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After a brief hiatus from eventing, the Human and I have reunited with the red and white flags. A change of scenery means a change in the dressage test we’re practicing. The...
One of the beautiful things about dressage is that there are so many levels at which to play. I don’t just mean training level versus third level versus Prix St. Georges versus...
There were two fillies out in Becky’s hilly pasture playing at their dams’ sides. One was slender and quick, a bay so reddish she was practically a chestnut; the other was a...
Caring for a horse in a big class at a horse show is an adrenaline rush. I live for it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a class like the Platinum Performance USHJA...
This past month marked my third year competing at the U. S. Hunter Jumper Association International Hunter Derby Championship with Durpetti Equestrian LLC’s Cassius, and while...
At 3:08 a.m. on an early July Monday, I awoke with a start. The distinct smell of skunk wafted through my open window and filled me with the kind of fear one only develops after...
Several years ago, I went barn hunting after another military move. I thought I found a great boarding option, only to come to the mutual agreement with the barn owner that it was...
Longer and hotter days, sweaty breeches, pink SWAT, the hum of stall fans—all signs that the summer vacation season is upon us.  For those of us who grew up in the horse...
“Would you do it again?” I was having drinks with a colleague, one who has had the chance to glimpse just how much I’ve put into my horse dad role. The driving, the trips...
I started riding when I was 6. For many years, my riding dreams were simple: to love horses, be a good rider, and enjoy being competitive at the local shows my barn frequented. My...
I grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and when I started riding at age 7 I immediately became involved in the Outer Banks Pony Club. I participated in many rallies...
We’ve heard about all of the major stars in the equestrian world and read about their journeys to success, but what about those of us who haven’t made it yet? Maybe you...

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