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COTH Staff Blog - Lisa Slade

June 23, 2016

“Bring Your Helmet”: My Ride On Dante Maximus

Imagine heading out on a four-star cross-country course with a horse you’ve only ridden for about 20 minutes. In the warm-up, you get the chance to practice his piaffe and passage, do some medium and collected trot, jump a few show jumping fences, and then you get a lead into the start box. 

May 10, 2016

Sam, Smiles And Some Good Light: Favorite Moments From Badminton

The 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** is officially over—the riders returned home, the dressage ring taken down, the cross-country flags removed for another year, memories of a Rolex Grand Slam victory stored. 

But it’s still possible to relive the moments through just a few of the thousands of photos one lucky journalist (me) took on her first trip to the event. 

May 6, 2016

The Story Behind That Badminton Smile

So yes, it’s very cool being at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and interviewing Michael Jung. But another of my favorite things about covering a competition away from home is talking to other people who usually aren’t on our radar in the United States. 

Like, say, Denmark’s Hanne Wind Ramsgaard. 

May 4, 2016

The Myth, The Legend, The Reality: Badminton

Sometimes this is a weird job, in the sense that you travel all these different places, and you see all the same faces. The riders are the same everywhere; your fellow journalists and photographers are the same. There are horses. That can make a horse show feel, well, sort of the same as another horse show, no matter where you are in the world. 

So let me just say that my Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** experience has not been that way so far. 

May 3, 2016

To London, With 24 Hours Notice. Thanks, Michael Jung!

As soon as Michael Jung won the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, I texted Chronicle managing editor Sara Lieser: “Welp, I guess someone has to go to Badminton to witness this historic moment.”

The potential historic moment of course being Jung now—maybe—going on to win the Rolex Grand Slam. (And yeah, I use “welp” sometimes in texts. Don’t judge.)

Anyway, I was joking, not about the historic moment but about the “going to Badminton” bit.

April 26, 2016

Finding Your Rolex Kentucky Favorite

You’ve arrived at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, armed with your Chronicle Rolex Preview Issue full of Jimmy Wofford’s wise predictions and insights. But nearly as important as knowing who’s likely to do well is knowing the back stories behind some of the pairs.  

Everyone who's out there doing it deserves your cheers, but if you’re seeking your own personal No. 1 favorite to root for this Rolex Kentucky season—for a possibly weird reason—here are some suggestions. 

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.

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