Saturday, June 22, 2013

Liebster award

It's always an honor to recognised by other bloggers. I can hardly remember why I started doing this, it was such a long time ago and I was quite gutted when my first blog wa sinfected with malware after 3 years and was destroyed by Google. This one is pretty old now as well though because this one started with the arrival of Kate and I must have had her for 3 years. Anyway it was extremely gratifying to be awarded the Liebster award by four different bloggers. I have decided to answer the questions from the first two awarders but I was also like to thank Danger Bunny and Hawk.

HOW TO ACCEPT THE AWARD: The Liebster Blog Award is a way to recognize blogs who have less than 200 followers.  Liebster is a German word that means beloved and valued.  Here are the rules for accepting the award:

   1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
   2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
   3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
   4. Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.
   5. Choose 11 bloggers with 200 or fewer followers to nominate and include links to their blogs.
   6. Go to each blogger's page and let them know you have nominated them.

Eleven facts about me

1. I used to be really shortsighted and wore glasses until I had laser surgery which was terrifying but oh so worth it. It's incredible to just be able to see!

2. I continually struggle with my weight. It's a constant battle since I was 16 to not turn into a fatty.

3. 2 is caused mostly by my utter love of sugar and gluttony.

4. I am nearly always afraid I'm not good enough to jump as high as I do and this stops me progressing.

5. My Nana is going to teach me to knit even though my Mum has failed at this at least five times.

6. I have no idea what I am going to do with my life and career.

7. I have the most amazing boyfriend, whom I probably don't deserve but I'm not complaining!

8. Nearly all my horses have been brown or bay (9 at this stage)and plain- not much in the way of white markings- Butch is my first ever chestnut.

9. I badly want a sport type pintaloosa or a jumping mule.

10. I have a BSC in Animal Science and Physiology with a first class Honours.

11. Working with the horses has been my favourite job ever, even though I am so deathly poor. Thank God milking starts soon and I can get some relief work.

Thanks to Carrot Top here are her questions
Eleven questions from me
1. What's the last book you read cover-to-cover?
I just finished a book called Wool by Hugh Howey and it was AMAZING. Incredibly gripping and a little horrifying. I read compulsively!
2. Have you ever broken a bone, and if so how?
Oh dear- Elbow, wrist, ankle, wrist, nose and all the bones in the back of my hand. I really am a shocking rider in terms of accidents and injuries. 

3. If you could chose any super-power, what would it be?
Self-belief without arrogance
4. What would you change about the horse world that doesn't have to do with animal abuse or money?

because those are the two major drivers of bad things in the industry but I guess I would like to see people have to qualify to upgrade in Showjumping for everyones safety and enjoyment.
5. What are those 'Baby on Board' signs for cars really for? Nobody have ever been able to give me a satisfying answer.

To prove that people with children think other people care they have children.
6. What are your 3 favourite words?
Currently (I'm fickle) Totes, ludicrous and voluptuous.
7. What's the most 'out there' thing you believe in?
That a poor, ordinary, limited support type girl of 28 can jump a grand prix in the next two years despite fancy horse power.
8. Describe the last time you laughed out loud.
Watched The Hangover II today and I laughed out loud many times.
9. Mares, geldings or stallions?
I have only ridden a couple of stallions and they are certainly something else to ride, but my love goes to mares. Tough little fickle emotional fighters. I'd take a mare nearly everytime.
10. Who would you most like to go on a trail ride with?
My little sister. I miss riding with her so much
11. What's the most ridiculous thing you've bought for riding or horses?

 expensive stirrups with an angled foot pad I now despise because they don't grip well, or Ear bonnets my horses don't need but I like because they look cool.

And also toAmberRose who asked these questions

11 Questions that I made up for you :)
1) Do you have a camera?

2) If so what make and model?

3) When did you first start riding?

Always ridden, my Mum rode and I used to hassle her for rides and I got my own pony when I was two.
4) Have you always loved horses and had them in your life, or is it something that you started later in life?
Always, always, always. Mum says I have horse shit on the brain. That being said I don't know if I would ride if I didn't compete because I really hate trekking with such a passion.
5) What's your favourite colour for your horse?
I only use brown gear and I love classic not flash, so I tend to accessorize in black or white.
6) When you were little what were your equestrian dreams?
Go to the Olympics
7) Other than riding what do you spend your spare time doing?
I love to read, soon knitting haha, currently exercising a lot trying to get rid of my fat ass before Spring, hanging with the family and friends, the boyfriend or the dog.
8) What is your favourite job to do at the stables/yard/barn?
I love feeding because I like how the horses are so delighted to see me even if it is only because I'm the lunch lady.
9) What is your least favourite job to do at the stables/yard/barn?

Mucking out or clipping/ It's a toss up.
10) Which famous horse and rider team inspire you the most?
I don't know why this is such a hard question to answer! I love Cumano but not so much Jos Lansink..Probably Ben Maher and Tripple X blow my mind at the moment.
11) If you could meet any famous horse dead or alive, real life or from a story who would it be?

I'd really love a ride on Cumano, I love those big powerhouse types which is completely not what I own but there you are.

Ok I'll try to find 11 bloggers but no promises.

Nuzzling Muzzles
(Re) Training as an Adult Event Rider
The jumping Percheron
Dairy of a young horse
Eventing akhal tekes
Stuff that Perf does

I think 6 is pretty good going. My questions for the six are:

1.Who was your favourite horse?
3.What person has most affected negatively or positively your attitude towards riding?
5.What are the three things you couldn't live without?
6.If you couldn't compete/take part in the discipline you do now, what sort of riding would you do?
7.What is your dream job?
8. If you were given $100,000 tax free what would you buy first?
9. Do you like Feijoas?
10.When you are all worn out and need a drink, what is it that you drink?
11.What are your favourite pair of footwear.

Good luck guys! 


  1. I loved reading your answers and love your blog even more :D

  2. Thanks for the award. I will see what I can put together. Great questions and answers.

  3. Cool :)
    Did the laser eye surgery hurt? I'm short-sighted too but I've never even considered having it. My glasses are good at hiding the bags under my eyes haha

    1. Another short-sighted sod here - so also curious about the laser eye surgery.
      I practically live in my contact lenses and fear the supposed smell of burning when they laser your eye *shudder*
      Is it really that noticeable?