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January 24, 2015

The Winter 2015 Plan Comes Together

We're about three weeks in, everyone has settled, and a plan is falling into place.

January 23, 2015

Wit, Sass And Cute Horse Pictures: Introducing Blogger Anna Corley

How exactly does one introduce one’s self? When asked by The Chronicle of the Horse to write an introduction to my blogging adventure for them, my first effort sounded a lot like a cross between a professional and a dating website bio.

“Anna Corley is an amateur rider from Austin, Texas, who specializes in making a fool of herself in the show ring, stuffing adorable gray and black faces with cookies, and collecting tack like only a borderline hoarder would be capable of. She enjoys long walks on the beach, sunshine, and drinking wine with great food.”

January 22, 2015

Proving The Clichés True

Cliché #1: “Time flies when you’re having fun.”

I have been at Gai’s for two months now, working at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney but it feels like its just been two weeks. To say I’ve been having fantastic learning opportunities is an understatement.

January 18, 2015

Redefining 40

Why is it that the American collective consciousness accepts that your life path has endless possibilities exclusively when you are 18-25 years of age?

We all hear as children and young adults that we can be anything that we want to be. Then, somehow, a door closes and you don’t change your path again after you have passed that 30-year mark. Why is it that way in this land known for chasing life’s dreams? Do we stop dreaming midway through our lives?


2 days 13 hours ago

There is an age limit to your dreams, but...

There are age limits that we all must face when we get older, and I am speaking of the so called sunset years of our lives. I have always loved horses and ponies. While in high school, I let 8 ponies out of their barn and put out their morning hay. I did this for two years and would help run the pony ring on weekends. I already loved ponies and playing cowboy, but this was my first hands-on experience. At about the same time, I would go to local stable and rent horses by the hour. Through the years, I would occasionally ride horses and considered myself an intermediate rider. Well, at age 75, I got involved with volunteering at a couple of the local horse stables and really enjoyed it. One day, I looked at my bucket list and there it said "own a horse". With my wife's encouragement, I bought a nice quarter horse at 75 (me not the horse). My younger brother thought I was crazy and asked why I would do such a thing at 75. I told him I didn't want to wait until I was 80. My wife and I are both enjoying Maverick. She rides English and I ride western. I am back in the saddle again. YIPI
January 16, 2015

Asking The Right Questions

Now that I’ve been in France for over a month, I feel a bit more confident in saying I know how the barn runs. So aside from the fact that the majority of the people speak French, I would say a barn is a barn is a barn.

January 13, 2015

Mouse Reminds Me It's The Little Things

It’s been exactly a year since one of my favorite horses, Waitangi Notebook, better known as “Mouse,” suffered a serious pasture accident. She slipped and fell in her paddock running from the sound of gunshots in the woods.

When she got up, it was immediately apparent she sustained significant trauma to her left hind pastern, but the damage ended up being worse than we initially thought.

January 13, 2015

Defying The Odds On A Horse Of A Lifetime

A year ago I thought Taylor would never show again and this past weekend she and I won our first grand prix together.  

January 12, 2015

Tali's Farm Update:The Future Is Finally Becoming More Clear!

We had an incredibly stressful fall to say the least! Following the sale of Tali (Crown Talisman) we've been without our equine patriarch, and on the hunt for a farm that his sale has made possible.

January 12, 2015

The First Week In Florida

All: We have arrived! We will all settle in and be incredibly mature. Don't look so shocked, lady.

Fender: Whee! Florida! I'm going to try and buck you off.

Danny: Me too! In between, I will give you about the most amazing feeling you've ever gotten from a horse in your life. This means that someday, you'll be able to control me when I'm this up, and it will be the kind of thing that will get you HUGE scores at CDI Grand Prix. But that day is not today. WHAT WAS THAT OVER THERE?!

January 8, 2015

New Year, New Boots

My morning routine tends to be very predictable. However, today as I went to put on my much loved but very worn riding boots, I had the major wardrobe malfunction that every rider dreads.  

I’ve ignored the holes in my boots for months, laughing off the fact that they could be considered borderline peep-toes. But as both zippers broke on the same day, it was like the universe was saying, “Enough already!”