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September 30, 2016

Showing Pokerface In Central Park Was Unlike Anything Else

Last weekend I had the privilege of taking part in a very special horse showing experience set in New York City's iconic Central Park.  

This unique venue was exciting and challenging in a way that I think all of the competitors really embraced and appreciated. It was pretty surreal to be with our horses amidst the hustle and bustle of city life and the backdrop of skyscrapers; to bring our passion and sport to the mainstream in such an innovative way.

September 29, 2016

How To Prepare For Devon

THREE MONTHS BEFORE: Natasha, one of your assistant trainers, asks if she can join her family on a vacation for a chunk of time that includes Dressage at Devon. It’s not great timing, but you’re well staffed at home, so missing one person won’t be a disaster.

THREE WEEKS BEFORE: Get into a fender-bender (you’re fine, car is not), and watch as your beloved VW gets towed to the repair shop, where it sits. And sits. And sits. And sits. And sits. Fortunately, GEICO is a bunch of rockstars, so you’re in a rental car and everything is fine…

September 29, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Is "Croup-High" A Euphemism For Bucking?

There was no bucking at Caber Horse Trials in late August—by Cairo anyway. I can’t speak for anyone else’s sassy mares. 

Cairo did have some, “emotions,” as I like to call her leaping and dancing when she’s supposed to be standing still, but as always our cross-country was a blast when we get to “Go, mare go!”

September 27, 2016

Off To A Great Start

When asked how often I wanted to blog, I thought every week or so should be plenty. However, after spending my first few days at Hannoveraner Verband, I’m not quite sure I’ll be able to fit everything I learn in a week into one blog. I would be lucky to fit everything I learn in a day into a single blog. So, we’ll see how often it works out!

Day 1:

September 23, 2016

A Relationship Built On Trust

We have all been in a trust exercise at some point in our lives. The boss of your latest employment gathers your coworkers, or the RA your freshman year of college gathered your fellow undergrads.  

They talk of how trust is so essential in the functionality of your “team” and whether that is in selling medical supplies, or being a cohesive unit of giggling sorority sisters, trust is key.

Me and Mak—trust. Photo by Amy Bumpaous

September 22, 2016

Finding A Silver Lining

It's been quite a while since I have written, and I think it partly had to do with the fact that I struggled quite a bit to write the last blog, and I found it hard to top in the terms of writing from the heart.

This season has been an interesting one so far for me in the fact that it is the first one in quite a while that I won't have competed Cambalda. ["Ping" is out with an injury this year.]

September 21, 2016

Unexpected Job Perks

I’ve been writing for the Chronicle full time for three years, and I’ve interviewed dozens and dozens (and dozens) of people. Some were quick phone calls, a quote about a steeplechase finish or thoughts on a subject I am featuring, but most of the time the stories I am assigned are in-depth profiles where I get to spend a good deal of time with the person.

September 20, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Mental Training, Schmental Training

Me: Do you think I can do it?

Trainer: I know you can do it.

Me: What if I miss the distance?

Trainer: If you miss it, you miss it. Just look up and keep your leg on.

Me: What if I accidentally squeeze him off the ground from 10 feet away and make him leap at it and then he retaliates on the other side?

Trainer: Um. Just try not to do that.

September 20, 2016

An Eventer’s Guide To Better Learning

My entire life I have believed myself to be a good student, but I just discovered that the consistency I have shown as a student doesn't necessarily translate into being a consistently good learner. This is something that I have never really examined, but a comment from a friend set me on a path to finding out just what the difference was between a good student and a good learner.

September 19, 2016

Through Fire

My coach, Michael Barisone, is a Big Deal Guy.

We’d met in passing a few times, but never had more than a superficial "Hi, how are you, nice ride," conversation until I was at Gladstone a few years ago for one of the USEF Talent Search type things. I had Ella and Midgey, both on the brink of Grand Prix. I was 24 or 25, taking clinics here and there with whoever was around, all good people, but there was no single thread to my training, and I was deeply, terribly lost in the weeds.