This Is the Year That Was–2017

2017  will be rolling into the history books very soon.   I have taken a look back through the year at the blog posts I have written. I was torn between several but there are a few trends that are very clear.

STRUGGLE AND SURVIVAL

Three posts that many readers seemed to identify with or find inspiration in were about people who have come through a health  struggle, and have survived and carried on. The first one is “The Slender Thread of Hope.”  This is my own journey of recovery from colorectal cancer.

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Another story that many were drawn to is ‘When Life Hands You Lemons” This is the story of Eddo Hoekstra, a Grand Prix dressage rider , trainer and coach who was struck with a series of strokes that robbed him of his future as a rider. But he turned it around to become a great clinician and teacher who  inspires many other riders.

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And finally the story of Dale Dedrick, Paralympian. Dale had qualified as a surgeon when auto immune disease struck and basically took her life away from her. At least most of her life other than horses.  Paralympian! Equestrian! Warrior! is the remarkable story of Dale Dedrick and how she has fought back time after time.

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OUTSIDE THE BOX

One post focused on a very interesting technique that my Florida coach, Luis Reteguiz Denizard uses. He teaches his students to ride the  mounting block. Do I hear you say: What??  Well this post explains how this can help any rider, of any level, improve their seat , position and effectiveness.  Curiously enough this post was popular enough that Luis was asked to give  a clinic on riding the mounting block. The Beginners Guide to Riding the Mounting Block.

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REAL LIFE 

Many athletes dream of going to the Olympics. My coach at home in Canada, Belinda Trussell,  has ridden for her country in two Olympics: Athens and Rio. But what is it like when after all the work, all the preparation and all the excitement you come home and the  Olympics are over. In this interview with Belinda she talks about life when she returned from Rio. So… you Competed in the Olympics. Now What?

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STARS AND GRAND MASTERS.

Last winter the film La La Land was winning awards and audiences.  At about that time I interviewed a young couple who are successful dressage riders and competitors rising to the top of the international scene. Meet the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone of Dressage.  In this interview they talked with me about being a married couple and having to compete against or should I say “with” each other and at the same time parent two young children.

Then in October the Dressage Star of the World , Carl Hester ,came to town. I did posts on both days of the clinic he gave at the Caledon Equestrian Park. Despite both posts being longer than my usual I still had lots of things that I had not put into those posts. So I felt it deserved a third post: The Wit and Wisdom of Carl Hester    This post had the  most views for 2017 and there are still people taking a look at it today.

 

ON TO 2018!

The World Equestrian Games will be held in Tryon NC in September.  This will make it a very interesting and competitive winter season in Florida as the riders compete to get places on their nations’ teams. I am planning to do interviews with the Canadian riders who are hoping to represent Canada in Dressage at the  WEG.

I will also be writing about my own riding and training and competitions. No doubt my horse, Biasini, will be “speaking” again.   So let me ask you…..

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE FROM ME IN  2018?  Leave some comments below!

! Tomorrow I will be posting a Guest Post by Gayle Jorgenson of The Fuzzy Fanatic.  Then I shall be absent for a few days enjoying the holiday with family. Best wishes to all readers and followers for much happiness and best of health in 2018!

 

 

 

 

27 Comments Add yours

  1. You’ve had a great year writing wise. Definitely a huge amount of patience, time, and effort put in on your part, and it shows! Wonderful posts!
    On the more “human” side, I know it’s been a challenging year. Wishing you a “calmer” 2018, with less hurdles to jump through.

    By the way, came across an article from Belinda on never giving up. I’m sure you’ve read it. Great perspective!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Is that the one where she talks about having heard a para-athlete talk about running and jumping and he only had one leg? I have seen that piece and also talked to her about it. She’s had some hurdles to get over herself and she always keeps up a positive attitude. As for me the gallbladder was the easiest of the six surgeries I’ve had in my life and the recovery has been great. Thank you so much for your supportive comments! I very much appreciate them.

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      1. Yes, that’s the one. And the struggles, and multiple times she thought about giving up ever going to the Olympics…

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  2. I enjoy the way you share what catches your eye and attention and when the lovely Biasini speaks you have the opportunity to slip into a different voice too. I am looking forward to your beautiful photographs and stories and wish you an inspiring and creative 2018!☺💖🐎 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much Xenia. I am also looking forward to your poems and the lovely Eivor and Pearl exploring the beautiful part of the world that you live in.

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      1. Thank you Anne!☺💞🐕 xxx

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  3. Emma Cownie says:

    Thanks Anne for your post!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome!

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  4. doar nicole says:

    Of course, anything that you enjoy sharing is welcome, and very enjoyable to read. Thank you for your wishes, and wishing you and your family and friends all the best, nice happy holidays! 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and all the best to you and yours for the holidays.

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  5. thanks for sharing inspiring tales, we need these.

    for 2018, you just be you or Biasini. write what you want to and I am sure we will love every word of it.

    happy holidays 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Many thanks Stoner! I appreciate your support.

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  6. I would love to listen to Biasini more! How about writing about your early days together in Biasini’s perspective?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Biasini would be happy to speak more. He has a theory that we were together in another life. But I’m not sure quite what he would say about that!

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  7. Laurie O'Neill says:

    Looking forward to you talking to the WEG hopefuls! Also your showing and training. Enjoy the fabulous Florida sun.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I am looking forward to talking to the “hopefuls” as well. I will try to take sunny pictures to “transport ” you.

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  8. More “Biasini speaks”, please! Otherwise, you’re doing great just the way you are.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Biasini would be delighted to “speak” more often I am sure 🙂

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  9. I love the beautiful photos and messages. I want to read your older stories as time allows — especially your health struggle.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      thank you. I hope you will read some of the stories. The ones on Eddo Hoekstra and Dale Dedrick are truly inspiring. and mine is ok too! haha!

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  10. leapingtoes says:

    Yea! More horse photos! They look so royal. 🙂 and “Biasini speaks”! Just a thought: how about if you add an author account “Biasini” to your blog?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Oh…I did not know about that. How would I do that?

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  11. Nilzeitung says:

    Happy New Year and may all the blessings of joy, health and love be in your life, nz. 💞 🕊 🌲

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  12. You always have the best horse photos and the story behind them.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I appreciate that compliment coming from you! Thank you.

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