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Blogs - Lauren Sprieser

September 14, 2014

Happy Accidents

It's happened a few times now. Maybe someone grabs the wrong bridle when they tack their horse up. Maybe they've gotten a summer rub from the bridle or the halter or the grazing muzzle and we have to change nosebands until it heals. Or maybe it's just a stroke of strange, divine inspiration that makes me suggest an equipment change. 

September 9, 2014

A Week In The Life

All horses: day off.

August 23, 2014

Standing In (Hilarious) Judgement

Let me be clear: being a dressage judge is one of the toughest jobs on the planet. First, you're watching for tiny nuances of performance in a 1,000 pound animal, and then holding them up against a standard. I don't care if you're the best judge on the planet, you can't have your eyes on all the horse's body parts all at once. You're going to miss stuff, and you're only human, but everyone expects you to be ON IT, ALL THE TIME.


3 weeks 2 days ago

All the best to Billy and Kristin

Maybe 23 will be the year, but I rode Michael and Vera's Dotato until he was almost 27, and he was still making it from the rail to the quarter line in a single bound. He still passages just for the fun of it. (He's 28 now.)
3 weeks 2 days ago

In my very first dressage

In my very first dressage test, I was riding an aged Percheron/TB mare. She hadn't been to a show in a while & needless to say was thrilled to be back in the arena. When it came time for the free walk on a long rein in our first test, Annie took it upon herself to frame up like we were riding FEI level test & proceeded to passage the entire length of the arena! The judge looked close to falling off of her chair from laughing so hard! For that she wrote, "Horse shows great exuberance & enthusiasm, however this test (Intro A) does not require passage." Our Intro B test simply came with, "See comments on previous test!"
3 weeks 1 day ago

After one particularly tragic test,

the only positive thing the judge could find to write was "nice braids."
3 weeks 9 hours ago

Judge's Comments

I rode my extremely volatile OTTB gelding in my second-ever dressage show. Training Level. He scooted, spooked,and bulged his way through the test. Frankly, I don't remember the score. I don't recall her writetn comments. What I will remember to my last breathe, is that after the final salute, the judge leaned out of the booth and pronounced - "Better luck next time". The judge was no less than Lazelle Knocke. At the time I was absolutely mortified. Now I laugh about it. She was a wonderful woman that I showed in front of many times after over the years and I NEVER,EVER mentioned that ride!!
1 week 21 hours ago

Standing In (Hilarious) Judgement

My OTTB HATED dressage with every fiber of his being. I rode one trot circle that was so horrible I wondered what the judge would say. Her comment was "no discernable gait". I had no argument with that. After a different abysmal test, the wonderfully sweet judge commented "horse has moments of glory, but needs to learn to relax". I hunted her down & asked where were the moments of glory, because I didn't see any from where I was sitting! We both had a good laugh.
August 16, 2014

The Waiting Game

Michael often says that there are three kinds of riders: riders who make things happen, riders who hope things happen, and riders who wonder what the hell happened. He then adds a fourth category, riders who wait for things to happen.

At first blush, this waiting period seems like a passive process, just sitting around and wishing and praying that some opportunity will present itself, that some rich sponsor will come along, that someone will drop the next Totilas or Valegro into our laps. But that's not what he means.


3 weeks 4 days ago

Thank you, Lauren

Thank you for sharing your disappointment at times, and celebrating your successes, and all with such grace. I'm quite a bit older than you, but I still hope to grow up to be just like you as far as handling challenges and negative times, and appreciating the good. :)
August 8, 2014

Mind Your Poodles

I am a proud college graduate holding a degree in Liberal Arts, which is a bit like an English major, but even less useful, if you can imagine such a thing. I'm a lover of grammar and syntax, and have an extensive vocabulary in a couple of languages. But I need a new word, because "problem" and its various synonyms isn't cutting it.

July 16, 2014

Dressage At Lexington Wrap Up

Dressage At Lexington is always a big show for us. It's three days long, at one of our favorite venues; it's in the middle of July, after all the chaos of Spring qualifying things has calmed down. We always end up having quite a herd, and the original number was 10-12, with me showing two or three, and Allison showing two or three, and there we were. No big deal.

July 10, 2014

Any Old Bay Gelding Will Do, Right?

Tuesday, June 23, noon: Wahoo! Rocky is mine! I love him, he's perfect, he's wonderful, he feels like riding an octopus on roller skates and can't turn right with a gun to his head, but he's a genius and I love him and I can't wait to get him home. So I call a couple of transport companies, and because it's the off season, only one of them has a truck going up 95 with any regularity, but they assure me that he'll get on the van by the end of the week. They'll call me when they know when.

Wednesday: (crickets.)

Thursday: (chirp, chirp.)

Friday: (you got it.)


7 weeks 5 days ago

Cute horse! :)

Cute horse! :)
July 7, 2014

Back To The Grind

The end is, alas, nigh. This holiday weekend was the last of a three weekend tour of relative tranquility, a glorious quiet period after our insanity-inducing Spring tour of showing. I worked, of course, teaching lessons and riding like I normally do, but it was lovely to be at home on the weekends, to see my friends, to run a triathlon last weekend (faster on all three phases, especially my weakness, the bike; nailed it), to have the teensiest weeniest bit of a life.

That's about to go back out the window.


9 weeks 6 days ago

Shower your affection on Christmas with gifts and flowers

Deliver happiness into the lives of the special people in your life by sending this wonderful collection of present and flowers. Send Christmas Flowers to Spain that brings happiness and excitement on Christmas.
9 weeks 5 days ago

Speak out your unconditional love to your loved ones

Make your dear ones very happy and delighted on Valentine's Day with the essence of flowers that containing your love for your special one. Send Valentine's Day Flowers to Spain that conveying the message of your heart.
June 20, 2014

Train Them Up

I had dinner with three fellow young trainers one night at Gladstone. One of those trainers was Jeremy Steinberg, who recently resigned from his job as USEF Youth Coach. The four of us chatted about the trials and tribulations of being a young trainer, about horses, about our clients, about the things we struggle with. The conversation got around to the state of U.S. dressage, and our role in it. 

June 18, 2014

Gladstone 2014: An Experience

Experience is the thing you get thirty seconds after you needed it. In order to get experience, you have to have experiences. We learn best from our mistakes. There are so many clever, witty and true quips about living life, about the process of going from here to There, wherever that is.

But there is no witticism that alleviates the frustration of having to watch kids go through it.