This is one of the horses closest to my heart. This is Cory.
We bought Cory on New Years Day, 2000. My family had just converted our produce farm to a horse farm and were beginning a lesson program.
We bought him at the Eyer Stables, Thurmont MD, New Years Day horse auction.
He rode quietly amongst the chaos and was good on the little test ride we took on him in their insane riding ring. We liked him, and he was Palomino which is my mom’s favorite horse color! So, we decided we were going to bid on him. We ended up spending more than we had planned but were thrilled that we had bought our first lesson horse.
Our Trusted Lesson Horse
Cory was a typical lesson horse, he could be stubborn. He always tested his new riders. He was super lazy and good at ignoring your leg. When new students rode him, the first few times they usually weren’t overly enthusiastic about him. Once he realized that you weren’t going to let him get away with going turtle speed, he was fabulous.
Cory did everything from lessons, to dressage shows, to lower level eventing, to trail riding. For years, Cory was my go-to horse for trail riding. He would go over, under or through anything.
Cory never truly retired, he worked lightly right up until he passed away. Light riding, loving and treats from the barn kids
Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
I feel privileged to have owned him for so long, 15 years! I will always hold a special place in my heart for Cory. He was my very first lesson horse, the one that started it all. I hope that he is grazing on lush green pastures in horsey heaven.
Oliver Ellison Holt
When I got hurt on March 13,
As anyone who has been through something like this knows, we have good days and bad days. Days that we feel like we can keep on keeping on, no matter how bad our headache is or how much trouble we are having keeping our balance…
Then there are the bad days. Days where we just want to pull the covers over our eyes and stay in bed all day. Days, when it seems like all the hard work we have been doing to heal, isn’t working. It is easy to become negative and to feel sorry for yourself.
Every day we have to get up and decide we are going to beat our TBI’s and do everything we possibly can to keep a positive attitude. We learn to live life accepting new normals, we never know how our brain or body might feel on any given day.
Part of learning to accept new normals is finding the things you know you can always count on. The things that will be consistent throughout our rehabilitation process. Things like the Calm app to reduce anxiety.
A Ray of Sunshine – Two to be Exact
For me, one of the main things I can count on is my little nephews to brighten my day. Even if they are being loud and giving me a headache, or using my walker as a jungle gym. I can always count on them to make me smile. They can be counted on to always make laugh. They don’t treat me any differently just because I need a walker to walk. I can always count on them.
It probably sounds crazy to say that a 4 & 5-year-old could make such a difference. They most certainly do though. I can always count on them and I don’t know how I would get through this TBI/PCS rehabilitation without them.
My Dad – Growing Up With Ranger Rick
My dad Ranger Rick, worked in the parks his whole life. In state parks before my brother and
Dad seems to know everything about every state park in Maryland. You name it he has probably either been there or worked there.
He always took my brother and me on day trips to different parks to go on hikes. We learned the park rangers mantra “take only memories, leave only footprints” at a very young age.
A Park Ranger’s Kid
The best part of being a park rangers kid is getting to live inside the park. We lived in Downs Memorial Park for many years. We had a backyard that was a couple hundred acres. The Chesapeake Bay at our doorstep. Trails for us to ride our bikes and walk on. A huge playground…We couldn’t have asked for a cooler place to live.
My dad was Ranger Rick for many years. He is a fishing expert and taught my brother and I the fun in being out on the water, whether you are catching or not.
My dad is a keeper of journals and I picked up that habit from him, which is part of what has always made me want to write. I have always been a writer, it just hasn’t been until recently that I have been brave enough to share my writing with the scary internet world!
I’m lucky to be a park rangers daughter. My dad continues to teach me things every day. He has always supported me in my horsey endeavors even though to this day I don’t think he understands why my mom and I have such a passion for horses!
I hope you will get to know me by following my blog postings. To know my love for the outdoors and wildlife, you have to know that I’m a park rangers daughter and proud of it!
My Life In Pictures
Each week on Sunday I will continue to post about my life in pictures. I can’t think of a better way to help you get to know me better!