I am so excited to bring you this interview! Katie Hawkins is an equine massage therapist who I met during the Equestrian Workshop we both attended. She is so knowledgeable and helps keep our equine athletes working at the highest of levels, Katie has many FEI level clients. Her business Unbridled Equine LLC has branched out into virtual sessions along with her in person work and she has many educational videos that you could watch while grooming your own horse! If you are looking for a career that helps horses feel their best, then you will not want to miss this one!
Having announced my goal for the year, and officially getting accepted, here are the things I am looking for in my RRP horse. I know that to meet all these criteria may not be possible so I expect to compromise on something. But, it is always fun to have a dream horse checklist in hand while I go look. Who knows maybe I will find a unicorn that meets all of these criteria!
We heard from Mary Roby about her experiences preparing for the Retired Racehorse Project in Part 1 and now we are catching up with her to hear about her time in Kentucky with her horse Indy. Applications are currently open (Through Jan 15th!) and I shared that I will hopefully participating myself this year. So enjoy and cross your fingers to be hearing a whole lot more about this project!
I am a big believer in setting goals. I feel like when you set goals for your riding you really get to see markers with your improvement. As with setting any goals you always want them to be S.M.A.R.T. specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound. I often set goals for myself that don't fit in to these parameters that I unfortunately have to put on the back burner for hopefully another time. BUT, my goal I'm setting for next year fits perfectly in to these guidelines.
Right now there are hundreds of horses and riders flooding Kentucky. Those horses are all retired racehorses and those riders have taken them from the track and in a total of ten months brought them to the Retired Racehorse Project to show off their new careers. Today we got to talk to one of those ambitious riders and learn about the process leading up to this weekend!
Some true #SquadGoals right here! These four women make up the U.S. Endurance Squad going to the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC. Follow them along on social media and watch them compete September 12th & 13th on FEI TV.