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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.

March 27, 2015

My Favorite Fourth-Placed Finish

It's hard to say what the most special part of a memory is when every part of it is something you’ll remember for forever... And it's great when it's one that memory is a good one, but with horses and life there are a fair few that are the other variety... The not-so-good ones. They say you need to experience those bad ones to appreciate the good, and I would say from my personal experience thus far in life that that statement is true.

March 27, 2015

Being Olympic: Raising My Glass To Calecto

It is with a heavy heart that I will not be in attendance at “my boy’s” tribute ceremony this evening at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Florida. As always in the horse industry, our priorities fall to horse management and responsibilities over our social calendars with predictable and sad frequency.

Calecto V is truly a horse who will forever stay with me, and taught me so much while I was lucky enough to be employed by him. Tina was involved in there somewhere, too…

March 25, 2015

Wacky Whips And Para-Perspectives

Phew! Spring is FINALLY in the air, the iceberg known as the East Coast seems to be thawing, and I am over the moon! I am thrilled so many of you enjoyed getting to know me in my first blog.

March 24, 2015

The Working (Pregnant) Rider + WEF Day 2

I really consider it officially Day 1, in my head.

Previously on The Working Rider: Goals were made, dreams were broken, confidence shattered, and the Working Rider was completely ill prepared for what became the most trying horse show experience of her life. Stay tuned for more!

March 21, 2015

All Of A Sudden

I remember this one day. It was the summer of 2010. Midge was 8. And I got on, and I picked up the reins, and there he was. He was connected to my hand, hind legs, withers, bridle. He was balanced and organized. He was just THERE. He felt like an expensive FEI horse, and while he still made mistakes, still needed to develop in his strength and timing and coordination, still wouldn't do his first Grand Prix for two years, all of a sudden, he was there.

March 19, 2015

21 Days: A Horse Show Diary Of Disaster

Day 1: Saturday, Feb. 15

Hitting the road with five horses, Aiken, S.C., bound. It was supposed to be six, but I sold one the day before. Oops! I’m looking forward to getting out of the indoor and getting this motley crew some mileage.

I’ve got everything on this trip, from 30-days broke to developing grand prix horse. Here we go, my first season as a professional.

March 18, 2015

Friday In The Dirt, Sunday In The Ribbons

The only thing that changes faster than the weather in March is fate on horseback. This past Friday, I was feeling very prepared in all three phases for Lizzie’s first preliminary run of the year at Southern Pines (N.C.). I needed to ship over on Friday, and being that she is always a bit green about water, I figured I would stop on the way and just pop her through a cross-country water a few times.