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Lauren Sprieser

May 2, 2012

Inspired By Rolex

Since my weekends tend to be dominated by horse shows, clinics and other general pandemonium, people tend not to schedule lessons with me on the few weekends I'm actually around—I guess my peeps are used to my absence. And it's nice to have a quiet weekend, especially on weekends when there's terrific live coverage of some little local horse show like the Rolex Kentucky CCI****.

April 28, 2012

In Which We Learn Why Ella Will Never Go First Flight

Ella hasn't had a day off since the middle of last week, what with our trip to Michael's, and since it's going to be rainy and foul over the weekend I decided to let her take today. So she went out first thing in the morning, about 6:45, in one of our nice big paddocks to the right of my indoor, where I can keep an eye on her. I got on Fender about the same time, working him out in our front fields (he was great), and then did the same with Midge (he was great too), before starting teaching at about 8:30.

April 26, 2012

The Red Hots Are Back To Business

Sitting in the corner of one of Michael's tack rooms is a diminutive trash can labelled "Whup Ass." It is, of course, a joke. But neither Midge nor Ella nor I required the opening of said can last weekend, when we drove up for our first New Jersey lessons of the year: We were sort of awesome.

April 20, 2012

A Quiet Interlude

We're t-minus two weeks 'til my clients' next show, t-minus five weeks until Midge's next show and t-minus 3 days until Midge and Ella head up to Michael's for some lessons. Time to get my game face on!

April 16, 2012

Saddle Kismet

Colleen of Advanced Saddle Fit and our new friend Holly of Equi-Lutions came down for one of our semi-annual-or-so saddle fitting events this weekend. And the weekend started out with Jackie, who rides a wonderful creature named Gunda. And Jackie and Gunda fit smashingly into a saddle that, coincidentally, Colleen had accidentally ordered two of in a beautiful brown, when she'd really only needed to order one. And so Jackie and Gunda got the fruits of Colleen's mistake.

April 11, 2012

Re-Entry Problems

I've been home for almost two weeks, during which I've hosted one clinic, organized another and taken 10 clients to a horse show. Heaven help me. No smooth transition here, just a swift kick back into the Real World!

March 31, 2012

Vignettes From The Road Home

Tuesday, 6 a.m.: We're on the road! We're going home! The kids loaded great, the truck is clean, my stuff is packed. We're on the road! We're going home!

And I realize we're going the wrong way on the turnpike.

Tuesday, 2 p.m.: I'm an hour behind schedule. Want to know why I'm an hour behind schedule? Because EVERY truck stop I stop at has epic lines. Dude.

March 24, 2012

In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

I came to Florida with one Grand Prix horse not quite meeting expectations, one Intermediaire I-and-a-half horse because we couldn't put more than a handful of one-tempis together to save our collective lives, and a 6-year-old with more doofus than skill. I came down burnt out, overweight and in dire need of a plot twist.

We're returning home very different, all four of us.

March 23, 2012

Dressageonomics 201: Showing In The Big Leagues

I got some nice feedback from my last blog, so I thought I'd share some more dressage mathematics—the cost of showing at the international levels.

Before I do, though, I'd like to state that I'm not doing these blogs to complain or to throw myself a pity party. It's expensive, sure, but it's not news; I knew what I was getting into when I chose this profession, and I make it work, like anyone else.

March 17, 2012

Pre-Departure To-Dos

Things left to do before I leave next Tuesday, the 27th:

- Pack. Pack everything. And pack everything in at least some semblance of order, because I will arrive at the farm mid-afternoon on Wednesday, the 28th, and have just a few hours of daylight before I start business in full swing at 6:30 in the morning on Thursday, the 29th, and I'd rather not be frantically looking for my toothbrush.

- Find Midge's FEI passport. It has to be here somewhere.

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