They came from a box of photos from my Aunt's house, and as far as I can tell, they are almost entirely from the same day. They aren't dated, but based on the level of construction going on with our property (i.e.- FENCES) I think it was pretty gosh darn close to when I first brought Star home. Also, the massive-tack-whore in me realized upon further inspection that Star is (proudly) wearing her original saddle, but a new(er) bridle, and I am riding in giant-rubber-boots.
The first photo is me, my grandfather and Star when she was still a school pony at the barn I took lessons at. She was a total hellion and no one else would ride her except for me (also a hellion?). I think this was pretty close to when I "bought" her, but I just LOVE my big mushroom helmet and it's super chic rain cover...
|I was always SO proud of her|
Star ONLY wore her
So I know it's after xmas of '93 (where we also received a super trendy green NZ turnout rug)... but before my birthday in '94 because that's when I replaced my giant rubber boots with some actual leather field boots as a present to myself. I couldn't tell you who was president (ok maybe I could) or what I learned in school that year, but I can recite (perfectly) every horse related acquisition I ever got under the age of 20.
So, based on my tack-whore-calculations, these pictures were taken sometime during the spring of 1994. Which makes Star 20 or 21 at the time and I think she looks pretty darn good.
What other amazing thing did we get in the spring of 1994????
A super fantastic 1972 King two-horse straight load trailer. Complete with ancient rubber mats and plenty of rust. But the thing was cheap, and the fact that it was Blue & White (my self proclaimed cross country colors) meant that it was meant to be mine...
|I compulsively scrubbed, blasted and repaired this thing...|
|Star hated the thing though... hated|
|Giant. Rubber. Boots. And yes, I'm riding in sweatpants (that.. is something that I do not remember|
|(Star was also skeptical of this place where she had to do dressage sometimes..)|
|We looked like this a lot in those early years...|
|But she could still jump the moon.|
|Getting ready in the barn (also built by Dad)|
|See, ghetto flash attachment, but no dyed ears/nose|
|Standard Pony Expression (SPE)|
|bahahahaha, none of us look good here.. but look how happy dad is with his pitchfork! I think this was his favorite holiday card ever....|
|I love this picture of us <3|