Sunday, Apr. 14, 2024

Between Rounds – Geoff Teall

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Our columnist considers the opportunities to learn more—from clinics to books to just some careful observation.

I’ve had the opportunity lately to do a bit more judging. I call this an opportunity because, as a professional, I feel that other than from the horses themselves, I’ve learned the most about horses and riding from judging.

The author explains how his choice to downsize his business has helped him see his real priorities in the sport.

This past winter I found myself in a position to step back from my business and take the time to assess where I stand in this sport and in my life. At the time, during the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.), I was lucky to have great clients, wonderful horses and a staff that was top of the line. We were having a good time together and enjoying quite a bit of success. In my mind this made for the perfect time to stop and reflect on what I was doing and why.

Our columnist believes we can’t fix everything with rules—we just have to do the right thing.

When asked to begin writing occasional columns for Between Rounds I was struck by the title of the column and what it means. As active horse show participants we’re all part of the constant discussions that are held while waiting in and around the in-gate.

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