Rhinestone Cowgirl
Where has the Time Gone!! Its almost Grad Time!!

Greetings, so once again it has been a very long time since my last blog. So here is a run down of what has happened during my second year at CEC. So during winter term (long ago) we had our live nativity, finals, and yet it was still a busy time for us here at school. Then, Spring came along, and we started back up with our fellowship rides, and weekend camps. And now we come to this….. SPRING FINALS!!!!!!!! So here I am just finished our written finals week, and I am now entering into our riding finals week. Then next weekend May 18-19 is GRADUATION!!!!!!!!! These past two years have gone by way to fast, and through it all God has made me grow so much more!!!! I have truly enjoyed these past two years. This has been a crazy time, and yet I do have a summer job working at a barn called Rocking Horse Arabians up in Everson, WA. So I will be living it up at home for the summer.

~~ Marika~~

WOW! Second Year at CEC!! Fall Term Finals 2011

Wow! It has been to long since I have posted anything here on my blog. I have been really busy. This past summer I worked down in Lake City, Florida at The Oaks Equestrian Center. I had to do an internship for CEC. Now it has been a crazy fall term. I am in my week of fall finals andin a week, half I will be on Thanksgivingbreak.bing able to be home and hanging out with family and friends. This year I am doing an internship at the Portland Mounted Police Station. (can’t post photos.) I am doing combined training (CT= Three day eventing with other phases like steeplechase) on a horse named Lotto. I am also doing reining and cutting (working cows) on a horse named Gumby. I also have Breaking and Training class, which is when we learn how to train a young horse to be able to be ridden by their owners. I am working with a horse named Dude, and he is a 5 year old Quarter Horse. Dude’s owner wants him to be able to do Dressage and Jumping, so that is what I am going to start working him with here in the next two terms. Fall term has gone very fast and suddenly it will be winter term, weekend camps are done for the fall, and will start back up in the spring time, and fellowship rides are coming to a close, and will also start back up in the spring. Winter Term will be packed, but also not a demanding with teaching the camps and lessons during the week. I will be able to have some time to relax and get the important things done. Also during winter term, my classmates and I will be preparing what we want for Graduation. Yes, Graduation is coming up here in May!! We have a lot of planning to do before we are ready to celebrate our Graduation day with our family and friends!! I will be posting a lot more on my blog this year, since it has been such a long time. Here in the next little while I hope to post pictures as well. Well I must end my post for now, but remember “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 (NIV)

The Winter Term Begins!!!! A Live Nativity, and Christmas Caroling

Now that winter term has officially started, within the last few weeks. So far the weather has held out with cold,crisp air, but with the Sun shining through! Only a few weeks ago I was home for Thanksgiving Break, and now I am looking into the next week already and Wow! I will be heading home for Christmas Break!! Wow, the time really flies down here in the Canyon when your always busy, riding, feeding, barn chores, classes, and school work, outside of classes. School has had alot of twists and turns, and plenty of exciting tales to talk about!! As the weather is starting to get colder once again, the work will once again get harder. The joys that come from the Canyon, is that we are always sharing Christ!! This past weekend the Canyonview students which is all the first years, second years, and some of the staff went into Silverton, for there Tree Lighting which kicks off the Christmas Season. The students sang songs infront of lots of people who were all celebrating the Christmas Season, that was on Friday Night, and on Saturday, Canyonview held their tenth annual Live Nativity, which included a night of fun activities and being able to share the Gift God gave us by sending Jesus Christ, who is our True Gift of the Season, and during the whole entire year! Our night included pony rides(I helped with that), cookie decorating, decorating two Christmas trees, carridge rides, crafts, and of course the Live Nativity, I was an angel for the Live Nativity, we had calves, sheep, goats,Dusty(Miniture Donkey), and Marshal. This last weekend was so much fun being able to speak about what Christmas is all about to believers and non-believers, who might only ever hear the True Christmas Story once this season. Well That’s all for now…..

