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Lauren Sprieser

August 16, 2012

Camp Barisone, Day 2

Day 2 at Camp Barisone for Magnificent Chestnut Dutch Horses went much better than the first, mostly because I wasn't at the farm most of the day. If idle hands are the devil's plaything (Yesterday I went shopping at both Marshall's and the Dover Saddlery store; NOT good!), I was all virtue today.

August 15, 2012

Camp Barisone, Day 1

To the tune of Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter From Camp), by Allan Sherman:

Hello Mother, Hello Father

Here I am at Camp Piaffer

Midge is splendid, just as always

When I sit down in piaffe, there his hind legs stay!


Had my first quick lesson early.

Midgey feels super, not too burly.

Super half-pass, but those pirouettes

Michael says still aren't quite right, which I do not get.


Done quite early, twiddling my thumbs.

August 14, 2012

Making The Grade

A huge victory on the farm this weekend: My wonderful assistant trainer, Allison, passed both her Pony Club Dressage B and A exams, all in one go, proving that she is both a) crazy and b) super awesome. I knew both of these things already, but now the Pony Club - and everyone else - does too. I'm SO proud of her, and have been shouting her achievement from the rooftops.

August 9, 2012

London, Days 3 & 4

What I learned at the London Olympics:

1. Go for broke. Go like Hell. Go like the wind. Just go. The most forward rides won today. Riders who rode forward today and not in the Special were rewarded (Edward Gal, not that it was awful in the Special or anything, it wasn't; it was just so much more forward-moving today, even with the horse's tension). Riders who had pooped horses today didn't do as well. Go, go, go, go even if it's not perfect, just go.

August 7, 2012

London, Day 2

What a day, what a day, what a day! Historic, monumental, WICKED inspiring! Where does one begin to account such a day? At the beginning, I guess.

Mom and I headed out to the park more than an hour early after much deliberation about how early to go, and we were spot on - security took a while, and then it was a 15-minute walk to the arena itself. We sat down (in the wrong seats, whoops) with minutes to spare before the first rider came down centerline.

August 6, 2012

London, Day 1

We're here! And boy, are we exciting people: We got in, napped, walked around, are going to dinner, and then going to bed. Fast times, people. Fast times.

August 4, 2012

Ready, Set, Olympics!

I've spent the last few days trying to cram in three weeks' workload, which has meant some LONG days, but the end is finally nigh: In 24 hours I'll be leaving on a jet plane, bound for London.


July 30, 2012

Fighting Well

While that other team equestrian sporting event has started across the pond, I was at Morven Park for my favorite competition of the year: the Region 1 Youth Team Championships. Every year I coach the team(s) from my local GMO, the Commonwealth Dressage & Combined Training Association (CDCTA), and not to brag or anything, but we come in First or Second every year. Just sayin'.

July 26, 2012

Heat Essentials

It's not news that we've had a very hot summer in the Mid-Atlantic. The heat is a known quantity here, though this summer seems to have dragged on for quite a while, with no end yet in sight. So my crew and I have surviving the heat down to a science. The most important piece to our summer success has been my incredible staff, without whom I'm a red hot (yuk yuk yuk) mess, and because I can't thank them enough, here's one try anyway: Molly and Allison, you rule. Thanks!

There are a few other things I'm grateful for this summer:

July 24, 2012

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Tuesday, 7/24-Friday, 7/27: The usual 16-or-so hour days.

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