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Various voices check in about their Olympic experiences.

I don’t remember exactly when my dear horse of the past 11 years became a bad loader, but I can recall with excruciating clarity the times it has come back to bite us in the… well, let’s just say he can be a real twerp about it. We bought Ducky as a wee little 4-year-old off the track to be my children’s hunter,...
I got a call on Sunday, Oct. 8. Late. Maybe 11:15 p.m. It’s my friend Katie, who I've known for close to 20 years through horses. Her voice was shaking. “There’s a fire.” Now she’s crying. Her hillside in Santa Rosa, Calif., is on fire. Her family home where she and her parents live with their horses, goats,...
I’ve been quiet on the blogging front lately. Someone asked me at a recent horse show where I’d been. Really, the question is: where haven’t I been? Friday, Sept. 1- Sunday, Sept. 3 Clinic in Tunbridge, Vermont. I have the Head Cold of Death, and it’s always a super duper good idea to get on a plane when you have a...
I had been galloping horses for the Boniface family's flat racing stable since I got out of high school. I knew the rules about not getting attached. But there was one little horse at work that I had really started to like. I mean like as a racehorse, of course—he was far too wild and too much a racehorse to be been a...
When I found out that I would have 10 horses that I sourced off the track and sold through my sales program competing at the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover competition, we decided to make the trip to watch them compete. Samuel Batters was competing with I Do Not know in the field hunters, Jessica Bortner...
A person hears things at horse shows. Perhaps especially if that person looks like a dad who isn’t quite sure what he’s doing there or where he’s supposed to be. It’s almost like being invisible, I’ve found. Because, believe me, I’ve heard things. Parents saying things; judges saying things. One time I heard the...
The way I was grinning, laughing and hugging my horse after finishing a beginner novice event at the Kentucky Horse Park in sixth place, you would think we had just won the darn Olympics. The fences were little, the dressage test was simple to the extreme—there was no reason for me to be this excited about finishing a...
The Capital Challenge Horse Show’s tagline is “rise to the challenge” and that’s exactly what I felt Cassius did last week! On Wednesday evening, Cassius and I jumped the $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge at Capital Challenge to finish fourth, and I was so proud of Cassius. He was such a star and totally rose to...
Last week I took my horse Audi down centerline at Dressage At Devon for my first ever CDI. I've owned Audi since he was 2 years old, he's now 12, and together we've slowly progressed from training level all the way up to Intermediaire 1. He's a big quirky horse, with a delicate ego and the kindest heart. I cried during our...
When we set out to make a plan for this season, our primary goal and focus for 2017 was qualifying and competing Cassius, an 8-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Michelle Durpetti, in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships. In August, it was both a pleasure and privilege to check that goal off of my list, and I...
I have started and deleted this blog post several times now. As it stands now, I only hope that I can adequately convey what I am currently feeling, and how my horse relates to it all. Life. Death. Loss. Finding yourself again. I have been asked in the past why Soon and I are only in our first season of competition, when I...
“You’ve got to write about this girl!” was the message from several people. Sophie Lang caught the attention of members of our discussion forums when a friend of hers posted about her efforts to fundraise to get from Oregon to the ASPCA Maclay Finals in Lexington, Ky. Want to know more about Lang? She’s blogging for...

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