Looking back at 2017, we have a lot to celebrate at Verden. We completed our first year in NC, and are already acclimated to the much warmer weather. (For those of you that don't know, we moved from Boston!) This year saw the Verden show team grow with the additions of Anna, Audrey, and Katie. Lindsay stopped flying in from Boston, and moved permanently to Wake Forest. We traveled all over North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland for shows. You can see our 2017 ribbons (just 2017!) covered the entire side of the barn! Emma competed in her first Zone 3 Championships, taking home 3rd in the team challenge with Nitrous! This marks the 4th year in a row that Verden riders have qualified for Zones, and we expect to make it 5 in 2018.
And we have even bigger plans for 2018! We have two new riders joining us (more to come on that soon!). We are already seeing our new horse + rider pairs gel, like Emma + Carlchen, Anna + Nix, and Audrey + Sydney. I'm truly excited to see what they accomplish in 2018. Our show schedule will take us all over the south, starting with Aiken, South Carolina in January. I expect our riders will compete in the High Children/Adults, Low Amateur Owners (AOs), Washington International Horse Show, and Zone Championships.
To get there, it doesn't come easy to any rider. Verden riders will continue to train hard, riding multiple horses almost daily. For every good ride at home, there are difficult or downright bad rides. Between training and showing, we somehow manage to weave in Foodie Fridays, team dinners, trail rides, and game nights. So when you see a Verden rider enter the show ring wearing Verden's black and gold gear, remember how hard she's trained, how hard she's worked, how many obstacles she's overcome, and give her a big round of applause.
Here's to 2018! Come join us!