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October 6, 2015

Taking Care Of William's Feet, Stomach And Back

It has been eight weeks since William arrived at Heritage Farm. I have to say I really like him. 

October 2, 2015

The Young Horse World Championships Journey: Part 2

It has been a crazy few weeks and first off let me say the biggest thank you to everyone who has helped make this dream of mine come true. Really I could not have done it without all of the support everyone gave.

October 1, 2015

The Young Horse World Championships Journey: Part 1

My journey to the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken, Belgium, with Catania Saflo Z (Minnie) and Carrasca Z (Hank) began at 3:30 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 12. The horses were to be picked up at 5 a.m., to go to quarantine before flying out and I wanted to make sure they got a mash before leaving.

September 30, 2015

Aging Adult Rider: Adventures In Horse Showing

There was a brief time a couple of decades ago, when local horse shows were a familiar part of my equestrian pursuits. Back when I was able to take the extra burst of preparation—and the nervous knot in my stomach—a little more in stride.

September 29, 2015

Groom Spotlight: Introducing Blogger Alex Ambelang

Hello Chronicle readers!

Grooms offer a unique look and perspective into the everyday workings as well as the big show pressures of upper level event riders and their training programs. Grooms see the very intimate struggles of each horse with their rider and share in their triumphs and failures that go along with the sport.

It is a great honor to be asked to write for The Chronicle of the Horse and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you all as head groom for Colleen Rutledge Eventing.

September 28, 2015

Chapter 23: A Remarkable Update

The Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials in mid July was my first competition with Remarkable 54. I felt under-prepared, and I was prepared to withdraw if necessary. I approached the weekend like a training session, but we were still nervous.

I gave Remarkable 54 the chance to look at many fences before jumping them. In both jumping phases he broke to the trot a few times, which I didn't mind at all. I would rather have him slow down, look, and then go, than run anxiously. Thoughtfulness and relaxation travel well together, so we hit that road and went slow.

September 23, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Baby Gear 101

Ask me a tack or horse equipment-related question. Go ahead. Try it. I own everything necessary for eventing, and yet I’m always perusing catalogs and websites to see if there’s anything new or different I might need for my horses. I own more breeches than pairs of pants, more horse blankets than jackets.

Another example of my obsession? When I got married, my bridal shower was actually a bridle shower, and I asked my friends to buy me horse stuff instead of the normal housewares. Because seriously, what was I going to do with domestic stuff for my house?

September 21, 2015

How To Bungle A Horse Show (And Have It Be The Best Thing That Could Have Happened)

Sunday, 9/13, 5 a.m. My throat is scratchy. My nose is running. My head is spinning. This is not looking good.

But I've got clients at a show at Morven Park where, thank goodness, it is GORGEOUS out. So I take my zinc and my decongestant and I log a day's work. But by the end of the day, things are a little grim. This head cold has been making its way around, and its victims are reporting that it's a few days of misery, followed by a lingering hacking cough. Ain't nobody got time for that. I go to bed early…

September 17, 2015

When Dreams Come Up Against Reality

In her latest book, “Mary King—My Way,” Mary King offers up her 10 principles to having a successful career with horses. One of her key tips is the importance of being honest with yourself when a horse is not working out the way you intended and being open to moving on from the partnership.

September 17, 2015

COTH Horse Show Dad: My Soul For An Equitation Horse?

Introducing the latest addition to the Chronicle's blogger line-up, the COTH Horse Dad. He's the non-horsey father of two junior hunter/jumper/equitation riders and he's going to take readers along on his horse show-parenting journey!

Legend has it that blues musician Robert Johnson couldn’t play all that well. At least not until just before midnight one evening when he got himself to a crossroads outside Clarksdale, Mississippi. There he met the devil, and in exchange for Johnson’s soul the devil gave him the ability to play guitar like no one had played before.