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I haven’t died or fallen off the face of the earth! I’ve just been crazy busy! I apologize for the long absence. I will try and be more informative as the competition comes to a close.

10 days! Can you believe it? I sure can’t!!

That means I REALLY need to get everything straight for my freestyle routine and trip!

Renaissance has been doing so well.

We were in the Daily Sentinel a couple Sundays ago and we demonstrated what we’ve been doing at the Friends of the Mustangs Open House.

For the most part, we are focusing on our freestyle routine and getting things as smooth as possible before we head to Nebraska.

As much as I’m sad to have to part with him, I think I’m going to be relieved when the competition is over so I can really focus on selling my Thoroughbred and applying for colleges!

Along with the competition, there is also a stall decorating contest which I’ve decided to go along with the “Renaissance” theme and decorate it as a castle! It’ll be great!

I’m super excited to finally meet in person the friends I have made throughout this competition. We’ve set up a pool party at one of the hotels and I can’t wait to be able to see them all.

Tip of the Day:

This isn’t exactly horse related but it’s what has been front line in my life lately so I find it necessary to pass it on!

There are some things in life that you will never be able to control! What you can control is how you choose to handle it! Due to the fact that we have every day relations with other people, we are constantly dealing with unpredictable beings. We can’t effect others’ choices so be prepared to shake things off and keep going.

Horses are much the same. You can’t always forsee or control the situations that occur with horses. But you can prepare yourself to handle the situation in an effective manner.

We live in an unpredictable world so prepare yourself to remain strong in every situation!

Have fun. Be smart. Be safe!

~Stephanie and Renaissance!


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Day 64

Hey all,

I know I said I was just going to spend time with my two legged friends today, but you know I couldn’t leave out my four legged family! I had fun swimming and floating and sunning with my friends though!

This evening the family and I decided to go shooting at the C road desert which happens to be less than a mile from Alamar. So I rode Topaz and ponied Ren out while they set up.

I was in a rush to saddle up and ride out there so as soon as I got on, Topaz and I took off at a lope so we could get out there and shoot. Ren was a bit confused by the fact that we didn’t do anything to warm up. “What happened to the walk then trot then walk some more?!” But what he learned today was that he has to be ready to go anywhere, any time, with any level of urgency! He figured it out really quickly!

Once we got out to the range, I tied Topaz to the front rack of the truck and walked Ren around to the back where the family was shooting.  He didn’t care one bit to begin! He was aware of the shots but wasn’t scared. I shot a few rounds next to him and he was fine to start with.


He was really good for a long time but then all of a sudden he started to get bothered by the shots. I was considering maybe his ears started getting bothered so every shot hurt his already bothered ears.

To end on a good note, I tied him to the front of the truck with Topaz and took some time to shoot until he stopped fussing. Then I rode home and we called it a good day! 🙂 We’ll keep working on this shooting thing! 🙂

Tip of the Day:

Just like Topaz was ready to go, your horse should be ready at any given moment to do anything you ask! If your kid’s horse comes running back from the trail without a rider, I bet you’d want your horse to be able to run and save your possibly injured kid! This ability comes with an increase in leadership and variety. Remember to not get stuck in the same pattern every day! Change it up as often as possible so that your horse doesn’t start to assume a pattern.

Have fun! Be smart! Be safe!

~Stephanie and Renaissance


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