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June 14, 2011

A First Four-Star, A Second Chance In Europe

Well things are getting underway here at Luhmuhlen, and I have to say that I’ve been a little hesitant to write any blogs due to the fact that everyone here is in some sort of blog war with each other.

I’m choosing to opt out on the whole situation. And I’d like to say that’s because I’m focusing on other things, but in reality, I just have no chance whatsoever against the likes of Nat and Kelley, since their blogs are far more entertaining than mine have ever been.

June 6, 2011

Boyd’s Colors Are Back, From Maryland To Germany

I hear it more and more these days—“Horses will break your heart.” 

I’d say with some experience that yes, that statement is very, very true. But what most also know and don’t really talk about quite as often is that riding and competing these unbelievable animals really helps you heal as well. So when everyone at TPF and Windurra USA set off to compete this past weekend at Waredaca in Maryland, I knew that it would be the first step on a long road of recovery, especially for Boyd and Woodzy.

June 2, 2011

Our Family Is Stronger And Closer

At 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, a fire destroyed Boyd Martin’s barn at Phillip Dutton's True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pa. Six horses died and many others were injured.

Three years ago I had the opportunity to come to True Prospect Farm, and needless to say, coming here has changed my life. Little by little I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the Duttons, the Martins, Ryan Wood, Caitlin Silliman, and last but not least Lillian Heard.

May 27, 2011

Walkabout's Out

Well the time has been passing on since I wrote my last blog after The Fork Horse Trials in North Carolina in April—I know it’s been way too long!

After The Fork we had the Fair Hill Spring Horse Trials (Md.) which was a busy but fun weekend, with Walkabout coming second in the advanced and Indie winning the preliminary. Dreamboat also had a good go in the training, coming in fourth, and I’m so pleased with how he’s coming along.

April 18, 2011

Looks Like We're Headed To Luhmuhlen!

Well it’s now been a week since I’ve been back in Pennsylvania, and I’m very happy to be back home. All the ponies are happy to be back too, and they’re looking very well. I was really glad to get back to all the young ones and am looking forward to Fair Hill this weekend, where my rides keep changing! Looks like it will be a fun and exciting weekend!  

April 13, 2011

Goodbye Injured Blues, Hello Blue Ribbon

Well I’m back in Pennsylvania after the last few weeks in Aiken and the weekend we just had at The Fork in North Carolina. I have to say, that that place is seriously incredible, and they do an amazing job running such an amazing event with so many great horses.

March 22, 2011

Life Goes On While I Ride In Circles

Well, healing is continuing as well as it possibly could! I got to ride Walkabout in the training sessions on my second day because Mark was quite happy with how Ping was going.

March 18, 2011

Back In The Saddle Again

Well since my last blog I feel like life has been a little bit of a whirlwind. If you’re just catching up, I broke my collarbone schooling a young horse on March 1. As you can see in the picture, I busted it up pretty good.

March 11, 2011

A Wrench In The Works

In my last blog I spoke out about the selection process, which is a pretty sticky thing to get involved with. However, I am very confident in our Active Riders Committee. I think our country will end up with a good coach regardless of the upset of the process.

March 6, 2011

Riders Deserve A Say In Their Next Eventing Coach

I am often hesitant to take a stand and put my opinion out there when controversial subjects arise, but over the past few days I have had time to sit and really think about the fact that Bobby Costello and Phillip Dutton did not get named to the short list for our future Chef and Technical Advisor.

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