It Was Only A Quarter

"It Was Only a Quarter" It was Only a Quarter Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an ocassion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidently given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, "You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it." Then he thought, "Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company get too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet." When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, "Here, you gave me too much change." The driver, with a smile, replied, "Aren’t you the new preacher in town? I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday." When the preacher stepped off the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, "Oh God, I almost sold your son for a quarter." Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians and will put us to the test! Always be on guard and remember that you carry the of Christ on your shulders when you call yourself "Christian." Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. God bless you; I hope you are having a wonderful day! The Will of God will never take you to wear the Grace of God will not protect you….. Stay Faithful and Be Grateful!! Have a Blessed Day and be an Encouragement

All, I know its been along time since my last blog. It has been a super busy fall, and now here I am two days before Fall Finals already, wow this fall has already gone by so fast!! We had an auction here at the school to have as a fundraiser to raise money for the college and for the summer camp that goes on here. We are starting to plan and organise our Christmas Live Nativity, here at Canyonview. Here are finally just a few pictures from my adventures here at Canyonview, the pictures are just one of me and my fall term western horse his name is Jude, and he is a paint with two blue eyes, and he is eight years old, and he was trained here at Canyonview by on of the students that came here. The other pic is of me on Jude and two of my classmates one is Cressa on the other paint that horse’s name is Sparky, and the girl on the Chestnut is Hannah, and the horse she’s on is Bear, and our Dean here at the school trained Bear as her breaking and training filly so thats pretty cool. For our fall finals I will have a dressage test and I am doing Training Level one on a horse named Spy, he is a black thouroghbred, who I use for my dressage class, I will have pictures of him after our fall finals. I am also riding a horse named Lotto, who is also a thouroghbred and he is the horse I use for my huntseat class. This term I will not be having a huntseat final, which is ok since we have a lot of lots of things to learn in our huntseat class. Besides riding finals I have lots of written tests and papers as well, which are actually pretty fun. Besides all the school things, us first years have also had quite a few fun adventures, like going to our Sherilyn’s(Dean of Students) house for dinner and was able to meet her husband, and being able to go to Elisa’s house (roomy and classmate) house for dinner and we watched a movie. That night we even got Robyn to go with us, who is our older classmate, who is super cool and is totally awesome, just like my other classmates!!! This has been a super exciting fall term!! Ready to Celebrate Thanksgiving at home with friends and family, then when we get back after Thanksgiving we will be auditing a clinic at one of the barns down here that holds a clinic with George Morris(U.S. Olympic Coach) then that will only be three weeks of Winter Term before, Christmas Break, and in the mean time my roomate Elisa is leaving for Malawi this week on the 19th for a missions trip with her family and a few others from her church. Then she will be back on December 6th!! So pray for her as she is in Africa and during her travels!! I am so happy for you Elisa, let God guide you and teach you what He has to offer during this amazing oppurtunity!! I will be praying for you!!!

