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Various voices check in about their Olympic experiences.

Here we go again… I hope. This has been quite the year so far, but I think the small gray cloud that has been following me around for the last 14 months appears to be getting bored and may be leaving me alone soon. I hesitate to jinx myself this way, but you know—whatever Fate wants to flip my way I’m probably not...
As a professional based in relative proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park, I’ve had the privilege of showing in the Rolex Stadium on frequent occasions. When I trot into that ring again on Friday morning however, I know it’s going to feel different—that electrified, big moment kind of different—because when I trot in...
Splendor was absolutely fantastic in the $20,000 speed derby at Equifest II (Ill.). Being the speed demon he is, this was his class. As we jumped over the natural derby fences and the crowd cheered, I was reminded of fox hunting Splendor last season. I grew up on the back of a horse, since both of my parents were included in...
Let's take a few minutes to start a serious discussion between all disciplines (leave politics aside: within the sport and outside of the sport). I'm reaching beyond my hunter/jumper world here. Look at your phone contact list, I guarantee at least three people on that list is an addict. Whether it be alcohol, pills, cocaine...
Moving up to preliminary is really forcing me to think about what success means. There’s a reason that the U.S. Eventing Association has come up with a new training/prelim level: It’s a big jump, literally and figuratively, from training to prelim and now I’m finding myself pondering just what it means to take that big...
I was born and raised in Loudoun County, which is prime Virginia horse county. I rode and took lessons, but I never really got to experience the hunter/jumper shows because I never had the “fancy” horse or pony growing up. I always tagged along with friends or just showed on the local grassroots circuit. The Upperville...
A major appeal to coming to Ireland/the European Union was to get a different perspective and variety of different horse shows. In my year of being here and riding with Greg Broderick, I have been fortunate enough to be able to watch and compete in numerous countries, meet incredible people, and show fantastic horses. Like I...
A friend of mine lost her horse recently. He was older, and he died in the way we all dream for those we love—out in the field with his friends on a beautiful day, healthy and sound and full of life. And then gone, in an instant. That doesn’t make it much better, of course; just because it’s a far cry from the slow...
Humankind are herd animals and as such we tend to sub-divide into groups of like-thinking people who share a common interest. Horsewomen are a breed apart and the camaraderie we share with each other, and our mounts, is quite unique. Our sport is one of few that our means of participation has a pulse and as such we have a...
At least not as much as everyone thinks they do. I grew up in the equitation world where it’s all about perfection. We obsess about the perfect look, the perfect horse and yes of course about the perfect distance. There are many great tools I learned from the eq—including but not limited to the following: position...
It’s a weird year for me. I’m teaching a ton of clinics, which I love, but it means I’m away from home a lot of weekends. And with only Puck to ride at the moment, who will be showing first level next month (woo) but not with any illusions of grandeur, my focus is on my students and on their competitive and personal...
COTH readers met Emma Butchard when we profiled her as a One To Watch (read "Emma Butchard Is Doing The Work To Succeed At Grand Prix Show Jumping"). Now she's blogging for us—here's her first entry... I was at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (N.C.) for two weeks with my dad, my brother, and Jack Russell Vera....

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