So with all that’s going on in the world at the minute I feel like I need to write something;
I’ve been at Finlake now for nearly 9 years and the opportunities and the experiences they have given me have been life changing; I started having regular lessons with one of the instructors on Maizy which taught me the basics, after this I started to attend the Saturday club for a few years progressing upwards, I then was able to take Maizy to a few local shows and win some rosettes; Then
Jackie and Emily gave me the amazing opportunity to loan my beautiful little meg pictured below; I was 14/15 when I had meg, I had her for about a two years; she got me my first red rosette and I couldn’t of been more proud of her, she’s the horse that makes me the rider I am today, the next year with meg was amazing; more competitions and working as hard as we could with all of our friends supporting us as we went; in may of 2016 I started my dream job working on the yard, i learnt so much from all of the older girls which I appreciated so much as now I can do the same; In June 2016 my life was turned completely upside down when my mum was diagnosed with a rare cancer; I was absolutely distraught, but however in this rough time I had so much support from so many people, with my mum having 2 major operations in the space of 6 weeks, I couldn’t be without my gorgeous Meg and the rest of the people who had been cheering me on at competitions and supporting me the whole way through. Jackie also let me live with her for a few weeks so I could be with meg everyday which I appreciated to the bottom of my heart; One of my closest school friends also worked on the yard I was able to come to work with her but also still having to care for my mum as now she was completely bed ridden due to her operations, I had started to become more Of I rider at this point, and I had the chance to ride Wendy, and oh hell did I fall in love quickly, we also had the chance to ride On the beach!!! with mum on the road to recovery things seemed perfect and they were. Wendy was the horse that I dreamed of, me and Wendy pushed through some hard times, in one showing season she won me 7 red Rosettes, by this time I was 17 I had Wendy for another year and a half, with more smiles, more lessons, we finally went to our first Redpost and came 1st In the 2 foot 3 and 2nd in the 2”6 I was so proud, I had turned winter came around and we worked and worked and worked, summer hit again, I had realised I had put on a fair amount of weight and I made the hearbreaking decision to move off of Wendy and to lose the weight and to have her again, I was around 14 stone, I then made a connection with indie, I still have indie to this day and I couldn’t be happier so from the day I decided to leave Wendy to the time I’m writing ( just under a year) I’ve lost over 2 and a half stone, now weighing in at just a little under 12 stone; I’ve had indie a year and a half and we’ve been places, XC schooling at Pontispool, Halwell lawn, Redpost, and so many other places. So for just over a year now I’ve groomed for Emily, and On the odd time Charlotte C-W, and her beautiful horses. I’ve had some absolutely amazing experiences with Emily and I have the pleasure of working with icon and Her other younger mare Ella; The things you have done for me have been incredible, and for this I consider you my best friend, you’ve pulled me through some of my most awful times and given me memories I will never forget, and thank you for dealing with my tears and tantrums -Love you
And to my fellow yard girls Bliss, Charly, Charlotte, Bibi, Holly, jazz, and Alana, you girls are the friends I’ve made for life, I consider you all as sisters and I love you all endlessly ❤
And for Jackie and her amazing family thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me I cannot thank you enough.
And a massive thank you to my amazing mum who has paid for my horses and for everything else she has done for me who is now as healthy as she can be, and supported me the whole way through my riding, i miss you ❤️
There are so many thank yous I can give out but you know who you all are you and thank you ❤
So now as I write this in tears, I’m back in the Burns Household, as mum is a high risk I’m back living with Jackie for a bit, to help on the yard and to be with my second family.
There’s so many memories but that’s for another post
Here’s to another however many years at Finlake as I refuse to see it close ❤