|Win the War rocking the Open Intermediate at Full Gallop in January.|
Though time keeps flying, I must say that there have been some amazing things going on.
With prompting from some important people in my life, I have had to sit myself down and really study how I want the business to proceed. I have had my hand in many things, trying to figure out where my niche is. When I first started RSS, I had no idea where my competition I life would take me, as Bug and I were only going Novice. I wanted to have many options in case things didn't go as I dreamed with competing. However, as we all know, Bug turned out to be THAT horse for me. He has taken me places that I only dreamed I would go, and I am praying and dreaming that we keep going further. That alone has pushed me more toward the competition side of my life. Anyone that competes can tell you, it's not a cheap life to live.
In light of that, I made the decision to really cut down on the amount of horses that I own myself. I have also decided to cut way back on the breeding side of the business. As many of you know, Fuerst Rendition, my Hanoverian stallion, is off with dressage rider, Leslie Bean, being a big time Dressage King. He is happy having a job, and I am excited to watch them move up the levels together. I adore Renn's babies and have a hard time selling them. With this decision, I will only be breeding one, maybe two babies per year with the hopes of them being my pipeline for the future, rather than breeding on a scale that forces me to sell them on. This makes it possible for me to keep them until they're going and decide what I want to do with them at that point.
After the herd reduction is finished, I will be down to the main horses that I want to keep either to compete or to be my pipeline for the future. I owned quite a few horses myself, so I am hoping that this drastic herd reduction will really help my expenses to go down in order to have more for competing. This has definitely been a very difficult decision, as I love all of my ponies, but it was one that had to be made for the future of Rocky Start.
I am also excited to announce that Kelly Lawson has joined the RSS crew, hopefully, for as long as she will put up with us. She is my official assistant and not only does she help with chores and working horses, but she's going to be assisting with a lot of the marketing stuff. I am just so busy that it's difficult for me to get to everything and still have a day that isn't 20 hours of work. Kelly is a kind person with a patient approach to the horses, and I am thrilled to have her on board.
Some other pretty amazing people have stepped up to help support my dream. Desiree Lerro, Patrick Forestall, and Bonita Biegalke have become members of the Win the War Syndicate. We have also decided to add Pine Island Girl, aka Ellie Mae, on to the syndicate as the second up and coming horse. I am thrilled to have these people on my team!! There are still 7 shares left, so if anyone is interested in joining the team, please let me know! email@example.com
Another amazing person to step on the scene is Susan Massaro. She is the owner of Donovan, an incredibly adorable and talented coming 5 year old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Susan has entrusted me with Donovan's training and competition goals, and I am so excited to ride this guy. He will make his eventing debut this spring, and I see a lot of big things in his future! Susan and her daughter, Mia, have been a big asset to the team and some of my biggest cheerleaders.
This sport just isn't possible without a good team.
I have had quite a few new students come on board to join those that have been tried and true. I love teaching those that show up to learn, and I have quite a great group of riders right now. I'm so proud of each and every one of them for working hard and pushing toward their goals. No goal is ever too small as long as you aren't afraid to keep pushing!
Sales were great in 2014, and I hope things continue down that path in 2015. We sold 9 horses in 2014! That's pretty impressive, I think.
So far, this year has started off with a BANG on the competition scene. Bug and I competed in the Open Intermediate at both Full Gallop Farm the last weekend in January and Pine Top Farm this past weekend. We brought home 2nd place and highest placed OTTB at Full Gallop, and we brought home 7th place from a big division at Pine Top. Bug put in a 35 in the dressage at both shows, so I am very excited about the progress we have made in the dressage and hope we can continue to take that number down! I am very excited about this season with Bug, and I am hoping for big things. I am also super excited for Ellie Mae and Donovan to really burst onto the Eventing scene. I also have a 5 year old OTTB gelding, Better Terms aka Willis, that I think will be quite special. We are taking things slowly with him, but I have a feeling he will come into his own this year as well.
If anyone is interested in becoming a new student, sending a horse for training or consignment, or scheduling a clinic, please, don't hesitate to contact me!! firstname.lastname@example.org
Heels down, eyes up, KICK ON!!