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January 10, 2017

Amateurs Like Us: Sarah Murawski’s Checking Off Her Bucket List

“There’s something about developing a relationship with a horse that really fulfills me,” amateur Sarah Murawski said.

And this fall, she was able to fulfill her bucket list goal of competing at the Waredaca Horse Trials Novice Classic Three-Day Event in Laytonsville, Md., Oct. 20-23, with a very special horse.

Murawski is a small animal veterinarian with her own business, Randolph Regional Veterinary Hospital in central Vermont, and balances her eventing goals with the demands of her practice and family life—she’s married with three children.

January 4, 2017

Amateurs Like Us: Elizabeth Grubbs' Bumpy Road Led To The Perfect Place

It has been a long bumpy road for Elizabeth Baroody Grubbs to find that once-in-a-lifetime horse to jump and show and even fulfill her dream of getting her wedding photos taken with, all the while balancing her riding with family and a career. 

Today Elizabeth is a paramedic, working three jobs to pay her horse bills but also living her dream as she shows Finn, her off-the-track-Thoroughbred with a heart of gold. You can find her this spring in schooling shows around Northern Virginia, with her husband setting jumps in the warm-up.

December 5, 2016

"Don't Pull, Fix," Says George Morris On Day 3 Of Oregon Clinic

If there’s one thing that will motivate a rider to stay out in the corner it is George Morris standing just inside that corner. 

No one wants to be the rider that takes out George Morris.

The last day of the three-day clinic (read all about Day 2) at Rich Fellers’ Timberline Meadows in Oregon had riders working on their turns and reinforcing the principles of riding under Morris’ watchful eye.

December 4, 2016

George H. Morris Preaches Straight And Forward In Oregon Clinic

Oregon City, Ore.—Dec. 3  

George Morris is old school.

Let’s be clear, actually. George Morris is the school.

The weekend of Dec. 2-4 gave equestrians in Oregon and Washington the opportunity to ride in and audit a clinic by Morris matched with the chance to watch Olympian Rich Fellers ride with the father of hunt seat equitation.

The three-day clinic at Fellers’ Timberline Meadows Farm in Oregon City, Ore., featured Morris in classic form—biting in his criticism, unabashed in his praise and full of meticulous attention to detail.

September 7, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Robin King Just Keeps Starting Over, From Parachutes To Vet School To Cross-Country

“I have found through my life that you can really do anything you set your mind to, if you are willing to make sacrifices and stay with it,” Robin King said of balancing her long career in the military with owning and competing her horses.

Her Army career had her jumping out of planes, serving in Afghanistan and moving time and time again. She became a veterinarian and got her doctorate, and King still found time to ride. Career moves, horse and human injuries and life in general have given her some bumps along the way, but she continues to pursue her three-day eventing dreams.

March 8, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Breanne Palmerini Makes It Work At The Barn And In Front Of The Television Camera

People think horse shows involve getting up early, but Breanne Palmerini knows the true meaning of starting before dawn.

When she was a morning anchor and early morning reporter for a television station in Tulsa, she had to get up at 2 a.m. to get to work, then ride afterward. 

January 20, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Valerie Wunder Makes Dreams Come True With Ramen Noodles

“How many amateurs are living on ramen to make their equine dreams come true?” Valerie Wunder asked.

Wunder, a public relations and communications professional by trade and a hunter/jumper horse-nut by passion, is willing to bet there are more than a few amateurs out there who believe their horse’s new shoes are way more important than a new outfit.

November 10, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Nicole Kramlich Makes Time To Rescue And Retrain Ponies

Amateur Nicole Kurtenbach Kramlich celebrated her two-year wedding anniversary at a horse show. While she showed her pony at the Washington State Horse Park, her husband Derek was fishing at Lake Cle Elum; they spent evenings watching the grand prix and a hunter derby and having at least one “fabulous dinner.”

“Including him in my sport has helped my continual involvement in the horse community, something we now enjoy together,” Nicole said of how she balances riding, work and home life, adding, “His love for the great outdoors made it easy to get him in the saddle.”

October 5, 2015

It's All About The Training, Says Charlotte

“Competing is not why I do my sport,” Charlotte Dujardin told the crowd at Oregon’s Devonwood Equestrian Centre, “I do it for the training.” 

The second day of Charlotte’s West Coast clinic dawned crisp and bright, and Charlotte delved deeper into the whys and hows of training and horse care.  

October 4, 2015

"Kick!" Says Charlotte Dujardin

I don’t think I would have believed it if someone had told me that my first takeaway from watching a clinic taught by Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Dujardin was that sometimes you need to kick your horse and go for a little “yeehaw.” 

“The Americans are all going to go galloping and say, ‘Well Charlotte said…,’” she laughed after she had the third rider kick her horse forward into a gallop. “Weren’t you in Pony Club?” she asked? “You’re scrubbing, not kicking!”

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