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Various voices check in about their Olympic experiences.

As a companion to the cover story for our annual Yearbook issue, "Overall Horse And Eventing Person Of The Year: On Cue And Boyd Martin," published Monday, reporter Laura Lemon shares her experience meeting On Cue and interviewing Boyd Martin at his Pennsylvania home. If you ask this hunter rider what three things...
There is a story my mom likes to tell from when I was 6 years old. I was starting the first grade, and with my school work ramping up, it was clear that I needed to prioritize my numerous extracurricular activities. After some thought, I told my mom that I could play my violin at Carnegie Hall anytime, and people ride at the...
I don’t often work with very, very beginner riders. That sounds snobby, and I don’t mean it to; I don’t have lesson horses, and the folks who seek me out for lessons with their own horses tend to have at least a few years of riding under their belt before they want a specialized dressage lesson. A few years ago, my...
A little more than four years ago, I matched on a dating app with a funny Indian engineer with a big nose, holding a bottle of Zima—the disgusting Sprite-and-rubbing-alcohol-esque garbage that teenagers got drunk on in the 90s—in his profile picture. Our first date was at a local pizza place, and I left thinking that he was...
“I had this plan.” I’ve started conversations (and, I believe, at least one or two blogs!) with those four little words so many times I’ve lost count. This year, I’m certainly not alone. This is not a piece whining about “woe is me,” so let’s get that clear from the get-go. I’m healthy. My family is...
The familiar sticky misery of a horse-human summer mercifully submits to the crisp scent of autumn. You pull your favorite comfort hoodie from the clothing heap you kicked to the back of the closet last spring when pretending to be a responsible adult who organizes garments by season instead of filth level. You clutch what is...
Step 1: Accidentally Discover Horse After work, pour yourself a glass of wine and casually say, “I’m going to look at the new photo ads on Dreamhorse, just to see what’s there.” Open every ad that has a horse under 10k and over 16 hands. Glance over each with little interest until you see a video of a sport-bred...
I walked out of the barn on Sept. 7, and the evening light had gone orange and ashy. The world smelled of smoke. When I had walked in barely an hour before, everything was normal. It’s a scent that hasn't left my nostrils for a week now. I was terrified there was a fire nearby. It turns out that was...
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 veterinarian, but Greg says that people who can cook have learned to plan, execute and improvise, and that makes them good veterinarians. I believe the same about...
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’ve hacked a bunch of horses for Amanda Steege over the years when we have two or three entries in a class or helped with ticketed warm-ups, but...
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 riding. When I was 9, I finished a trail ride, including jumping solid stone walls and coops, after breaking my collarbone within the first 10 minutes....
When I turned 5, I took my first riding lesson: a trail ride down the road to see the neighbor’s new foal. About 10 minutes in, my ancient pony decided he’d had enough exercise for the day and turned around to trot back home. I bounced off and sat in a disoriented heap as he disappeared around the bend. My instructor,...

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