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April 19, 2015

I'm Too Good For You, And Other Lies

It happens all the time.The conversation goes something like this:

Cute Amateur Lady, upon seeing me in an article of clothing with my logo on it: "Oh, do you know/ride with/work for Lauren?"
Me: "Well..."
CAL: "I would love to ride with her, but she's too advanced for me/she wouldn't want to teach a beginner/she's too important to teach a beginner/I'm not ready for that level of instruction."

April 16, 2015


I am sitting on an airplane to Las Vegas. The couple next to me are in their 80s, and have been married for 57 years. He holds her hand while they snooze. A love like theirs is something we all should be so lucky to know.

April 15, 2015

Sure Things And Long Shots: The Chronicle Staff’s 2015 World Cup Final Picks

Picking favorites in the World Cup show jumping is kind of like pulling the handle of a slot machine, while there’s a definite poker shark at the table in the dressage. The world has descended upon Las Vegas and they’re poised to compete for two of the biggest titles in the world—the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping and Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals.

April 10, 2015

Testing And Learning In Trials

Now to the exciting stuff! Since my last post, I’ve had several additional experiences to my time here in Sydney.


1 week 6 days ago

Weight Gain

I have a rescue Quarter Horse and need help on ideas to put a good amount of weight. Would Rice Bran or Rice Bran oil help. Is on 1 scoop senior feed along with two scoops Ultra Weight Booster. Please Help!!!
April 9, 2015

The Best Winter Yet

My last week in Florida finished in typical whirlwind fashion. I made the brilliantly boneheaded decision to show Fender one last time on Thursday and Friday, with the plan of then packing Saturday and leaving Sunday, because there's nothing like trying to pack up your entire life to help you focus on a horse show.

April 1, 2015

I Want To Like My Every Day

So try as I might, my inner show jumper took over and a few weeks into my time at the Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.), I crossed back over to the dark side. A big thanks goes out to the Barkers for understanding that my ambitions were in another ring and encouraging me to pursue them. Through a miracle of networking, (a friend of a friend of a friend and so on…) I found myself standing in Margie Engle’s ring one balmy January morning.

April 1, 2015

Stranger In A Strange Show

If you were to combine hunter/jumpers and novice eventing, you would have French lower level eventing. I competed at my first French event recently and was both comforted by familiar parts, and thrown off by different ones. 

To begin, the division I will be competing in this year is the 4-year-old specific level. As a result, the entire class is designed to give young horses a chance to become familiar with the show environments while keeping them happy and confident. I think it is a fantastic concept.

March 31, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Wear The Shadbelly That Brought You

Hunters, lets be real for a second here—our sport is a tad elitist. Just look at its roots: wealthy European landowners chasing fox with their hounds over hill and dale, dressed in tailored coats and velvet caps. This was not the pastime of the common man even back then.

March 30, 2015

Eventing Isn’t Us Versus Each Other

If you think eventing is just a sport, then you must realize that the eventing community is really a family. While most of us are competitive people, and clearly fans of adrenaline, we tend to view the sport as our partnerships versus the course, not us versus each other.

March 28, 2015

The End-Of-Season Blitz

We're down to the wire in Florida, with just days before my horses and I pack up and head home. And without fail, there's this sudden franticness, to get everything done, to see everyone, to cram in those last lessons. And last week was no exception.