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January 20, 2017

The CrossFitting Equestrian: How A New Fitness Endeavor Translates To The Saddle

A few years ago, I tried something totally new and it gave me an incredibly fresh perspective on the amount of bravery it takes for students to crawl up on the back of a 1,200-pound free-thinking mammal and learn about self-control and practice fundamentals as they prance around the dressage arena and over fences.

My journey was sparked by some now-welcomed peer pressure and gave me an insane amount of insight on how fitness and the learning process translates to the student, both human and equestrian. 

Learning The Dance

January 18, 2017

You Actually Can Fix Stupid

I was making my list of goals for 2017, and on the list (along with “eat like an adult,” “sleep past 4 a.m.” and “take a cooking class to improve my knife skills”) is to get a 7 or better on the canter half-pass zig-zag in a CDI Grand Prix. I understand the movement, I teach others how to ride the movement… and I myself, on Ella, can’t seem to ride the movement in the ring. I get the count right, I get 6 or 6.5, and it’s fine.

It just can be so much better, and it really needs to be better, to get the scores I want.

January 16, 2017

A Pretty Amazing Day In The Life

Over the weekend I had this dream where I won some sort of drawing to spend a day in the life of Jennie Brannigan and her four-star horse Cambalda.

It was amazing—Jennie was there and coached me and I was able to wear all of her signature equipment and experience what it is like to look through Ping’s ears at a cross-country jump.

The craziest thing is this actually happened!!!

January 13, 2017

COTH Horse Show Dad: Ghosts, Dreams And The Way It Goes

I suspect we’ve all got them. Places that bring on floods of memories. The old neighborhood. A school. 

For me, a walk around the campus where I went to college triggers recollections of a time when my head was full of a youthful mix of confidence, confusion, and insecurity. And, of course, dreams. Some were foolish. Some came true. And some, to my occasional regret, I didn’t pursue. It’s a story that everyone can tell.

January 8, 2017

Notes From The Trip To Florida

December 1: It’s official! Nine horses will be going to Florida, to a brand-new barn that we’ll have all to ourselves. Awesome. I’ll bring down one working student—conveniently also named Lauren—and hire someone local to do stalls for us. It’ll be a lot of work, but it’ll be OK.

January 6, 2017

Humble Pie

I woke up at 6 a.m. this morning and refused to leave my bed, acknowledging this it was a bitter 8 degrees outside in what should have been a mild Lexington, Ky. I reached for my phone and turned on Facebook, scrolling through the updates alerting me to comments, likes, and shares.

January 6, 2017

Look Up

For as long as I can remember, my riding lessons have been filled with the order to, “Look up!” It isn’t that I find my hands particularly fascinating, but it’s just that when I concentrate on something, I tend to stare fixedly at it. My surroundings disappear, and it’s just me examining my fingers and begging them to stop moving so much. And that’s a problem.

There are obvious reasons this is an issue: I could run over someone or something, I could miss terribly at a jump, I could get off my line. But that’s not why I am writing this blog.

January 4, 2017

Amateurs Like Us: Bring On 2017!

At the beginning of 2016 I had a whole plan worked out for how to get Steve and myself through the year productively and moving toward our goals. To sum up the outcome of all of this planning I will simply say this: 2016 sucked.

It started out pretty good. My plan centered around a few goals. One was to do the high adult amateur jumpers until we got bored with it, and then move up to the low amateur- owners.

January 1, 2017

A Valegro Flash Mob, An Exploding Dressage Horse And More: The Chronicle Staff's 2016 Memorable Moments

With a horse show happening every weekend, and sometimes multiple major events taking place in locations around the country on the same day, the Chronicle reporters spend countless weekends on the road.

But regardless of how many horses we see winning championships and cantering down centerline, a few special moments always leave a lasting impression long after the story is written and the results are old news. As we head into the new year, here are a few of our favorite moments from 2016...

December 30, 2016

Mascara, Cruise Ships And Pure Happiness: Images Of A Year 2016

As Chronicle staffers covering competitions around the world, we take thousands of photos each year. Some of our favorite pictures are ones you might expectriders winning major championships or smiling on a podiumbut others make the list because they demonstrate a particularly strong bond between horse and rider.

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