In 2020, more than ever, it's so important to support our local businesses. That's I why I started highlighting Canadian equestrian products and services on my Instagram feed, and in doing so have discovered some amazing new products and brands!
To help everyone out there buy Canadian and shop local this year, I curated a holiday gift guide for Horse Sport. Part 1 covers tack and accessories, while Part 2 features riding apparel, grooming tools and horse health products.
So remember when I said after losing Caprice that I wasn't planning to get another horse again? But if the universe wanted to send me another super sweet, super safe schoolmaster I probably wouldn't say no? Well it did, and I didn't.
Just two weeks after Caprice died I met a lovely lady while scribing at a show. And just a couple of weeks after that, her horse unexpectedly became available for lease when his long-time leaser got the opportunity to purchase her dream horse. When I received an email asking if I'd be interested in leasing him it didn't take me long to say yes! And my longtime friend and part-boarder Kim said yes with me, so we are both delighted to share the lease on this very special boy.
His name is Ronan, and he's a 2000 Hanoverian gelding by Rotspon. Apparently the defining quality of Rotspon offspring is their wonderful temperament and work ethic. This certainly seems to be to true for Ronan so far. He's an absolute sweetheart - just a gentle, wise old soul who never says no, makes even me feel safe hacking in the hayfields, and not only tolerates all our snuggles and kisses, but genuinely enjoys them.
He settled into life at Nobleton Dressage like he's lived there forever and we are looking forward to learning a lot from him. He competed at Fourth Level with his previous leaser last year, so our learning is picking up right where it left off with Caprice, which is exciting.
But most of all, he's helping to heal the giant hole in our hearts, and for thank I am so grateful - both to him and to his owner for giving us this incredible opportunity.
About the author
I'm a middle-aged, overweight, rusty re-rider who refuses to let any of that get in the way of my passion for dressage.