it really is skillful to be able to paint like that. 

GM: You are very busy in your studio. Besides art, what do you like to do for fun and entertainment?
CT: I am a yoga obsessive. It’s a huge part of my life. I have just joined Soho House so I am spending a lot of time between the houses. They have some amazing events ran by woman business leaders.

GM: Caroline, you have a vast horse history. Currently, are you a horse owner? If you are, tell us about your horses, and let us know what horsemanship means to you...
CT: I grew up with horses and I was a keen showjumper up until my late teens. My mother still has horses and I always go riding with her when I go home to visit. She lives in Yorkshire and keeps her horses on a yard which is part of the Harewood estate where I grew up. It is such a beautiful part of the world and I dream about having my own horse again. There is plans very near in the future to buy a racehorse, something which I have in the pipeline at the moment. 

Connect with Caroline…

Gina McKnight is a freelance writer and author from Ohio USA. www.gmcknight.com






Friday, January 4, 2019

Say It When You Mean It by Raman K. Attri



Author Raman K. Attri
Presents New Poetry
Say It When You Mean It
Poetic Expressions by A Non-Poet

Available in Paperback & eBook here!

ABOUT THE BOOK
This book is a collection of very simple expressions written and presented in the form of the poetic verses. This collection of 27 poems included in this book is basically a spin-off of greeting cards written by the author for some of the special people in his life. These poems were originally drafted between the year 1990 to 2004 which represented phases in author’s life which every normal boy would go through in his twenties towards adulthood. The work presented in this book, by no means, is claimed to be of poetical or literary standard. It is just an attempt to tell the world that a simple expression or thought if you mean to say it with all your heart, can and will become a piece of poetic expression.

The poems in the book are presented in five sections: “The Sight” section include the poetic work to express what it may feel like when one sees the most special person for the first time. That’s the beginning, though not all first sights transient into love.  The next section “The Love” includes the poems expressing the transformation one may feel during the love. “The Promise” section presents the expressions that signify the promises we tend to make when we are in love. “The Memories” section is meant for those poetic expressions which express how one may feel while away from his/her beloved ones. “The Adieu” section is an inevitability that occurs in any relationship and is expressed through some poems in this section. “The Cycle” represents those poetic expressions that life does not stop at one place or one person. The cycle starts again, but it does leave some lessons. “The Lessons” section includes some general poetic verses written at a spur of the moment.

I’ll Hold You

I’ll hold you
Until the end;
When worried,
I’ll cheer you up.
When wrong,
I’ll mold you.
When lost,
I’ll find you.
I’ll be there for you
and care enough for you.
I’ll never let you part,
for you’re always in my heart.
I wish
I could be there for you
when you need me.
I’ll hold you
Until the end


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Raman K Attri is a corporate business researcher, learning strategist, and management consultant with a strong zeal to enable people to unravel human learning and performance. His international professional career spanned over 25 years across a range of disciplines such as scientific research, systems engineering, management consulting, training operations, academic & professional teaching, and learning design. He specializes in providing the competitive and strategic value to the organizations by accelerating time-to-proficiency of employees through well-researched models. He holds a doctorate in business from Southern Cross University, Australia. He provides advisory on accelerated learning techniques which earned him over 60 educational credentials including doctorate degrees, three masters' degrees and tens of international certifications. Despite an unfortunate permanent physical disability since childhood, he leveraged it to learn, research and test a range of "how to methods" to accelerate the rate of personal learning and professional performance at the workplace. He has published his methods in scholarly journals, blogs, and books and presented at leading international conferences. He also runs a non-profit consulting forum focused on researching and publishing strategies to accelerate speed to proficiency.



Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Meeting Goals: An Interview with Equestrian Life Coach, Jenna Knudsen

Jenna Knudsen, Equestrian Life Coach
Meeting Goals: An Interview with Equestrian Life Coach, Jenna Knudsen
by Gina McKnight
Archived interview from the December 2018 issue of Florida Equine Athlete.
No duplication without permission.

As we approach the end of 2018, we can be excited about entering into a new year with ideas for meeting goals, growing wiser, staying on track, and living with purpose. All of these things impact our lifestyle as well as our equestrian career. Migrating to people with positive energy and a passion for living is imperative to our success. I enjoy connecting with Jenna Knudsen, an Equestrian Life Coach who loves horses. As an avid equestrian and coach, I know Jenna has the experience to help us reach our 2019 goals - in and out of the saddle! 

