About Breeches and Boat Shoes
My name is Terise and I wear breeches and boat shoes…a lot.
In August of 2013 I began a new chapter in my book of life and bought a new horse, Southern Axcent. After riding for years and showing my first pony, Smithfields’ Irish Angel for most of them, I never expected to get another horse, let alone when I was a junior in college! But opportunities arise at the most unexpected of times and when Ax came around it was definitely one of those times. I spent a summer on an island with him, fell in love, and when we came back to reality I knew I couldn’t let him get away. Before I knew it, the papers were signed and he was mine. The downside to all of this? He needed some work. This was a huge feat for a rider in college, and although I still didn’t know where this adventure was going to take me, I was ready.
Along with being a new horse owner, I was a college student at Becker College in Massachusetts. I received my bachelors degree in Animal Science with an Equine Studies concentration as well as my minor in Business and I also rode on their Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team, serving as captain for two years. To say I was busy is to put it politely.
So why do I blog? I love to write. I always have, whether it be essays or articles. After being inspired by a few different people, I decided to jump in head first. What began as a place to update my friends and family on my adventures with my new horse turned into something much more. From product reviews and fashion to my personal riding stories, Breeches and Boat Shoes has become a blog about all things equestrian.
Welcome to the life of a New England girl and her adventures in breeches and boat shoes.
About the Horses
Southern Axcent is a 2000 Oldenburg gelding from down South. He came to me as a hunter and medal horse with a dirty stop “when the fences get too high”. After a year of almost-strictly flat work, he started looking like an entirely different horse and we got back into over fences work. We currently show in the Modified Amateur Adult Equitation and Hunters. He is the biggest snuggle bug, is constantly searching for cookies, and is obsessed with food.
My very first pony, whom we still have, is a 1998 Morgan mare named Smithfields’ Irish Angel. My mother purchased her for my tenth birthday as a saddleseat, carriage, and in-hand horse. She transitioned her over to dressage and then I rode her hunt seat as well as jumping. Together we showed in 4-H, NHHSET, breed, and open shows for eight years where we took home numerous trophies, went to a few regional finals, and won too many ribbons to count. Currently she stays at home in NH with my mom, who rides her dressage.