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Dear Rita, If I’m really going to tell you the stories of the most important horses in my life, we need to take a step back to Ada, Michigan, in the early 1990s. I was...
I have a hidden talent—finding stray animals. I’ve yet to find a stray horse (despite being a good Pony Club graduate and keeping a spare halter and lead rope in my car at...
I was a typical horse-crazy kid in suburbia who begged constantly for riding lessons. I began riding at a hunter/jumper barn when I was 9. When I was 12, my parents noticed a...
At the beginning of March, I put together a fun article for The Chronicle of the Horse illustrating a day in my life as a working student in the barn of a top dressage rider in...
It might be June, or it might be July, or it might be 2021, but eventually, horse shows are going to become a thing that we all can resume doing. But how to do so safely, in this...
Love of horses is an innate part of some people. You’re born with it, and as much as your parents hope you “grow out of it,” your love never changes. You wake up in the...
Recently, I’ve seen a whole swath of think pieces across many different horse related websites extolling the virtues of not going to the barn during this pandemic situation. The...
It has been two weeks since my last post, and it is amazing how the world has changed. From my little space here in Maine, the changes have been incredible. The last few...
I am standing barefoot in my kitchen, holding my newborn and watching my toddler cheerfully make a mess while my husband drives away for the day. Like millions worldwide whose...
I only seem to get around to writing these blogs when something big happens. It’s been Olympic success; it’s been about traveling around the globe… Right now, I feel...
By Week 6 of HITS Ocala (Florida), I had given up on the self-care I preached to you in my last blog. To be honest, I’m surprised and excited I made it that long. It’s hard to...
News of COVID-19 was just starting to hit the Pacific Northwest in early March, and as a journalist and avid news reader, I was getting nervous. I had a bad feeling that things...

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