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April 6, 2011

Customer Service

A new horse came to me on April 1, a gorgeous mare that—because of the way the sale market is going—the previous trainer had been unsuccessful in selling.

Naturally, as soon as she showed up at my door, one of the previous trainer's clients called and said, “Oh no, she's gone? I simply MUST have her! Get her back, and here's a check.”

The owner called me and asked me what I thought. "Take it!" I told her. "I can have her ready to go in 10 minutes. When are they picking her up?"

April 4, 2011

Home, No Foolin'

I had this swell plan for an absurd April Fool's Day blog post, something where I decided on my drive home to give up dressage to raise alpacas, or to adopt a baby from Nigeria, or something else harebrained.

Instead, I've had a few distractions over the last few days.

First, I realized in packing the trailer that I'd forgotten hay bags. So off to the store I go, where my only options are haynets. My trailer's just not easily set up for haynets, so I end up jerry-rigging them up, complete with bailing twine and duct tape.

March 29, 2011

A Saddle Fitter's Perspective

Saddle fit is an issue near and dear to my heart, and that is entirely due to my long-time friendship with Colleen Meyer of Advanced Saddle Fit. Upon reading Catherine Haddad's recent blog, Colleen wanted to write her own response, and I thought you all would like to read it. Take it away, Colleen!

March 22, 2011

Nine Days And Counting

The end is nigh. And I've got very mixed feelings about it all.

I just booked overnight accommodations, for both my horses, and myself for our drive home. We're hitting the road in less than two weeks, which means I've got less than two weeks to make as much progress as possible.

March 21, 2011

The Masters Is An Incredible Opportunity For All

Freestyle night at the Masters was one of the highlights of my life as a spectator, and it wasn't just about the quality of horse, or the grandeur of the whole scene. It was that there is no place in this country, coast to coast, to see such high-class riding.

March 21, 2011

The Challenge Of The Americas

I want to write about the freestyles at the Masters competition, but I don't think I can stand one more minute without sharing these photos!
Tres was an absolute star at the Challenge of the Americas quadrille this weekend, as were all of his Team USA teammates! They won the competition in a close race with Team International. The whole event raised a ton of money for breast cancer research, which is the whole point, of course.
But the best part, hands-down, was Tres' MANE.

March 12, 2011

An Unfortunate Situation With A Silver Lining

Fender and I got into the USEF Young Horse Training Sessions with Scott, and the part I was most worried about was the hack from Double Bridle to Mary Ann and Walter McPhail's beautiful property. So when Fender and I came down the farm driveway together instead of apart, I knew we were gravy!

March 11, 2011

Working Student Wanted: How To Get Hired Or Not

After a year and a half of wonderful, faithful service, my beloved working student Nicole sustained a nasty injury that's preventing her from continuing to work for me.

March 6, 2011

Busywork And A Stinky New Arrival

It's been radio silence from Sprieser Sporthorse South because nothing's really going on. There are only so many blogs I can write about "horses still going great, weather's still nice, things are peachy." 

I do have fun news in that Tres is going to participate in the Challenge of the Americas, a quadrille performance that raises money for breast cancer research and has become a Wellington season highlight. My friend Pam Goodrich, who is one of the founding matrons of the U.S. team to the event, needed a horse, and I happen to have one that is absolutely perfect!

February 25, 2011

Sleep On It

I am having a lesson with Michael, and I just don't get it.
I haven't been sleeping overwhelmingly well, so I'm a little foggy. And because I've been a bad, bad girl and haven't kept up with my karate at all, I've lost a little of the feeble muscle I had on my otherwise nonexistent white girl butt, which made yesterday's work with no stirrups rather painful for my poor little exposed tailbone.
But darnit, I speak three languages, and I'm college educated, and I'm just generally not an idiot. So why am I not understanding this?

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