Welcome, Jenna!

GM: Did you begin riding at an early age? When was your first encounter with a horse?
Sven Holst-Knudsen, Jenna's Grandfather
JK: I started riding at four years old. My Dad rode. His parents rode and their parents rode. I come from a long line of equestrians over in Denmark. It's definitely in my DNA. My Mom said when I was four years old I was swimming in a friend’s pool who lived next to a barn. I disappeared and everyone was frantically looking for me. When they found me I was in my tiny bikini standing next to the riding ring watching a lesson. I told my Mom, "I want to ride." I've never looked back. My first pony was named Prince and I rode at Stratford Stables in Purchase, New York, and my very first instructor was named Jenny Cody. I worshipped her. I have had five cats in my lifetime named "Cody."

GM: Tell us about your current horse, your stables, and a day in the life of Jenna...
JK: My horse's name is Royal Viking and he is absolutely my soul horse.  When I first met him a friend named Sara asked me to exercise a horse of hers. She took me out into a huge pasture, where six horses strode towards us. One TOWERED above the rest and I thought, I'll ride any of them EXCEPT him ~ he's a dragon! Well, guess who she wanted me to ride?  Royal, of course. Doesn't the universe have a jolly sense of humor? A year later, Royal belonged to me and he's owned my heart ever since. 

Royal now lives at 4 Ponds Farm which is minutes from my house. I always thought I'd own my own barn, but life had other plans and I have to say it's worked out amazingly well. We love our stable ~ the owners Christina and Kevin are amazing people and generously share their 200 acres of heaven with us! My riding bestie, Joyce, keeps her horse, Gibbs, there also and we have daily adventures together! We are currently creating our own hunter pace course throughout the property! We also recently bought a trailer together which opens up TONS of possibilities for riding at other farms, attending clinics and doing hunter paces which are plentiful in our area. I'm so grateful for our amazingly robust equestrian community. 

Jenna and Royal Viking

A day in my life looks usually looks like this...I wake up at 6am...I meditate every day for 20 minutes...hang out with my son, Liam, until he leaves for school at 6:45am...coffee and chat with Doug, my significant other, until he leaves at 7:30...connecting with my Smarties Master Class clients at 7:30...workout in our home gym or hike with Duke in the morning....before noon is all about my health, peace of mind and creativity - whether it's reading, writing, hiking, running, meditation...I put a lot of thought and intention into my morning routine. I love helping equestrians establish morning routines that energize and inspire them and get them off to an amazing start to their day. 

My afternoons consist of working with coaching clients and barn time. My clients are all over the country and we connect via Zoom and the phone. I love my coaching profession and am obsessed with helping my clients create systems in their lives that keep them on track for achieving their goals. It's all about creating a life you love...the long picture, not just the short-term goal. Living a life you love is a worthwhile goal for each and every one of us. It's my mission for every equestrian!

In the late afternoon I shop at our local market for dinner and then early evenings are family time. I have a weekly book club via Zoom on Monday nights and my Master Classes are also weeknights. 

I read a lot at night and work on projects...it's always about my Smarties (Smarties are equestrians worldwide who use the planner and are members of our FB community.) 

I'm not a big TV watcher, although I do have my series that I love...Outlander and Handmaid's Tale are my favorites!

I go to bed at 10pm - which I NEVER used to do, but now I realize how important sleep is to my health and mental clarity, so I've made it a priority.  

Of course, all of this change if friends or Doug are doing something FUN...I love being spontaneous and having fun and I'm ALWAYS up for an adventure!

GM: Going into 2019, connecting with other equestrians who have good energy and inspire us to stay motivated to reach our goals is important. I have ordered a copy of your beautiful The S.M.A.R.T. Equestrian Planner! What will I find in this planner and how will it help me with my horses and 2019 goals?
JK: The S.M.A.R.T Equestrian Planner and our Smarties FB community are such magical and powerful tools! I get goosebumps thinking about equestrians around the world joining together and helping one another achieve their goals and dreams and also overcome the challenges and obstacles of daily life.  

I was a woman's life and health coach for a decade before I combined my passion for horses and everything equestrian with my coaching career. Now, being an Equestrian Life Coach, I feel completely aligned and on purpose with exclusively focusing on our community. 

