More beautiful photos of Flamenco ASH (Franziskus x Jazz). "Minka" is out of Cleopatra (Jazz x Samber) who was a foundation mare of Michele Seaver's Red Wagon Farm, and who is now owned by Samantha Kidd of Arion Sporthorses. I'm excited to see Minka start under saddle sometime in 2023!
Reflecting back on 2022 and looking ahead to 2023.... There was a big change in my life and my life plans in 2022!
In April, I welcomed my third son, Aidan, into my life. I found out that I was pregnant with Aidan in 2021, not long after I lost Seleste (Selestial R). The soul crushing loss of Seleste was met with the unexpected joy and apprehension of delivering a child at 43! By the beginning of 2022, I was down to only one riding horse, having sold all of my other riding horses. The loss of Seleste almost broke my desire to keep riding horses.
I hoped to keep Indy (Indiana R) and compete him at Grand Prix. Aidan arrived in April, and even being induced to deliver a week before his due date, he was still 9 lbs, 10 oz! No wonder that I was completely incapacitated by the end of my pregnancy. We got started with a short stint in the NICU, as Aidan had not cleared all of the fluid from his lungs during delivery. It was a rough start, but he recovered just fine. Nearly 8 months later, I'm still waiting to get a good night of sleep myself!
Aidan is an incredible gift to me and my family. He is always cheerful and always has a smile to give. At first, I was disappointed and upset that my plans to compete Indy had been derailed and that my hope of having a Grand Prix horse to really go for it on had been dashed again. In the end, my family comes first, and my job as a mother is always my number one priority. I have massive respect for all mothers (2 legged and 4 legged). The commitment, love, and energy required of moms is enormous, albeit, wonderfully rewarding on most days.
Through all of this, I haven't had a day where I haven't wanted to go to the barn and ride my horses. I am thankful that my love for horses and my love of training horses has not faded. I have enjoyed a break from competition, and I'm sure that I will one day strive again to get a horse to the "Big Ring". For now, I look to the future with a brilliant line up of young horses to enjoy, learn from, and develop for the future. It brings me pleasure to see my horses go on and live their best lives after I have been a part of their development.
In the end, for me, it's not about winning ribbons, but it is about enjoying the privilege of spending my working life with these brilliant, kind, and beautiful horses. Wishing all of you a wonderful 2023 that brings you peace and love with your families, both 2 and 4 legged. ... See MoreSee Less
Your skills will only be enhanced by your children. I have found my children have given me a better understanding of the creatures we hold so dear to our hearts- in and out of the saddle.
You are no doubt a top producer of fantastic dressage horses. This season of life is different I’m sure- but if we’d all look back our life and see the same season, year after year- would we savor the best moments as much?
Love this post and it rings so true to any mother that splits her life between her love of her family and the passion for her sport.
Thank you for your transparency.❤️
There are no straight lines… only a rich, hilly, winding roads. What a beautiful little human! Love to you, my friend.
Cheers to all you said Alyssa Pitts! I feel the fine balance of priorities that you spoke of, the sacrifices that come with being a mom and the love of horses and riding. I find i that I tell myself often these days…it’s ok to just watch them in their pastures, brush them, and kiss their noses. At least they are in my life and always seem to help me carry the burdens of life. Have a wonderful new year. 💗⭐️
Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy! I’m sure you’ll be back in the show ring when the time is right!!
I thoroughly enjoy watching all the videos you post of your riding ❤ and I applaud your focus and commitment to the training 👏🏻
All the best to you in 2023
A precious bundle 💖 You will get back in the groove! When I heard about your mare I was so very sad! You know how I loved Michele. She was sp proud. Always it seems. Out of sadness the Lord brings us peace and we smile again. You have a precious baby to smile again! Happy riding my friend!
