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Lauren Sprieser

December 3, 2012

Highlights

The insanity of the last week paid off—our clinic with Michael went off without a hitch (well, we did have to hail-Mary-repair the arena drag on Saturday morning, but Mr. Sprieser and I got 'er dun). This clinic was composed almost exclusively of my students, which made it extra fun.

But there were a few highlights.

December 2, 2012

Adventures In Farm Ownership, Clinic Organizing And Questionable Breakfast Sandwiches

Monday:

Mondays are my day off, which, naturally, means I have an entire week's worth of stuff to do. It starts with a pilates class at 7:30 and runs on from there. Today, I particularly want to get home for a bit between my class and a 10:30 meeting in Middleburg because the guys who are going to be tweaking our indoor arena footing should arrive sometime that morning, and I need to bring them up to speed - with Michael's sickness, the clinic is now THIS weekend instead of LAST weekend, AND I have Colleen here Friday, which means we need to get this DONE.

November 27, 2012

A Tiny Glass Of Lemonade

It's only happened a few times, but my spidey-senses are honed to it now: When your clinician for the weekend calls while you're teaching, leaves a voicemail, and then follows it up with a text message saying: "Call me ASAP," it's not a good thing.

Poor Michael, Mr. Tough Guy, was felled by the Plague (or the flu, or a sinus infection, or something) and couldn't make it for the weekend.

Me, on the outside: Cool as a cucumber. "No problem, you poor thing! Feel better soon."

Me, on the inside: FREAK THE HECK OUT.

November 26, 2012

Holiday Gifts For Horse Professionals

Before I start with this blog, I want to make clear that the greatest gift you can give a horse professional is your ongoing business. But this is the time of year where the questions start popping up on the Forums and Facebook: What should I get my trainer/farrier/vet/barn staff for Christmas? Something that they'll use and appreciate, with a bit of a horsey twist. If you're thinking of holiday gifts for the folks who care for your four-legged friend, here's a handful of suggestions, in lots of different price ranges.

November 23, 2012

The Real Reason For The Season

Sometimes I have an idea for a blog, and I start it, and it just isn't going very well, so I table it and come back to it. A few days ago I started a blog on holiday gift recommendations for horse professionals, and I tabled it, because I couldn't get the opening paragraph right.

November 20, 2012

Pretty Is As Pretty Does: A Day At The L Program

The L Program is the first level of the judges' education program. It covers training through second level, and for the first couple of sessions, it's a mix of classroom discussion and riding demonstration. We need new judges to replace the retiring ones, and so when Kathy Rowse sent out an email looking for demo riders for the central Virginia dressage club's L program, I wanted to help.

November 13, 2012

How Do You Pick A Trainer?

How do you find a trainer? Word of mouth, advertising, a recommendation from a friend or a vet or a tack shop owner or, or, or. But once you've found some candidates, how do you pick which one is the right fit? (Or how do you know that your current trainer is the WRONG fit?)

When picking a trainer, you'll first need to eliminate anyone who doesn't fit your essential criteria: a location you're willing to travel to, a cost structure you can afford, a schedule that suits yours. Then, consider a few of these questions:

November 8, 2012

New Wheels!

It's here, it's here, it's here! My long-awaited new trailer is here. It's a 2+1 Jamco, and it is the MOST GORGEOUS THING EVER. (Except for Fender.)

Below is my first attempt at a video blog, but here are some of the things I love about this particular trailer.

- Jamcos are built like tanks. Actually, what they're really built like is houses: They're tongue-and-groove aluminum boards instead of aluminum sheets wrapped around a frame, and that makes them strong as all get-out without being heavy.

November 6, 2012

Tidbits From A Windy Week

Sunday, Oct. 28, Mid-morning: Hurricane? What hurricane? is what I'm thinking as I answer two different phone calls from people asking, "Are you still holding your Michael Barisone clinic?" Since it is a) not raining, b) not windy, and c) not that cold, and even if none of those things were true the clinic is d) indoors, I reassure them that yes, the show will indeed go on.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2 p.m.: I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY. Sandy, I misjudged you, and I'll never be cavalier about a hurricane again.

November 4, 2012

The Horse Shopping Process

I don't do a ton of sales, but when a client is in need of a new horse, I help them sell their own horse, if necessary, and then help them find their next. Lots of trainers offer a service like this for their students, and everyone does it a little differently, but at the end of the day, we offer our expertise to our students to ensure they come home with the right horse.

Here's my process:

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