The S.M.A.R.T. Equestrian Planner starts with your vision. Creating a life vision is a fun process that gives you a road map...something beautiful to live into. When life goes sideways, which it will, your life vision keeps you moving forward. Next up, the planner helps you set your goals. Riding goals, health goals, financial goals, relationship goals and career goals.  

From there you break down the big goals into monthly action steps to take. And weekly. And daily. You set up systems (habits and rituals) that keep you on track, inspired and in action. Basically, your planner is a 24/7 coach and accountability partner to help you plan, create and live a life you love.  

The magic sauce happens when you add our Smarties community to the mix!  Here's the "leg up" that gets you in the saddle of life and ready to gallop off into your best day! Our FB community is made up of Equestrians from around the world who are there to achieve their goals and dreams AND help you achieve yours! We share knowledge, experience and offer support and love!  It's all positive energy and it creates an atmosphere and community where EVERYTHING is possible!! Truly, you are limitless in this group! When you win, we all congratulate you!  When you are down or stuck, we offer suggestions, a hand up or a shoulder to lean on. We are all in this together and the energy is truly awe-inspiring!  #equestriansempoweringequestrians is our powerful mantra!

GM: Awesome! I am excited to begin the new year! You have a newsletter as well that corresponds with the planner. I am excited to see this all come together and be a part of your equestrian community. What motivated you to create the planner?
JK: I have a really hard time focusing...I mean, serious monkey brain! I also have challenges with anxiety and can whip myself into a "worst case scenario" faster than you can say, "Whoa Nelly!"  After years of coaching, I have found that one of the biggest challenges for my clients and for myself is to stay the course and not slip back into old habits. I thought, how can we keep doing the things that keep our lives moving in a positive direction? I mean, everyone needs a coach at some point in their lives to get to the next level, but you can't keep a coach forever! So, The S.M.A.R.T. Equestrian Planner was my solution!  The Planner is in its fourth year; however, the FB COMMUNITY is only a year old and that has made SUCH a difference for everyone. It's about the power of a group. The energy of an entire community. No one person can do/be it all for everyone. As this grows, so does the positive energy lifting everyone up! 

GM: Looking through your riding photos, it looks like you've ridden in some unique environments. Where in the world is the best place to ride?
JK: If you have your own farm, the best to ride is THERE! I'm a big fan of loving your everyday life! That said, I am IN LOVE with riding in Ireland! I've ridden there twice and it is simply magical! I'm going back for two weeks in June and so are lots of other Smarties! I'm so excited to share this incredible riding adventure with others in our community. I've also ridden in Costa Rica which was beautiful. Really, how can any riding adventure NOT be amazing! Seeing the world between a horse's ears is on my vision pages! 

GM: With so much enthusiasm for horses and life, what is your advice for novice riders and those looking to purchase their first horse?
JK: Enjoy the process! Take your time learning the basics. Find a riding coach that you LOVE who inspires you and makes you feel confident in the saddle. It's about enjoying the ride! If you love competing- awesome! Jump in the ring! If you don't - also awesome! There's so much to learn in the equestrian world. There is never an end to learning. There is always something new whether it's in the saddle or on the ground.  If you are set on owning your own horse, have an experienced horse person help you in your search. A horse is a serious purchase and there's never a rush -  always smarter to take your time. 

Jenna and her daughter, Katie Sky
GM: The holidays approaching, what are your holiday plans and do they include horses?
JK: To me, the holidays are all about spending time with family and friends! Lots of time in front of the fireplace, card games and quiet time together. Riding slows down in the super frigid temps, but as soon as it's above 25 degrees we are back in the saddle! No matter how cold it is we spend time at the barn grooming and loving on our fur gurus! We also are clearing trails and mapping out our hunter pace course while it's cold and icy.  I'm hoping for another big snowfall because I have a "Christmas Card" photo idea in mind that requires Royal, Duke (family Golden) and a lot of snow! 

GM: What are your equestrian goals for 2019?
JK: In 2019 I'm going to take Cross Country jumping lessons, ride in at least 4 Hunter Paces and use our new trailer to visit other riding venues and have fun adventures off property! My goal is to have Royal and I confidently jumping a novice XC course! 

My most passionate equestrian goal is to empower equestrians around the world to live their equestrian dreams!

Connect with Jenna…


Gina McKnight is a freelance writer and author from Ohio USA. www.gmcknight.com