Wine & Roses Quarter Horse Show


This weekend was show time!! My 2nd horse show post partum. I still feel wobbly up on top of that big guy, but I’m definitely getting stronger.

We competed in Showmanship and Hunter Under Saddle. We did terribly at showmanship (pictured above), but we took circuit champion in hunter under saddle woo woo!!!

We took this adorable good luck charm 🙂


She pretty much slept the entire time…


This horse show was split/combined. So each class that I was in had two judges. Each judge choses their placings separately. What that also means is that I only had to show 2 out of the 4 days since we don’t compete in the western events.

A typical horse show morning goes very similar to an average army day:

5:30 – Alarm goes off, shower, pull hair into a bun and makeup on.

6:00 – Get Harper up (kind of), feed/change/etc.

6:30 – Coffee in cup, go!

8:00 – Arrive at horse show, practice showmanship pattern with trainer

9:00 – Show starts, wait

9:30 – wait some more

10:00 – SHOW!

English usually follows the showmanship classes

On a typical day I usually leave the show at 1:00 or 2:00 and head home for lunch and a well deserved beer!

Harper throws a wrench into the mix, depending on her schedule. So we had to be flexible.


My mom carts around the stroller and hangs out with her while I show.


We’re looking forward to the day that she can ride. But enjoying the time we get to hold and cuddle her.





Army Paisley – Her Life Now

Long time no see… So over the last year I got a bunch of emails from soldiers who were getting ready to go to MIBOLC. They asked a lot of questions and also let me know how helpful this blog was. Happy to hear…. but I failed to respond because I was busy creating and then taking care of this ball of joy…


Not sure if you all knew that I was pregnant, but now you do. 


Harper – born June 24th, 2013 🙂


To say the least, it’s been crazy over here. She’s beautiful, wonderful, happy and smells like Heaven.


I’ll start posting different things about being a mom because that is now a new component to the life of Army Paisley.

Speaking of… I got promoted. I’m now a First Lieutenant. Nothing really has changed, but I just can’t mess up as much. I’ve been working on my OER for the past few weeks. That stuff is so fun. Not. It’s hard to remember all that you’ve done in the past year. Especially when you’re only at drill two days a month. Oh yeah and then add a pregnancy and a baby in the mix… Forget about it!

As for running, that has been very limited these days. If you’ve ever tried to run with a stroller you know what I mean. It’s just not the same. Baby starts crying and then you have to deal with that. Your 3 mile run just turned into 2 hours. I’m good. But, I am totally back at CrossFit. I’m pretty much sore all the time because of it. But it’s the best feeling. Well that, and just not being pregnant any more. Pregnancy blows.

Lastly… I’m also back at my civilian job. They are allowing me to exclusively work from home which is totally awesome. I’m constantly surprised at how lucky I truly am. I’m using my mom’s camera these days so I’ll start snapping more pictures of my life. I don’t know that it’s more interesting… just different. 

Keep sending me questions via email, I love hearing from all of you. 

armypaisley at gmail dot com 🙂