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November 25, 2015

Groom Spotlight: A Year Of Trial By Fire: Part 2

Blogger Alex Ambelang's look back on her 2015—her first year as a professional groom for four-star eventer Colleen Rutledge—continues here. You can read Trial By Fire: Part 1 here

Welcome to England… just kidding—Germany. You will be mostly unprepared for your first international equine travel experience and your first team experience. Don’t let the fear and anxiety take hold.

Breathe. Take in all that is around you. Relish in the fact that you are here.

November 24, 2015

Groom Spotlight: A Year Of Trial By Fire: Part 1

As the fall season comes to a close and the post Fair Hill coma sets in, there is time for reflection. I often have flashbacks of the last 10 months but it seems now that things are actually starting to slow down, the entirety of those months begins to become clear.

I have a friend who finds a theme for each year. Usually it’s a word or a phrase. This year I chose “trial by fire.” It seems from when I started my new life on Jan. 2 that every bit of it has been some sort of trial by fire or baptism by fire.

November 23, 2015

Where We're Going And Where We've Been: Part 2

If I’ve learned anything from this past year it was the lasting impact of my father’s example and guidance on my life. Not only in how his words shaped me but the psychological road map he provided on how to successfully navigate life moving forward.

(This is Part 2 of a two-part blog entry. Read Part 1, which looks at the lessons Sean learned from his late father Larry McQuillan.)

November 23, 2015

Where We’re Going And Where We’ve Been: Part 1

For every dream realized, aspiration fulfilled or journey still to be embarked upon each of us can look back on an individual or group of individuals that sparked our decision toward a chosen path.

For some, it was a larger-than-life childhood hero who stirred our notions to dream big. For others, it was a mentor who helped guide us through our own personal story in life. Or it’s simply been that friend who shares in the delight of our successes and is there to comfort in our times of struggle.

November 18, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Jumping Five iPhones

I used to show with a girl, also a recent convert to the uneventful levels of eventing from the hunter/jumper world, who would tell me she had terrible stage fright about the dressage portion.

November 15, 2015

Chapter 26: At The Thoroughbred Makeover

For the second time during the Trainers Forum I heard Dale say, "Well, I dunno. This is all getting more complicated than I'm used to."

November 13, 2015

How Cowboy Dressage Saved My Burnt-Out Hunter/Jumper

Three months ago, if you had told me that I’d be holding a pair of rope reins, throwing a western saddle around and practicing my slow jog, I’d have said you were crazy.

I’m deeply attached to my custom Devoucoux and my comfy tall boots, I’m the kind of person who gets home from the horse show and switches on the livestream so I don’t miss a thing, and my job, my actual job, is to follow the international five-star show jumping circuit. Other than the riders themselves, there are few people as immersed in show jumping than I am.

November 12, 2015

Already A Winner

The latest addition to the Chronicle's blogger roster is an eventer and Thoroughbred fan from Kentucky. Carleigh Fedorka caught COTH's eye with her win in the dressage section of the Retired Racehorse Training Project's Thoroughbred Makeover and her words on her personal blog, A Yankee In Paris.

November 8, 2015

2015 USDF National Finals, Part II: In The Books

On Sunday afternoon, I was sitting in the warm and sunny concourse of the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, charging my phone and killing time while I waited for Fender's Prix St. Georges awards. This is the one thing I don't love about the USDF Finals—it seems like no matter what I qualify for, it will be on Sunday afternoon, and a part of the 5 p.m. awards ceremony. 

November 7, 2015

2015 USDF National Finals, Part I: Who Needs Pants?

I LOVE the USDF Finals. This is our third trip here, and once the scary drive through the mountains of West Virginia is over, it's just the best show. The Kentucky Horse Park is lovely. The staff running the show is an all-star team, hand picked from the country's best. The decorations in the indoor arena are left over from the previous week's National Horse Show, and it feels huge and prestigious and special.