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September 21, 2015

How To Bungle A Horse Show (And Have It Be The Best Thing That Could Have Happened)

Sunday, 9/13, 5 a.m. My throat is scratchy. My nose is running. My head is spinning. This is not looking good.

But I've got clients at a show at Morven Park where, thank goodness, it is GORGEOUS out. So I take my zinc and my decongestant and I log a day's work. But by the end of the day, things are a little grim. This head cold has been making its way around, and its victims are reporting that it's a few days of misery, followed by a lingering hacking cough. Ain't nobody got time for that. I go to bed early…

September 7, 2015

Break's Over

We had a lovely chunk of summertime let-down, where my students and staff were showing but not terribly hard and not at the upper levels; where I was traveling a lot to teach but still getting some time mid-day, particularly in Virginia's oppressive summer heat. I was even so bold as to take a teensy weensie three-day vacation. I'm refreshed; the horses are loose and cool.

It's go time.

August 26, 2015

The Things We Carry

I'm not a superstitious person by nature, but there are a few things I take with me to every show, and a few little routines I have that have become a habit. (Don't worry—no lucky socks in dire need of washing.) 

August 19, 2015

Embrace The Suck

I judged a few schooling shows at the Quantico Marine Base stables when I first arrived in Virginia. While there I chatted with a few of the faithful Marine husbands, at the show to support their wives. I forget how we got on the subject, but one told me that there’s a saying that goes around Marine basic training: “Embrace the suck.” It’s boot camp, preparing you for life as an elite warrior—it’s going to suck. And the sooner you accept that it’s going to suck, the easier things get.

August 12, 2015


It's been nearly a month since my last blog, and a ton has happened, and none of it has been bad.

But you haven't heard from me because in the last month, a ton has happened, and even though none of it has been bad, it has been a ton. I am grateful for the work, so, so grateful. I have terrific horses to ride, for which I am also incredibly grateful. And I have about two more weeks to push through before I get to take a three-day vacation, and man oh man, am I ever grateful!

July 19, 2015

Keeping The Good Days

Understatement of the year: life in the horse business ain't easy. The ups are terrific but the downs can be so, so down—achingly long days, dirt and sweat and blood and tears, life and death and crushed expectations and placing hopes and dreams in the hooves of 1,200-pound prey animals on lean legs. 

But those ups. The days where the horses go well. The days were the clients make progress. The big wins. Those are the good days, and the universe has this funny way of handing them to you exactly when you need them.

July 13, 2015

Blogger Behind The Stall Door With: Ellegria

I've known Ella almost 10 years, so I think I probably know her better than anyone. And while she's quietly confident in herself now, she's terribly introverted, so she probably wouldn't be all that excited about me sharing all of her wonderful little quirks with the world in a blog post.

But: I think she's wonderful, brilliant, and should be shared with the world.

Plus, I have thumbs and she doesn't. So world, meet Ellegria!

July 7, 2015

The Long Way Around

I've made the decision to offer my phenomenal 6-year-old, Johnny Road, up for syndication. Johnny's always been one of my favorites, not just because he's got freaky talented legs and a wonderful mind that takes pressure better than any horse I've owned at that age, but because he's my kind of nerdy—he's smart and clever and more than a little obnoxious, and I find that combination tremendously endearing (which probably explains why I'm still single.)

June 15, 2015

Tie Me Up

Social media is funny. Every now and then I'll write a blog that I think is AWESOME, really knocking it out of the park, and it'll get almost no response. And every now and then, I'll flippantly post a funny little photo on my Facebook or Instagram page, and it'll go viral.

June 12, 2015

How Ella Got Her Groove Back*

(*Before we begin, an author's note: I came up with this blog's clever title as a reference to the late 90s rom-com, but really, it should be called "How Lauren Got Her &#$! Together And Is, Slowly But Surely, Learning How To Ride Her Nice Horse." But that has less of a ring to it. Carry on.)

Ella came home with me in January of 2006. She was 5. I was 21. Neither of us had any idea what we were doing.

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