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August 13, 2014

Tate's Tale

If someone had told me on that day back in 2007 that the leggy, shy chestnut that I was on a day trip to Cherbourg, France to see would be the 2011 USEF National Champion, the U.S. first reserve for the 2012 London Olympics, and ultimately return to France as part of the U.S. eventing team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games...I would have told that person to invite me to the land of make-believe they were living in!

May 21, 2014

A Student Of Empathy

This season seems like it has been unusually tough on U.S. eventing. We have lost so many lovely horses and been blindsided by injuries, but we still kick on. 

Yet I have still found myself looking in the mirror, asking, "What am I doing?" and questioning the sport I have dedicated my life to.

At first I thought I had lost it when these questions started entering my head, my positive nature derailed.

"I might as well throw in the towel and take up gardening."

(I have nothing against gardening, for the record.)

March 21, 2014

Sit Tall

“Fake it 'til you make it.” Interesting idea.

Another good one I saw was a tweet from Michael Jordan that said, “Can’t wait for the day I wake up and say I have made it.” I don’t know if that was exactly the quote, but you get the idea.

This sport is constantly messing with your head. Every day you wake up thinking, "OK, this is what I have to get done in order to make it; in order to be a success; in order to achieve my goals."


21 weeks 6 days ago


Good posts makes for good reading! If you ever have a minute over, Id be honored if you made a post on my site equobiz . com. Thanks again! /Lars
October 22, 2013

A Little Introspection With My Morning Coffee

Well, today (Monday, as I write this) has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I woke up to no alarm clock, because I had nothing in particular to get up for. But still, around 7 a.m., the restless feeling set in.

My right leg was propped up on some pillows, and I stared at the throne it was resting on for about 5 more minutes before deciding to take on the day. Tik had already left for work, so I knew I was on my own.

October 3, 2013

When Your Job's A Lifestyle, Life Gets Lost In The Shuffle

So blogging seems to be my thing lately…. Well actually, long car trips seem to be my thing, and I’ve learned that as long as my computer is well charged, writing passes the time nicely… in the passenger seat. It would be hazardous to drive and type…

September 27, 2013

Responsibility Lies On Both Sides Of The Table

The lead-up to Plantation Field International was pretty exciting. Every day I got a new email from the organizers about different events planned, passes for owners, and exciting happenings going on every day for the public as well as the competitors to enjoy. I’m not going to lie, it was nice to just forward the emails to my syndicate members and know they would get to enjoy some of the perks of being involved in owning part of a three-star horse.

September 16, 2013

Learning How To Set The Table Can Wait

I’m actually taking a break from finding addresses for wedding invites to write this blog.

Often I wonder where I was when the class on proper social graces was being taught. Surely I was on a horse or watching a horse or pretending to be a horse (we’ve all practiced flying changes on our own two legs!). Thank God my mom grew up at a boarding school where they taught you things like, I don’t know, how to set a proper table and told you to not even consider joking about inviting people to your wedding via e-vite.


Karla Wolfson
47 weeks 5 days ago

Krud Zapper

I have been using Krud Zapper on my little Donkeys legs to help keep the flies off and on our Stable of Race Horses for nearly 10 years with great results. It even cured my neighbors hound dogs seriously infected ....some of his nailbeds were necrotic after having them caught in a fence. It absoultely saved the dog's foot. The vet wanted to amputate! It has healed some very bad wounds. I think the trick is to NOT wash it off and irritate what you are trying to heal. Put it right over the dirt, just keep it on continuously and forget about it. The stuff Works like a Miracle !! It is especially good on rain rot, mange, cracked heels and open wounds. It will even get rid of proud flesh if you just cover it with paper towels and reapply daily. The hair grows back and rarely a scar. It stops the pain and itching. Great too on dogs!
July 17, 2013

Welcome To The ICU: Where Character Is Built

It’s trot-up day at Young Riders. The team is excitedly getting ready for the competition they’ve been dreaming about all year. I’m lucky enough to be the Area II coach, and I’m not there.

April 16, 2013

Don't Apologize For Being Happy

This week has been a rough one at SHE. The business is unfortunately having to change barns in New Jersey due to too many horses at one facility. This is a huge stress on the staff, horses and clients mid-season. At home we also lost a dear friend, Andrzej Kurowski, who showed me what it is to be a true student of the horse. Andrzej started helping me on my flatwork in 2011, right before my first four-star, and his passing leaves me feeling that I didn’t learn all I could from him.


1 year 18 weeks ago


Hello. Could you please call me at 919.451.4437 Sandra.
February 26, 2013

Arguing With Toenails And Team Coaches

We’re moving right along in team training session season, and as you may have heard or read on Monday, we learned some new information in the recent vet evaluations that’s altered our spring competition plan for Tate. While he’s still in full flatwork and continuing on with the training sessions, our previous plan to do Rolex again seems an unnecessary risk if it could complicate the big picture plan for Team USA and the 2014 WEG in Normandy.