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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Westhaven Farm

After two relatively cryptic posts, yes, Ellie and I did move barns and are now settling in as part of Westhaven Farm at the beautiful Fairmont Riding Club in Pleasanton, CA. While the move may appear abrupt to some, the decision was a long and agonizing one.

I love my KMT family- they're a great group of riders and I feel so lucky to have been a part of this barn! With the majority of the team being juniors, I enjoyed the "big sis" role and being a mentor as a workin' gal making a go at horse ownership. I have a feeling they're going to have a very successful season!

So why the switch right? Honestly, it's such a personal decision with so many different variables playing in. I would be lying if I didn't think to myself a few evenings this week "let's just go back 'home'." Change is hard, and sometimes it's even harder to know if it's for the better.
I think that Ellie and I can be a great team and I'd like to see if trying a different style of program may help us move down that path.

I have my first lesson with the new trainer on Friday and naturally I'm petrified! What if I'm terrible and she thinks I have no business riding at all... let alone a greenie? I did get word that the asst. trainer "absolutely loves Ellie," which is great. Everyone loves Ellie. Now here's hoping that Ellie and I can find that same connection!
Outdoor arenas- yes there are two! Catch the Eurosizer to the right? 


  1. I was wondering what was going on with those 2 posts. Good luck with your lesson!

  2. Best of luck at the new farm - I hope the transition is a positive one for everybody. :)

  3. Hard decision, but barn moves are usually made for good reasons! The new place is beautiful and I bet you will be happy :)

  4. Fancy fancy!! Can't wait to hear how the first lesson goes :)

    You are closer to me now too!! :)

  5. Beautiful arena! Wishing you the best of luck at the new place and with the new trainer! Can't wait to hear how your first lesson goes

  6. the new barn looks lovely! change IS hard - but hopefully the new program and new trainer and new perspective will all make positive differences :)

  7. Looks fabulous! Hope you have a great first lesson and can't wait to hear about it!

  8. Good luck! Change is hard especially with barn families! But, I'm sure they'll love you guys there :)