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Two weeks ago Tom and I were finally able to go on a ride together in the hay fields. I took Finesse and he rode Dandee, one of my trainer's lesson horses. Tom and Dandee got on fabulously, and it was wonderful to get Tom in the saddle and share with him what I love most. We chose to go out around sunset. As we reached the top of one of the hills, Tom pulled out a ring and proposed! :love: I was stunned--but not so stunned that I could say yes!

He couldn't have planned it better. Tom has known me since I was a horse-crazy 13 year-old, so he's always known that horses and I are a package deal. It fills me with such warmth and makes me feel so blessed to know that he's embraced that part of my life so completely. He's been nothing but supportive since I bought Finesse...and he doesn't look so bad in the saddle himself ;) 

He and I are both thrilled to be taking this next step forward in our lives together. I'm excited to start planning the wedding and am looking forward to enjoying this part of the journey :heart:
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: "Love Someone" - Jason Mraz
  • Reading: Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
DevID.Finesse2.0 by SilverFlameWanderer
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I've had this incredible mare for almost a year now! She is absolutely amazing, and every ride with her is a joy :heart:

May 3, 2015
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Somehow it's February. Somehow I'm already a month into my second semester of graduate school. I have no idea how that happened. My first semester and the holidays absolutely flew by.

There's probably not much point in updating because I primarily lurk now, but I still enjoy the art that shows up in my inbox every day. I still sketch occasionally, but nothing complete enough to post. 

Finesse is doing very well and we're growing a lot together. We had our first adventure at a show last September. It started with her throwing a fit in the schooling ring and ended with us winning our last class of the day. Now that I've owned her for several months, I realize how sassy and opinionated she is. And I love it. She's challenging me to be a more confident and assertive rider. But I'm learning to trust her too. She's very reactive and sensitive to her environment and spooks easily. I'm learning to ride through it. She throws bucking fits occasionally. I'm learning to "yee-haw" it and push her forward and out of it. Although it can be frustrating sometimes, she's teaching me to not be so afraid of getting hurt--because, with horses, that fear is what gets you hurt. She's teaching me to believe in myself and commit to decisions--because if I don't, she's going to make a decision for me. And she's teaching me to be quiet, calm, and patient--because if I tense up, she's too overwhelmed. I love her for all these things.

And more news on the animal front: Tom adopted a greyhound last month. His name is Piper. He's a 1/ 1/2 year old light fawn color. Piper never raced, though the adoption organization did rescue him from the track. From what I can see over Skype, he's quite the goofy personality. He LOVES jumping onto the first step of Tom's parent's pool. He's very vocal and communicates with whines and "rooing." He's a super snuggly fella, and loves to give kisses. I can't wait to meet him next month when I'm home for spring break. 

I hope everyone is well and happy :heart:
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Cary Brothers
  • Reading: The Name of the Wind
I'm about 2 weeks into my graduate program here at Washington State University, and I love it. My classes are great. My professors are amazing. And my cohort is beyond amazing! Everyone has told me how important a friendly and supportive cohort is, so I'm thrilled we all get along so well. I'm also excited to be studying and doing research again. Although, it is a bit of an adjustment going back to student life after taking the last couple of years off. But I feel like my life has more direction now, and it's helping me feel more settled.

Finesse is doing very well and enjoying the 10 hours of turnout she gets every day. I finally broke down and started her on SmartPak: Cosequin (joints), Farrier's Formula (hoof), and a B1 supplement for her skittishness and focus issues. She's amazingly calm in the barn or at the end of a lead rope, but once the saddle and bridle go on, she gets hyper-aware of everything going on around her and in the distance. She gets distracted very easily by things that might be scary, and that can make it hard for us to work on what we need to work on. I love her spunk and sass, so I'm hoping the B1 just helps take the edge off a little so she can focus on me without being so worried about the tractor on the hill across the road. Despite her little case of equine ADHD, we're making great progress building our partnership. We're entered for our first show on September 28. I'm so eager to get back into the show ring--it's been 6 1/2 years! 

Tom is visiting in a couple weeks too for my birthday and the WSU vs. Oregon football game. It's been almost 2 months since I've seen him. Distance has been tough, but we've been able to Skype every day, which has been a tremendous help. He's excited to meet my friends here and see Finesse again. It will be nice to finally introduce him to this new busy life of mine. 

Long story short, things are going well. I'm ready for a busy semester, but I'm determined to make it great!
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: The Fratellis
  • Reading: Redwall
Two weeks ago Tom and I were finally able to go on a ride together in the hay fields. I took Finesse and he rode Dandee, one of my trainer's lesson horses. Tom and Dandee got on fabulously, and it was wonderful to get Tom in the saddle and share with him what I love most. We chose to go out around sunset. As we reached the top of one of the hills, Tom pulled out a ring and proposed! :love: I was stunned--but not so stunned that I could say yes!

He couldn't have planned it better. Tom has known me since I was a horse-crazy 13 year-old, so he's always known that horses and I are a package deal. It fills me with such warmth and makes me feel so blessed to know that he's embraced that part of my life so completely. He's been nothing but supportive since I bought Finesse...and he doesn't look so bad in the saddle himself ;) 

He and I are both thrilled to be taking this next step forward in our lives together. I'm excited to start planning the wedding and am looking forward to enjoying this part of the journey :heart:
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: "Love Someone" - Jason Mraz
  • Reading: Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson

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Ashley
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I've always loved art and have enjoyed drawing and painting. Horses are my truest passion. I competed in hunter/jumper shows all through high school. Two years out of college, in May 2014, I was finally able to buy my first "forever horse," Finesse.

I graduated from Colgate University in 2012 with my B.A. in Psychology. I spent the past year working as a research assistant in a developmental psychology research lab at the University of Texas at Dallas. The primary project examined adolescent aggression and antisocial behavior. Currently, I am continuing my education in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Washington State University.

I also love books, film, good wine, and an exciting hockey game. I am an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan.

My classes, work schedule, and horse keep me very busy, but I try to draw and post whenever I can. I'm always looking for constructive criticism and I try my best to respond to all comments. Enjoy my art :)

Current Residence: Pullman, Washington
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CelineDGD Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015

Hellow there random deviant. :) *clicked the random deviant button* Just want to spread the love. :)

You are beautiful and worth it, no matter what people say. <3

Have a hug too. :hug:
Don't be afraid to pass this on if you want. :)

And have a nice day/evening/night. :3

Sincerely, CelineDGD
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AnoraAlia Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking through your gallery, I have to admit I love your art. The way you draw is very beautiful, and every drawing tells a story... You put much love in every single work of yours, that's clearly to be seen. I'd love to see more of your art. :)
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much--it's warming to hear such kind words :heart: I wish I had the time to draw like I used to, but hopefully I'll be able to pick up drawing again now that it's summer :)
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AnoraAlia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, hopefully you will! :)
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nemuikumo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav! :)
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KariLiimatainen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:!
 
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LullabyEquineArt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav! Hug :happybounce: 
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Dyun Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the fave! :)
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thank you for the fav :hug:
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TheShiranja Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch :la:
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