Second Week at Canyonview

Well, here I am once again blogging about my time here at Canyonview. So far this week we have done all our normal classes which include dressage, huntseat, dressage theory, huntseat theory, which is all on Monday. Tuesday we did Equine Anatomy, and Equine Management. Today in Equine Anatomy we had a quiz over what is anatomy? roots of words, and lots of other questions getting us into the crazy world of anatomy. Also today in Anatomy we went over the next part of what we are going to learn in anatomy which is the horses bones and more root words in other words (Latin). Yesterday we went to my roomy Elisa’s house her mom made us spaghetti and meat sauce it was super good! We also watched a movie which was “Ever After” it was really good and was a PG-13 movie so we were able to watch it at Elisa’s house since we can’t watch them at Canyonview. Elisa’s mom also made really good chocolate chip cookies with some peanut butter in it, its super good!! Last night we also had popcorn during our movie!! Yesterday was such a nice time being able to go with the first years, saddly our classmate Robyn wasn’t able to join us she went home to Bend, over the weekend. Our hang out place down here with the second years is going to DQ, and going to Walmart, yes we are crazy college students having crazy fun!! Everyone here is so much fun to be around. We have quite a few interns who learn the ropes for taking a position at camps, and at other places. Bethany who graduated from here, is now back as a third year and besides taking classes with the horses she is also learning Greek, from our Bible Teachers John, and Jim. Tomarrow we have Bible, we are studying the book of Galatians, which is very interesting. I will be posting pictures of Canyonview and stuff soon, so keep checking back. Oh and on Friday we are going to Eugene, Oregon for a Equine Management Fieldtrip, we are visiting their Equine Event Center. So we will be in Eugene for most of the day. On Friday’s we don’t have classes the first years feed in the afternoons while the second years are doing there internships. We usually have weekend camps, except this weekend we don’t have a camp, so its pretty relaxing here this weeked. Well Keep checking out my blog for new updates of whats happening here at Canyonview. Well certainly I will be posting Pictures up soon.

Again today at Canyonview

Once Again, Today we did lots of chores around the Ranch, like cleaning the loft, where us 1st years stay, and also cleaning what we call grand central, and also cleaned up our buildings kitchen. Yesterday we practiced teaching a 15 minute lesson preparing us for our CHA Clinic, which stands for: Certified Horsemanship Association. In other words its for us to become certified riding instructors. Today we also did more barn chores than usual since we have the Ladies Retreat this weekend, so we really got the barn clean (it really needed it) all in all today was a very good day. The weather has been rainy, and not to cold (that will change here in a few short weeks) My dorm room is starting to feel like home more and more. I need to start taking pictures of what is going on around Canyonview. This evening the barn Manager: Janna and I worked on horse assingments so that the Ladies will be able to have a comfortable ride on the horses. I am hoping to ride sometime tomarrow. BJ has been listening to me pretty well lately. I am working on getting Skype up so that I will be able to do some video chatting. Well its getting late, so this is when I guess I need to say good-night. Keep checking back here and start expecting pictures to pop up shortly. Also I have been getting this question lately: “How is school going?” To answer this question we will be starting a week from Monday. We had a week and a day of Orientation for school, and for what to expect throughout the year, such as camps, and fellowship rides. And all this next week we will be doing our CHA clinic to become instructors. This year us 1st years will most likely not be the lead instructors, the 2nd years are going to be the lead instructors, and us 1st years are going to be the assistants in the ring. During this week I could use prayer for being spiritually and physically ready for the CHA Clinic, and also people have asked me if I am nervous for this clinic and my answer is:”Not to nervous mostly excited to see what I do know and what I can work on.” More posts will be popping up whenever I have time to post stuff. So now I must really say good-night!

An update from Canyonview

Hey Everyone, so lots have been happening while I arrived at Canyonview. So far all 4 of us (including me) have had about a week and a day of Orientation. So I haven’t posted anything lately due to me not having a wireless connection on my computer so I haven’t had it until it arrived yesterday. So last week all of us 1st years had a western riding lesson last week, and I rode a horse named Jude, he is a paint. Monday this week we had our Dressage lesson and I rode a horse named Lotto, who is a thoroughbred, and and yesterday we had a huntseat lesson, and I rode a horse named Lance, who was very jumpy. Also yesterday I rode my horse BJ and we was very good. and early this morning I rode BJ again and we was good. This week I had an intro to Bible Class, which I am excited about, as well as all my other classes. Also this week we did a ministry and outreach project so we went and painted a hugeround pen that was really fun. This next week we are doing our CHA Clinic so that we can become a certified riding instructor, this year as first years we will mostly be assisting the second years who will be the lead instructors in the ring. This weekend we are having a ladies retreat here at Canyonview. So far everything is super fun and lots of information to gather. So here is a little summary of what has happened so far. I will keep posting on here, whenever I have time, so keep checking back.

Horses are like potato chips, you can’t just have one.