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October 31, 2010

How To Have A Happy Horsey Halloween

How many of you have Halloween plans that involve horses? And costumes? Come on…fess up! How many of you have spent time and money this month making or buying a Halloween costume for a horse? You can’t hide it from me. I made a tutu last year for a Connemara. It doesn’t get more embarrassing than that.

October 25, 2010

NEHC Medal Finals: Sylvia De Toledo Wins 34th New England Equitation Championship

It was an early start for the junior riders competing in the 34th annual New England Equitation Championships held at The Big E coliseum in Springfield, Mass., on Sunday, Oct. 24. The course walk began at 6 a.m., and the first rider was on course at 7.

October 23, 2010

New England Equitation Championships: Day Two, NEHC Medal Finals, 18-22 Year-Olds

The third group of amateur adult competitors entered the exposition hall on Friday in Springfield, Mass., to compete for the NEHC Adult Medal Final in the 18-22-year-old division. The second day of competition at the New England Equitation Championships featured 84 riders from seven states.

October 23, 2010

New England Equitation Championships: Day One Belongs To The Grown-Ups, Part Two

Part Two: NEHC Amateur Adult Medal Finals 41 And Over

The second group of amateur adult competitors got underway yesterday afternoon at the New England Equitation Championships in Springfield, Mass., with the NEHC Amateur Adult Medal Finals competition for the riders aged 41 and over.

October 23, 2010

New England Equitation Championships: Day 1 Belongs To The Grown-Ups

Part One: NEHC Amateur Adult Medal Finals 23-40-Year-Olds

Yesterday was an exciting start to the 34th annual New England Equitation Championships. An event with humble beginnings, the organizing committee now boasts that it hosts one of the most prestigious and well-attended equitation finals competitions in the country. With no one arguing otherwise, the four-day competition kicked off with adult equitation finals broken down by two age groups: a 23-40 division and a 41 and over division.

October 18, 2010

A Horse Girl Through And Through

Our former barn manager left a few months ago to have a baby. She’s in her early 20s and has taken to motherhood like me to chocolate.

Less than four weeks postpartum, she made her first appearance at the barn, and we were on her like dirt on a gray mare. All of us barn moms were “oohhing” and “aahhing,” making the necessary comments about beautiful features, long fingers and the eternal mystery of the sweet smell of newborn baby.

October 6, 2010

New Barn Flooring And The WEG On TV

Even without a horse show, it was an exciting horse-related weekend nonetheless. On Saturday, the long-awaited installation of new flooring at the barn got underway. The barn was closed for the weekend to boarders—something that I don’t recall happening in the four-plus years we’ve boarded at Missy Ann Stables. My daughter was fighting a stomach bug, otherwise, I think she would have been banging on the barn door, demanding to be let in.

October 2, 2010

She Rode, I Paid

It’s Friday, a few days since the official end of my daughter’s show season. The dust has settled, although there’s still some laundry to do, both the horse and human kind, as well as a checkbook in serious need of some balancing and a massive infusion of cash. Equitation finals loom in the near future, but thankfully this year we’ll just be attending as spectators. I’m ready to regroup, recoup and enjoy the memories of an amazing season.

September 26, 2010

One Horse Show Leads to Another

Marshall and Sterling Finals are over. Misty the Mustang and Rachel Buckley did our barn proud. I finally got a chance to talk with Rachel’s mother, Melissa Buckley, on Thursday night, and the emotions were still running high. Melissa said the entire experience was a roller coaster ride of emotions and an experience she’ll never forget. She tried to stay as far away from her daughter and pony as possible, so as to not be accused later of any horse-show-mom related crimes.

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