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Blogs - Kristin Carpenter

June 13, 2014

The Gifts My Father Gave

My father gave me lots of things over the years, but it is what he didn’t give me that defines the woman I’ve become. My dad had a remarkable life, and he made it a priority to build my character and foster my independence from an early age. 

Father’s Day, to me, is a time to appreciate how hard some men try to improve the lives of their children and to be there for their kids when they struggle with their own paths in life.

Comments

jmoser
11 weeks 9 hours ago

Horse Show Dads

Kristin, such a lovely tribute to your Dad. Your Dad and my Dad sound like they were separated at birth! My Dad supported me in the same way yours did, and I was his champion when hard decisions needed to be made about his quality of life at the end. He taught me that doing the right thing is not always the easy thing. I miss him every day.
May 15, 2014

How To Win At Losing

I am a competitive person and I like to win. However, I think I am particularly talented at losing. For me, being a good loser means that you can maintain a sense of perspective and still be a fun, positive person to be around all weekend. 

April 3, 2014

Plugging Away In A Program

There are a lot of ways to approach this sport, and for any general rule that you create there will be very successful exceptions. The battles wage online over every choice we make: turnout all day or stall part time, hacking on roads or staying on softer ground, competing only as needed to qualify or every three weeks, warming up for ten minutes or practically doing a lesson before you enter the ring.

Everyone has an opinion, and unfortunately everyone seems to think theirs is the only correct way.

March 20, 2014

Eventing Is Our Sport To Shape And Support

Chronicle blogger and amateur eventer Kristin Carpenter joins the conversation that blogger Doug Payne started about the future of eventing.  

When I first read Doug Payne’s piece, my immediate response was, “YES.”

Yes to opening up a discussion, yes to ideas to wrangle the sky-rocketing entry fees and widening the base, yes to ways to make our professionals’ lives easier in any capacity so that they can compete with the best in the world.

March 3, 2014

The Things That Might Have Been

A year ago I was preparing for what I hoped to be my first advanced horse trial on my off-the-track Thoroughbred, Trance, but my partner of 12 years got injured at the last minute. I wrote about it in The Things That Time Steals, and in that blog I contemplated his retirement.

December 27, 2013

Being Enough

Every year the holidays bring a wave of introspection to most, and I see countless articles telling me that I should be thankful, that happiness is loving what you have not having what you love, etc.

Closely following this is a second wave of post-Christmas and pre-New Year’s articles telling me to be the person I could be. So many promises for 2014: I could be smarter, I could make more money, I could save more money, I could be thinner, I could cook more, etc.

December 13, 2013

The Pitfalls Of Potential

Potential. It is a word that inspires our hopes, fills our dreams, and encourages us to get up each morning and try to be better.  But potential is a double-edged sword: it lies.

It makes promises that often go unfulfilled, and can lead to poor decision-making and costly long-term investment. No one would ever become great without pursuing potential, but a necessary life lesson is that potential is an empty promise without the other oh-so-important building blocks of success—hard work, determination and desire.

November 5, 2013

I've Got A Flag Hunter

I had a great weekend on Oct. 25-27 with my 5-year-old off-the-track mare, Khaleesi (Lizzie). I chose to take her to the training three-day at the Waredaca Horse Trials (Md.), because I personally found the long format to be such a strong tool in Trance’s development.

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swgarasu
42 weeks 6 days ago

Congratulations! Lizzie is

Congratulations! Lizzie is so pretty, and fun to read about!
October 24, 2013

Trading Up

I think you can tell more about a person by how they handle a loss than how they handle a win. There are often two categories of riders: those who blame themselves for everything, and those who blame the horse for everything.

The reality, of course, is always in the middle. In my mind, to compete is to challenge your partnership with your horse. Over the course of the weekend your partnership will shine, struggle, and hopefully emerge stronger.

October 11, 2013

Laughing Through Last Place

I have an old VHS video of one of my horse trials when I was 12. I was on my 12-year-old Arabian, who would let me jump him almost 5’ bareback at home but would never perform at a show.

On the video, I am making my third attempt at beginner novice. I set out with a fiery heart and dreams of wild success. On that course I had four stops and a fall, but as I cleared the last fence I dropped the reins, threw my arms around his neck, and screamed, “I love you SO MUCH! You are amazing!! WE DID IT!!”

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poppydaniel
46 weeks 1 day ago

Excellent!

Loved reading this entry. Your attitude is priceless!! Keep smiling and laughing and spreading the joy :-))!