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"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and show season! I just got home from the Blue Ridge Horse Show and I am now quickly preparing for another show in Morristown, Tennessee. This will be my final show before the Fair! 

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In Defense of the Hunt Seat Saddlebred

The hunt seat division! One of the oldest, most widely recognized and respected styles of riding, hunt seat dates back to the 1600s, when the royal family began fox hunting as a sport. Today, it’s one of the most popular styles, perhaps even frustratingly so. I think we’re all familiar with the question, “oh, so you jump?” Not on purpose. “Well then what even is saddle seat?”

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"Train Kept A- Rollin"

Hello all! This past week I attended Midwest in Springfield, Illinois with my trainer Jenn. The rest of my barn attended a show in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was my first time to Midwest and I learned more things about myself and my horse from showing last week than I have at any other show. 

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My "big brother" came home today

It was after midnight and the horses were restless, unaccustomed to human company at that hour. The fans were going full blast, the barn door at the end of the aisle cracked open, light spilling onto the grass outside.

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"Sweet Emotion"

River Ridge was an amazing start to my show season with It's Aerosmith and The Norseman. My mom and I drove up to Columbus on Thursday and arrived in roughly three hours. I slept for most of the ride so it was a really quick trip for me. I was anxious and excited for my ride on Tyler that night because I hadn't shown him since the American Royal.

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River Ridge Wrap-Up

The latest horse show is under our belts and I am feeling fantastic. This has less to do with the blue ribbons, mind you. I’d say 15% the showing, 15% the things that I learned, 60% that I got to spend hours cuddling with my horses and 10% due to that Chinese food truck (can I get an amen?).

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"Come Together"

Hello everybody! I hope everyone is having a great start to their show season. River Ridge is in less than a week and I am so excited. This Saturday was my last ride on my horses It's Aerosmith ("Tyler") and The Norseman ("Hans") before they leave for the show today.

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5 Tips For Nervous Riders

or How I Get My Head Out of My Rear Long Enough to Make a Good Show

Believe it or not, I used to be crippled by fear. Riding a thousand pound animal and convincing it to do what you want with a few fingers, your voice and some leg pressure can be as intimidating as it sounds. Heaven knows I have blown classes because my body was strung tighter than an electric guitar, lining up like "WHAT JUST HAPPENED TO ME" and then feeling the sadness when I realize that no one was to blame but me and my lack of faith in my ability.

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