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Blogger Jennifer Berol Bliss

January 6, 2012

One Day, Three Saddles

I don't consider myself an inherently adventurous person. I have a very healthy respect for structure and routine. I like to plan, sometimes to a fault. And yet, if it involves a horse, I will try anything.

 A few weeks ago, I had one particularly memorable day, filled with all kinds of horses and riding. 

November 29, 2011

No Matter The Horse Sport, We Share The Same Challenges And Rewards

Now that indoors are over, I’ve been enjoying some relatively quiet downtime at home and starting to regroup for the new show season. I've also been competing vicariously through a different discipline’s version of indoors—the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City.

I was always fascinated by reining and western horses in general, even before I actually gave it a try about 2½ years ago. It was total role reversal for me at first—I felt like a beginner rider who could mentally process what my trainer was telling me but couldn't seem to physically coordinate my aids and timing correctly.

November 15, 2011

Back To The Basics

The week after indoors is sort of like the day after Christmas. It feels a little bit like a letdown! While I appreciate that this is the time of year to give the horses a well-deserved break, the diehard horse-shower in me already misses the excitement and anticipation of indoors.

October 31, 2011

Practice—And Preparation—Makes Perfect

Continuing along the indoor tour, I just wrapped up showing at Harrisburg and Washington. I was very pleased with the mileage and confidence that my first year horse Elitere was able to gain from the experience of indoors as a whole.

He started out at Capital Challenge with limited exposure to those types of venues, and while he tried really hard, he made some small, green mistakes. Harrisburg was a little easier, and by the time we got to Washington he was going around smooth enough to earn ribbons or jogs in every class.

October 10, 2011

Reflections On Capital Challenge

The Capital Challenge is one of my very favorite horse shows. For me, a variety of factors contribute to the overall feeling of quality and excellence that this show exudes.

September 30, 2011

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

About a month ago, I officially joined Sleepy Hollow Stables as a rider and trainer. The layout there is a bit unusual, as the barn is set within the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. The club is a place of such beauty and history, from the grand clubhouse that was originally a private Rockefeller residence to the two-story stable that was built in the early 1920s and at one point served as a base for Bert de Nemethy.

September 27, 2011

Meet Jennifer Berol Bliss

Dec. 1, 2002, was a hard day for me. I had officially aged out of the junior ranks. Seemingly overnight gone were the days when riding well and being willing to work hard directly correlated to having plenty of nice horses to show at top shows, without having to worry about much else. The bubble around my horse-crazy, but very safe, world had been burst.

Making the transition from junior to professional was truly like landing in a foreign country with a destination but no roadmap. Or worse yet, no quick fix like a GPS!

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