After a forgiving, though arduous New England winter, Garth and I set out on our first canter set. Trotting toward the hilly dirt road, we pass through a rural area of homes bordered by stonewalls...» Read More!
Across social media, the general consensus is that 2016 stunk. Like any year, there were disappointments — and for some, more then the positive experiences within those 365 days. No year is perfect. For us,...» Read More!
The week Garth and I were to leave for the Virginia Horse Trials, I received a phone call from someone I love dearly. As a child, they told me I could be anything I wanted...» Read More!
“Horse show hangover.” For those of us who have experienced it, there is a level of pride and joy that accompanies a “horse show hangover” that does not normally accompany the regret, memory loss, or...» Read More!
It’s been 19 years since I last cruised around an Intermediate course. There was an attempt a few years ago, but that ended with the big R. And a long drive home. This has been...» Read More!
What a weekend at the Virginia Horse Center. Garth and Deszi were entered in the CCI*, as a stepping stone to qualifications to greater goals later this season. But, when it comes to horses, plans often...» Read More!
“The only constant is change.” — Heraclitus When I am frustrated, upset or confused, I remind myself of this quote. It settles me, reminds me that life and all the wondrous experiences are ever changing....» Read More!
Every day with horses presents an opportunity: to learn, to listen, to recognize. Sometimes our horses hint. Sometimes they guide. And sometimes they offer us the chance to answer the question ourselves through their guidance....» Read More!
Yesterday, we did not come home with a ribbon — and I could not be more proud! Deszi completed the CIC* at GMHA‘s Festival of Eventing. I have never had so much fun in a...» Read More!
There are times when your goal is solely to stay in the ring. That’s it. Just stay in the ring. This is not my attempt at modesty. Nor my attempt of crediting the horse for...» Read More!
I woke this morning at 5 a.m. My mind was racing with images of Garth and Deszi in the dressage and show jump rings, and on the Sporting Days cross-country course. Words danced across the...» Read More!
In 2014, I logged nearly 13,000 miles driving to teach clients and clinics. Nearly 13,000 miles of eager anticipation to see each of these ladies and their equines once again. What a journey! It was...» Read More!
Consider this a letter of gratitude, appreciation and thanks to everyone who has inspired me to be better, pressed me to recognize my weaknesses and push through them, who have humbled me, and who continue...» Read More!
As many of you may recall from our Facebook page, we had a guest cow for a brief period to assist Leo in his “personal growth.” The results were brilliant. Within a few days, they...» Read More!
As autumn saturates our New England landscape with leaves of golden hues and flaming reds, I have been reflecting on our season. As reflection comes and goes, my attention quickly turns to the future and...» Read More!
Though I am always excited to compete at Huntington Farm, this event held particular significance: Garth was returning to competition. After months of slow and calculated rehabilitation, progressive treatments, and teetering on the edge of...» Read More!
Last night, Roger and I returned home from the Millbrook Horse Trials. We rode Thursday through Saturday at the Training and Novice levels. Competing Deszi at Millbrook was not in our original plans for the...» Read More!
Deszi competed at GMHA this weekend. Two gorgeous days in Vermont at a spectacular venue. Their new footing is holding up brilliantly, the courses were pristine, and the drainage systems were working hard after the...» Read More!
This past weekend, Deszi competed at her second event: The UNH horse trials. The weather was the complete opposite of the warm, sunny Aiken we had left just one week ago. For nearly two decades,...» Read More!
Our time in Aiken is nearly at the end. Last night, Roger and I were chatting about the excitement of coming home and what I’d enjoy leaving behind with this southern experience – at least...» Read More!
Full Gallop was a full day on Sunday. I competed Garth in Open Preliminary and Deszi made her debut in Open Novice. It was a long day, a full day and a great day. Winds...» Read More!