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December 18, 2014

Finding The Fair Gig

My last blog, about being willing to put in the long hours and work hard to reap the benefits a great working student position can offer, received more than a few comments to the tune of this: "Sure, a great working student job is great, but so often the positions are not as advertised, or we're treated like crap, or there's no security blanket should something happen. It's not worth the risk!" 

December 17, 2014

Four-Stop Trip To France, Bagless And All

The Chronicle’s newest blogger, eventer Marina Royston, is about to set off to France, where she’ll work for French eventers Lindsay and Xavier Traisnel. And while she’s learning loads of new stuff (and trying to remember French), she’ll share her stories with us!

December 16, 2014


As soon as Jeff and his clan headed out the driveway, I picked up my cell phone and sent the photos I had taken of him to Noah’s former owner along with the missive: 

I need to talk to you about Nowhere To Hide as soon as you are free.”

My phone rang shortly thereafter. 

“Hi!” said Louise’s cheery voice on the other end of the line. “What’s up?”

“Did you get the pictures I sent of Noah?”


1 day 6 hours ago


How do i subscribe or follow your blog? I would LOVE to see the rest of the story of Noah and Jeffy!
December 16, 2014

Bringing Mane Stream To The World

Dear Rita,

The holiday season is upon us, and as I make my way through November and December, I am always reminded to be grateful for my life. I am not only grateful for the wonderful life I enjoy with my horses, but also for my success as it allows me to give to others.

December 12, 2014

Is The Great Divide Really That Wide?

One of the most common issues that continuously arises in eventing is the perceived gap between the lower level riders, who make up more than 90 percent of the U.S. Eventing Association, and the upper level riders.

December 12, 2014

Noah's Decision

In my last blog post, No Where To Hide And Jeff, I told of the former professional football player who came and fell in love with Noah. And so their story continues...

“Jeff was in there a really long time,” Nick told me when the Minnesota Titans came back to the MMSC the next day.

“He was,” I said, remembering Jeff’s relentless drive to get Noah.


17 hours 42 min ago

edited as comment was applied to wrong post

Wow, clunky change to the comments section. Wish COTH logins still worked for comments- I hate facebook.
December 11, 2014

Dressed In Overalls, Looking Like Work

I had an open working student job all summer, and then added another position that I needed to fill this fall. (Both filled, amen!) It meant that it was a summer of resumes and interviews, and of getting down to a science my hiring procures. And it is thus: someone emails me asking for more information about the job, and I write back with a description of a typical day, as well as with what other chores I expect my staff to do. And I also tell them what I offer for compensation.

December 9, 2014

Could These Young Horse Shows Finals Winners Be Stars In The Future?

Yesterday I wrote about the intent and experience of the Young Horse Shows series and final. As both a rider and a breeder while attending this horse show, I was continuously impressed by the quality of horses being bred and raised here in the United States and the talent they were displaying in the ring.

December 8, 2014

Giving Young U.S.-Bred Horses A Place To Shine

In the Dec. 1 & 8 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse, the annual stallion issue, Between Rounds columnist Natalie diBernardinis writes about how U.S. breeders can connect with top U.S. riders, getting their young horses into the programs that produce success.

One piece of the answer could be the ever-evolving Young Horse Show program.

December 8, 2014

Yesterday, I Didn't Know About Equine Jock Straps

It began innocently enough. Flipping through the media catalog of photos from the Gucci Paris Masters show, I came across one that showed a horse wearing quite an unusual piece of equipment. Katharina Offel's mount Quebracho Semilly had straps hooking around his hind legs and attaching back to the saddle...