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December 20, 2010

Catherine's Christmas Picks

Christmas at Harrod's in London! Photo by Joelle Steyt.

Dear Rita,

It is that time of year again! I love Christmas for the lively cheer of the season, but the pressure of GIFT GIVING got too extreme for me decades ago, so I just did away with it. Yep. I declared a war on ALL GIFTS and demanded that my close friends take the time to meet for a glass of wine, tell stories and jokes and just be together in the holiday cheer without all that wrapping paper and stuff.  Works wonders for me. Christmas! Bring it on!

So Happy Holidays to all my friends who read this blog. You won’t be getting a Christmas card, but I will be thinking of you and sending you good wishes!

For those of you who are still running around trying to find the right gift for the right someone, or perhaps still trying to drop a hint in the right place—these would be my picks for a SWEET CHRISTMAS GIFT! But don’t get any ideas, Rita, I already have all of the following:

1) Tickets to World Cup in Leipzig, Germany, April 27-May 1, 2010. The event will host the World Cup Finals in Dressage, Jumping and Driving—all at the same location.

2) A new saddle from Stuebben. I recommend the Genesis Special. Don’t forget the “Special” part. I worked together with Stuebben on this particular design, and I highly recommend it.

3) Winter riding britches from Kentucky. Made from ski pant material—absolutely the best in comfort and warmth for frigid winter days.

4) The latest in winter jackets from Shockemoehle Sports. The down jacket, “Kaitlyn,” is my favorite!

My stable is winding down for the holidays. All the horses are sweating a little less, we are spending a lot of time shoveling snow and everyone is looking forward to a few days of light work, good food and our annual Christmas party at the Oldenburg Christmas Market!

I’m Catherine Haddad, and I’m saying it like it is from Vechta, Germany.

Training Tip of the Day: Cut your horse’s grain rations by at least 30 percent on rest days or during periods of lighter work. Only feed him the calories that he can burn in the next 24 hours.

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caddym (not verified)
3 years 51 weeks ago
So where can you get the
So where can you get the winter weight kentucky breeches?  I googled and found nothing.  Please let me know asap so I can get them to you in time for christmas. Read More
jay c hughes
3 years 51 weeks ago
Christmas tradition
Dear Catherine, What a great way to celebrate. It is time with friends that is the most precious of gifts, especially in this over stimulated world. Congratulations on the successes of 2010. I'm sure... Read More

Comments

jay c hughes
3 years 51 weeks ago

Christmas tradition

Dear Catherine,

What a great way to celebrate. It is time with friends that is the most precious of gifts, especially in this over stimulated world. Congratulations on the successes of 2010. I'm sure they add fuel to the fire for 2011. Great recommendations on presents. the pants will be a great purchase for my daughter Emma.

Hope to meet you in the future. My wife and family are planning to move to Stuttgart for work in 2011 and I'm sure Emma will want to jump in immediately.

Blessings to you and all your endeavors! Enjoy that wine. I'm needing a little gluvine myself.

Jay

caddym
3 years 51 weeks ago

So where can you get the

So where can you get the winter weight kentucky breeches?  I googled and found nothing.  Please let me know asap so I can get them to you in time for christmas.