The Sunshine Award is for people who "positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere." The nominee must do the following: thank the person who nominated her, nominate ten bloggers of her own, answer the ten questions given to her, and post them and the Sunshine Award button to her blog.
First, I would like to give a shout out to Mia over at Avandarre in Dressage. Mia is a quiet blogger, but she never ceases to inspire me or offer words of encouragement.
Second, I'd like to introduce you to Tara of Collieful Living. Tara is a military wife who also manages to have an equine life.
Third is Amanda of Keeping it Low Key. Amanda's blog is interesting to read for the same reason as Tara's. She's also a military wife who manages to balance her (sometimes) life abroad with her horses.
I am sure Sarah at Eventing in Color will be nominated many times, but that's because she's such a great person and equally wonderful mom to her OTTB. Check her out!
Austen, who writes Guinness on Tap, is also a blogger you should check out, especially if you're a dressage rider. She writes very openly about her successes and failures on her own Irish Thoroughbred.
The Longest Format is a relatively new blog about Hannah's forray into endurance riding. She was an eventer, and may still be, but for now she's trying something new!
Calm, Forward, Straight is another dressage blog that I follow. She could use an encouraging word right now though, as she suffered a nasty broken bone just recently. She definitely needs a Sunshine Award about now!
Mel, over at Boots and Saddles is always a good read especially if you like reading about endurance, dressage, or vet school.
I recently started reading Tales From a Bad Eventer. She's funny, and seems quite knowledgeable. Definitely pop over and give her a quick read.
And finally, you might try reading A Riding Habit. Bonita writes about her dressage experience from Down Under (Australia, I think).
There's a long list of other blogs that I read, but most have already been nominated! You might try reading She Moved to Texas (one of my favorites) and A Horse Crazy American in Germany (another serious favorite).
Mares or Geldings: I am fine with either. I had only had mares until I acquired Mickey Dee in 2001. Since him, I've bought two other geldings (Speedy G and Sydney).
English or Western: Why is there never an endurance choice? (That always bugs me). The answer is English, of course. Growing up, it was always bareback, and once I became an adult, it was endurance. While I had a borrowed western saddle, I never felt any affinity for that riding style. I quickly bought several endurance saddles, one of which is modeled after a dressage saddle. That would be my Tucker Equitation.
Do you prefer riding or groundwork? Riding, of course, but I love to do groundwork. It's essential for a good riding relationship. You always need respect from your horse while on your own two feet.
Have you trained a horse from ground zero? Yes and no! I've had many green horses, and I raised a foal from birth to two years old. I haven't taken a foal to riding status, but I've done all of the chunks in between. The closet I've come to starting and finishing a horse was Mickey Dee. He came to me as a recently gelded six year old with a lot of baggage who was only somewhat halter broke. I helped him become quite the model citizen.
All tacked up or bareback: Tacked up, but I do enjoy hopping up on Speedy G for short rides sans tack. Sydney isn't dependable enough to try that yet.
Equestrian model? I don't think I have any one particular equestrian hero, but there are many riders I admire: Steffen Peters and Hilda Gurney come to mind. I've seen Hilda ride several times over this past year and have actually spoken to her in passing. I like her matter of fact way of riding and her down to earth attitude.
Blog awards are more like "games" rather than any kind of actual "award." They're just an entertaining way to get to know each other, but I like playing so thanks again, Tracy, for the nomination!