Guest Post: The Power of Persistence

by Kristen at The Red Velvet Life on April 30, 2013 · 5 comments

So I am Kristen’s husband, Ian, and this is my first guest blog post. Today I’ll be writing about Kristen’s accomplishment this past weekend that, in my opinion, shows the power of persistence. Kristen began to develop her passion for riding when we arrived in Pasadena in the summer of 2011. I remember very clearly the first day we rode together. Kristen was a natural–she had great posture, and she was confident on the horse.  Me, on the other hand, not so much. Kristen’s trainer, Suzie, referred to my riding style as “bohemian.” Not a good adjective to describe the “Sport of Kings!” I decided not to continue with horseback riding (I’ve gone the golf route instead), but Kristen did–and she is exceptional!  But it wasn’t easy for her to get to this level.


First, Kristen had to deal with riding several horses over an extended period until she found the apple of her eye who she is currently riding today–Ferris, aka Fairgrounds. Each horse has its own idiosyncrasies, so learning to ride on multiple horses is quite difficult. But Kristen persevered, and I think her experience riding several different horses has made her a versatile rider in retrospect. The most impressive part of Kristen’s riding is her development of an amazing relationship with her newest horse, Ferris. You see, Ferris had been injured jumping and had gone through a difficult few months before Kristen leased him, and the start of their relationship was a bit rocky. He would spook easily and he bolted more than once on her. But Kristen was undaunted. She kept riding Ferris regularly, always believing in him. Kristen and Ferris engaged in intensive therapy using the prozac of the horse world–carrots and paddock cakes! She loved on him no matter what. In the process, Kristen and Ferris developed an amazing relationship–so much so that I’m wondering if she might become a horse whisperer in her spare time!




All of Kristen’s hard work was vividly on display at the 92nd Annual Flintridge Horse Show at our home stable, Flintridge riding club. Kristen–and Ferris–performed with aplomb and panache, winning 3rd out of 9 in their best event. Kristen was able to accomplish this incredible feat despite the fact that she was competing against riders with many more years of experience and six-figure horses that regularly compete in a variety of shows. This is a sport where money definitely gives riders an advantage, and Kristen was able to level the playing field with the power of persistence. I am so proud of her, and I love Ferris too!


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristen at The Red Velvet Life April 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thank you so much for the incredibly sweet post, Ian! You’ve been so supportive of my riding, and I’m so thankful for *everything* you do! You’re always so willing to lend me a hand with Ferris-related tasks, and your very presence is calming to me AND Fair Bear. I’m so glad you two get along so famously! Love you forever! xo


2 Ian Shelton April 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I love you forever Kristen, and I’m so proud of you and our tiny white horse Ferris!


3 Kristen at The Red Velvet Life April 30, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Lol. Love you forever <3 Thanks for being my first-ever guest blogger!!!


4 Rose April 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

We’re so proud of Kristen! You are a natural and your passion shines :)

Go Team Kristen!


5 Kristen at The Red Velvet Life April 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Thanks, Rose!! Sending so much love to you, David, and Miss Stella today! <3


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