I just noticed how pretty the scenery is in the last picture above ^^
I love your attitude, by the way. Very positive -it's uplifting. My brother died when I was young so I have empathy for losing an immediate family member. And as far as father's g/f - convert her to the horsey ways!
My mother's new fiance` just made me new wooden jumps. I'm working on converting him as well.
Not even part of the four year old club? Take it slow, although I know you know this. I feel as if it's a mandatory thing to say.
It just hits a sore spot for me at times seeing young ones worked so hard. I'm dealing with my older horse's arthritis and am first hand experiencing deterioration of the joints. Take care of those legs now that you have the ability. My guy is holding up very well and has for a long time, but him being an ex-jumper and dressage horse at the age of 23 has put stress on his joints due to difficult work in the past. I often wonder what he did before I bought him. (Bought him at the age of 14 - I was... what, 10?) Any who, I'm sure you'll take fantastic care of all your horses. And I don't want to insinuate you are already working them too hard - just a sincerely concerned piece of advise.
I want to see pictures of her grow, too!