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What It's Like To Ride A Saddlebred In The Rose Parade

A labor of love! That is what everyone should know when it comes to Michele Macfarlane and the tireless efforts she puts in to presenting the American Saddlebreds in the Tournament of Roses parade, on a yearly basis. I was so excited and honored that she wanted me to be a part of this year’s group, and as you can imagine, I had great expectations of what it would be like.

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So It Goes With Chestnut Mares, I Suppose

Gidget was always breaking my heart. In 2009, after joining the Army, I used my military sign on bonus to buy Gidget. I was 22 years old and Gidget was only 3; I guess I thought we could figure out this “growing up” thing together. 

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"Walk This Way"

The World's Championship Horse Show has been over for a few weeks now, but the feelings I got when my name was called out as the unanimous winner of my class are still with me. The week leading up to the Fair and the week of the Fair were extremely crazy for me. During those two weeks I learned a lot about myself as a person and as a rider because I had to balance moving into college in Florida and showing at the World's Championship Horse Show!

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Winning Lessons Instead of Ribbons

LOUISVILLE 2016 IS IN THE BOOKS! What a week. What an incredible, thrilling, exhausting, stressful, emotional week, with the highest highs and the lowest lows. But that’s why we do it, right? That’s why we’ve all chosen this sport. A sport with a live animal as your teammate, rife with unpredictability, subject to the judgement and finality of three people standing center ring.

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Marc Of Charm Ruined Me

As a journalist, I'm trained to not have favorites. In fact, during college and graduate school, my classmates and I studied and debated topics of journalist ethics and integrity constantly. I graduated in 2011 with a strong belief in the need for impartiality, and a determination to bring that level of professionalism and objectivity to the show horse industry.

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"Dream On"

There are only two more weeks before the Fair! Ahh! I feel like this summer has flown by, but it's because I have been having so much fun traveling with my family and showing my horses. I just got back from the East Tennessee Mid-Summer Classic Horse Show. It was nice to have one last show with my barn family before I head off to college.

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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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