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Show Season Goals

Hey there fellow Saddle and Bridlers! My name is Zoe Schaffel. I am super excited to be blogging for one of my favorite magazines! I can’t wait to share more with you throughout the show season, and probably a few laughs down the road.

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When Two Worlds Collide

Since I was in my late teens, I have always felt I lived two different lives – two very different lives that I love so very much. Perhaps their differences is what keeps me whole, but whatever it is, I feel blessed to enjoy my life the way I do.

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Saddlebreds: The Glue That Binds

The glue that binds. That is what the American Saddlebred Horse and industry is to many. This is true of four friends that met over 35 years ago, because of their love of the American Saddlebred. Cathy Coniglio, Heidi Price Zerivitz, Ellen Olgetree Brooks and myself are these four women. Each of us has had our own journey in the Saddlebred industry and our own journey in life, but remain close friends.

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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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