Monday, January 6, 2014

"The Land of the Sun"

So, this afternoon my plane touched down in...


Yes, friends, this is where this crazy journey that is my life is taking me now.

When I was stuck in Texas, experiencing everyone's all-time favourite weather pattern = chunks of ice rain from the sky, I got a call from my old boss from back home. She was the one I originally was suppose to head down to the states with, but her plans fell through and I ended up in Texas. She was back on her feet, needed some help, and wanted to see if I was interested.

We had a long discussion and basically what enticed me into taking the job was two things: one-on-one and a small operation. My boss is a much "smaller" trainer than the guy I was working for, she has a small operation, and she can only have one person helping her (me). She's also getting a bit older and wants to physically slow down a bit, that's where I was really interested. She really has the time, and the means to train me how to cut. She also focuses a lot in coaching of amateur riders, and as of now... I am beyond amateur in the cutting pen, so someone who knows how to work with amateurs was a serious plus.

So here I am, my first day jitters are in full effect, but I'm hopefully optimistic about where i've landed this time around. Plus, Arizona is beautiful, and warm (warmity warm warm warm yaaay), just a short drive around today and I'm already obsessed with the desert and the rock. I'm hoping I can find some areas to do some hiking/running and can hopefully find some time to do exploring. (smaller operation = a bit more alone time) However, in february we have three big shows, so I doubt i'll have that much alone time. What kind of loper gets alone time, really?

Wish me luck on my next (and newest!) adventure.


  1. Woohoo for Arizona!! I hope you have a great time!

  2. Louisa!!!!
    I will send an email with my phone number. Lets get together if you have time!

  3. Wow, a lot has happened in the two weeks I've been without a computer! But it sure looks like this is the right direction for you, and all that time with the Big Boss Man has given you some insight into the cutting world at the competitive level. Onward to new adventures!

  4. Sounds like an awesome situation!! Hopefully things work out!

  5. That's awesome. Robin grew up just north of Tucson, I spent most of my childhood in Phoenix, and we met in Flagstaff. So Arizona is near and dear to our hearts. Hope you have a wonderful time there.

  6. Awesome!!! Sounds like a much better fit for you and you get to be in warm weather and cut!!!

  7. how exciting! So many horse disciplines and shows have a hub in Arizona, and yet I have never made it out there! (My brother even lived in Glendale for 2 years), AND I've never seen the Grand Canyon, so the AZ is definitely on my US of A bucket list! Congratulations on this win-win job, look forward to hearing more!

  8. p.s. happy to be your newest follower and look forward to reading about your unfolding adventures!