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post #1 of 12 Old 11-20-2011, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Kentucky here I come!

Well, as most of my eventing buddies on here know I've been a working student for an upper-level eventer based out of Maryland for the last year. Now, however, my year is coming to a close and I've been on the hunt for a new job! If you're my friend on Facebook (if you're not, just message me here and I'll tell you who to search for!) you may have noticed that I've been posting statuses about Kentucky recently. That's because I just went up there last week to interview for a Head Groom/Assistant Barn Manager position at Carriage Station Farm (Owned and Operated by Cathy Wieschoff and Jessica Ballinger). I'm happy to say I got the job! And I start on December 12th! Cathy is based mainly out of Kentucky but for 6-8 weeks in the winter she goes down to Ocala, FL to take some time to train and compete her horses and a select few sale horses as well.

I'm super excited as this is a fabulous opportunity for me, plus it's paid! It's been really hard to be a working student because I've had to have a second job to pay for maintenance on the horse I've been competing as well as for show entries and gas for my car (my mom can't afford to help support me). Granted, the pay isn't a ton, however it'll be enough for me right now since I currently have no horse of my own, and if I do end up getting another horse soon, I can easily get a second job in the evenings to help bring in a little extra. :)

I really can't wait to get started in Kentucky and continue my riding career and education! I'll have the opportunity to ride some wonderful young horses and help Cathy and Jess operate their fabulous business! Whoo! I'll definitely get pictures for you guys as I get started!

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post #2 of 12 Old 11-20-2011, 06:27 PM
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Wow! Congrats on your new job! Horse experience and pay at the same time. I'm sure you'll love Kentucky. Lots of great horse people out there.

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post #3 of 12 Old 11-20-2011, 06:40 PM
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Lucky lucky lucky! I hope you have an amazing time and experience there! :)

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post #4 of 12 Old 11-20-2011, 06:55 PM
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Congrats! Sounds like a great opportunity and Lexington is absolutely gorgeous!

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post #5 of 12 Old 11-20-2011, 08:54 PM
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Congrats! And yes, lots of pictures is a must!!!
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-21-2011, 07:49 PM
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Awesome! You'll be close to me. We MUST meet up! Cathy was my coach at the Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge this past year. She's cool!

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post #7 of 12 Old 11-21-2011, 10:29 PM
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Wow! That is awesome-Best of luck to you in all your endeavors.
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-24-2011, 01:03 AM
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Biggest congrats! You must keep us updated, with a huge load of pictures

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post #9 of 12 Old 11-24-2011, 04:59 PM
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That's fantastic!! You'll love it here. Lexington is beautiful! Congratulations!
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post #10 of 12 Old 12-03-2011, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

@eventerdrew - We'll definitely have to meet up some day and get some coffee or something! Cathy is pretty wonderful and I'm super excited to be able to work for her.

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