Calico Magic

Someone recently told me there is something magical about calicos. I’m pretty sure I agree.

We recently convinced my husband to let us bring a cat into our home. Within just a few weeks, we are in love with her– our little barn cat-turned-house cat.

Allow me to introduce you. Meet Pikachu.

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My husband says I’m obsessed. (He’s right).

 

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Peek-a-Choo! 

 

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A little blurry, but I wanted you to see her in motion. She prances with her soft lil’ paws.
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Whoa now. Gotta love cat eyes. #creepycool

 

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Bye!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Julia

The Horse Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is in a few weeks. A few WEEKS! But it’s not to late to find a fun horse-themed gift for the horse fan in your life.

Here are four of my favorites.

For the little horse lovers, I think this Melissa & Doug Stamp Set makes a great gift (Amazon).

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Equine Enthusiasts of any age would love this beautiful coffee table book (The Horse, Parragon Books, Amazon).

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I’m obsessed with the elegant equine-inspired products from Julie Browning Bova Design (find this dish, as well as equestrian-themed phone covers, socks, blankets, and more online at JBB Design).

View More: http://gabriellecheikh.pass.us/juliebrowningbovadesign

 

Last but not least, I love this soft, loose tank by Little Atoms  so much I bought one for myself and my riding instructor (find yours on Etsy).

 

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What are you shopping for this season?

~Julia

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HorseWyse Magazine

YEEHAW!

I’m excited to share a peek at the article I wrote that was recently published by the Australian equestrian magazine, HorseWyse.

Here is the cover!

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“Be a Horse Crazy Kid” is my piece.

 

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Title Page!

 

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I shared two of these photos for the article. One is of Ellen, a friend, and one is of my daughter saying “whoa.”

 

 

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Last but not least, another happy image of Ellen when she was younger, as well as my daughter in the upper right, being led by Alyssa Wick at Hardwood Creek.

I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. Maybe this is a sign I get to go soon!

🙂

Thank you for reading.

~Julia

My Daughter: A Little Rider

Recently, for an Australian magazine that is printing one of my articles, I took some photos of my 4 year-old daughter riding.

She’s a natural, in my opinion ;).

Below you’ll find a few of my favorites!

 

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Here she is! Riding Leader at Hardwood Creek Farm, in Minnesota.

 

You have to love this sweet, patient Morgan horse: he must be wondering if anyone is even on him!

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First she wanted to avoid puddles, but soon she decided she wanted to go in “ALL THE PUDDLES!”

 

Here is Alyssa Wick, trainer at Hardwood Creek, leading Elizabeth.

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Alyssa is basically Elizabeth’s idol!

 

Last but not least…

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I love this shot; it naturally captures the joy she is feeling and the beauty of childhood (and horses!).

Thank you for stopping by!

~Julia

First Horse Show

I took part in my first horse show last weekend. It was nerve-wracking, scary, and lots of fun! I rode an adorable Morgan horse named Gemini, trained by the Wick family over at Hardwood Creek Farm in Minnesota.

I was the one riding, of course, so my husband gets the credit for the following photos. He didn’t do half-bad, considering he was also keeping our two little ones in check!

Plus, arenas are notoriously bad for photos– poor lighting, lots of photo bombs, fast-moving, etc.– but I wanted to share them with you anyway. Enjoy!

 

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That’s me: Number 289! Atop Gemini, a beautiful Morgan horse from Hardwood Creek Farm in Hugo, Minnesota. This is a Saddle Seat Academy Show: The Capitol Classic, July 2016.
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Getting in the line-up after an amusing ride with Gemini. Morgans are known for their smart and active personalities. They are also lookers!

 

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Trying to enjoy the ride…literally!
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I love the horse’s movement here. Morgan horses in this discipline have a high-stepping trot. This is me doing a little victory lap after winning one of my classes (I was shocked too!).

 

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Cool profile shot of the horse. I’m happy he didn’t get totally spooked when we went past the big window. Horses startle EASILY.

 

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There were only a few other people in my classes, which I liked. Too many riders in one area gets stressful.

 

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I like to think he enjoyed taking me for a ride!

Thanks for joining me :).

Best,

Julia Arnold

Horse Channel Articles

I feel so fortunate that I’ve had the chance to write about some amazing people for HorseChannel.com.

If you’re a horse person too, you might like to check them out!

In this piece, I emphasize that it’s never too late to get involved in the horse world!

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This is Barb Anderson, a fantastic rider at Hardwood Creek Farm.

 

I also loved writing this one, about a mother and daughter pair I know who both ride.

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This is Lynette and Ellen– a great mother-daughter pair!

 

Finally, if you love art and horses, you will probably love the artists I feature in this piece.

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I don’t want to leave you empty-photo-handed, so here’s a shot I took at a recent horse show here in Minnesota (F.A.S.H: Friends of the American Saddlebred Horse). [Trust me, it’s no easy feat getting a clear shot of a moving animal in a poorly lit arena! And I love this shot!]

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Thank you for reading!

~Julia

 

 

Country Life

There is a lot of construction on my current route to the barn, so I took the scenic route yesterday. I was so inspired that I stopped about 5 times on the way home from my riding lesson to take some shots of what I found along the road.

 

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I love this tiny shop. It’s tucked back from the road.

 

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What’s prettier than a white fence enclosing beautiful horses? This is Hardwood Creek Farm in Hugo, Minnesota, where I ride.
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As I told my husband, I have a thing for crumbling old buildings. I wonder how long this sweet home has been empty.

 

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I LOVE the creepy tree on the left, and I love the hay field!
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There was no shortage of cool old brick buildings on my route. I like the wood and brick on this one.

Thanks for stopping by! You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook.

~Julia