What’s Happening

George’s Waterloo Debut!

It was a steaming hot weekend but George was a ROCKSTAR for his first ever rated show. He handled the environment like a champ, then won all four of his classes with scores to 69%, and finally earned the Introductory Level Open Championship! It's going to be hard to...

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Kicking Off the Season!

All of 2017 came and went without a post - not because we weren't doing anything, but because we were doing SO much! We've got just as many shows planned this summer, but hope to be able to relax and enjoy them too. After getting a bit stir crazy kept holed up all...

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A quick look back, and a big thank-you

While many friends were off at Regionals this past weekend, I wrapped up my show season with the last Glass-Ed show of the summer. As we walked away from that show with Reserve Champion High Point for Training Level Adult Amateur and also Reserve Champion High...

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It Takes a Village

As much experience as I've gained over the years, starting young horses under saddle is not something I've done much of. And since Enzo is a horse who tends to lack confidence in himself, I really wanted to make sure his first rides would help instill more confidence...

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Waterloo Summer Finale

So the week after we spent five days at Nationals at ten hours in the trailer might not have been the BEST time to head to five days at a dressage show, but I'm so glad we did! Banana is used to full turnout, and she struggled a bit with all the stall time lately, but...

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Home from the 2016 National Show!

We had a fabulous time at the 2016 National Show! The show went off with only a few minor hiccups, Eden Park was a lovely facility, and we enjoyed every bit of the five days spent with horses, family and friends old and new. All in all, we pinned in 11 out of 14...

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First Field Trip

George settled in SO well at home, that despite being young and green and new, Amy decided to take him out to a schooling show to see how he handled the environment. Not only did he settle in well there too, he handled all of the excitement like a champ, relaxed in...

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Worth Their Weight in Gold

Anybody who knows me also knows that my pony Anna is a special one. Not the flashiest or the best put together horse on the planet, her value has always been in her temperament and attitude. From her beginning with us for Amy's first rides after spinal cord surgery,...

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Introducing: Washington S-SN!

Sometimes you go to the AHR sales and admire the many lovely horses, and sit on your hands while being entertained by watching the bidding. And sometimes one horse just catches you by surprise and you ponder that horse all night long while camping. Such was the case...

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Show Time!

There comes that day every spring when after lots of winter planning and excitement, you realize that show season is upon you. And so, despite mud preventing much work, a general lack of fitness of humans and equines, and a shagginess that does NOT resemble a...

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Road Hazard

Well it finally dried out enough to drive, and we couldn't wait to setup a practice hazard with our new traffic...

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Hazardous Materials

Thanks to a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy, my dad managed to secure us 10 "retired" highway barrels. Introducing: our new practice hazard!

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Tracking Numbers

Does anybody else obsessively stalk their tracking numbers? I do every time! Nothing like the anticipation of a 35 pound box to know something good is coming! And this rainy evening will be perfect for polishing up the brass....

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Bit by Bit

Enzo has worn a bit a couple of times, been lunged with a surcingle once or twice, and had a saddle placed on his back exactly once. This past weekend, for the first time, he was completely tacked up with saddle and bridle, and right to work he went! He didn't mind in...

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Attitude is Everything

Sometimes when the frost is still out and the wind is blowing on those cool spring mornings, you think it might not be the best time to try something new. So that seemed like the perfect opportunity to take Bling out to a new, open, part of the property she had never been before. Despite the crisp air and her buddies galloping madly within eyesight, she worked like the focused champ she is without batting an eye…

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Practice Makes Perfect

When the footing is too frozen and too muddy, and the weather is wet and cold and blowy, working on improving yourself from inside the house seems like an excellent plan. There’s no better way to practice keeping a steady connection while quickly adjusting reins or using the whip than with a reinboard!

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A Costume Tease

I can’t share yet what it will become, but we set the bar awfully high, so it has to be good!

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Embracing the Suck

….so just as I was starting to think I might like this Lauren character, two weeks after Embrace the Suck was posted, I received a call that my trainer was bringing Lauren in for a clinic in November, and would I like to ride? ….

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Appreciating Autumn

There’s a small period of time after the summer heat and bugs leave and before the snow and ice starts to fly that it’s really quite enjoyable to work with the horses! Nothing beats fall riding and driving, and that’s just what we’ve been busy doing!

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Tooth Fairy Comes to Visit

Between the age of 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 years of age, the horse will shed 24 baby teeth and erupt up to 44 permanent teeth. Usually the baby teeth will fall out on their own, but sometimes they don’t. So when one day in late October Enzo stopped polishing off his feed, we went looking for the reason why, and quickly found a retained incisor.

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Futurity Show!

Nothing like a good Futurity show to make you excited about the future!

At last year’s Futurity, Enzo spent the majority of the triangle practicing his airs above the ground rather than his trot, and he had no inclination to stand for set up. This year…

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