Hi there! I’m Britt, and I’m a professional graphic/web designer. But when I’m not doing my day job, I’m an adult amateur equestrian. I come by my equine obsession honestly, having grown up on a horse farm and starting riding lessons at 4 yrs old. In 2003 I ventured outside the world of foxhunting and open shows into the world of eventing, or equestrian triathlon, and fell in love with the adrenaline, the power, and the people. In college I took a brief break from eventing to focus on dressage with my then-horse Ivan, and to this day I still love dressage and have plans of attaining my Bronze medal. In 2011 I purchased a gangly young warmblood cross, Foster, and returned to eventing.
Beyond design and horses are my other loves. I married my husband, Tyler, in 2013, and that same year we bought a foreclosed house on a hill. Our constant DIY projects and remodeling efforts are often chronicled in this blog- hence the title, House on a Hill! You’ll also get to see some of my freelance photography, as I love documenting my friends and the equines they love as well! If you want to follow along check back at this blog for updates, and follow along on Instagram for spotted pony pictures and disgustingly cute photos of my animals.
Foster is an 2007 gelding out of an Oldenburg mare and by a Paint/TB stud. His favorite activities include cuddling, getting dirty, picking up things and throwing them (bridles, step-stools, trashcans, buckets..), and being a couch. He’s also one heck of a licker, so if you meet him be prepared to become his next human popsicle. Foster was competing at the Novice level of eventing and schooling 2nd/3rd level dressage, when he started having odd lame days. With the help of a very dedicated vet, we went down the proverbial rabbit hole of diagnosing the problem, including a bone scan, x-rays for hoof angles, and eventually discovering a bone chip in his front right ankle. We went to surgery to learn more about the chip, and in the process discovered a cyst that was affecting his joint. With the thought that if jumping was no longer possible, we could at least do dressage, we continued through rehab. Unfortunately, the atrophy that resulted from stall rest and the rehabbing revealed multiple other issues, and it was decided that Foster would no longer be comfortable doing more than very light work without the help of many, multiple injections. With that in mind I found the perfect forever home, surrounded by my (and his) friends, where Foster is starting a new career as a trail horse.
Not to be outdone is the cast of characters living in the House on the Hill. This includes 2 rescued Manx cats, Elliot and Jackson, and Drake the German Shepherd. These guys keep us on our toes and are part of what makes life on the hill so exciting!