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June 6, 2011

Rubbing Bottles

Hop on the bulletin boards and you'll see that we have, at least in the eyes of the Internet-literate dressage population, a crisis in the sport. Whether it's criticism towards judges and the way they judge, or riders and the way they ride, or countless other issues, there's a lot that could be better in American dressage sport.

June 2, 2011

Cletus 2.2!

Cletus 2.2 is here! The second of the 2011 Cleo ET babies arrived at a reasonably civilized hour on Saturday morning and is doing swimmingly. This one is "out" of a cute drafty looking mare named Boo, who actually reminds me a lot of Cleo—big, gray and in-your-face.

Baby herself has a big blaze—not as big as Radinka (aka Cletus 2.1), but bigger than her full sister Fairvoya, the yearling—and two asymmetrical hind socks. She's also the sweetest one so far, and she was an awfully good sport about letting me crawl all over her. Farrah barely let me touch her until this year.

May 31, 2011

Fashion, Forward

While in New Jersey I met up with the lovely ladies of R.J. Classics, the makers of the most stunningly gorgeous and affordable show clothes on the planet. (I may be biased in this assumption, but probably not.)

May 26, 2011

Bring On The Shows

Day 3 at Michael's had some ups and downs. I walked in the barn in the morning to find the left side of Ella's neck big and puffy and sore. Bee sting? Bug bite? Who knows, but my poor girl was a little grumpy.

May 23, 2011

The Unexpected

Greetings from Long Valley, N.J., where Ella, Tres and I have come for our monthly dose of Michael. Putting Tres on the van was a relatively last-minute decision, one marking the end of a three-week period of mental twistiness.

May 10, 2011

Emergency Fried Chicken

Scott Hassler stayed after the show to spend Monday morning at the farm to teach. We were all pretty beat, but Scott was his high-energy self, and we had a great clinic.

May 9, 2011

CDCTA At Morven, Where Tres Embraces The Derby

Team Sprieser went to its first show of the 2011 season this weekend, a little recognized show at Morven Park run by CDCTA, the Commonwealth Dressage & Combined Training Association. I love the CDCTA shows; something about their management versus the dressage-only GMOs keeps things much more low-key and real.

I took Tres to show myself, as well as one of my dearest clients on her hot little Thoroughbred-cross. The fates must not have known I was showing because it didn't rain—a true miracle.

May 5, 2011

Corinne And Dobbin Come To Play

I've spent most of my friendship with my saddle fitter buddy, Colleen Meyer, hearing about how great event rider Corinne Ashton is. And that's true. Corinne trained Dobbin, her Thoroughbred, to tremendous success at the upper levels of eventing, including USEA Horse of the Year at advanced in 2008 and two tours around Rolex Kentucky.

April 28, 2011

The Doldrums

Catherine and Kirsten are contesting the World Cup, Sinead's at Rolex, Jennie's off winning something, Elizabeth's daughter is probably off winning something, and I'm… well, I'm at home, not doing much of anything. This lineup of bloggers is really giving me quite the inferiority complex.

April 25, 2011

Warp Speed Easter

It is 5 p.m. on Easter Sunday. Ella and I are in New Jersey, and we're going as fast as we possibly can. And all I can think is, DAMN those STUPID CADBURY MINI-EGGS to HELL.

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