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October 6, 2011

Keep On Keepin' On

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive in the loss of my grandfather. All the kind words really mean a lot to me, and I am so lucky to have so many amazing people that have been so supportive.

Though it was good to go home and see my family and friends (who are like family to me), it was nice to come back home and get back into the swing of the program at TPF— that’s really what makes me feel the best.

September 26, 2011

Remembering My Grandfather

I seem to find myself in front of a computer when something upsets me, and I’ve found that writing this blog has, ironically, helped me through some highs and lows. So today I just wanted to take a moment to write about a person who has been an amazing role model in my life. To be honest with you, without his support, I surely wouldn’t have the riding career on which I have started to embark.

September 22, 2011

The Biggest Jump Of My Life—And Sans Saddle, To Boot

Well, it was an interesting weekend at the Plantation Field Horse Trials in our hometown of Unionville, Pa. I had a down but also had some good ups as well.

I took an unfortunate fall in the preliminary division on a young horse doing his first event at that level. The coffin caught us out when I was trying to ride him pretty aggressively to get the job done.

September 7, 2011

One Injured Horse, Two Lost Dogs And $4,000 Worth Of Damage

The ups and downs of horses are very well known by all the people who participate in any equestrian sport, and I must admit that in the past two weeks I’ve experienced yet again another quick high and a much quicker low.

August 30, 2011

Just About Perfect

Well, another Richland Park has come and gone, and as usual, this venue never disappoints... Between the amazing weather, good parties and the horses running so well, it was really a awesome weekend.

Richland is always a fun event for me, since it draws my friends from the West Coast as well, and I really miss them and enjoy getting to spend time with them. And I was so pleased to have Cambalda back in action this weekend. I can breathe a bit of a sigh of relief at how eager and confident he was out on cross-country.

August 22, 2011

Back On Track

I had been so diligent in keeping up with my blog writing, but it looks as though I’ve fallen off the path a bit since the Millbrook Horse Trials. I better get back on track so I can have a fresh start for Richland Park.

August 2, 2011

Three More Goodbyes

Things have been good and busy the last couple weeks since the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials. A lot of training and fitness work has been going on, and I’ve actually sold two more of my horses in training, which is always exciting, but it’s sad when they leave!

July 20, 2011

Post-Stuart Spontaneous Combustion

Well, it was quite a contrasting weekend for me at Stuart this year compared to last year. We took around the same amount of horses, but Phillip decided not to run his upper level horses cross-country, which made the weekend a lot more doable. Coupled with the fact that my amazing working student Arianna was there and had things completely under control, the weekend was great.

July 14, 2011

A 48-Hour Record

Well, the summer eventing season is rolling on, and things are moving at a hard and fast pace here at TPF! I originally had seven rides entered in the Maryland Horse Trails this weekend, with Wauwinet (Wyatt) moving up to preliminary, but I’m excited to say that this number dropped down to six when Wyatt found himself a fabulous new home at Birch Hill Farm in Vermont!

I know he’ll be very happy with his new life, and his new owner will enjoy him very much. I’m sure Karen Lorenzo will be missing him very much, since she imported him from Germany as a 2-year-old.

June 30, 2011

Oh The Times, They Are A'Changin'

Well it was good to be back in the States, and we wasted no time getting back into the competition ring. I had four horses entered at, as I call her, Big J.B.’s (A.K.A. Jan Byyny’s) Surefire Horse Trials this past weekend near Middleburg, Va. I always look forward to this event and Morven Park because they’re so close to Middleburg, where a lot of my old friends are. But unfortunately the weather is always super hot in Middleburg this time of year.

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