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Blogs - Katie Christiansen

March 8, 2010

The Ides Of IHSA

It’s Spring! For the first time since September, temperatures are in the 60s, students are sprawled on the President’s Lawn soaking up the sun, and TUEQ is back in action in our regular season show schedule. This weekend we headed to Medway, Mass., for our first IHSA show of the season, hosted by Wellesley College at Rising Star Equestrian Center.

January 26, 2010

It's Time To Jump Back Into IHSA After A Long Vacation

Two-point without stirrups can only mean one thing: It’s Tournament of Champions time!

This week TUEQ will head to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., to give the IHSA the ol’ one-two (or at the very least keep our heels down, execute lead changes where appropriate and find eight jumps stylishly).

While we had a blast at the last Tournament at Centenary College in New Jersey, we’re hungry for some better placings and more confident outings this time around.

December 9, 2009

A Solid End To The TUEQ Fall Semester

Now I can finally say it: TUEQ’s fall semester is OVER! It’s definitely bittersweet. I’m super excited to have the last few weeks of the semester to say goodbye to friends that are going abroad and to work on my final exams, but I will definitely miss the massive quantities of team time I’ve enjoyed for the past few months.

December 2, 2009

This week: TUEQ does TOC!

We’ve been invited to the Holiday Tournament of Champions at Centenary College this weekend, and on Friday six of us will pack up my car and take a road trip down south. And by south I mean anywhere it’s 5 degrees warmer than Boston. And by that I mean central New Jersey.

November 16, 2009

You Win Some, You Lose Some

It’s hard to believe that TUEQ’s first-semester regular season is over, but it is. We have five shows under out belts, a lot to reflect on, and a lot to be happy about. 

First, I should catch you up on our most recent shows. The day after our Tufts show was the Boston University show hosted at Holly Hill Farm in Hanover, Mass.

November 10, 2009

The Tufts Horse Show

Hosting a horse show, no matter how small or informal, is a massive undertaking.  It requires hours of preparation, an inhuman amount of patience, and several very supportive, flexible and understanding co-coordinators.  Oh, and a lot of cash.

November 4, 2009

First Official Horse Show Of The Season

PHEW.

For the first time in the last two weeks I’ve been able to take a deep breath, relax and SLEEP. After a double-header horse show weekend, I’m pretty much ready to hibernate for the next two years.

October 19, 2009

New England Medal Finals

Good news! Ivan and I are happy to report that we had a fruitful and uneventful New England finals, placing sixth in the open adult equitation, 18-22 and 11th in the Medal Final. Considering that I added a freestyle halt last year and only practiced a handful of times this year, I’m pretty psyched!


October 7, 2009

A Deep Bench Of Practice Horses

A good IHSA team needs a good support system, and TUEQ is lucky to have a fabulous one.

Dani White, the owner of August Farm in Holliston, Mass., kindly lets us use her wonderful array of school horses to practice on almost every day of the week. Even though they have the technical label of “school” horses, each one provides a unique learning experience and tries harder than most other “show” horses I’ve ridden.

September 29, 2009

A Bit Of Pre-Season Practice

Last weekend, TUEQ traveled to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for a pre-season practice show.