Whitney Weston

Whitney Weston Eventing

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WHAT...A...SPRING (the rollercoaster of my life)

Yes oh yes ladies and gentlemen.....The gypsy horse life never disappoints. It may not always be trophies and roses, but one thing is for sure: my life is never ever boring.

Amazing excitement at large competitions:

Then humbling moments when attempting to shower in the trailer:
Photo: I am happily showering after a long hot show weekend, look down, and find this 6 inches from my foot staring up at me. #horsetrailerlife
Note: "hand-sized" frog sharing the shower with me
The Dream Team: best and the brightest at BDJ ;)
Photo: My favorite group of people always reppin BDJ to the fullest
Elvis is the studly horse third from left

Simon and ECP love the night before our first CCI* together:
Photo: Simon all braided an ready for ocala fei tomorrow!!
Thank you ECP!!
Whitney Weston & Shining North Star CCI 1*
Check out the dressage test.....good boy!!!
Photo: Simeon's so beautiful! #shiningnorthstar #gorgeous #ottb
Proud pony after his dressage
photo by Leslie Grayson
I have some new and exciting sponsors to welcome to the team.....
Welcome Leslie Grayson!! 
I met Leslie at Rocking Horse trials. She lives nearby and often attends to take photos for her website: graysonhorseproductions.com. We had been facebook friends for a while and then she decided to become part of the team. I am forever grateful for her support and faith in our future!! Check out her website...she has a picture of Elvis and I on the homepage...so handsome ;)

I also want to put in a huge "thank-you" to a long-time friend and sponsor Adam Gerritsma. Adam is very technically gifted and his talents range from websites to photography and beyond. Check out these cool stickers he made for the Team....email me at wweventing@gmail.com if you would like me to send you some!!!
Cool stickers for your car or anything else!
Thank you to all my sponsors!!
Team Weston sponsor banners outside stalls at FEI barns at Red Hills!
And always in life there is sadness. Amidst training in Florida I lost my precious Gin Fizz while she was waiting for me in PA. She had a brain aneurysm one quiet morning and was gone. I miss my special little girl every day. I found her as a 6 yo in California with my good friend Hawley Bennett. She showed so much promise placing 9th in last year's CCI* out of over 60 horses, then moved up to Intermediate, winning a competitive division at HP of New Jersey and was planning for a two star this year. Fizz passed on monday april 8th, just a few days before I was due to show Simon at the Ocala FEI. This came as such a shock and so immediate, I really needed my friends around me to help pass through grieving and help me focus. Many thanks to those with me at that time during winter training: Lainey Ashker, Siobhain O'Conner, Amy Spink, Ev Enright, Lauren Sherrill, Luke and Kay Porter. Because of you and my supportive family I was able to focus on the lovely horses I still had, and give them everything I had left, 110%, and worked with Simon to a great result in the FEI.
love this girl
sparkly attitude
fancy mover
jump the moon!
I moved on from Florida winter training to accept a position at Ronald Zabala's Wiseguy's Farm. He had just acquired a beautiful 48 acre facility in West Grove PA. I have been working and riding there for 3 weeks now and feel right at home. There is always so much buzz working with the Saddle company (Wise Equestrian), the farm (Wiseguy's Farm) and the rehab spa (Wiseguy Shangri-La).
Wiseguy in the water-walker at Wiseguy's Shangri-La
View of the cross country field 
And as is consistent with the roller-coaster of my life; after settling in at Ronald's beautiful farm I injured my knee when a horse fell on me. Even growling loudly "don't fall on me!" and "get off my leg!" did not help change how the horse fell. This was one week before I was due to show Simon at Jersey Fresh two star. I was looked after by the best: The "Jockey Doc" Dr. Chris Lyons. Turns out a small tibia fracture and an MCL tear. While he wasn't happy to let me compete that week, I am going back for a follow up next week to see how soon I can compete!  I feel that something in the universe if forcing me to slow my life down a little, and I am accepting that as a blessing rather than ruining my plans for the season. Believe me...that was my first thought!! Second thoughts were: "I am very lucky the horse didn't fall on my pelvis or ribs, or head" and "at least its early in the summer and I can do Fairhill in the fall!!"
this medical band is now pinned up on my motivational board in the trailer!

With every sadness I find myself getting stronger, not that I no longer feel the pain of loss, but that I am able to find a grounded center quicker. This sport teaches life lessons at warp speed. I am more and more grateful for the things in my life; more appreciative of the people in my life. It makes me smile to know that everyone reading this is nodding their heads, especially those blessed (cursed? haha) to have horses as a driving force in their lives. To all of you: Much love and live every day, ride every ride, and jump every...

jump like you mean it!!