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When I was 27, I embedded with the Colombian military to infil­trate the jungle stronghold of a guerrilla rebel group. At 28, I was caught in a midnight gun battle in Caracas between police and protestors when the Venezuelan government decided to shut down the nation’s last free broadcast news station. At 29, I went...
I've been struggling to find my voice for a blog entry the past few months. I have started about a half dozen entries only to stop a quarter of the way through with no clue how to proceed, which got me thinking. When I was a child, my father addressed several of his weekly columns for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to me. They...
We talk a lot about college these days. For Ada, application season is mere months away. For Audrey, the questions especially concern how to use her remaining years to best position herself to ride in college. In a sense it’s just more of the same. We’re looking ahead, thinking about what comes next, and what we hope...
The post-horse show tradition among the circle of eventers I know (after settling horses back at home and peeling off show clothes) seems to be to shower, pick up some takeout, and write a Facebook post summing up the successes of the day and thanking the support team that got them through. It’s through reading such posts...
So, you want to date a horse girl. Yeah, her pants are tight, her skin is tan, she wears baseball caps and drives a truck. To the right kind of man, this smelly little creature is simply irresistible. If only they knew the dark truth behind the seemingly attractive, low maintenance bull$#@& façade we project so well. It...
Hey everyone! This last month has been a whirlwind for me, so I’m a little behind on my blogs, but here is a recap! Cozmic One has been coming right along. The last week in April we took him to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park and participated in the Retired Racehorse Project’s...
It’s been a few years since you’ve climbed in the saddle, but then something happens. The gates open, and the bells ring. By God, you’re going to start riding again. If you’re still living in the same place, you reach out to your connections in the horse world to find opportunities to get back in the saddle. If...
It’s been more than 500 entries and almost nine years since I started this blog. I think I had about 12 readers in the beginning; the last one logged more than 150,000 views in just a few days. That is AMAZING. I am so touched! But that means I’m getting lots of new readers, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to...
How did I spend my Memorial Day, you ask? Typically how I spend most of my year: at a horse show. And not just any ol’ horse show; we have several professional and amateur hunters competing at the prestigious Devon Horse Show this week. The best in the country qualify to compete here, and everyone has their games faces on....
In the summer of 2013, I bought a 6-year-old gray warmblood gelding named Cavalier II sight unseen off of a video from Europe with the goal that one day that horse would be a winning grand prix mount. But buying horses with dreams of grand prix is like playing the lotto: Anything can happen. Five years later, I hit the...
It was pouring rain, and I was cantering Cairo up to a 3’9” vertical, just because it was there. I was grinning like an idiot, and Cairo was waving her tail like a banner. That’s when I knew, really knew, I was feeling back to normal. Or as “normal” as any eventer ever is. Last I had blogged, I was dealing with...
This winter, there were some nights I didn't go to the barn. It was a little chilly but not snowing, and I wasn't sick. I stayed snuggled up under a fleece writing, and I cooked dinner. After years of having my horse on partial care (which meant I would clean the stall and feed every evening), it still feels odd not to bundle...

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