September 2, 2012 – I can’t believe that it has been so long since I’ve written a post on here. Life has been really busy (yup… that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it :-)). So, this post will be a synopsis of what has been happening around our farm and in our horsey lives since I posted last.

Horse show season has been a busy one this year. Megan has shown in 11 shows this season, two of those were eventing and the rest have been jumper. She and Buddy have done really well and she is having a great time. We have a couple more shows and then the season will be over. If she could, she would travel to Florida for the winter show season but that just isn’t in the budget right now ๐Ÿ™‚

Coaching has been a bit of a challenge this year. She started the year with one coach who unfortunately moved on. She then started working with another coach but circumstances changed and we ended that relationship. Now she is working with Holly Jacks who is an eventing coach but her techniques (and her all around attitude) have helped Megan tremendously over the last couple of months. Megan did a few eventing shows with Holly and doing the different disciplines (dressage, jumper and cross country) has really helped both Megan and Buddy. The jumper shows she has done have been getting better and better with Holly’s help. We are looking forward to the last few shows and then really rocking it next season!

And what would an equine life be without a little barn drama (or a lotta drama)? We loved being a part of the Sher-Al family (and love the family that owns the facility) but some stressful changes happened and we felt it best to leave the main barn. We brought Buddy home for a few weeks and then went back but in the upper barn and with a new coach, Holly. We call her barn “the happy barn” as everyone is always in a good mood and so far there hasn’t been an ounce of drama. The atmosphere is always great which has a winning effect on all of the riders.

Back at home, there have been a few changes as well. We still have CT and Seinfeld as our boarders but now we also have a pony named Coco who is about 2 years old and Megan is working with her slowly.

And Randy now has a new horse named Blue. He is a spotted saddle horse that Randy takes on long trail rides. He trialed a few horses before he finally decided on Blue who is a good boy with beautiful blue eyes.ย  Randy has only gotten lost once, up in the Dufferin forest, so he has now learned that he needs to plan his route or at least take his GPS with him :-).

Inside the house, we still have my beautiful old dog, Shadow and little Lexie. We have also adopted another small dog named Brandy. We aren’t exactly sure of her breeding except we know that she has Jack Russel in her and maybe Rottweiler or something. Her colouring is like a Rottweiler or Doberman and she pinches when she play bites but her body style is like a JR. It took a few weeks for all the dogs to get along but now Lexie & Brandy are best buds. They sleep together and play together but when it comes to getting into trouble, Brandy is usually the culprit. Thankfully she loves her cage and we have learned that she must be in there when no one is home otherwise we come back to destruction :-).

She also has an issue with doing what she is told and coming when called so we can’t let her out on her own without being tied up. When we do, she bolts to the back of the property. Eventually she does come back (especially if Lexie follows her and keeps an eye on her) but we are worried about her going for the road (she loves to bark at and chase cars) so for now, she is tied up or on a leash whenever she goes outside. She does love to be outside though, as she will sit out there for hours on her own just chilling. We may get one of those corrective collars for her… not sure yet.

I am still loving my new camera and have even had people ask me about buying some of my pictures so I must be doing something right. I took a number of equine related photography courses during the summer and had a blast taking pictures of horses. Everything from eye shots to foals in the field to show jumping action shots… it has been a lot of fun. And I still love to take pictures of flowers, the dogs and so much more. Might turn this into a side business from my web design (which, by the way is doing great… I am super busy with several new projects on the go… stay tuned. ๐Ÿ™‚

Other things have happened in the last several months and I could get into more detail on what I’ve mentioned above but you get the jist of things… all is good around here and life is a busy as normal (for us :-)).

Talk to you soon!


About the Author
Janice Byer is the mom of a teenage equestrian jumper, a horse lover and rider, and a successful entrepreneur. She and her family own a small hobby farm, Shady Ridge Farm ( in Orangeville, Ontario where their two horses enjoy a lovely new barn and all the hay they can eat. As mentioned, she is also a successful web designer and specializes in helping other horse oriented businesses to get an eye-catching, customer-grabbing website or blog. Visit Equine Web Design at for more information.

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