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Working Hard

Working Hard

Once show season winds down and we’re stuck indoors, we start thinking about our progress (and next show season :-P). One of my favorite ways to check our work is the cruel tool called….video. It shows all the flaws I didn’t want to see, so no hiding by deleting the...

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Winter Fuzzies

Winter Fuzzies

Winter woolies have arrived in full force, though it seems winter itself is a long ways off. To make sure all the horses can cool off properly and not end up DRENCHED with sweat during the lightest of rides, we clip them all to varying degrees. Callie gets stars,...

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Surprise in the Mail

Surprise in the Mail

What a fun surprise waiting in the mailbox! Anna eared the NDPC Partner Show Champion at Waterloo August with a high score of 70.192%. She ALSO won the series championship for her average over all the shows for the year!

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Summer Skips On

Summer Skips On

Summer wrapped up with Anna and Callie going to two more shows at Waterloo, and together won 20 out of 25 tests entered with some stellar scores. PLUS, we found out that Amy and Callie ended up Reserve Champion for the Waterloo Series, and they got to do a victory lap...

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Tag-Teaming Waterloo

Tag-Teaming Waterloo

We did indeed end up taking both Anna and Callie to the July Waterloo show, and we had a blast! Good friends made for a fabulous weekend, but we also had some great rides. Amy and Callie jumped up to training level, and despite some show nerves about the leap, earned...

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Callie Goes to Waterloo

Callie Goes to Waterloo

Since Callie did so great on her adventure to the schooling show at Wyn, Amy signed her up for the next available rated show at Waterloo. Callie was a rock star yet again, topping 70% in their intro classes, and breaking 60% in their first canter classes, ultimately...

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Callie’s Turn in the Sandbox

Callie’s Turn in the Sandbox

Amy took Callie out to the new Wyn Farm show and knocked it out of the park! Dressage, Western Dressage, scores over 70%….Callie was loving it! So great to see what they’ve done with this venue, and we’ll definitely be back for more shows. And there was even enough...

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Kicking off the Show Season!

Kicking off the Show Season!

We were SO excited to kick off show season early with Albion College’s indoor USDF show. But then I was invited to give a braiding clinic for our local GMO, and plans started to derail. We decided to sign up for one day anyhow…it’s better than nothing, AND we got to...

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Post-Equine Affaire Motivation

Post-Equine Affaire Motivation

It seems Equine Affaire always lands on the first week that actually feels like spring, so between the weather and clinics, we always come home SO motivated to get to work. Fortunately the weather cooperated and let us try out everything we tried to retain, and cram...

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Winter Riding

Winter Riding

It’s not often that weather, footing, and daylight all combine to allow for any productive riding outside, in February, in Michigan. Somehow, we had two full WEEKS of mild weather that let us test how much we and the ponies forgot. (Spoiler alert….we lost much more...

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2016 Year End Awards

2016 Year End Awards

Congrats to Jessica and Anna! They left last weekend’s Glass-Ed Year-End Awards Banquet with a whole collection of awards, including Champion High Point and Champion High Percentage (67.885%) at Training Level Adult Amateur for Glass-Ed shows, Champion High Point and...

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A quick look back, and a big thank-you

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

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

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!

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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A Triumphant Return

A Triumphant Return

Well after four years out of the USDF arena (and just as many hip surgeries in that time), it felt so good to be back at Waterloo! Even happier to make our grand comeback to some of our best scores ever, even bringing home my first Waterloo Hunt wine glasses!

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First Field Trip

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

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

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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Congrats Bling!

Congrats Bling!

We’re pleased to announce that Bling has made herself right at home at Shepwood Farm in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Congrats Karen! Just wanted to let you know that Bling is doing great. She loves the pinto draft and it is a perfect match. She is starting to ground...

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Let Show Season Begin!

Let Show Season Begin!

On a day far too cold and rainy to feel like May, we officially launched Show Season 2016! Callie was a bit worried, but offered some VERY nice moments in spite of her concern, and Anna offered a some quiet consistent rides that we can build some excitement from as...

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Show Time!

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

Road Hazard

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

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Hazardous Materials

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

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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Attitude is Everything

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...

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Bit by Bit

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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Practice Makes Perfect

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...

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A Costume Tease

A Costume Tease

So late in 2014, I gave a small preview of the project I was working on, by way of this little gem:The shock of blue hair of course became the wigs to Thing 1 and Thing 2, part of the famous (and undefeated!) Cat in the Hat costume.So now, after a couple weeks of icy...

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Embracing the Suck

Embracing the Suck

I don’t religiously read Chronicle’s blog posts, but sometimes a title jumps out at me that I just have to click on. One such post that stood out to me when I first read it was called “I’m Too Good For You, and Other Lies,” in which blogger Lauren Sprieser details all...

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