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November 5, 2015

Luck Has Sides

There are a lot of ways to learn life lessons, but I learned mine from a horse. When I think about how I mastered patience, a trait that serves me well as I work with teenagers, I remember bawling my eyes out on my defiant Arabian when I was 13 and he “just wouldn’t put his head down!” Dressage eluded me, to say the least.

October 14, 2015


I have been to two funerals in six days. One was in Louisiana last week for my aunt, and another was in Arlington tonight for the father of my 15 year old client.

When death comes, as it inevitably will, I think we all like to picture a quiet passing after weeks of speaking to our loved ones about how complete our life was, and how loved we were, and how we are ready to let go.

May 20, 2015

Amateurs Like Us: Life Outside The Bubble

When we find a passion in life, we dream that we can spend our free moments or make a career pursuing it, and that our dedication will bring both success and emotional rewards. But the more you hyper-focus on one area of your life, the more it closes in on you and disproportionately amplifies its own importance.

March 30, 2015

Eventing Isn’t Us Versus Each Other

If you think eventing is just a sport, then you must realize that the eventing community is really a family. While most of us are competitive people, and clearly fans of adrenaline, we tend to view the sport as our partnerships versus the course, not us versus each other.

March 18, 2015

Friday In The Dirt, Sunday In The Ribbons

The only thing that changes faster than the weather in March is fate on horseback. This past Friday, I was feeling very prepared in all three phases for Lizzie’s first preliminary run of the year at Southern Pines (N.C.). I needed to ship over on Friday, and being that she is always a bit green about water, I figured I would stop on the way and just pop her through a cross-country water a few times.

March 4, 2015

There's A Difference Between Good Results And Good Riding

The thing about sitting on a really talented horse is that you begin to think that you are a really talented rider. And while sometimes that is the case, I think more often than not, riders are weakest where their horses are strongest. That is the nature of partnership, after all.

When I was bringing up my off-the-track Trance, a look at our results would have led to two conclusions about my riding:

December 19, 2014

Bust Seams

This is my last day in my 20s. Is that a milestone? I always find thinking of age as an achievement to be bizarre, as the years come and go whether you actually do anything with your time or not.

Looking back on my 20s, and ahead to my 30s, I don’t really think much of my life strategy has changed. Perhaps that is a red flag of immaturity, but I always have and still do think the goal of life is to bust seams.

October 17, 2014

All The Mare She Could Muster

I have blogged before about owning my first mare, and how Khaleesi has been trial by fire as she is the most marish of any mare in the program. For the past year and a half, we have managed her hormones very well, and she has only had one heat cycle that snuck through. While hormones have not taken away the reasons she is nicknamed “The Black Dragon,” and I still tack her up with a helmet on, they have managed the physical issues associated with cycling that left her unwilling to work for days at a time.

October 6, 2014

When In Doubt, Kick On

I haven’t written in months, and to be honest, it has taken me months to want to write about something horse-related.

My last blog was in June and was about the loss of my own father. Shortly thereafter, a very close friend unexpectedly lost her father. When real tragedy strikes in life, the whole horse thing seems terribly unimportant.

June 13, 2014

The Gifts My Father Gave

My father gave me lots of things over the years, but it is what he didn’t give me that defines the woman I’ve become. My dad had a remarkable life, and he made it a priority to build my character and foster my independence from an early age. 

Father’s Day, to me, is a time to appreciate how hard some men try to improve the lives of their children and to be there for their kids when they struggle with their own paths in life.

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