Thought I’d better start with a bit of a get-to-know-me. So here goes!
My name is Taylor Symon and I am an eventer from a small town outside of London, Ontario Canada. I, like most other girls, got the horse bug at a young age and had parents who were nice enough to let me take lessons. Unfortunately for them, it was not just a phase for me!
Three and a half years ago I purchased my current horse; a big hearted, VERY green Clydesdale x Thoroughbred and named him Breaking Boundaries (or Quincy as he is known at home), with the hopes of teaching him to event (he was just figuring out crossrails!) Turned out he is fantastic and was quickly going Entry with decent results. Then came the biggest turn in my life so far; I up and moved to the great city of Ottawa Canada to attend the University of Guelph Kemptville Campus, and received my diploma of Equine Care and Management. I am still here and I now, with pride, call Ottawa my home.
Upon graduating university, I found a new stable, a new coach and totally new experiences, some of which I will discuss in later posts! As an added bonus to all of this I have a career which allows me to truly live the dream – hanging out with horses all day, riding, coaching and always learning something new! So no, amongst all these amazing things, Breaking Boundaries and I are currently successfully competing at Preliminary level, have learnt more than I ever imagined along the way and have soooo much more to learn! Some of the big and small lessons that I have learned are part of what inspired me to start this blog, as I hope to share them with you!
My current goal that we are working towards is competing at the Bromont CCI* Three Day Event in June of 2017. This will be a new experience for both Breaking Boundaries and I, and I am so unbelievably excited for the journey!!!!!! (Yes, multiple exclamations excited!!!!) While for some riders a one star is seen as the bottom of the top, I prefer to view it as the start of a dream that I have been able to transform into a realistic and attainable goal. If you had asked me four years ago what I would like to accomplish in my riding, I would have told you that I dreamed of going training level. When I completed the Minimum Eligibility Requirements for a CCI* and became qualified to compete at Bromont 2017, it was a completely surreal feeling. I’m still wrapping my head around the reality of it! Now it is a matter of improving and fine tuning over the winter to be able to bring our A game to Bromont. After Bromont and a season of one stars, my goal with Breaking Boundaries is to compete at the intermediate (CCI**) level.
So, all this to say that in achieving and surpassing my goals and reaching a point in my riding career that I never thought I would, I have discovered new drive, motivation, passion and inspiration within myself and Breaking Boundaries. This has been my biggest inspiration to start this blog. I would like to invite you to follow me on this journey, and beyond, and I hope that it will bring inspiration and passion to other young riders who think that their dreams will only ever be dreams. I can personally attest to the fact that with the right work ethic, support and passion the seemingly impossible can become more than possible!