The Rusty Stirrup

My name is Alexa Cheater. After wrapping up my mostly unremarkable junior career where I finally managed to successfully navigate a 3’6” jumper course, I was faced with the same tough question that haunts young riders everywhere. Focus on my riding and triumphantly lead Canada into the next Olympics, or put horses aside to pursue higher education?

Fast forward more than a decade and it’s clear I chose the latter as most of you have likely never heard of me. Now with my 30th birthday looming, I’m gearing up to get back in the saddle and want to take you along for the ride as I sedately walk down the road to equestrian greatness.

Join me as I chronicle the struggle of wiggling my ample bum into a pair of breeches, as I try to get on for the first time and end up developing an irrational fear of mounting blocks, or the triumph of my first successful ride – which mostly consists of that sedate walk mentioned earlier.

Wish me luck!

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