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Taylor Flury

April 11, 2014

Consumer Social Responsibilty

Consumer Social Responsibility, or CSR as it is known, is something I've thought a lot about. What it means is that as consumers we have a responsibility toward society to be responsible in our purchases.

Corporations are not the only ones that have a responsibility towards society. We, as consumers, need to buy from ethical, socially responsible companies, and we need to know what we are buying. We need to know the background of the product; where it was made, who made it, and its “history.”

March 13, 2014

The Importance of Upbringing

Have you ever heard the saying “you are a product of your upbringing?” I truly believe that animals and people become what they are because of how they were raised and the environment in which they were raised.

November 18, 2013

On Not Taking Gifts For Granted

A few months ago, Role Model (I call her T-Squared since her barn name is Taylor) and I had a freak accident. We have been showing all year at 1.45-meter jumpers and while at home jumping a 3’6” oxer the unthinkable happened. We were preparing for the 7-year-old Midwest Young Jumper Regional Finals at Kentucky, and when she went to take off she tripped, and we flipped through the jump. 

October 28, 2013

Finally, A Great Young Horse Option

On my first Belgian Warmblood Breeding Association Keuring Tour a few years back I had the opportunity to meet Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm. I had read many stories about her and knew of all the wonderful things she was creating and supporting to help our industry both in the show ring and the breeding ring. I was in awe of her and have to admit that I was nervous to meet her.

July 24, 2013

The Unsung Heroes Of The Barn

Ever since I was little my mom has told me, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” I always love to respond using a quote from Dr. House of the television show: “There may not be an ‘I’ in team, but there is a ‘ME’ if you jumble it around.” 

June 20, 2013

Four Lessons For More Than Just Riding

Many moons ago when I had my first lesson with Joe Fargis, he told my sister and me that we had four simple rules to follow if we wanted to ride with him. These rules have been added to over the years, but they have laid the foundation for success.  

1.)  Be on time

2.)  Make sure your boots are polished

3.)  Carry a whip

4.)  Wear spurs

June 13, 2013

Skipping School Is Not A Smart Idea

Does it ever feel like life is just flying by? The other day I was talking to a friend about how crazy busy I have been and how many different jobs I have. We were discussing the Belgian Warmblood Paard Keuring Tour this summer where we travel around the country inspecting horses for the studbook. (More on this subject to come in a later blog.)

May 15, 2013

The Aftermath Of Five Feet Of Water

Taylor Flury had to completely evacuate AliBoo Farm with the help of family and staff when rain caused substantial flooding on April 18. The flood only lasted one day, but the clean-up continues.

May 15, 2013

The Day The Waters Rose

I didn’t sleep well on Wednesday night. I’m a natural born worrier, and it was raining so hard I thought we were in the middle of a monsoon. It was one of those rains that usually only lasts a few minutes, but it went on for hours, and I was terrified of what that amount of rain would bring in the morning.

So I was shocked when I went out to feed at 5 a.m., and it wasn’t flooding. I expected the pastures to be full of water, but they weren’t. However, by 7 we knew we were in for it because the rain was coming down hard again, and the water had started to flow south toward us.

May 5, 2013

Who Knows What You Can Learn When You Broaden Your Horizons

As every great horseman knows, you can never know all there is to know about horses and riding. There is always more to learn, and we can't be picky about where we learn it. Even though I compete in the jumpers primarily, I've realized over the years that I can and want to learn something from everyone.

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