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August 10, 2016

Letters From Rio: One Bronze For Phillip, One Gold For Me

Hello everyone,

It’s been an amazing few days down here at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Eventing’s just wrapped up, which Michael Jung simultaneously both predictably and incredibly won—on the same horse he rode last time he won individual Olympic gold. I’d ask my editors if we can run the 2012 story in the magazine so Lindsay and I can get a bit of much-needed rest, but I’m picturing an icy stare.

August 10, 2016

Letters From Rio: One Bronze For Phillip, One Gold For Me

Hello everyone,

It’s been an amazing few days down here at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Eventing’s just wrapped up, which Michael Jung simultaneously both predictably and incredibly won—on the same horse he rode last time he won individual Olympic gold. I’d ask my editors if we can run the 2012 story in the magazine so Lindsay and I can get a bit of much-needed rest, but I’m picturing an icy stare.

August 3, 2016

Letters From Rio: Bug Spray Yes, Luggage No

Hi everyone,

Great news: Yesterday I arrived in Rio safely a few days ahead of the start of the Olympic Games. I’ve had my fair share of excitement along the way, namely that my flight from Washington D.C. to Miami was 2½ hours delayed, so I landed on one side of the U-shaped Miami airport five minutes after my flight to Rio started boarding from the other side of the U.

So I did my best Usain Bolt impression and arrived just before the doors closed.

August 3, 2016

Letters From Rio: Bug Spray Yes, Luggage No

Hi everyone,

Great news: Yesterday I arrived in Rio safely a few days ahead of the start of the Olympic Games. I’ve had my fair share of excitement along the way, namely that my flight from Washington D.C. to Miami was 2½ hours delayed, so I landed on one side of the U-shaped Miami airport five minutes after my flight to Rio started boarding from the other side of the U.

So I did my best Usain Bolt impression and arrived just before the doors closed.

March 8, 2015

Between Horse Deals And Grand Prix Wins

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For most riders, winning a grand prix would be the main focus of their day. But for Andy Kocher, his time in the show ring is a short respite between selling horses. Lucky for him, he’s gotten quite good at both. 

September 11, 2014

Rothchild Was The Little Horse Who Could At The World Games

He’s a little guy, and when he picks up canter and throws in a buck he looks more like he should be heading in for a children’s jumper round than an international one.

It’s hard to marry the image of McLain on stylists like Sapphire with that of him on the scrappy Royal Belgian Warmblood who goes around the ring with his ears permanently pinned. But if you’ve watched Rothchild fight for McLain over the years, you know it’s impossible not to fall in love with him.

September 11, 2014

Rothchild Was The Little Horse Who Could At The World Games

He’s a little guy, and when he picks up canter and throws in a buck he looks more like he should be heading in for a children’s jumper round than an international one.

It’s hard to marry the image of McLain on stylists like Sapphire with that of him on the scrappy Royal Belgian Warmblood who goes around the ring with his ears permanently pinned. But if you’ve watched Rothchild fight for McLain over the years, you know it’s impossible not to fall in love with him.

September 26, 2013

Bingo Night With 18 Chefs d’Equipe

I’ve never been to bingo night, but in my mind, it’s sort of like attending the draw I just watched at the CSIO Barcelona.

September 26, 2013

Bingo Night With 18 Chefs d’Equipe

I’ve never been to bingo night, but in my mind, it’s sort of like attending the draw I just watched at the CSIO Barcelona.

August 16, 2013

The Tier Format, Explained (Sort of)

One conversation kept coming up again and again during the Classic Round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships: What's the deal with the tiers?