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July 25, 2016

Pulling The Trigger

For all intents and purposes, there’s three reasons I show a horse. One is to win, or at least to do as well as I possibly can. This is the end goal, when I’m ready, when the horse is ready, when we together as a pair have the experience to do what I want to do, and an end game in mind. The second is to increase the value of the horse—horses need competition scores to prove their worth, or for sport predicates or breeding achievements. And the third is to help a horse (or me!) gain experience.

July 18, 2016

That Show Ring Shine

A lot goes into a winning competition ride. Years of great training for the horse and for the rider; smart preparation leading up to the show, including conditioning and fitness work; tack and equipment that helps both horse and human perform their best; and a great strategy to manage two brains—and lots of emotions—on the day.

July 15, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Demons Conquered

Inavale Horse Trials is only an hour from where I live—that’s close in Pacific Northwest Area VII eventing terms, where events are usually more than three hours away.

As a result everyone I know in my local horse community treks to Corvallis to watch the cross-country. It’s pretty much the one event that takes place on my “home turf,” and I love seeing all my friends. When I first started eventing back in 2009 or so it was the event I most looked forward too.

July 13, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Sometimes You Get What You Want, Sometimes You Get What You Need

So far, 2016 has been the year of reestablishing my riding confidence after a rough 2015. In addition to hundreds of hours of lessons, much of my progress can be attributed to my leased schoolmaster horse, Andy, who got me over my fear of crossrails and back into the 2’6” hunter and equitation ring, and even introduced me to my new love, the jumper ring.


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July 8, 2016

We're Getting Off To A Great Start In Knokke

It’s really great to be back at a horse show. I went a little stir crazy just sitting around for three days [at the layover farm]. The show at Knokke [Belgium] is beautiful!

July 2, 2016

Lisa Goldman Has Arrived In Belgium

COTH blogger Lisa Goldman is her two top grand prix horses, the U.S.-bred Centurion B and Hindsight, to Europe for the U.S. Equestrian Federation's Development Tour this summer.

Goldman, 26, works alongside her mother, Mary, at the family’s Red Coat Farm in Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and has worked her way up the grand prix ranks over the years. You can read and see more about her journey in her first blog, "Lisa Goldman's Team Jacket Is All Packed."

July 1, 2016

The Michael Poulin Hypothesis

With the official naming of my wonderful, brilliant friend Ali Brock to the U.S. Olympic Dressage Team for the Rio Games (along with Steffen Peters, Laura Graves and Kasey Perry-Glass), our mutual coach, Michael Barisone, joins a very small club: Olympians themselves who’ve coached a rider to the Olympics as well. It’s a huge achievement, and I’m just bursting with joy for Ali, Michael, and the rest of the wonderful folks involved in this exceptional team.

June 28, 2016

Amateurs Like Us: Does My Puppy Make This Fence Look Big?

Oregon’s rains have apparently not let up for the season, so it was a pretty soggy weekend for Cairo and me at the Aspen Farms Horse Trials a few weeks ago. It was our first horse trials of the season, and it seemed like a good place to start considering how amazing Cairo was last fall at Aspen at our first training level together.

We got a little cocky, and I entered the Zeit Capital Open Training Division because you could win money, and I’m always up for a challenge. Ride against pros? Sure, why not?

June 28, 2016

Lisa Goldman's Team Jacket Is All Packed!

Meet Lisa Goldman, who saw a lifelong dream come true when she was named to the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Development Tour this summer. Goldman, 26, works alongside her mother, Mary, at the family’s Red Coat Farm in Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and has worked her way up the grand prix ranks over the years.

June 21, 2016

More Than A One-Trick Pony

It sounds corny, but I firmly believe this: Riding is a gift, and I will never turn down the opportunity. I’ll get on just about any horse you tell me to.

I was in Orlando, Fla., for the American Horse Publications annual seminar when AHP hosted a welcome event in nearby Clermont at Al-Marah Arabians, the oldest privately owned Arabian horse farm in the world that put on the former Orlando attraction Arabian Nights.