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Various voices check in about their Olympic experiences.

It’s been about 11 years now that I’ve been a horse dad. A stretch like that will supply a lot of memories. The first lessons, the first horses, the jumps that once seemed huge and now look small. The talked-through nerves, the signals for when it was OK for me to approach between rounds, the “here’s what I’m gonna...
We all have a story of how we got into horses. Whether it was having horsey parents, the first time we saw National Velvet, or sneaking out to the barn and trying to ride our aunt’s pony Freckles in his stall instead of enduring grown-up dinner party small talk for another minute (not denying, definitely confirming—me),...
“Oh dang, that was awesome! Good boy Billy! Wait, what just happened?! They are all cheering, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t drop anything, but I don’t trust myself. OK, check the scoreboard…uh, I’m too excited, I can’t remember what my score was. Look at Earl, Hawley, Morgan and Michelle on the podium…OK, they...
I've been struggling with exactly how to start this one. Whenever someone tries to address a controversial hot topic or defend himself on the Internet, it inevitably seems to open Pandora's box, and all the “experts” come out of the woodwork. Some critics rest on the laurels of their previous experience and argue they...
“There’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.”  -Ronald Reagan or Winston Churchill or someone else, the internet isn’t really quite sure Then why is it that horses seem to eventually make monsters of us all? I have seldom encountered a group of people more critical of one another than...
A while back I had a client enter a show at a big level, her debut at that level, and her first show after a long competitive gap. Her horse is an amazing creature, a phenomenal athlete with an equally incredible mind, who’s also had a long history of health issues, including trying very hard to die on her twice, fortunately...
The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is not so much an annual event but an institution and woven into the very fabric of the British social calendar. Wave upon wave of people trooping through the Gloucestershire countryside; usually with the mandatory hound on the end of a rope. It's not quite the style of Wimbledon...
I started riding when I was 9 years old. My mom bought a horse from a classified ad and had it delivered a few miles from our suburban Baton Rouge home to Mr. Russ, a mostly western, mostly Quarter Horse trainer who I’m pretty sure my mom selected based solely on proximity, as none of us knew enough to have considered any...
Lismakeera Super Socks Socks Fernhill Flaxen Super Socks BCF Flaxen Flaxy Flaxseed Prince Flaxen My Love Flaxy My Flaxy Bugger If a rose by any other name is still a rose then I suppose a horse by any other name is still a horse—and my horse has plenty of names. But who he is, what he is, that has always been...
When you grow up riding all of your life, there are a few things you learn. You learn the best way to clean tack, set a course, braid and all sorts of useful stuff. You also learn the phrases you should never ever say—no matter what! Like, “I haven’t fallen off in forever!” The wonderful art of falling off had...
“There are not enough hours in the saddle to waste!” – George H. Morris As I come into my final week before the George Morris clinic I am very much inclined to agree. There always seems to be something left to buy (regular stirrups) or school (lateral work) and my days before the clinic are slowly getting...
I have this image of the inside of my head as being like a big dusty room, with rack upon rack of manila-colored files haphazardly thrown on the shelves, all with a sheen of dust. Then when I try to think of something, there are people running around this dusky loft desperately calling back, "Hang on, the file's in here...

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