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Blogs - Meghan Blackburn

May 19, 2011

Confessions Of An Unlucky Intern

I have spent a fair amount of time as an intern—at a fair share of different companies. I had my first internship at 20 and kept up a pretty steady schedule until I graduated. Landing my first job outside school, I didn’t foresee myself interning again at 25, but then again, I also didn’t plan on leaving New York City to spend five months in the middle-of-nowhere Kentucky as a dressage working student, or running off to Europe for several months as part of my quarter-life crisis.

March 30, 2011

Women's History Month: Kyra Downton

Women’s History Month is coming to a close, and as I looked through my blog archives, I realized I hadn’t done a thorough job of featuring women in all disciplines. There are just so many impressive women out there who have paved the way for us that I got caught up in the process.

Just as the public has taken to saying we should celebrate our love for our significant others every day—not just on February 14—we should constantly be giving credit to our fore-equestrians (women and men) when it’s due; not just during a month that they’re in the spotlight.

March 23, 2011

Women's History Month: Arwa Mutabagani

I was home in Kentucky this weekend for my sister’s baby shower. Twenty women together, celebrating the birth of another female (yes, I’m going to have a little niece!). As I gazed around the room, which was decorated appropriately in pink, pink, pink, I thought about what kind of world my niece will be living in. She will be free to do as she pleases and nurtured by my sister and my family to be exactly who she wants to be.

March 16, 2011

Women's History Month: Mary Mairs Chapot

A couple of weeks ago, I gracefully parted ways with my mount while out foxhunting. I walked away hardly worse for the wear, less the pain of having to take flack from most of the men in the hunt. Whether my argument of not riding in my own tack, or having a headache, or ducking to avoid a branch were viable (but also pathetic) excuses, maybe the real problem was that I had sacrificed my seat, as was the male consensus—and as we all know, once that goes, so do you.

March 9, 2011

Women's History Month: Carol Hagerman Durand

On March 5, Beezie Madden and Margie Engle joined fellow show jumping stars McLain Ward and Mario Deslauriers as the United States celebrated a win in the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival’s $75,000 Nations Cup. Engle was a member of the team that went to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and Madden has ridden in two Olympics for the United States—scoring a team gold in Athens in 2004 and a team gold and individual bronze in 2008 in Hong Kong.

March 1, 2011

Women's History Month: Nancy Penn Smith Hannum

Having recently moved to Middleburg, Va., to work at the Chronicle, I was quickly mesmerized by the foxhunting culture. A neophyte to the tradition, I’ve spent hours talking to neighbors who lead the hunts and lend the land and whose walls, tables and mantels are complemented with fox and horn-themed décor.