Author Archives: RHD Ainsley

Killin’ it in the Chiacchia Clinic

Darren Chiacchia clinic

Now that JJ and I are back up and running, we’re having fun fine-tuning things and getting back into our pre-accident rhythm. When my trainer, Miriam Offermanns of Milym Equestrian, announced that she would be hosting Olympian Darren Chiacchia for lessons/mini-clinics at our barn, I decided to schedule a ride with my lesson buddy, Mary […]

#LRK3DE Laryngitis & My Fantastic Family of Friends

Ride Heels Down's Family of Friends

Well, I’m back from another great weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park with Ride Heels Down and although I’m desperately trying to catch up on work from my day job after having been away so long, I wanted to get my thoughts and gratitude out while everything was still fresh in my mind. First things […]

Friday Fall, Saturday Success!

Ainsley and JJ cross country schooling at Chatt Hills Eventing

After kicking butt at Poplar Place Farm two weeks ago at our first Novice event in two years, JJ and I kept the momentum going with another Novice event at Chattahoochee Hills. Since Chatt is closer to home than Poplar, my trainer and new mother to a beautiful 3-month-old, Miriam Offermanns of Milym Equestrian, was […]

Nothin’ to it Novice

Ainsley and JJ eventing at Poplar Place Farm

After such an awesome, easy experience running BN3P at Rocking Horse Stables in Florida last month, I knew it was time to move back up to Novice where we were 2 years ago, before our injuries. My friend and fellow Team Milym rider, Catherine Shu, recently purchased a fancy new baby horse (congrats, Catherine!!) and […]

Feeling Golden in the Sunshine State

Ainsley and JJ eventing at Rocking Horse Farm in Ocala

I’ve spent the last three weeks avoiding adulting in the Sunshine State, and it’s been awesome. JJ has been doing really well, I went to the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing (a bucket list item for a racecar enthusiast like me!), hung out with lots of my local friends, and visited the beautiful Silver […]

In Search of Greener Pastures

Heading to Ocala

I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason, and I’m (usually) an incredibly positive, optimistic person. The last two years, however, have been a big mess of “ugh” for me, and life seems to have thoroughly enjoyed kicking me in the butt every chance it had. From losing a large client with my […]

My Horse is a Mirror

Mare Goods

When JJ and I moved to Milym Equestrian earlier this year, we were the “new kids”. Fortunately, everyone welcomed us with open arms, and I was lucky enough to be paired with a really wonderful lesson buddy – Mary Campbell. Mary leases a super sweet gelding named Swag. He’s quirky and talented and all sorts […]

Hey, Eventing – We’re Baaaack!!

Ainsley and JJ eventing at North Atlanta Equestrian

The day we’ve been waiting for finally happened – after 1.5 years, JJ and I completed our first “post-injury” 3-phase event and we had SO MUCH FUN! It’s been a long journey, but I am beyond thrilled to say we’ve come full circle. What started with JJ going lame on April 1st, 2016 (worst April […]

Moving Out and Moving On: Back to Work [Part 2 of 2]

Paint Horse Dressage

…CONTINUED FROM PART ONE – CLICK HERE TO READ. JJ and I were both recovering from our injuries and working on fitness together. After a few weeks of riding in the rain and toughing it out through a wet Atlanta spring, we were both making progress but JJ was still struggling with staying sound. He […]