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When my husband interviews veterinary candidates for a position at his clinic, he often asks them if they can cook. That may seem like an odd question for a potential...
Today was my first full day at the Kentucky Horse Park (Lexington) in preparation for the USHJA National Pony Derby Championships, USEF Pony Finals and the USEF Pony Medal Finals....
As kids, we were taught that when you fall off of your horse, you pick yourself up, get back on and try again. So when I hit the ground hard the first week of February,...
One of the most significant falls in my life occurred about 18 years ago. I remember the entire incident quite well because I did not hit my head. I was on a young race horse...
I don’t believe in editing my work. Or second drafts. If you’re reading a blog of mine, there’s an overwhelming possibility that it was a one-hit-wonder, something I banged...
I spend a lot of time at horse shows year-round, but very little of my time is spent in the show ring. Until this year, the last time I showed over a course was in 2017. Sure,...
I grew up riding in Virginia hunt country in the 1980s, an experience not for the faint of heart. When you fell off, you got back on—always—and there were no excuses for not...
I don’t do the hunters anymore. I gave up on that world a long time ago and moved to jumpers. I happen to have a nice jumper-bred mare who decided to be a hunter that my...
I have wanted to write this article for a long time, and in the age of activism, seeing riders I have showed with speak about Black Lives Matter has inspired me. The equestrian...
Following my rite of passage as a horse-crazed little girl, I began riding at age 11. When I was 14, my mother’s co-worker purchased a horse hastily after only a few lessons and...
The social media photo caption reads something like, “This is my grade Appaloosa Paint Thoroughbred stud gelding Punxsutawney Pete. What do y’all use to prevent these open...
When I was 9, my parents finally allowed me to start riding lessons. This happened after a year of begging them for lessons, going to my best friend’s barn with her, and...

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