Family Matters

Everyone’s family looks a little different. Mine happens to consist mostly of four-legged animals, or as I like to call them, my kids. For the longest time, I thought I would get married, have 2.5 kids and live happily ever. I also thought I would have my own Equestrian Centre and have gone to the Olympics by the time I was twenty-five. As of today, I’m 1 out of 5, so it’s obvious that sometimes things don’t work out quite the way you think they might.

Horse Shaming/Loving

When I read the No Shame in Our Game: Horse Loving Signs post from The Plaid Horse a while back, I was inspired. OK, I may have ugly cried just a little.

On Sundays We Wear White

For someone who has been riding for thirty years and competing on and off for most of those years, you might be surprised to know that I had yet to compete in the jumper ring in white breeches.

(Cautious)Optimism

e have been working our (nice) asses off all year. Sure, we’ve had ups and downs, but that’s training. Is the show going to be perfect? No. But I can’t wait!

Deep thoughts from the drive home

If you had a weekend like I did, please, be kind to yourself and try to reflect on what did go right for you, no matter how small it may seem.

ALL of the Feelings

There are a lot of emotions tied up in riding. Like possibly ALL OF THEM. It also seems that this sport attracts people who are perfectionists or Type A personalities. And here’s the thing about working with a large animal with a mind of its own. It’s never going to be perfect. And it doesn’t have to be.

Dealing with Disappointment

Defining disappointment is easy. Getting over it is a little harder. This feeling is something that we all have dealt with when it comes to horses, and it will surely come up again in the future.

I’m a Mother%#*@ing woman

March 8, 2018, is International Women’s Day and currently, global activism for women’s equality is being fueled by the #MeToo #TimesUp movement and so much more.