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Blogger Susan Glover

January 4, 2017

Amateurs Like Us: Bring On 2017!

At the beginning of 2016 I had a whole plan worked out for how to get Steve and myself through the year productively and moving toward our goals. To sum up the outcome of all of this planning I will simply say this: 2016 sucked.

It started out pretty good. My plan centered around a few goals. One was to do the high adult amateur jumpers until we got bored with it, and then move up to the low amateur- owners.

July 6, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Halting At X Is Relative, Right?

Jumper dressage. Jumper. Dressage. Jumper dressage? Is this a term I can actually use?

I mean, I DO use it, all the time, but I always feel as if someone (most probably a DQ) is going to pop up behind me and swat me upside the head. I imagine a Yoda-like voice intoning: “There is no jumper dressage, there is only dressage. Stupid.”

What am I talking about, you ask? I am talking about my bête noire, my nemesis, perhaps even my Waterloo.

April 20, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: The Hunt For "The One"

What does it mean to have the “right” horse? Obviously that varies for everyone, but finding a good match is truly priceless. One of the greatest pleasures in my life right now is the developing partnership with my jumper, Steve, who I have had for a little over two years.

I haven’t yet introduced him properly, so I will tell the story of how I found him and muse a bit on what having a the right horse can do for the newbie jumper rider.

February 24, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: How Do You Define A "Serious" Amateur?

What is a “serious” amateur rider?

This is a question I have thought about quite a lot since I got back in the saddle 13 years ago. Does it have to do with competing, saddle time, how high you jump?

January 26, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: The Voices In Our Heads

Something that comes up frequently on the Chronicle discussion forums’ hunter/jumper forum is bad experiences with trainers. I’ve had a few of those but what strikes me is how important my trainers, past and present, have been to me.

December 16, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Why I DIY

Introducing the Chronicle's newest blogger, DIY amateur jumper rider Susan Glover...

Some musings on the pros and cons of being an older, DIY-er ammy in the jumper ring.

I am a typical amateur in many ways. Similar to most of us I work hard to afford my horses and showing, and look on being able to compete in this sport as a great privilege. I also have a non-horse career, a non-horsey husband, and a lot of other interests and responsibilities outside of the barn.

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