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July 30, 2014

Bringing Up Baby

As young eventers, many of us dream of glamorous horizons. We dream of going to the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships then on to the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, Burghley, the Olympics. We aspire to ride like Fox-Pitt and rack up titles as prolifically as a Davidson.

July 24, 2014

Location, Location, Location

One of the perks of being a horse husband is the opportunity to travel the world. Or perhaps I should say, the opportunity to travel the horse world with a horse trailer. You tend to plan vacations by reviewing horse show prize lists to see what’s showing instead of glossy travel brochures to see what’s playing. It’s given me the chance to see the state in a whole new light.

July 23, 2014

When The Vet Becomes The Client

I have some good news and some bad news and, as usual for me, the reveal is best done in the form of a story.

Ephraim and I went down to Kevin Babington’s for two days of education. He strolled through the barns, hung out in the busy grooming area, and stood in the ring watching others school big jumps, all sans stress.  He walked into his stall and dug into the hay.  “I have a show horse!” I thought.    

July 23, 2014

Mehr Forwards!

I’ve taken a lot of language classes over the years, and in most of them you adopt a new name to help you identify with the culture and immerse you in the language. In Spanish I was “Maria.” In Russian I was “Tanya.” In French I was “Sophie.” And in Arabic…well I didn’t make it long enough in Arabic to even get a name. I never took German classes, but if I did I have a pretty good idea what my name would be: “MEHR FORWARDS...”

…or at least that’s what my trainer Susi would rename me.  

July 21, 2014

Soaking Up Knowledge From George Morris And More

I had one of the most educational, inspirational and enjoyable weeks of my life on June 23-28 at the George H. Morris Gladstone Program that took place at the stunning Annali-Brookwood Farm in Antioch, Ill. 

I had a lot of ideas and anxieties about how the week would play out but I didn't have any clue how much it would impact my riding and my horsemanship. I knew I would be surrounded by nine other riders that were some of the best young riders in the country, but I didn't expect to genuinely enjoy, respect and build relationships that  will last for a long time. 

July 18, 2014

Broken Silence

With the World Equestrian Games fast approaching, I figured it was long past time to try to push past whatever writer’s block I’ve been experiencing. The last time we spoke, I got some mixed reviews from a lot of you. While I won’t delve into the depths of online commentary, because as a general rule of thumb we as contributors don’t ever go on the Forums, I do feel like I should mention that Perez Hilton has nothing on some of you!

July 16, 2014

Dressage At Lexington Wrap Up

Dressage At Lexington is always a big show for us. It's three days long, at one of our favorite venues; it's in the middle of July, after all the chaos of Spring qualifying things has calmed down. We always end up having quite a herd, and the original number was 10-12, with me showing two or three, and Allison showing two or three, and there we were. No big deal.

July 10, 2014

Any Old Bay Gelding Will Do, Right?

Tuesday, June 23, noon: Wahoo! Rocky is mine! I love him, he's perfect, he's wonderful, he feels like riding an octopus on roller skates and can't turn right with a gun to his head, but he's a genius and I love him and I can't wait to get him home. So I call a couple of transport companies, and because it's the off season, only one of them has a truck going up 95 with any regularity, but they assure me that he'll get on the van by the end of the week. They'll call me when they know when.

Wednesday: (crickets.)

Thursday: (chirp, chirp.)

Friday: (you got it.)

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swgarasu
1 week 2 days ago

Cute horse! :)

Cute horse! :)
July 7, 2014

Back To The Grind

The end is, alas, nigh. This holiday weekend was the last of a three weekend tour of relative tranquility, a glorious quiet period after our insanity-inducing Spring tour of showing. I worked, of course, teaching lessons and riding like I normally do, but it was lovely to be at home on the weekends, to see my friends, to run a triathlon last weekend (faster on all three phases, especially my weakness, the bike; nailed it), to have the teensiest weeniest bit of a life.

That's about to go back out the window.

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July 2, 2014

A Bit Of Introspection On Living The Dream

Now that we have hit the halfway mark of the year, I finally feel like I can take a deep breath.

Though the season is still in full swing, and in particular busy with impending Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games selections, it has still slowed down just enough to give everyone a chance to hit the reset button as we prepare for a summer and fall full of great events.