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Blogger Friends and an Existential Crisis and Simon

Blogger Friends and an Existential Crisis and Simon

Two great things happened in the last seven days, and they sandwich the end (hopefully) of my adjustment to grad school depression that’s been lingering since I started school. After a week of questioning all my life choices, crying in my professor’s office and wondering if I could ever be successful as a writer, I decided to give myself a break for the weekend and be as social as possible. One of those social events was heading to Del Mar…

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Stop Everything – We Need to Talk About This Coat

Stop Everything – We Need to Talk About This Coat

This is an exciting week for the long suffering horse audience who reads this blog (with its total lack of horse content for quite some time). I met bloggers! I went to a FEI World Cup event! My horse is on his way to California! We’ll talk about all of this soon, but today there are more pressing matters. Y’all – we need to talk about this coat. Karl Cook. He’s a jumper rider. After an amazing effort in the…

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Little Lion Man

Little Lion Man

When I first was thinking about show names for Simon, I kept going back to “Little Lion Man”. I didn’t settle on this because the actual song lyrics didn’t mean anything for him/me, and it had nothing to do with his barn name (I like there to be a correlation). Instead, Simon became Something So Right but I always felt like my little bay horse had a lion heart. In my world, I’m struggling a bit with Roman right now. It…

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A Taste of Tryon

A Taste of Tryon

A surprise bonus of this weekend was being able to stop by the brand new Tryon Equestrian Center in western North Carolina. I stayed with family in the NC foothills on Thursday evening, and when my aunt suggested we stroll over to the horse show in the morning I certainly did not argue! Having been to WEF many times, I wasn’t sure what I would think of Tryon. It’s built by the exact same people and those familiar with PBIEC…

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Meg_at_ Banned from Photographing at Old Salem Horse Show

Meg_at_ Banned from Photographing at Old Salem Horse Show

The equestrian Instagram world is a bit abuzz right now with a topic that is very interesting to me. A popular instagram account Meg_at_ (formerly Meg_at_wef) has been prohibited from doing any photography at the Old Salem horse show. Meg has a little under 10,000 instagram followers, and posts photo journalistic style images from popular hunter/jumper shows. I follow her, and enjoy her work a lot.   You can read the full account of the situation on her blog (I suggest you do,…

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When Horses Can’t Even

When Horses Can’t Even

You know at least one person who’s said it.  “I can’t even!” It seems like there is not a shortage of opportunities for people to use this phrase.  Most of the time when I hear that I think, “I’m pretty sure you ‘can’ some!”  Still, when I was perusing through my Pin Oak photos (aka pulling as many blog posts as possible from them), I noticed a few horses that really… can’t even. “I can’t even combination.” “I can’t even jog.”…

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How to make a good horse show dog?

How to make a good horse show dog?

I’m being brave and taking Pascale to the horse show with me this weekend.  Typically Eliot is my go to travel dog, but he came within milimeters of biting a child in the face at the last show I took him to.  I wish I was joking, but it’s the truth.  Also, he get super anxious during the packing up period (which can take hours).  I think it’s better for everyone that he stays at home in an environment where…

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Without WEF

Without WEF

For the first time in four years, I won’t be traveling to watch the Winter Equestrian Festival this year. I’m a little sad about it. It was always a good time visiting one of my closest friends. Even above that, there’s nothing in the world like WEF. When they describe it as horsey disneyland… they aren’t joking! I often hear that people found my blog through the WEF posts, and a small, silly part of me thinks I may be…

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Tryon Resort

Tryon Resort

Oh North Carolina, why must you get this most amazing facility years after I moved away? Have y’all heard about the biggest buzz in the east coast equestrian world?  Check out this video about the Tryon Equestrian Resort. I don’t even live anywhere near this, but I’m pretty excited. What do you think – could this be the next Wellington?

Jumper Debut – Sunday

Jumper Debut – Sunday

The last morning of the horse show, I leisurely arrived at the show grounds again (love a “will not start before 9:00am class!) and opted not to lunge since it was pouring rain.  He had worked pretty hard the day before, and I didn’t anticipate any shenanigans. Since I felt so brave over the 2’6″ jumpers the day before, I briefly thought about adding a 2’9″ class to end the weekend on a challenge.  Sunday I decided against this for…

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Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’6″ Jumpers

Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’6″ Jumpers

After a brief break for Simon to eat some hay and me to change his bit back to our normal setup, we were on again for the 2’6″ jumpers. Our first course was the same as my previous 2’3″ class, so I didn’t have to do any more memorization (score!).  Waiting for our round I was super relaxed… which is a big deal for horse show nerves me.  Therefore, Simon was also super relaxed.  None of the jumps looked big to…

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Slight Change of Plans

Slight Change of Plans

Well not really a change of plans, more an experiment in the planning department.   See it’s no secret that I love the hunters.  I love the perfection.  I love the outfits.  I love the overall goal. My horse jumps cute and has potential as a hunter, even with some obstacles (both his and mine) we’re currently working through. So I do love the hunters, and if I had to pick my ideal goal for Simon it would be to…

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