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COTH Staff Blog - Ann Glavan

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.  

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.

February 29, 2016

Clydesdales, Spanish Moss And Marilyn: Photo Highlights From The Live Oak International

The Live Oak International, on Feb. 25-28 in Ocala, Fla., was incredibly picturesque under towering live oak trees and featured some stunning competition in both show jumping and combined driving. Here are some of our favorite shots from the weekend...


The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales were on display at Live Oak and looking fabulous. All Photos by Ann Glavan

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.

June 17, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: A Boarding Barn Princess Strikes Out On Her Self-Caring Own

I have owned my horse, Lucky, for nine years now, and for all nine of those years, he has been at one of a series of full care boarding barns. First in Iowa, where I grew up and went to high school, then to Florida to be leased out for a year, then back up north to Missouri to stay with me at college. 

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.

November 12, 2014

Amateurs Like Us: Hunter/Jumper Intern Back In Her Element

After a two-year hiatus from showing, I finally pulled out my hunt coat, shined up the tall boots and headed to Lake St. Louis to show in the adult amateurs. I hadn’t shown since I was a junior, and my horse Happy Go Lucky (Lucky for short) was coming off of a seven-month vacation while I was gallivanting around interning for Phelps Media Group, working for James Parker and The Book LLC, and interning at the Chronicle.

Needless to say, I was a little nervous for our return to the show ring.

August 5, 2014

Hunter/Jumper Intern Goes The Distance On 50-Mile Endurance Ride

For the past two months, I’ve been dipping my toe into an assortment of equestrian sport ponds—I took a polo lesson, jumped around a cross-country course, breezed a race horse, drove

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