Congrats on your beautiful family! Juggling riding and motherhood is very hard but I find it makes me embrace the joy of riding that much more and any time I have in the saddle fills my cup. I also find motherhood has taught me so much about myself, my strength, courage, tenacity, self awareness and I can regulate my emotions so much better. All of this translates to the saddle. You have a long riding career ahead of you and I am so happy we have a sport we can enjoy for our whole lives.
Such a wonderful gift during your time of difficulty and sadness. You are a strong woman with an indomitable spirit. I hope your Big Ring horse arrives in your life at just the right time for you both. Your talent is undeniable.
So precious!!! Congratulations and thanks for sharing… being a mother is so challenging yet so rewarding!
Life is so full of detours we never thought we’d be taking! So happy for you and your family’s precious addition. And so glad God gave us family of the 4 legged kind as well! Blessings in 2023
So well put Alyssa! I am very happy for you, your family, and your horses. Jolie is enjoying her new life in Florida.
It’s about spending our lives working with the horses and the people ❤️ I feel very happy and privileged to get to work with you every day!
Beautifully said, beautifully lived❤️❤️
You are so young! Your talent and passion will be with you for many years to come! So glad you feel there’s a wealth of horsemanship to be lived & enjoyed outside of the show ring!!
He’s beautiful ♥️
Thanks for sharing your story. 2022 was a tough one for many.
Cheers to a great 2023 🥂
What a beautiful blessing Aidan is ❤️ Life has a way of altering our paths bringing out new strengths and wisdom we never realized we had. An amazing future ahead for you ✨️
What a beautiful sentiment! Children and animals are truly God’s gift to us. We must always appreciate and embrace what is happening right now. You truly understand this and deserve all the happiness that comes to you in 2023!
Your son is ADORABLE! ❤️
Alyssa, you are an amazing woman. You are successful in so many ways always with hard work and dedication. Wishing you all that you wish for yourself. Happy New Year 🥳
What a wonderfully thoughtful reflection on the past year. Sending all best wishes for 2023!
You are thrice blessed. ❤️ Best of luck with the horses and the kids! Three is amazing. I had twins so once was enough!
You are so luvable Alyssa....wishing you all the blessings yet to come!!
Beautiful and happy for your Aiden. That amazing horse will be there for you. ♥️
Wishing you much happiness and joy in 2023. <3 Life is so precious and fragile, thank you for sharing the highs as well as the lows. Its very brave.
Well said- and practiced, mama. You are an inspiration.
You always are such an inspiration-not only as a trainer but as a person 💕
Happy new year and hope to see you soon!
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Groom position available at top caliber dressage barn in Snohomish, WA. Part time groom sought Monday through Friday for Alyssa Pitts Dressage. Duties include grooming, tacking, lunging, medicating, preparing grain, etc. Some possible light hacking opportunities. www.alyssapitts.com. Please PM, call, email, or text for more information. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to Mark Rowley of Efficient Arena for the awesome footing additives! I put the family to work this past holiday weekend, and now, we have extra fluffy footing. Efficient Arena ships its products, so contact Mark for any footing additives that you need. I have been riding on Mark's arenas for 12 years now, and Mark's customer service and professionalism are second to none. My horses have stayed healthy and sound working on his surfaces.
Incredible opportunity for a rider with serious ambitions. The best horse that I have ever ridden who has given me the feeling that the sky is the limit. I have had a third child, and with an infant and two older children, I can't do justice to my family and this amazing horse at the same time. Scores to 78.8% at small tour and ready for Grand Prix. I would like to watch Indy on the big screen representing his rider's country. Serious inquiries only.
Congratulations to my dear friend, Elise Cutini, and Moonbear TF! They just won the Regional Adult Amateur Championship for Northern California at First Level. Elise has done such a super job bringing "Moony" out into the show world, and it brings me such joy to see a favorite horse and one of my closest friends thriving together. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to the new owner of Dogwood, a 3 year old imported Desperado x Donnerschwee x Romancier gelding! He is very special, and I have high hopes for him to make a super future FEI star for my very good friend and Grand Prix trainer who will develop him. ... See MoreSee Less