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COTH Staff Blog - Lisa Slade

July 13, 2015

Brazil, Timbits And Politeness: The Best Of The Pan Am Games So Far

We’re three days into this two-week competition now, and, as you’ve probably heard, things aren’t going perfectly. There’s been no live streaming. It’s been warm, and there’s no shade for the spectators. There aren’t many food options at the Caledon venue. But, despite the annoyances (and no video is a big one for those of you at home!), I already have plenty of highlights from the Pan American Games in Toronto. Here are a couple, in no particular order.    

March 11, 2015

Can Eventing Be Safer? Formula One Says It Can

If you’ve never watched a Formula One race, you should stop reading this immediately. Go watch one. Go at least watch a short clip of one.

Formula One is amazing. It’s ridiculously fast cars—up to 220 miles per hour—navigating technical, turning courses. The drivers are strapped in but still somewhat exposed. It looks like the most dangerous thing in the world.

But it’s not—at all. At least, not anymore.

January 14, 2014

You Don't Have To Ride To Learn

When I moved my horse and myself from the horsey mecca of Middleburg, Va., back to the non-horsey Knoxville, Tenn., one of my major concerns was that my riding would quickly go from “semi-passable” to “terrible.” There are few trainers in Knoxville, and even fewer who specialize in dressage or eventing. Without frequent lessons, wouldn’t I forget everything trainers had tried to drill into me for decades?

January 10, 2013

To Horsey Paradise And Back

About three and a half years ago, I packed all my belongings and my mare and moved to Middleburg, Va., for a job with the Chronicle. I’d never been to Middleburg before my interview, but once there, I could scarcely believe my eyes. To put it mildly, Middleburg is a horse lover’s paradise, and if you’ve never visited, I highly recommend you take a trip.

There are three tack shops in the village alone, and I once counted 12 four-star event riders living and teaching in the 30-mile radius surrounding Middleburg. There might be more I missed.

October 29, 2012

Mastering The Mind: My First Foray Into Sports Psychology

As an amateur rider with a terrible mental game—just ask any poor friend who’s had to help me get ready for cross-country—I jumped at the chance to attend a sports psychology workshop with Kip Rosenthal at Virginia Intermont College, Oct. 25-26. 

The mental game is obviously one crucial aspect of competition, and it’s one I think many people neglect entirely or have a difficult time mastering. Almost everyone takes lessons in jumping or flatwork, but studying the art of staying calm and focused? Not so common.

December 6, 2011

Horse News Of The Weird: Year End Edition

You see them every week—stories in the media about horses. But of course they’re not stories about horse sports, they’re tidbits about someone getting arrested for riding drunk* or having to fish a horse out of a swimming pool. They’re weird stories, and they’re often funny. We’ve collected what we think are the best bizarre horse stories of the year, compiled here for your entertainment.

(As far as we know, no horses were hurt in the making of these stories, though we can’t say the same for the drunk humans.)

November 21, 2011

Horse News Of The Weird: Special Dancing Horse Edition

The Youtube video of Blue Hors Matine performing at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, dubbed with a Lil’ Kim song, made the blog rounds last week.

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