When hope arises from the mud and darkness…

When hope arises from the mud and darkness…

November is not my favorite month. Neither is December. Or January. Or February, for that matter, despite it being my birthday month. (Possibly in part because it’s my birthday month…) Why do all of these months fall to the bottom of my “most loved...
Next year…

Next year…

The Bengt Ljungquist Memorial Championships are going on at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA as I write. The first weekend of November will see the Great American/USDF Regional Dressage Championships take place in Williamston, NC. Although qualifying for...
The Volunteer Spirit

The Volunteer Spirit

We’ve all heard the expression that volunteers are the lifeblood of many organizations – well, my friends, horse organizations are no different. I spent this past weekend volunteering at the Virginia Dressage Association fall show which also included the...

Lessons from a Naughty Pony

“Naughty Pony” is one of the nicer things I’ve called Albert. One that’s actually OK to say out loud in front of my students. Under my breath, Albert has been called far worse. Albert is a Haflinger pony with quite a bit of success in the show...

A matter of discipline

“So what do you ride?” To the novice equestrian, this may seem like a bizarre question, to which the answer would be “Well, horses… du-uh”. OK, so that is a bit silly and over-simplistic, but the question goes much further than just the...