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April 20, 2016

When Two Worlds Collide And It All Makes Sense

A black-and-white pinto American Saddlebred walks into the dressage ring at a Sinead Halpin clinic. Sounds like the start of a corny joke, doesn’t it?

It’s not. It’s exactly what happened at Antebellum Farm in Lexington, Ky., during four-star eventer Halpin’s two-day clinic on April 16-17. (You can see my stories about the clinic for the Chronicle here.)

April 20, 2016

When Two Worlds Collide And It All Makes Sense

A black-and-white pinto American Saddlebred walks into the dressage ring at a Sinead Halpin clinic. Sounds like the start of a corny joke, doesn’t it?

It’s not. It’s exactly what happened at Antebellum Farm in Lexington, Ky., during four-star eventer Halpin’s two-day clinic on April 16-17. (You can see my stories about the clinic for the Chronicle here.)

April 8, 2016

What Dressage Does To A Hunter/Jumper Rider’s Face

No trainer has ever wondered what I’m thinking while I’m riding—a combination of my facial expression and posture is enough for my childhood trainer, Katie Lange-Lima, to tell if I’ve seen a distance, how long or short that distance is going to be, and if she should just close her eyes and pray to the hunter gods, asking for wings for my horse and margaritas to fall from the sky.  

April 8, 2016

What Dressage Does To A Hunter/Jumper Rider’s Face

No trainer has ever wondered what I’m thinking while I’m riding—a combination of my facial expression and posture is enough for my childhood trainer, Katie Lange-Lima, to tell if I’ve seen a distance, how long or short that distance is going to be, and if she should just close her eyes and pray to the hunter gods, asking for wings for my horse and margaritas to fall from the sky.  

March 3, 2016

Hunter/Jumper Intern Gets Hooked On Hunting

When we first started doing this blog series about me trying various horse sports, a lot of the humor came from how different those sports were from my usual wheelhouse, show hunters.

Comments

vcmerson
8 weeks 14 hours ago

Day Out With The Live Oak Hounds

I loved your story of a day out with the Live Oak Hounds. There is a difference, isn't there, between the show ring & being out in the field. I always thought being out in the field felt "real-er".
March 3, 2016

Hunter/Jumper Intern Gets Hooked On Hunting

When we first started doing this blog series about me trying various horse sports, a lot of the humor came from how different those sports were from my usual wheelhouse, show hunters.

Comments

vcmerson
8 weeks 14 hours ago

Day Out With The Live Oak Hounds

I loved your story of a day out with the Live Oak Hounds. There is a difference, isn't there, between the show ring & being out in the field. I always thought being out in the field felt "real-er".
February 11, 2016

Hunter/Jumper Intern Spins And Chips Her Way To Reining Queen Status

When I was in the midst of blogging about embarrassing myself at a myriad horse sports (polo, vaulting, racing, driving, eventing, endurance), a dear friend and eventer, Grace Busse, commented on my vaulting blog saying: “If you do reining and dressage, you’ve tried every sport at the World Equestrian Games, yeah?”

February 11, 2016

Hunter/Jumper Intern Spins And Chips Her Way To Reining Queen Status

When I was in the midst of blogging about embarrassing myself at a myriad horse sports (polo, vaulting, racing, driving, eventing, endurance), a dear friend and eventer, Grace Busse, commented on my vaulting blog saying: “If you do reining and dressage, you’ve tried every sport at the World Equestrian Games, yeah?”

August 26, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: When Is It Time To Move On From A Horse Of A Lifetime?

I’ve owned my one-and-only, once-in-a-life-time horse, Happy Go Lucky, for almost 10 years now, but I remember the moment we bought him like it was yesterday.

My dad and I had driven to Mason City, Iowa, about two hours from our home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, because my trainer, Leah Horrigan, wanted us to try a horse. I was 12 years old at the time, and we had been looking for a suitable partner for me for months. We needed a horse that could carry me in my first hunter classes out of the ponies, but also a horse who wouldn’t break the bank.

March 31, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Wear The Shadbelly That Brought You

Hunters, lets be real for a second here—our sport is a tad elitist. Just look at its roots: wealthy European landowners chasing fox with their hounds over hill and dale, dressed in tailored coats and velvet caps. This was not the pastime of the common man even back then.

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