July (as well as the rest of the summer, really) has been and will be super busy. I earned my Bronze Medal, turned 16 years old, clipped DJ’s coat (twice), rode in the double bridle for the first time, and was even invited to D4K’s Courtney King-Dye Horsemastership Program.

The Courtney King-Dye Horsemastership Program is a five-day clinic at Hassler Dressage in Maryland. About a dozen young riders from around the country (possibly only the east coast) are invited due to their talent shown in previous EDAP clinics. The participants receive private lessons with top U.S. coaches every day, as well as lectures on various topics.

It was an incredible honor to be invited, which made my decision to not partake even more difficult. The three weekends before and after the clinic had already been filled with clinics and shows, and the workload would have been way too much for the princess (and for me, frankly. These five-day shows are exhausting!).

As my dad said, it was an honor to be invited, and I hope to have this opportunity presented again next year… possibly on a new horse??

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