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Various voices check in about their Olympic experiences.

I’m sitting in the airport in San Antonio, Texas, reflecting on the incredible week I’ve had while I wait to get on the plane. It will bring me back home, back to normal life, and also back to my passion—life in the saddle. I’m in San Antonio because I was one of 10 higher education professionals in the country to be...
After nine months of rest, rehab, surgery and lots of anxiety, Danny took a big step forward in his return to work—he was cleared to go back under saddle! He’ll walk for four weeks, to build up the topline muscle that disappeared post-colic surgery, before we begin trotting and cantering as rehab from the leg injury he...
Dearest beloved horse, They say there is no such thing as love at first sight, but when I gazed upon your feces-encrusted, conformationally challenged physique, I knew you were the one for me. My friends and family urged me not to rush into anything… again… and that Craigslist was probably not the best way to find...
Hi! My name is Isabela de Sousa, and I’m really excited to be blogging for COTH and posting about my journey to the Retired Racehorse Project’s 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover with my new horse, Cozmic One! Before I go into detail about my journey, here’s a little bit about me. I’m 16 years old, and I’m from...
“Ann, 2017 was a wild and crazy year in the horse show world. Between the debates about Depo, USEF hearings over positive tests, and an ever-growing range of products claiming to calm your horse and 'not test,' it’s hard to know what to put my show horse on! “You’re a former hunter princess, what’s your calming...
There’s a lexicon to dressage. Connection, suspension, swing: These are words that have a very specific horsey, and dressage-y, context that we dressage trainers throw around and make it sound like we’re speaking Swahili, such that a layman might not grasp our meaning. And coming to an understanding of those terms, from...
I remember a championship I won in 2016 on my leased horse Andy. It was a one-day county show, and I competed in the 2’3” green rider division. From the get-go I was sick with nerves. Oftentimes when I’m nervous, I’m better after getting on and flatting, and totally fine after the first jump. Not this time. At every...
The legendary horseman William Steinkraus died in late November at age 92. He was the first American to win individual Olympic gold in any equestrian discipline: He earned his gold in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, riding Snowbound. Throughout his career he also won two Olympic team silver medals, an Olympic team bronze...
I first saw Charlotte Dujardin in Los Angeles a few years ago. I always dreamed since then that if I ever had an opportunity to ride with her I would! In November, after my rides in Kentucky at the U.S. Dressage Finals, I applied to ride in the Masterclass she was scheduled to teach in Lexington, Kentucky, in January. I...
The onset of a new year is almost always looked at as a new start, a fresh beginning. For me, that has never felt more true than it has this year, because this year, I’m embarking on one of my biggest new chapters and new adventures yet—the launch of my own business, True North Stables. For the last four years, I had the...
I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but everything happens for a reason. The older I get, the more and more I believe it. Below is a quick rundown of how things happened… Step 1: Ask your husband if you can have a second horse. Step 2: Husband says yes. Step 3: Don’t question said husband. I repeat, don’t...
During a forum at the U.S. Dressage Federation convention in December, Debbie McDonald addressed a group of young athletes and their parents about the expense of competing and training in Wellington, Florida, for the winter. She warned them that while it is a great opportunity for riders to immerse themselves in all things...

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