After the great blog hop about how locations differ from A Soft Spot for Stars, I got to thinking about what horse sports are popular in different areas throughout the US. (And the world if anyone outside the US wants to chime in!). I thought it would be neat to create an illustrated map about … More Question: Most Popular Discipline in Your Area?
This past weekend was the big finale show for the local circuit and it’s always a fun one. It’s an out of town one, so our team stays over in a hotel and it’s a full weekend of nonstop horse show goodness. We drove up Friday afternoon and schooled outside first. This went great, except … More Show Recap: WHJA Fall Finals
As I reviewed the photos taken at our last show, I realized something. The position of my back is terrible when landing off a jump. I mean, really bad. I think this realization was so stark because I’d also just finished watching a video of the winning rider in an equitation final, so of course she looked … More Baby Got Back (Problems)
A quick reminder: My goals for this weekend’s show were to have rhythm and clarity. I put them in that order because it’s hard to achieve clarity without rhythm and the level of control and calmness that it provides. And I also wanted to not die of heat stroke. So did we achieve our goals? … More Show Recap: Sweet Summertime
Since our last show, life has been a whirlwind. I have traveled by plane, I have traveled by car, I have gone camping, I have been to a wedding, I have moved to a new place (but still in the same city). I have done all this while also keeping up with my full time job … More Rhythm & Clarity
When I read the initial report back in May that Chicago’s Balmoral Park was purchased by HITS, I was giddy. Living in Southeastern Wisconsin has its benefits, sure; but it has its limitations in terms of international-level jumping opportunities. No more! The park will be renovated into a world-class hunter/jumper venue, with its first shows beginning … More New Goal: Ride at HITS Balmoral Park
I am bursting with pride. Drifter went to his very first show this weekend. And he was a rockstar. He was a little nervous when we arrived, but settled right into his stall and from then on he offered a calm demeanor and willing attitude the whole weekend. I honestly went into the weekend totally prepared … More Drifter’s First Show
I almost titled this post “Best Course Ever” but then I figured that it wouldn’t be our best ever – just the best one so far. The jumps were set from about 2’6″-2’9″ or so. Maybe a 2’3″ in there. And it was awesome. Other than the fact that he knocked the first rail down, it was pretty fabulous. … More Video: Best Course Yet & First Flying Changes
We recently had our first outdoor jumping lesson of the year. Actually, it is the only real outdoor jumping we’ve been able to do because every other time we’re planning on riding outside, it rains. #WisconsinLife Smaller heights to acclimate to the jumps that were just set up in the outdoor arena. Nice and easy, … More Video: First Outdoor Jumping of 2016
If you’re not a fan of Horse Nation yet, then I don’t know where you’ve been the last few years. It’s pretty much the best site for horse news, fun articles and inside scoops. There’s also Eventing Nation, which I love equally as much even though I don’t event (YET. Someday, eventing…I’m coming for you). … More Hooray! Jumper Nation is Here!