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April 15, 2015

Sure Things And Long Shots: The Chronicle Staff’s 2015 World Cup Final Picks

Picking favorites in the World Cup show jumping is kind of like pulling the handle of a slot machine, while there’s a definite poker shark at the table in the dressage. The world has descended upon Las Vegas and they’re poised to compete for two of the biggest titles in the world—the Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping and Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Finals.

December 28, 2014

Our Best Of 2014

As 2015 looms on the horizon, we took a look back at the most popular stories on in 2014, from tack malfunctions to sage advice to controversial debates, we published it all and thousands of you read and shared the stories...

Who Needs A Bridle?

December 8, 2014

Yesterday, I Didn't Know About Equine Jock Straps

It began innocently enough. Flipping through the media catalog of photos from the Gucci Paris Masters show, I came across one that showed a horse wearing quite an unusual piece of equipment. Katharina Offel's mount Quebracho Semilly had straps hooking around his hind legs and attaching back to the saddle...

November 19, 2014

A Little Thank You Goes A Long Way

As soon as I saw the return address and looping handwriting, I knew what it was.

It was a lovely, personal note, written to me by Elizabeth Solter’s family as a thank you for my writing of her obituary. It made my eyes well up, that in their time of loss they made the effort to show appreciation in a touching, heartfelt way.

November 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Before They Were Legends

When I was gathering photos for my article about Winter Place Farm, which appears in the Winter edition of The Chronicle of the Horse Untacked, this one caught my eye. It’s a casual shot, like any one of us would take of one of our favorite horses.

November 4, 2014

Overachievers, Game Faces And Ears

Beezie Madden's remarkable win wasn't the only memorable moment of the $250,000 Canadian Pacific Grand Prix CSI-W. Here are a few things that stood out to me as I watched it all go down on Nov. 1 in Lexington, Ky., at the National Horse Show...

August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday: A Classic Photo Of Two Legends

My original idea for this Throwback Thursday post was to dive into issues from 1964 and find photos of the kinds of fences hunters used to jump 50 years ago. Since the USHJA International Hunter Derby is taking place, I wanted to show how the jumps have changed.

 I did find those photos, but I also found this gem, and I knew I had to highlight it.

Howard Allen Photo

April 22, 2014

Hugs, Espresso And Emotion: Our Favorite World Cup Memories

When we're on assignment at a big competition for the Chronicle, it's our job to catch the winner at the best moment of action—in a perfect extended trot, or at the apex of a jump. And as much as we get a nice frisson of victory when we do capture those moments, it's frequently the less conventional photos that are our favorites—ones that might not be of the winners or appear in the magazine.

April 7, 2014

We Do Need To Ask Why, But In The Right Way

I always have to steel myself to monitor the comments on certain posts on the Chronicle’s Facebook page. And with the sad, sad news of two horse deaths at The Fork Horse Trials this past weekend, our news feed took on a decidedly gloomy tone.

November 14, 2013

No Easy Choices

It felt, I imagine, much the same as it would feel to discover the long-standing infidelity of a spouse. That undeniable piece of a puzzle that locks into place, putting all the random, seemingly insignificant yet niggling pieces into a sickening context that suddenly makes sense.

I’d always considered my horse, Elf, “quirky” or “spooky.” Now I knew why.

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