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May 21, 2015

Proud Of Where I Came From

After spending four months in equine fantasyland I returned home to my quaint, rustic, little farmette in Purcellville, Va. We use words like “quaint” and “rustic” to invoke a sense of charm, some far off nostalgia for tin roofs and chickens pecking around. But words like “small” and “old” are more accurate.

May 19, 2015

Blogger Behind The Stall Door With: Wondermare

I’ve been told before that you don’t choose a mare, a mare chooses you. That’s certainly been my experience, as I'm the person that Nikki chose back in 2006.

May 15, 2015

Planting An Orchard

Everyone in the equestrian world knows that when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Our sport of eventing amplifies this theory exponentially, as it will put you in your place quicker than a grumpy nun armed with a ruler and a dunce cap.

May 14, 2015

The Southern Charm Tour

The Winter Equestrian Festival concluded at the end of March, and Wellington, Fla., grew markedly quieter over the next month.  Surprisingly, I didn’t pack a bag or a tack trunk in all of April. 

For the first time in our personal history, Harris Hill has decided to make Florida our year-round base. Traditionally, we would have already relocated our operation to New York and would be showing at Old Salem this week, kicking off our spring and summer show schedule in the Northeast.

May 12, 2015

The Things That We Lose

“There it is,” Mom said.

Dread is thick; it sits in a cave at the back of your mouth and oozes through your insides like tree sap down a trunk. Perhaps this slow panic has some evolutionary advantage, giving us time to consider the best reaction. Maybe it numbs us just enough to not feel the death blow, when it lands.

Mom just stared onward. I did, too, for a few horrendous moments. All I could think: ‘We don’t have a storm shelter.’

May 12, 2015

There's An App For That: Technology That Makes My Barn Run

I'm a child of the modern era. I grew up with the internet, YouTube and smart phones. And while these devices certainly weren't designed with the horse world in mind, they've done plenty to make our lives in the barn just a little bit easier. I've incorporated some really great technology into the way I run my business. Here are a few of my favorite devices, apps and other techno toys that make my business run well.

May 11, 2015

Lessons From Rudolf Zeilinger

I can hardly believe we are already back into May! Time flies and is always getting away from me. We just had our last of the six foals we were expecting this year and thankfully all are healthy, and hilarious to watch.

The World Cup Finals in Vegas were really fun to watch as well. The best part was getting the behind-the-scenes pictures from all my friends that went. However, for us there was the incredible fringe benefit that Rudolf Zeilinger was in the United States for the World Cup, and decided to make a pit stop in Kansas after Vegas.

May 7, 2015

Some Ramblings On Competitiveness, Complacency And The Evolution Of A Deer

Every day I wake up, and—unless I forgot to remove eye make-up on the rare occasion it’s ever applied, or have enjoyed an evening with friends and generous pours of wine—I usually look about the same. Depending on the week I may look a little more tired or sun-kissed than the week before, but on a whole I don’t notice much difference.

May 7, 2015

Horse Show Brain

I had the most incredible ride yesterday. I'm pretty much on top of everything for the Grand Prix on Ella, but there's a gear in the passage I'm still not 100 percent confident in, and in my last lesson with Michael he put me on a 20-meter circle in passage and had me just play with it—what happens when I use my leg like this, what happens when I use my seat like that, until I cultivated the passage I wanted. 

May 5, 2015

Back In The Swing Of Things

A month home from Florida and I'm finally feeling settled in. That month wasn't exactly quiet—a show, the World Cup Final, a clinic with Michael, a Pony Club rating, and moving out of my house in town and back to the farm—and I just felt very scattered. Being in one place for a while sounds pretty great.

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