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March 16, 2014

Horse-Shopping Etiquette 101

In this digital age, we’ve all come to expect instant information—whether we are looking for the temperature at precisely 3:27 a.m., or when we want a tidbit of information about a horse that caught our eye. 

I sell and place a lot of horses, and I meet a wide range of people—most of whom would make their mommas proud in the manners department. 

But there are a few of you that need a smacking with a heavy purse, and I think it’s time I let you know who you are, or at least tried to educate the people that turn my typical smile into what I call “Poo Face.” 

January 27, 2014

A Textile Obsession

My mom has this freaky obsession with textiles. Sheets, towels, blankets and pillows are carefully stacked, labelled, put in matched set with ribbons a la Martha Stewart. She also has this freaky ability to know EXACTLY when one of her things is missing, and woe to the person responsible for its walkabout! We all pick on my mom for her constant compulsion to buy the next softer blankie or set of decadent sheets. I mean, Mom! You have 30 sets of 9,035 thread count sheets! WHY do you have these brand new ones? How many sheets and blankets can one person use?  

October 8, 2013

I've Got To Get Some Cows

I came away from the Retired Racehorse Training Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and Symposium at Pimlico this weekend with one predominant thought—Thoroughbreds and their fans ROCK!

September 6, 2012

It's Big. It's Burghley.

It’s Big. It’s Burghley.

That was the predominant phrase I heard while at the famed three-day event this past week. Every rider, when they were asked about the massive Mark Phillips designed course, had the same thing to say: It’s good! It’s big. It’s Burghley.

It was definitely big. I always say, with no disrespect at all intended, that the Land Rover Burghley CCI**** makes Rolex Kentucky look like Fisher Price My First Four Star.

August 29, 2012

Report From A Soggy, Sunny Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials First Horse Inspection

Apparently the weathermen in the United Kingdom are much more reliable than in the States, because when they said the rain would stop at 3 p.m., and it was still downpouring at 2:50, we were skeptical. But, shine the sun did, and just in time for the largest number of horses to jog that I've personally witnessed.

A few drops here and there did not dampen the spirit of the crowd, though collective breathes were held while several horses were asked to be represented.

June 8, 2012

Day 1 At Bromont

It was a gorgeous day at Bromont for Day 1 of dressage. The CCI* and *** were in the ring doing circles today, and there were many fabulous tests.

Michael Pollard and Schoensgreen Hanni put in a phenomenal test, good enough for a 48.2. His test was a bit emotional to see considering the mare was a survivor of their terrible trailer accident two weeks ago.

Sitting in first place is the stunning Downtown Harrison, ridden by Jon Holling. This horse is a lovely mover with phenomenal trot work. A few bobbles were not enough to knock them out of first with a 46.0.

May 24, 2012

The Rehomer’s Dilemma

Over the years, CANTER Mid Atlantic’s retraining and rehoming model has evolved. At first it was very simple: Take horse from track—>Find horse new home.

Now it’s become: Take horse from track, give ample time off (three to six months), retrain for at least 30 days—>Rehome.

The current model is not the cheapest way of doing things, but this week I’m reminded of exactly why we do it this way.

May 16, 2012

One Cross-Country Accident We Can Prevent

I’m pretty sure Will Coleman never expected to be loading Cool Connection into a trailer and rushing him off to a surgery center in New Jersey only minutes after starting out on the Jersey Fresh CIC*** course this past weekend.

I watched the scores all day and frowned when I saw that Will Coleman and Cool Connection—owned by the rider, Tivoli Farm and Jim Wildasin—had a fall. I didn’t realize the seriousness of it at the time, but I soon got a phone call detailing the horrific—and entirely preventable—fall.

April 24, 2012

Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds Fill The Ranks At Rolex Kentucky

How fun to have such an amazing, dynamic list of Thoroughbreds in contention for the CANTER Ex-Racehorse Award at Rolex Kentucky this year! CANTER USA will be awarding the highest-placing race-bred Thoroughbred with a cooler, a beautiful Five Star Bridle and $200 in cash on Sunday. 

Check out all of these race-bred Thoroughbreds, competing for one of the most prestigious and sought-after blue ribbons on the planet. Of course the $80,000 in cash and a Rolex watch doesn’t stink either! Here’s hoping a Thoroughbred ends up in the winner’s circle!

April 17, 2012

Off-The-Track-Thoroughbreds Are Stepping Into The Spotlight

Is this what a heyday feels like?

About nine months ago I was talking with a fellow CANTER volunteer about all of the exciting things happening in our all-encompassing world of Thoroughbreds, and I remember saying “Do you feel that? Do you feel the earth starting to rumble? It’s time, baby!”

It’s totally time.

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