About Me

Hey! I'm Megan. I wasn't going to be a cliche and start a horse blog but I did anyway and now you're here reading this probably because you're killing time eagerly awaiting the next post. I'm sure.

So a bit about me: I am a nerd who works full time for the man. I used to be an actuary but recently switched careers and got into business analytics. I also dabble in photography, writing (obviously), and running half marathons.

I wish I could recall the first time I saw a horse and all the complicated feelings and emotions that probably arose because of it. I'm sure something dramatic happened given that it's been the primary focus of my life since I was about five.

But all I remember is riding a pony at Griffith Park in Los Angeles and loving it. Sometimes my parents would take me there and they basically had fat little Shetlands in chutes and they would smack leather (probably whips) against the chute and make the ponies run as fast as possible. I loved it.

An addiction from day one
Throughout middle school I lived at the barn to earn extra time in the saddle. I was a working student and got bucked off everything no one wanted to ride. Once I was in high school I was lucky enough to compete at a very high level in the jumpers (including going to the Winter Equestrian Festival in West Palm Beach) thanks to my parents.

I attended Skidmore College primarily because I wanted to be on the equestrian team. Unfortunately I didn't make the cut, which ended up being the best thing that ever happened to me. I started playing polo, the true sport of kings and one of the most fun things you can do on a horse.

You haven't lived until you've smacked a ball
while half hanging off a horse.
Once I was out of college I moved to NYC which is the land of the horseless. I went to every barn within about two hours of the city and I still managed to find a way to ride once or twice a week and catch ride a little. Eventually I gave up, moved to Philly, and made horses a much bigger part of my life again in 2011.

Since I moved to Philly I had the opportunity to lease a few really amazing horses that got me completely hooked on eventing. I love eventing more than anything I've ever done, even polo, and polo was the love of my life for a time. Why do I like it so much? An excellent question. Thank you for asking.

You have to be good at everything. And if you're not good at everything, you can still climb your way up. In eventing I've found that the place you start sometimes doesn't matter. I started the jumping phases in last place more times than I care to count. But I never felt discouraged or upset. It makes me brave. And how can anything else matter when you get to fly? My least favorite part is crossing the finish flags after cross country; because now it's over and I wish I could gallop on forever.


4 comments:

  1. Where in Philly are you? I'm in central NJ!

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    1. i live right in the city! my pony lives in NJ tho :)

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  2. Hi Megan!

    Just wanted to let you know that I'm hosting an equestrian blogger contest and you've been nominated!

    Here's the post with the details: http://horsehack.com/2016/09/27/horsehacks-equestrian-blogger-contest/#more-1400

    Let me know if you accept the nomination, I hope you do!! (Please e-mail me at info@horsehack.com to accept!)

    Don't forget to spread the word about it and nominate some blogs of your own! :)

    Thanks,
    Aryelle Stafford
    HorseHack.com

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  3. Megan-
    Please email me if you'd like to very briefly assess -- in one or two sentences -- Fair Hill's chances of being selected for the four-star for my story in the Baltimore Sun. Thanks very much.
    jebarker@baltsun.com Jeff Barker

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