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Ashley Stout

Whenever I see a large jump in views on my blog, my heart sinks. Usually it means that there has been a rotational fall somewhere in the world (my post, What is a Rotational Fall and How can They be Prevented) has high Google rankings. Sadly, yesterday that prediction came true. Thirteen-year old Ashley Stout […]

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This Competitive Dressage Rider is Blind

Nicola Naylor

Dressage is hard enough when you can see, but I can’t imagine trying to keep my horse straight or ride perfect circles while being blind. Nicola Naylor competes nationally and internationally. And not just in para- events. Naylor Blind dressage rider, Nicola Naylor, competes nationally and internationally in para and non-disabled events. But how does […]

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No Saddle? No Problem

Winnng a race without a saddle

It’s challenging enough to ride in a racing saddle. But in this race, the saddle slipped under the horse’s stomach during the race, leaving the jockey briefly straddling her horse at a full gallop before she managed to pull herself back on. Unbelievably, jockey Elaura Cieslik not only stayed on but won the raceĀ at the […]

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A Matched Pair

A Matched Pair

Yesterday, Zelda and I went to a Hunter Pace. It was one of those perfect spring days, sunny but not too hot and hardly any bugs. I hadn’t been sure I could go, so I showed up without a partner. Just my luck, a friend from the hunt was also there looking for someone to […]

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Watch the Devon Horse Show Live Stream

When I was in college in Pennsylvania, and for several years after, attending the Devon Horse Show was an annual pilgrimmage, with the Thursday night Devon Grand Prix, the highlight of the week. About an hour ago I discovered you can watch the Devon Horse Show on the USEF Livestream. For free. Watching the jumpers […]

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Piggy French wins Badminton, and the success of frangible pins

Pigg French and Vanir Kamira

What a day for Piggy French! After 24 attempts at the 5* level, she pulled ahead of Oliver Townend in the show jumping phase, to win by 0.8 seconds on Vanir Kamira. Her clear round was unexpected as show jumping is not the mare’s strong suit. Oliver Townend finished second on his 2017 Burghley winner, […]

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