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December 3, 2010

Ten Things

Six years ago I was in Germany with Billy and Struppie, learning how to really sit a horse for the first time in my life, being exposed to the best riding and teaching I'd ever seen, and realizing for the first time that this is what I was Meant To Do.

I've been Doing It since I graduated from college in May '06, and I've had enough hours at it to have two lists: Five Things That Are Guaranteed To Make Your Trainer Crazy, and Five Things That You Think Will Make Your Trainer Crazy But Actually Won't.

Five Things That Make Us Crazy-Cakes:

November 27, 2010


There's so much to be thankful for in this line of work. First, I'm overwhelmingly thankful that this IS my line of work, that somehow I got good enough at this to make it a paying job. And I'm thankful for all the people and horses that made it possible for me to get good enough—my family, of course, for their endless support; for all the trainers who tolerated my whiny teenage butt, whipped it into shape and spat me out what I am today. And I'm endlessly thankful for all my students who allow me to pursue my own riding and training goals along side helping them achieve theirs.

November 24, 2010

Disaster Narrowly Averted In The Last Michael Barisone Clinic Of The Year

You know that feeling you get when you know something's about to go wrong? It's just a little tickle, a little gnawing in the back of your brain. And I started feeling it Friday morning. All my horses were good, all my lessons productive.

Then it started.

November 19, 2010

Down Time, Like It Or Not

It's been a long and busy show season, and I planned a little vacation for myself—in between visits from saddle fitter Colleen and clinic with Michael Barisone, of course; no real rest for the wicked. So it should go without saying that after five wonderful days in San Francisco, I returned home to a full work schedule... and was immediately thwarted by the stomach flu.


October 29, 2010

BLMs, Day 5 And Withdrawal

After all the thrills of the previous two days, our BLM experience came to an anti-climactic close. We didn't enter Fender, Ella or Indy in anything, figuring (correctly) that they (and Nicole and I) would be pretty pooped by Sunday, and inevitably they would have had 4:52 p.m. ride times which we would have felt guilty not hanging around for. Tres was INFINITELY better in the fourth level championship, and Midge was perfectly pleasant and rideable, but both were totally out of gas. Tres finished just out of the ribbons, and Midge placed fourth on a 65 percent.

October 25, 2010


Holy smokes! It’s way past my bedtime—the PSG Awards were scheduled for almost 10 p.m.—but a quick update, because: Could it GET any better?!

Fender won his first foray into first level, test 1. Don’t get too excited—with a whopper 72 percent! He was just lovely in the test with some really stunning moments, but that’s all particularly entertaining because he was such a little prick in the warm-up, you don’t even KNOW. Mortifying. Careening around like a 2-year-old, cross-cantering, jumping around. Really!

October 23, 2010

Wahoo! BLMs, Day 3

What a day, what a day, what a day!

The whole day was great for my gang, but I have to start with the end—after yesterday's total debacle, I rode Ella in her I2 Championship in the snaffle. It was a GREAT decision, not only because she was SO happy and confident in the bridle, but also because she went VERY well, and took the class by 7 percent! Huzzah!

October 21, 2010

The Grand Finale: BLMs, Day 1 And 2

And for our last trick, the BLM Championships! With two students! And seven horses! For five days!

(Heaven help us.)

Five of those horses call Sprieser Sporthorse home, and as my biggest trailer has a capacity of four, we had to caravan. Nicole drove my two-horse, pulled by my dad's shiny new used truck (thanks, Dad!), and I took our big rig, a four-horse. And even with all that room, packing still felt like Tetris. As it was, we had to order most of our bedding at the show.

October 18, 2010

Fall Weekends

A few months ago I was supposed to judge a schooling show at the Quantico Marine Base, which was sadly monsooned out. But organizer Anna rescheduled for this Saturday, and she couldn't have picked a better weather day even if she'd called California Psychics. 60 degrees and GORGEOUS, not a cloud in the sky. Karmic redistribution, anyone?

October 12, 2010

A Last Scott Lesson Before the BLMs

When it rains, it pours! And that's not always a bad thing—I've had more opportunities for lessons in the last month than I've had in the previous six months!

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