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December 26, 2010

Christmas Is Incomplete Without Chocolate Poop

Christmas at the Sprieser residence is a festive affair. We do it pretty much like everyone else, though our big dinner is Christmas Eve and not Christmas Day. We bring in family—in this case, family we've picked: two of our oldest friends, women who basically raised my brother and me—and exchange gifts. And we build a house out of gingerbread.

December 24, 2010

Hurry Down The Chimney Tonight

Dear Santa Claus,

Wow! It's been a heckofa year. I've tried to be good again this year, Santa. I ate my veggies and went to bed early, and I even started making my bed. (Then I stopped, because when one lives alone, who really cares? I feel I should be honest with you, Santa.) So once again, I'm passing on my wish list, and hoping you're thinking fondly of me.

December 19, 2010

The Kids Are All Right

It’s been a while since I mentioned the horses, and the reason for that is that they’re all doing fine, and that’s not a very interesting blog to read. But I’ve gotten several emails from my readers, you darlings, you, wanting a report. So here it is!

December 14, 2010

What's My Motivation?

I'm trying to stay upbeat. There are wars and hurricanes and terrible diseases. Typhoons and earthquakes and poverty and illiteracy, all of which are dreadful. We don't have it so bad.

But seriously? It's freaking cold, and it sucks.

It's hard to find the motivation to ride when it feels like it's 16*. Here in northern Virginia, fortunately, the cold and the wind (40, 50 MPH, at least) are the worst we have to contend with, but even in the absence of snow and ice it's still hard to stay inspired.

December 3, 2010

Ten Things

Six years ago I was in Germany with Billy and Struppie, learning how to really sit a horse for the first time in my life, being exposed to the best riding and teaching I'd ever seen, and realizing for the first time that this is what I was Meant To Do.

I've been Doing It since I graduated from college in May '06, and I've had enough hours at it to have two lists: Five Things That Are Guaranteed To Make Your Trainer Crazy, and Five Things That You Think Will Make Your Trainer Crazy But Actually Won't.

Five Things That Make Us Crazy-Cakes:

November 27, 2010


There's so much to be thankful for in this line of work. First, I'm overwhelmingly thankful that this IS my line of work, that somehow I got good enough at this to make it a paying job. And I'm thankful for all the people and horses that made it possible for me to get good enough—my family, of course, for their endless support; for all the trainers who tolerated my whiny teenage butt, whipped it into shape and spat me out what I am today. And I'm endlessly thankful for all my students who allow me to pursue my own riding and training goals along side helping them achieve theirs.

November 24, 2010

Disaster Narrowly Averted In The Last Michael Barisone Clinic Of The Year

You know that feeling you get when you know something's about to go wrong? It's just a little tickle, a little gnawing in the back of your brain. And I started feeling it Friday morning. All my horses were good, all my lessons productive.

Then it started.

November 19, 2010

Down Time, Like It Or Not

It's been a long and busy show season, and I planned a little vacation for myself—in between visits from saddle fitter Colleen and clinic with Michael Barisone, of course; no real rest for the wicked. So it should go without saying that after five wonderful days in San Francisco, I returned home to a full work schedule... and was immediately thwarted by the stomach flu.


October 29, 2010

BLMs, Day 5 And Withdrawal

After all the thrills of the previous two days, our BLM experience came to an anti-climactic close. We didn't enter Fender, Ella or Indy in anything, figuring (correctly) that they (and Nicole and I) would be pretty pooped by Sunday, and inevitably they would have had 4:52 p.m. ride times which we would have felt guilty not hanging around for. Tres was INFINITELY better in the fourth level championship, and Midge was perfectly pleasant and rideable, but both were totally out of gas. Tres finished just out of the ribbons, and Midge placed fourth on a 65 percent.

October 25, 2010


Holy smokes! It’s way past my bedtime—the PSG Awards were scheduled for almost 10 p.m.—but a quick update, because: Could it GET any better?!

Fender won his first foray into first level, test 1. Don’t get too excited—with a whopper 72 percent! He was just lovely in the test with some really stunning moments, but that’s all particularly entertaining because he was such a little prick in the warm-up, you don’t even KNOW. Mortifying. Careening around like a 2-year-old, cross-cantering, jumping around. Really!

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