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July 10, 2014

Any Old Bay Gelding Will Do, Right?

Tuesday, June 23, noon: Wahoo! Rocky is mine! I love him, he's perfect, he's wonderful, he feels like riding an octopus on roller skates and can't turn right with a gun to his head, but he's a genius and I love him and I can't wait to get him home. So I call a couple of transport companies, and because it's the off season, only one of them has a truck going up 95 with any regularity, but they assure me that he'll get on the van by the end of the week. They'll call me when they know when.

Wednesday: (crickets.)

Thursday: (chirp, chirp.)

Friday: (you got it.)

July 7, 2014

Back To The Grind

The end is, alas, nigh. This holiday weekend was the last of a three weekend tour of relative tranquility, a glorious quiet period after our insanity-inducing Spring tour of showing. I worked, of course, teaching lessons and riding like I normally do, but it was lovely to be at home on the weekends, to see my friends, to run a triathlon last weekend (faster on all three phases, especially my weakness, the bike; nailed it), to have the teensiest weeniest bit of a life.

That's about to go back out the window.

June 20, 2014

Train Them Up

I had dinner with three fellow young trainers one night at Gladstone. One of those trainers was Jeremy Steinberg, who recently resigned from his job as USEF Youth Coach. The four of us chatted about the trials and tribulations of being a young trainer, about horses, about our clients, about the things we struggle with. The conversation got around to the state of U.S. dressage, and our role in it. 

June 18, 2014

Gladstone 2014: An Experience

Experience is the thing you get thirty seconds after you needed it. In order to get experience, you have to have experiences. We learn best from our mistakes. There are so many clever, witty and true quips about living life, about the process of going from here to There, wherever that is.

But there is no witticism that alleviates the frustration of having to watch kids go through it.

June 11, 2014

Gladstone 2014, First Notes

I was terribly excited for this year's Festival of Champions, the USEF National Dressage Championships. I was excited mostly because they're inherently exciting, but also because my team qualified four horses, with their three riders, for the various Youth championships, not to mention Michael's qualifying Ella for the WEG Selection Trials. I was also excited because I was taking advantage of being 20 minutes from Michael's to bring Fiero along for training, to get some lessons and have something to do.

June 10, 2014

Nine Summer Essentials

It's that time of year again, when the heat indexes hit triple digits, when we switch to night turnout, when we start waking earlier and earlier to get the horses ridden before it's a kajillion degrees. But there's no rest for the weary, so we press on, with a few important hot weather essentials. Here's the products we at Sprieser Sporthorse can't live without as we approach summertime.

June 3, 2014

The Long View

With his owner on holiday for the summer, I've commandeered the ride on Tres, the wonderful PRE stallion that I trained to Grand Prix. Horses don't forget their educations, of course, but his new owner is just beginning her dressage career, and so for the last year Tres' job has been to care for Donna and teach her about connection, impulsion and balance. 

May 26, 2014

Keeping Busy

In nine weeks, I've taken students to six horse shows, held two open houses, taught a clinic, hosted two clinics, and run a ten mile road race. I've got five horse/rider combinations trying for the Festival of Champions and/or the NAJYRC, and another group trying for the Young and Developing Horse Championships, in addition to our typical cadre of folks after the USDF Regional Championships, their USDF rider medals, and some who are just showing for fun.

May 8, 2014

Teachers, Our National Treasures

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in the United States. (This week also contains National Hoagie Day, National Tourism Day and Lost Sock Memorial Day, but that's neither here nor there.)

May 5, 2014

Diversification Is A Key To Success

Because I am a glutton for punishment, er, Serious Professional Athlete, I signed up for a 10-mile race with my best friend. Unfortunately, getting runs in post-Florida has been a challenge, between weather, long teaching days and busy horse show weekends. But at a recent VADA/Nova show at Morven Park (where, it should be said, all my students rode brilliantly and won everything), we were blessed with a late start on Saturday, which left me with a few hours to get one of my last long training runs in before this weekend's race.

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