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February 12, 2011

Dressage Under The Stars

Sunday, 10 p.m. I'm at home in Virginia, having just come back from celebrating the Super Bowl with friends, and decide to check my email one last time. There's an email from Rick. Would I like to do Dressage Under The Stars, a fun freestyle competition at the Player's Club, this Wednesday?

Sure, I write back, except I have no wheels (there's still 150 bales of hay in my trailer) and no freestyle music.

February 9, 2011

Home Again, Home Again

I'm on my way back from another whirlwind trip home to teach, and so far I'm 2 for 2 in bringing nice weather home with me. You know, if someone wanted to bribe me to come home more often, I'd be game for that. Just sayin'.

February 3, 2011

Girl Talk

Dear Ella,

Hey, birthday buddy! This is a big year for both of us—I turned 13 yesterday, officially a teenager. You turn 10 today, the big double-digits. I hope you're well; I've moved to Lauren's aunt's house, where I am really enjoying my retirement, chasing my two boyfriends around and keeping them in line.

But you're still a working girl, and I thought I would write you this note, on your Big 1-0, to give you a little advice. I had a pretty great career, but it was nothing compared to the one you’re on the brink of, and I’d like to share what I learned.

January 31, 2011

Eight Reasons You Shouldn't Hate Me

I am aware that Florida is one of the only places in the United States where it is not snowing right now. I’m getting plenty of “I’m Jealous” emails and phone calls (I got it guys, you can knock it off now). Sure, it’s 20* and foul where you are, but believe you me, life in the Sunny South isn’t all sunshine and… well, sunshine. So in my defense, here’s a few reasons you shouldn’t hate my guts.

1. Florida is sandy.

January 26, 2011

Spectating At The First CDI Of The Season

Last weekend was the first CDI of the Florida season, the Gold Coast Opener at the Jim Brandon Center. Everyone is gaga for the small tour championships, as this is a Pan American Games year. The PSG ran all day and featured some notables including several confirmed Grand Prix horses whose riders want to make a go at getting on a Team. And while the top horses in that class were fantastic—Heather Blitz’s Paragon is exactly as nice as everyone says he is, ohmygod—my focus was on the Grand Prix.

January 18, 2011

A Quick Trip North


Greetings from the inside of a Jet Blue airplane, where I am watching “NCIS,” being force-fed snack food (oh, twist my arm) and returning from a whirlwind 24-hour trip home to teach. It really was a great trip—temps rose from an average in the 20s to a balmy 40 degrees, my mom and I had her house to ourselves, and she made an AMAZING dinner. The place looked great; my girls are doing an amazing job of keeping the farm up and running.

And EVERY ONE of my students rode brilliantly!

January 11, 2011

Ella Rises To The Occasion

It's been a week since the horses arrived, and they're all JUST starting to return to normal. Tres has been a model citizen but has just been blah in his back. Today he felt almost like himself, and he made nice floaty trot and very nice passage. It's amazing how much the travel takes out of them.

Midge is still an unrideable nutcase, but I keep hoping that eventually he will remember that, five years ago, he was broke to ride. Or I'll get to the bottom of him. Eventually, right? Right?

January 10, 2011

The Creeping Crud

Life in Florida is lovely. The weather is temperate, and there are lots of people and horses to keep one busy. But it’s also a real pain in the butt. Land here is precious, so turnout is limited. The grass that grows is not well-liked by picky horses, and the soil is extremely sandy, so it’s hard to get grass to grow in the first place.

That same sandy soil is full of microbes too, and between the sensitive chestnut mare, the sensitive AND chromey chestnut gelding, and the prone-to-scratches brown horse, I’m in for a three-month Battle Against The Scruff.

January 7, 2011

(Un)Settling In

I know, I know. I'm in Florida. It's 80 degrees. It's sunny and beautiful. Palm trees, key limes, the works. And I know that horses always take a few days to get used to Florida life, to recover from the long trip, to remember that they are, indeed, broke to ride and not wild animals.

But seriously, guys? Seriously? Can't you leave my biceps alone and stop running away like lunatics ALL THE TIME?

January 3, 2011

The Red Hots Have Landed

My horses have arrived! And thank goodness—24 hours with not much to do and I was starting to twitch. They arrived at 8 this morning—an extremely civilized hour—and crashed immediately in their stalls; they’d been on the road all night.

So when I threw the Red Hots out this afternoon I figured they’d be a little dozy.

Oh, wait. They’re CHESTNUT. They’ve had almost a week off. And they’re naked for the first time in months.


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