The Chronicles of a New Rider
So... I'm supposed to tell you a little about me? OK, we can start by the basics then. I'm male, born on '76 in Lisbon, in the vicinities of which I've lived all my life. Last time I checked I was 1.72m tall (that's 5'8'' for you guys still on that funky Imperial system) and all of it skin and bones (and grey matter and guts and teeth and nails and if you look really, really close, a wee bit of muscle here and there).
To the right you can see a photo of me. It's already one and a half years old, but it seems to be the only "posing" picture in which I'm not wearing army boots and combat fatigues against a background of mountains, forest or boulders. Or worse, about to do (or in the process of doing) something crazy like jumping from a cable car with an elastic tied to my feet. If you had the chance of looking closely at the original photo you'd see I am wearing army boots - you just never know when a thorny mountain might spring from under your feet (even during a matinee at Her Majesty's Theatre in London)!
See how much you already know about me! Yeah, not much really... well, what more can I say? My vocation revealed itself around the age of twelve, with a growing attraction for computers. Twelve years, high school and college later I'm a software engineer in a company in Lisbon, working on CAD applications for the shoe industry. To compensate for my "exhilarating" work life I try to gather some money and spend my yearly vacations by running away to some distance place, alone, for a month. In '99/'00 I went to New Zealand, next in line is Canada. What does that matter, you ask? It was with the trip to NZ that my slumbering fascination with horses resurfaced (Ohhh, nice phrase! Don't you just love Word's thesaurus?). I logged five hours on horse back on a hack I did Down Under, plus five minutes on a family member's horse in the weekend before I left for NZ.
Once back from the Other Side, and after things settled a bit, I started looking into riding lessons. As part of my engineering dark side, I was looking for riding books even before setting foot on a lesson barn. That's when I found Heather's book and stumbled on and here I am! I lurked around for a couple of months until "I finally started with riding lessons"!
Besides horse ridding (and now completely overshadowed by it) my other hobby is military aviation. You know... air shows, big noisy planes, the works. Reconciling an interest in aviation with computers proved easy - I play flight simulators. But how was I to reconcile horse riding with computers? The answer: I started to write chronicles of my own experiences, to share with others over the net.
And that's what you're about to read!