When you pick yourself up from the mud, you have two options: laugh or cry. In riding, we often say after a fall you get back on or you go to the hospital. But what...» Read More!
In December EN blogger and Vermont eventer Kate Rakowski spread her snowbird wings and flew south to Ocala, Florida (see blog post here) with her horse, Kissa. The mission: training with Tik Maynard. Today she reports...» Read More!
What is it about the word “never?” There have been songs penned about it, books written about it, movies entitled it, and birds cawing it (well, sort of…) Maybe it has to do with...» Read More!
Horses have a simplicity that I envy. They do not plot, though we may joke, and they do not dwell. They live in the moment, recall their training (mostly), and often do what they are...» Read More!
Are you an ammy-adult eventer who struggles with motivation during the winter months? Madison Givens feels your pain. She is embarking upon her own winter fitness and accountability journey, and taking EN along for the...» Read More!
That Ride Heels Down saddle pad looks amazing. And JJ’s not so bad, either. Photo by Erik Jacobs of P.TEN Marketing. I basically disappeared in December. We did our last event on December 1st, JJ had off...» Read More!
Fear. We all have it in one way or another. In a sport where one is under constant criticism, constructive or otherwise, and constant judgement, putting down the “you are now being judged” cap can...» Read More!
My last personal horse was so hardy and apparently indestructible (other than his somewhat tenuous grip on reality) that you might have assumed he was a mustang. He was never lame. He could go barefoot...» Read More!
Well, we just wrapped up another great eventing weekend and JJ stepped up once again to leave me smiling after it was all said and done. After getting his clipping catastrophe straightened out a few days before...» Read More!
As the new year begins, I often find myself in reflection of not only the previous show season, but the year as a whole. Being I live my life by a series of corny John...» Read More!
“Usually, I had to be in tears — that was his clue to finally get on the trailer,” said one of my fellow Event Alone Club members. Are you also a member of the Event...» Read More!
In December EN blogger and Vermont eventer Kate Rakowski spread her snowbird wings and flew south to Ocala, Florida (see blog post here) with her horse, Kissa. The mission: training with Tik Maynard. Today she...» Read More!
At home, one cannot simply have one horse. All horse people know this. Just like horses are mysteriously ingrained in our DNA, so is the longing for more horses. We crave more, nay, we need...» Read More!
Cold weather has set in, and in true Mid-West style, it gets stupid cold and then we get a glimmer of hope with two random days of tolerable weather. Not that it matters, because everything...» Read More!
Horse Poor is the state of being penniless due to having, loving, riding, looking at horses. Perhaps one would take vacations or have cars made from the current decade if one were to not have...» Read More!
My year in eventing, in photos. I’m bringing you all along for the ride. We had some triumphs, we had some setbacks, and we had some fun. Take a look!...» Read More!
I come from a Horse Crazy family. Three out of six of us are afflicted, two out of the remaining three tried ‘the horse thing’ only to quickly discard it, and we don’t know what...» Read More!
I discovered eventing rather late in life. As a Pony Clubber in the 1960s, I grew up riding hunter / jumpers. Life happened and I didn’t ride for many years. When my children were finally...» Read More!
Merry Christmas and Happiest of New Years from the Syd and me! Photo by my husband Tim. All right. I know. The title of this blog looks a little more like a Thanksgiving title, not...» Read More!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year? Say they who have no horses. Or night check. But what time of year is it? Time to dress up the dogs and horses in ridiculous outfits!...» Read More!
Sorry, JJ. Mom’s an idiot. Photo by Ainsley Jacobs of Ride Heels Down. It’s always a good idea to leave things until the last minute, right? Something about “sink or swim,” or “do or die,”...» Read More!
Do you believe in Santa Claus? Or Elves on the Shelf? Or how about unicorns? Or the Tooth Fairy … or … yourself? The holiday season is in full swing. It’s the most magical, wonderful...» Read More!
I have an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts. That means I overthink and overanalyze … everything. Sometimes, this can be a bad thing, such as inflating anxiety, but other times it can be a boon....» Read More!