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October 24, 2014

More Winning...And A Wedding

It is not Thanksgiving yet, but I have just so much to be thankful for! It is never a wrong time to reflect on the positive things in life, right!?

Since the last blog I wrote, we went to the Region 4 Championships. My boys were awesome. Wakey won the Intermediaire B and Grand Prix, and Willie was second in the Grand Prix and won the Grand Prix Freestyle. I was stoked.

September 24, 2014

Success In First CDIs

August was a pretty stellar month.  WakeUp, Weltdorf ("Willie") and I all did our first CDI Grand Prix in Estes Park, Colo. It’s a beautiful, well-run show with the nicest staff. I thought I might as well get my feet wet. It is a lot of travel, but last year, doing the CDI the week before the Developing Horse Nationals set us up very nicely and put WakeUp in the show mode. I also wanted to do a CDI this year and let’s face it; they are not in abundance in the Midwest.

June 24, 2014

Which Level Should I Show?

Show season is in full swing! Everything seems beyond hectic, but I love to feel the progress the horses are making.

The big news of Wally Woo Farm is that WakeUp is now a full-fledged Grand Prix horse! I am so happy and continually appreciative that I get to sit on him and have this journey with him. He rocked the other weekend with two 70 percent [scores] in the Grand Prix and a 72 percent in the Developing Grand Prix. The best part is that WakeUp truly enjoys his work and always tries for me. I love him!

May 14, 2014

Spring Show Season Has Sprung

I think I can officially say spring is here…and that means show season is here! I typically really dislike showing, but this year I was just so fed up with winter that I was looking forward to anything that related to warmer weather.

April 7, 2014

The Effect Of A Horse On A Rider

I think spring is finally here! We are expecting the first foal any day, and we can ride outdoors again.


Yay! I’m pumped for this year! The horses feel great and ready to go. I have been watching the videos of our top riders and love how motivated and determined it makes me.

I was riding a training horse the other day and Mama offhandedly tells me that I am riding him better than a couple months ago. Of course, I didn’t take it at face value and said, “What is that supposed to mean?” She says simply, “You are sitting quieter; it looks nicer.”

March 7, 2014

Solving The Piaffe To Passage Problem

Hello March and hello spring? …Or hello record low temperatures? It’s a high of 6 degrees in Kansas today. We’re so ready for spring!

Lilo Fore came this weekend, and I was so happy to have her kick our butts out of the winter doldrums. She really does get the most out of me and my horses.

February 14, 2014

Break It Down

My younger brother, Eulan, just returned to the University of Kansas (rock chalk Jayhawks!!!) for his second semester. He is doing great! Before returning to school, he asked me if I had any advice for him.

I told him to just not procrastinate as much as I did and try to find manageable, focused challenges. Don’t try to just study for a test or write a paper. Be systematic and break it down. Don’t look at it as one big project but just a bunch of little ones. I found it easier to accomplish things this way. Maybe that’s why I love dressage so much!

January 16, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

December 6, 2013

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Happy Holidays! I can’t believe they are already here. This could possibly be the best time of year. Everything slows down a little, there is a ton of great food around, and we get to spend quiet time with friends and family. If you could take away the cold and add some more daylight hours it would be no contest.

November 14, 2013

Introducing Emily Wagner

I’m Emily Wagner from LaCygne, Kansas, the mecca of dressage! I have been riding dressage since before I was born. Yes, literally—my mother, Jana, is a dressage rider, trainer and coach, so I was riding in utero. Currently I’m 25, and dressage still can’t seem to shake me. It’s an endless puzzle that is at the same time intensely frustrating and rewarding. I’m also very lucky to have some really awesome horses in my life.