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January 18, 2016

One Night At Global

Ella and I kicked off 2016 in the first CDI-W of the year. She felt absolutely amazing in the warm-up, so energetic and keen to my aids, the best I've ever had her. I feel great about the amount of fitness work we did in the fall—we even got an award for the fittest and healthiest horse, so it's not just me that thinks she looks incredible!—and I feel frustrated that we didn't do very well.

January 7, 2016

Like The Kids Say

As usual, we've arrived in Florida, and everything has gone a little sideways.

Everyone is fine, no calamities. But between a few Naughty Baby Squirrel moments and some rogue skin crud, it's been a colorful week. My Young Rider student, Kristin, is here taking part in Robert Dover's Horsemastership Week, and I've gotten to watch a little, as well as be in the presence of a large collection of teenage girls. It's reminding me that a) I'm getting old, fast; but also b) kids have their own way of working through, and describing, their world.

December 29, 2015

Closing Out The Year

I came home from the National Finals and braced for impact. Two things happen to me every autumn: first, things slow down. People give their horses, and themselves, a break, and it means that I don't teach as much; combine with the holidays, and my whole world hits the brakes.

December 18, 2015

Overheard In The Indoor

A collection of any of the number of things that get said while riding at my farm on any given day:

Dude. Dude. Dude. DUDE. 

Listen: I'm sorry. I really am. But this is the hand you were dealt. This is how it's going to be. The sooner you accept this, the sooner I put you back in your field and give you a cookie.

By all means, keep whining. But the only person making your life hard right now is you.

My right leg is not. coming. off. Get used to it.

December 8, 2015

What Makes The Best In The Business?

How we all come to find our trainers is a personal journey. Some folks get it right right off the bat, but more often than not, we've all kissed a few frogs along the way to finding our educational Prince (or Princess!) Charming, and we've also inevitably outgrown perfectly good programs and needed to seek out something, someone else.

December 1, 2015

Holiday Gifts For Horse Professionals, 2015 Edition

It's that time of year—the time where the bulletin boards blow up with, "What do I get my trainer/barn staff/vet/farrier for Christmas/Kwanza/Hanukah/Winter Solstice?"

It should go without saying—as I've said in previous years' blogs on the same subject—that your business is a gift all its own! But if you're looking to show your holiday appreciation to the folks who care for you and your horse, here's an updated-for-2015 list of suggestions.

November 8, 2015

2015 USDF National Finals, Part II: In The Books

On Sunday afternoon, I was sitting in the warm and sunny concourse of the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, charging my phone and killing time while I waited for Fender's Prix St. Georges awards. This is the one thing I don't love about the USDF Finals—it seems like no matter what I qualify for, it will be on Sunday afternoon, and a part of the 5 p.m. awards ceremony. 

November 7, 2015

2015 USDF National Finals, Part I: Who Needs Pants?

I LOVE the USDF Finals. This is our third trip here, and once the scary drive through the mountains of West Virginia is over, it's just the best show. The Kentucky Horse Park is lovely. The staff running the show is an all-star team, hand picked from the country's best. The decorations in the indoor arena are left over from the previous week's National Horse Show, and it feels huge and prestigious and special.

November 3, 2015

What's In Your Tack Trunk?

There's a lot of money out there in specially curved and contoured bridles, saddles that look increasingly like the Grand Tetons, and bits—wildly expensive, of course—designed to complement your horse's palate, personality and astrological sign.

But when it comes to equipment, I'm a simple girl. My kit is pretty straightforward, and I've had a lot of success with it. Of course I want my horses comfortable and happy, and I know there's no such thing as one-size-fits-all, but I've also found that simple works best, with a few modern upgrades.

October 27, 2015

Win Or Learn

My working student, Sarah, said something to me that I loved: "You don't lose. You learn. So instead of thinking if that if you're not winning, then you're losing, think that if you're not winning, you're learning." 

So I did some learning over the weekend of regionals. And win, learn or draw, it was still a resounding success.

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