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We Heart Our Helmets

When I first started taking lessons at age 10, my mom made me promise to always wear a helmet when I ride and other than one crazy double bareback ‘trail ride’ (breakneck gallop through the woods) at a friend’s house

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Behind The Scenes at Arlington International Racecourse

I’ve always been a sucker for the “ponies,” even before I purchased (for $1) my off-the-track Thoroughbred Distinct Leader or “Leader.” I watched, live on TV such as it was back then, the 1977 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and

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Horse of a Lifetime

I know you’ve heard the phrase “horse of a lifetime” a time or two if you are part of the horse world. The truth is I have a few horses that qualify as the “horse of a lifetime”. Each of

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#TBT – Junior Hunter Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park

This year the Junior Hunter Finals took place in Devon, PA back in July. It brought back memories of when I was still a Junior and got to compete in them. While I’m not really too far into my amateur

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You Know You Own a Thoroughbred When…

I am the very proud owner of an oh so handsome Thoroughbred gelding. His name is Samurai (he will also answer to Sam, Sammy, Samwise the Brave, and Buttface). My Thoroughbred brings me so much joy and I am truly

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I Survived a Mary Wanless Clinic

What’s a balloon got to do with dressage riding? If you’re Mary Wanless, internationally renowned rider biomechanics coach and author of the “Ride With Your Mind” books and DVDs, a lot! Thank goodness I had already read her books and

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Keepin’ Cool This Summer: Horse Edition

Me during the Winter: “I AM FREEZING! I can’t wait for the summer and warm weather!” Me during the Summer: “I AM SOAKED! I can’t wait for the winter and cooler weather!” Sound familiar? I thought so. Don’t get me

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My Top 5 Grooming Essentials

I started riding when I was nine years old. I can STILL remember my trainer at the time telling us to get tacked up for our group lesson and emphasizing a quick grooming session. More times than not, she would

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#TBT: The Horses That Built Me

Over the years, I’ve learned that horses bring you more than blue ribbons – they bring you lessons that have turned you into the person that you are today. I’ve ridden quite a few different horses in the years that

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Making a Comeback in the Show Ring: A How-To Guide for Success

It’s been a while since Woody and I have stepped foot in the show ring. Two years, to be exact! Though we’ve never been very active on the show circuit, I competed him in local hunter and jumper shows while

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Bing’s Big Debut

In the latest adventures of Bing, my 5-year-old OTTB, we attended our very first show together at the end of May! Bing was fantastic. I’m talking blow my mind, I can’t believe he was that good, fantastic. This schooling show

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Birthdays are Made for Cake

Recently, my horse Riker celebrated his 23rd birthday. Now I have to admit, in the nearly 20 years I’ve owned him, I’ve never made a huge deal about birthdays. In fact, I’ve occasionally forgotten to celebrate the day. This year,

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Minimizing the Saddle Shopping Woes

Saddle shopping – to a novice it sounds like fun, but it puts fear into the hearts of all who have undertaken it before. Does it fit me? Does it fit my horse? Will my horse change shape? Does my

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Why I Don’t Ride Alone

Growing up, my mom would always tell me to never ride alone. She would worry when I was at the barn all by myself, especially when I was riding horses other than my own. I never really took her warnings

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Being Progressive: Setting Goals If You Don’t Compete

I was sitting at work when I was struck by this BFO (blinding flash of the obvious): goal setting is an important part of planning for the year in the office, and working toward specific goals is in part what

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