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April 28, 2016

One Of Many Rolex Kentucky Course Walks

Leah Lang-Gluscic and AP Prime have a 9:58 a.m. ride time on Friday, April 28, so Leah spent quite a bit of time at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** today walking the cross-country course!

Did you miss Leah and AP's first set of blogs, about their journey to an arrival at the Rolex Kentucky event? See AP turned out, spiffed up for the jog, and more.




April 28, 2016

Tryon: Triumph Of American Design

Dear Rita,

I was both excited and intrigued to see the CDI*** at Tryon, N.C., appear on the FEI calendar this spring. Our country needs more international venues, and North Carolina lies conspicuously in the middle of our bi-annual migration between Florida and New Jersey. 

April 27, 2016

Rolex Has Begun!

COTH blogger Leah Lang-Gluscic is ready to start the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** with her off-the-track Thoroughbred AP Prime!

She's video blogging for the Chronicle all during the Rolex Kentucky week, sharing the behind-the-scenes fun with her off-the-track Thoroughbred, AP Prime! You can read her pre-Rolex Kentucky blogs here.

But here's Leah's pre- and post-report video from the first jog...

April 26, 2016

How To Make A Grand Prix Horse

Meet him at late 3 or early 4 years old. He’s keen-eyed and clever-looking, and he walks, trots and canters under saddle. He goes when you drive and whoas when you gather and mostly steers. He stands on the crossties and gets on the trailer and stands at the mounting block. He’s balanced and shiny and remarkably organized, with nice conformation and clean legs. You love him immediately, which is good, because two weeks later he’ll have kicked the stall and sliced his leg open, and grown an inch behind, and lost the capacity to turn right. Love him anyway.


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April 20, 2016

When Two Worlds Collide And It All Makes Sense

A black-and-white pinto American Saddlebred walks into the dressage ring at a Sinead Halpin clinic. Sounds like the start of a corny joke, doesn’t it?

It’s not. It’s exactly what happened at Antebellum Farm in Lexington, Ky., during four-star eventer Halpin’s two-day clinic on April 16-17. (You can see my stories about the clinic for the Chronicle here.)

April 14, 2016

Thoroughbreds Make Up One Third Of The Rolex Entries

I feel like I repeat myself a lot, but you guys. Thoroughbreds are awesome.

April 13, 2016

It’s Neither American, Nor Invitational, Anymore

Just before I headed to Miami Beach, Fla., to cover the Longines Global Champions Tour there, I wrote a quick Throwback Thursday story about Chris Kappler winning the $100,000 Budweiser American Invitational in 1995.

April 12, 2016

What's At Steak In Omaha

I'd just taken Ella back to the stabling after our last freestyle of Florida 2016 and my phone beeped. It was a message from Thomas Bauer, who is a Big Deal Guy—he's part of show management not only for the Adequan Global Dressage Festival shows, but also organizer for some major European shows, and a member of the FEI Dressage Committee. He says he needs to speak to me.

And I have a middle-school flashback: what have I done? How much trouble am I about to be in? 

April 12, 2016

Why Do I Do This?

The Carolina International: Massive Ian Stark cross country course, 4:41 pm ride time, and carnage all day long. 

That daunting combination had me wondering all day that Saturday, “Why in the world do I want to do this?”

April 8, 2016

You Won't Fall Off Backwards

Being a dressage trainer in Northern Virginia means working with lots of riders with a jumping background, whether they're still actively participating in the hunters, jumpers, eventing or foxhunting, or transitioning from any of those disciplines into being a straight-up dressage rider.

Obviously good position for each of those disciplines is different, but they have a few things in common, and riders I teach coming from those disciplines are predictable in the equitation struggles they have to overcome.