You've probably never heard of Wilmington, Ohio before. It's not a major city (population 12,520) and doesn't offer much in the way of attractions or amenities... unless you're an avid equestrian. The World Equestrian Center, formerly Roberts Arena, has been hosting horse shows in central Ohio for decades. But improvements over the last five years and a recent re-branding have turned this venue into a premier destination for winter circuit horse showing for those in the Midwest.

This week I did the responsible, yet slightly depressing thing by calculating an expected budget for show season. It wasn't exactly fun... although daydreaming about horse shows was entertaining until the reality of a really big final number sunk in. With that in mind, I'm redoubling my efforts to make some extra cash and rein in my superfluous spending. Of course as soon as I tell myself I can't have something, that's all I can think about.

One of the best things I ever did for myself was take a step back from riding during college. It was a good thing for me, because I needed time to mature and figure out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. I'm forever grateful for that time, because it allowed me to come back to horses on my own and be 110% committed to being an equestrian for the rest of my life. As a fresh college graduate, this is not always easy -- there are a lot of demands on your time and finances, and the only way to include horses in the equation is to be dedicated to making it work. However, this time away from the horse world also had a huge impact on my riding... and it wasn't for the better.

I've been struggling to find tall boots for quite some time. I can't seem to find the magical balance between fit and durability -- either the boots fit and they break quickly, or they don't fit but last forever. I talked about my hatred of tall boots late last summer, and since then my feelings haven't changed. But now I'm finally in a position to do something about it (huzzah!).