“Summer’s over? I just left”

By Jennarose DiGiacomo
September 10, 2012

August 26th definitley approached way faster than I expected, but there’s that saying “time flies when your having fun.” Oh boy, what can I say about this summer?

One thing I definitley tried to make it as relaxing as possible. I caught up with old friends, new friends, went to the beach, worked and of course spent time with family. The usual.

For one thing, I definitley enjoyed the part where I got to ride horses again, I’ve been off and on with riding since the winter, which is quite sad, especially since I’ve been riding since I was four and I’m nineteen now.

Nothing makes me happier than when I’m riding a horse, the wind blowing in my face and my instructor making me laugh hysterically. I could be having the worst day of my life and my instructor would just yell out to me and say what kind of sitting trot is that? “It looks like your sitting on a toilet!”

Reinbow’s End, the barn I ride at has fabulous horses, great people and a brilliant instructor who knows horses like the back of his hand. Now don’t get me wrong I’ve been to multiple barns and have been with so many instructors I need more than my fingers to count.

So, after I lost my horse of four years, it was a tad bit hard to jump right back into riding, but that didn’t stop me, I knew If I stopped I’d probably never get back into it. Riding at Reinbow’s this summer I felt very connected.

I got to ride horses I’ve never ridden before. This allowed me to broaden my knowledge of horses, and the way I’m supposed to ride.

In the long run, I’m striving to ride in the Devon Horse Show, not to far from Cabrini College as a matter of fact.

This has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. When I was little I would watch the professionals jump the five-foot fences. I would lean over to my mom and say I want to do that someday. Finally, my dream is coming true. Ill be working this entire year till the horse show in May arrives.

The Devon Horse Show is no ride in the park. It takes hard work and dedication much like other hobbies and sports, then again I’m riding a sixteen-hundred pound animal. But through this year ill be improving my skills, my riding techniques and of course having as much fun as I can. The experience is not worth it unless I’m happy.

The best part about riding is when I’m the horse and we’re approaching a three-foot fence, the ground crunching between the horses hooves, my grip on the reins.

All of a sudden, the horse releases me from the ground and I feel like I’m flying. Every time I am done my jump, my mom always asks me how did that feel. I always say it was the best experience ever.

Riding is my life, my second home, much like many of the other girls I consider the horses I ride my friends.

Without a solid relationship with our horses, we will not connect which will make it uncomfortable to ride. Also, you can experience a possible horse stopping to a dead halt in front of a jump and you will go flying. To sum up my summer, riding has taken over.

I don’t regret a second of it. When I’m riding, my head clears, and life just becomes so much simpler.


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Jennarose DiGiacomo

Cabrini College '15,
Lifestyles Editor
Creator and Host of the show Bless Your Heart

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