Taylor Stevens isn’t trying to live the horsey dream, as the profile on her popular blog The East Coast Equestrian says. She is living the horsey dream. Over 9,000 followers tune in daily to see how the training with her young, gorgeous and gray, Donovan (aka Donny), is going. Together, they compete in the 3 foot Green Hunters and 18-35 Adult Hunters and have their sights set on 3’6″ Amateur Owners for 2018. Fellow riders and warmblood ooglers love witnessing her trials and tribulations and appreciate her candid posts. Taylor never tries to be someone she is not, and she is quick to find the good in any situation. Her positivity is infectious in a sport where sometimes it seems like your “meh” days can overshadow your “yay” days.
I look forward to chatting with Taylor myself down the road, but for now (okay, after Chloe saw a few drool-worthy Donny pictures) Chloe is taking the lead and interviewing Donny. I wonder if Chloe preps for all of her interviews by printing out Instagram pictures and hanging them in her stall? Hmm… 🙂
Chloe: Hi Donny. I couldn’t help but notice that TECE Instagram account is covered in your pictures. Have you thought about getting just compensation for that?
D: Hey Chloe – yeah, Taylor can be super annoying, she takes my photo nonstop. But she does give me tons of treats afterwards, so I guess that counts for something, right?
Chloe: Yes, treats are LIFE! So, Taylor has mentioned that you were imported from France in 2016. What is the hardest part about adjusting to American life?
D: Well I was born in the Netherlands, then moved to France as a stud as a 4 year old, and then to the US as a 6 1/2 year old. Trying to keep up with these humans and all of their languages was driving me crazy! I also used to jump really high and really fast. Now Taylor is making me learn how to go straight and keep one pace. It’s kind of boring sometimes, so I like to keep things interesting every now and then if you know what I mean. 😉
Chloe: Followers of TECE can see that you just returned from the Vermont show and will be attending CHJA Finals this weekend. Do you have a pre-show ritual that you enjoy?
D: Good luck bananas, lots of stretching with Taylor and one peppermint before entering the ring. I’ll look for it every time so they better not forget anytime in the near future!
Chloe: Nice! Wait, why don’t I get a pre-entrance peppermint?! Typical! Is there anything you wish Taylor would work on harder? For example, I wish Andrea would learn to stay out of my way. In fact, she should just start staying home on her lesson days!
D: Sometimes Taylor gets in my way too! All I want to do is GO and she says WOAH – but lately we’re finding a pretty good rhythm. On Tuesdays she takes me out to the fields and lets me chase geese and galloparound so it’s all good I guess.
Chloe: Eww, but what if you step in geese poop?! Do you have a favorite snack? Mine is potato chips. NOM.
D: I tried those for the first time this past weekend! Super crunchy and salty – what’s not to like? I like bananas and the occasional sour patch kid when some of the juniors around the barn sneak them to me.
Chloe: Do you have any pet peeves or things that frighten you? I used to be afraid of cows.
D: I don’t understand ponies. Taylor tries to make me be nice but they really confuse me so sometimes I’m rude. I’m ‘working on it.’ I also don’t like when other horses come at me, mainly when we’re both cantering. I’ll take them on almost every single time if I feel threatened, because who wouldn’t?! Taylor says I’m being dramatic but I’m just showing them who’s boss.
Chloe: What is one product you think every horse should have in his/her grooming tote, even the dreaded ponies?
D: Well… Taylor is always complaining about keeping me looking good, but I’m just all, ‘you gotta let me roll!’ She’s always carrying around a rag and coat spray to keep me shining. I also tried some hoof polish that made me feel pretty baller. 😉
Chloe: I bet you looked really dapper in that hoof dressing! Umm, do you want a girlfriend?
D: Are you on Tinder?
Thank you, Donny, for chatting with me. I knew we would bond over a love for chips and going fast! I really enjoy the videos/pictures of you bucking and hopping in the air, so please keep those coming!
Follow Donny’s journey HERE.