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The Dec. 15 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse is the annual Amateur Issue and includes...

Commentary by Beth Rasin: Tips For Maintaining The Amateur's Mental Health

The Chronicle's Editor shares some helpful (and amusing) tips for maximizing your time as an amateur rider. (Subscribers can read more.)

In The Country

Emily Miles And WakeUp Awarded $25,000 Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Dressage Foundation Grant; FEI Releases Statement On Investigation Into 2012 World Endurance Championships; Fifteen Horses Die In Georgia Barn Fire; Equestrian's NCAA Future Remains Undecided; USEF Names Riders For 2015 Eventing 25 Program; USEF Announces Plans For 2015 Developing Dressage Program; Plantatio Field Equestrian Events Announces Course Designer Development Program; Woodside Names Stark As New Course Designer. (Subscribers can read more.)

Learning Curve: The Challenges Of Learning To Ride As An Adult

Humor columnist Jody Lynne Werner takes a hilarious look at the physical and mental challenges of leanring to ride as an adult. "Children are basically living Gumby dolls. You can ask them to canter with one foot behind their head and they can do it. We aren't that flexible. We haven't had to be that flexible since the drunken Twister tournament back in college." (Subscribers can read more.)

Free Rein With: Charlotte Jorst

This Danish amateur found her way to the United States and to dressage, and in just a few years she's catapulted into the Grand Prix ranks. Find out all about her business savvy, her strangest job, and what's in her fridge at all time. (Subscribers can read more.)

Ask 5: How Do You Prioritize Your Time?

We asked five busy, working, riding and showing amateurs how they manage to fit it all in each day. (Subscribers can read more.)

Stephen Day's Always Had A Passion For Training His Own Horses

The Dover Saddlery CEO applies the same hands-on philosophy to business as he does to bringing along off-the-track Thoroughbreds. (Subscribers can read more.)

From Prison To Police To The Jumper Ring

This police officer and amateur rider took her partner, who was born at the Lousiana State Penitentiary, from patrolling the streets of Indianapolis to the show ring. (Subscribers can read more.)

Cedric Stages A Comeback For Holiday & Horses CSI-W Win

The Olympic gold medalist had to take the summer off, but he's back in action and winning right away. (Subscribers can read more.)

Surviving A Barn Fire Is Just The Beginning

While getting out alive is the crucial first step, the recovery process is long and uncertain for horses injured by fire. (Subscribers can read more.)

Can You Buy Your Way To The Top?

What are the pros and cons of buying a proven four-star horse? We asked top eventers Boyd Martin and Buck Davidson for their opinions. (Subscribers can read more.)

Between Rounds With Anne Gribbons: Finally—Some Impressive Finals

Our columinst is pleased with what she's seen at the dressage equitation finals and the national finals, though she still has suggestions for improvements. (Subscribers can read more.)

Gone Away

Matt Lambert; Woodstock.

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