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September 22, 2014

Quiet September Weeks

The air is crisp, the days are short, and we are in the middle of a blissfully quiet month at Sprieser Sporthorse. Everyone got the qualifying scores they needed for our Regional Finals earlier in the year, which means we didn't need to hit up the last local recognized show, which means that we have had no recognized shows our calendar, which means we've been mostly twiddling our thumbs.

And it has been GLORIOUS.

September 18, 2014

When An Apple Pie Becomes An Apple Pie Crumb Cake

Before I hop on a plane for Vienna, Austria, I wanted to share with you some of the highlights and photos taken during The Hills Are Alive—Bon Voyage Party & Fundraiser for The Dressage Foundation.

September 18, 2014

Live From Central Park: It's Really Happening!

Like many people my age, I was blessed to know a New York City that had a National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. I was even more blessed to have competed there. There was truly nothing like it. In fact, it was surreal.

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pihamilton
4 days 30 min ago

Please very carefully re-read your second sentence.

Jamie -- LOVE your post -- but as an old editor myself, I caught an unfortunate typo in your second sentence in your 'bio' at the very end. Re-read the very next word after "embarked on a career in" -- and you'll see what I mean. Hopefully you can correct it before enduring a lot of silly and negative responses! All the best!!! Phyllis Hamilton -- Corporate Writer Emeritus
September 14, 2014

Happy Accidents

It's happened a few times now. Maybe someone grabs the wrong bridle when they tack their horse up. Maybe they've gotten a summer rub from the bridle or the halter or the grazing muzzle and we have to change nosebands until it heals. Or maybe it's just a stroke of strange, divine inspiration that makes me suggest an equipment change. 

September 11, 2014

Rothchild Was The Little Horse Who Could At The World Games

He’s a little guy, and when he picks up canter and throws in a buck he looks more like he should be heading in for a children’s jumper round than an international one.

It’s hard to marry the image of McLain on stylists like Sapphire with that of him on the scrappy Royal Belgian Warmblood who goes around the ring with his ears permanently pinned. But if you’ve watched Rothchild fight for McLain over the years, you know it’s impossible not to fall in love with him.

September 9, 2014

A Week In The Life

MONDAY:
All horses: day off.

September 7, 2014

Words From The World Games: With Different Eyes Than I Had Begun

I honestly have been trying to write this blog for a few days and it seems every time I try, I have a mixture of emotions that I struggle to put into words. It seems crazy that last week I was in France representing my country at the World Championships. The result—not optimal, and the experience I am still digesting.

I was paired with the five best teammates I could imagine, a phenomenal coach and a horse-of-a-lifetime, seemed a recipe for success. But a comment made by veteran teammate Phillip Dutton stood out in my head at a pre-game chat.

September 3, 2014

Behind The Scenes Of World Games Show Jumping: A Good Day Indeed!

Alex Warriner, barn manager for U.S. show jumper Kent Farrington, and Janus Marquis, equine physiotherapist, have agreed to take Chronicle readers behind the scenes at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with a photo tour each day. Check out what it's like back at the barns!

September 3, 2014

Living Legacy

Recently I spent a week in Kalispell, Mont., to attend The Event at Rebecca Farm. I've been there several times in the past as a competitor, and if you have not yet already been, I highly encourage you to do so.

Aside from the absolutely breathtaking scenery and fantastic courses, Rebecca Farm is also one of the most well-run and most fun events you can possibly go to. No matter where you are traveling from, I assure you that it is well worth the trip.

September 2, 2014

Behind The Scenes Of World Games Show Jumping: Speed Leg Day!

Alex Warriner, barn manager for U.S. show jumper Kent Farrington, has agreed to take Chronicle readers behind the scenes at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with a photo tour each day. Check out what it's like back at the barns!

Want to know more about Alex? Check out this profile of her that the Chronicle did in 2008! 

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