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June 28, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Does My Puppy Make This Fence Look Big?

Oregon’s rains have apparently not let up for the season, so it was a pretty soggy weekend for Cairo and me at the Aspen Farms Horse Trials a few weeks ago. It was our first horse trials of the season, and it seemed like a good place to start considering how amazing Cairo was last fall at Aspen at our first training level together.

We got a little cocky, and I entered the Zeit Capital Open Training Division because you could win money, and I’m always up for a challenge. Ride against pros? Sure, why not?

June 28, 2016

Lisa Goldman's Team Jacket Is All Packed!

Meet Lisa Goldman, who saw a lifelong dream come true when she was named to the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Development Tour this summer. Goldman, 26, works alongside her mother, Mary, at the family’s Red Coat Farm in Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and has worked her way up the grand prix ranks over the years.

June 21, 2016

More Than A One-Trick Pony

It sounds corny, but I firmly believe this: Riding is a gift, and I will never turn down the opportunity. I’ll get on just about any horse you tell me to.

I was in Orlando, Fla., for the American Horse Publications annual seminar when AHP hosted a welcome event in nearby Clermont at Al-Marah Arabians, the oldest privately owned Arabian horse farm in the world that put on the former Orlando attraction Arabian Nights.

June 19, 2016

COTH Horse Show Dad: Drive

Our family spends a lot of time on the road. Lots of it. We drive to horse farms and skating rinks and sometimes both in the same trip. If we time things poorly and hit traffic it can take an hour to get from our house to Millcreek Farm. 

It is, when viewed from a certain mood, a crazy thing to do as often as we do it. There are plenty of days when it’s a burden for all of us. It would seem easy to conclude that it’s just not worth it.

June 16, 2016

Let Summer Begin

I’ve been on the road for several consecutive weeks, between clinics and horse shows and the general chaos of spring and summer, and I love it, truly. If I didn’t, this would have burned me out long ago. But I’m staring down two—TWO!—consecutive weekends at home with not much on my dance card except the normal things, and I’m quite excited. But that’s why you haven’t heard much from me. 

June 15, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Going On This Horse's Journey

I blogged last year about coming to the realization that my beloved childhood horse, my children’s hunter Lucky, was not the right horse for my current situation. I wanted desperately to try the jumpers, and Lucky has zero interest in going fast, turning sharply or jumping anything bigger than 3’.

June 14, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Less Is More

Nikki and I are about halfway through our show season this summer, and we have a new mantra. It’s called “less is more,” and features trusting your instincts, something that I’ve struggled with a bit this year.

Less is more means not overthinking and overanalyzing. It means turning off the scientist part of my brain while I’m riding, which is tough because as I approach starting vet and grad school, I’ve been working that part pretty hard. Less is more means riding off my feel, not getting married to a number of strides.

June 10, 2016

Hunters For Dummies: One Eventer's Guide To The World Of Samshields And Pearls

So an eventer, a dressage rider, and a hunter rider walk into a bar… Just kidding. It was just me.

I walked into the bar. Only the bar was my home, and the bartender was my boyfriend. Too broke to afford a real drink, or a designer beer—the money had been drained from my account into the pockets of Hunterland.

June 9, 2016

Behind The Scenes At The Queen's Birthday

When I set up to write this blog, I promised I'd knock out a missive at least once a month; well already that's turned to custard!

I finally grabbed my breath on a plane to Madrid, though with a pre-5 a.m. start to catch my "delayed" flight (we are working to Spanish timetabling), it may be a slightly delirious one. So, in my true addled brain style, I'm going to cover a few weeks in May backwards! I hope you're following closely.

June 8, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: An Open Letter To My Non-Horsey Husband

To My Dear Husband: 

I have a confession to make, a little lie I’d like to set straight. It’s been weighing on my mind for a while now, and it’s time to get it off my chest.

Remember last summer when I got my custom saddle? Remember how excited I was to receive it? I took a picture of the box and sent it to you at work.

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