The Other George

Everyone has heard of George Morris, the recently retired chef d’equipe for the USEF. At 14 he won the ASPCA Maclay Finals, becoming the youngest rider to do so (a record he still holds). His other accomplishments include riding on eight Nation’s Cup winning teams, as well as the 1960 silver medal winning Olympic team.

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Behind Door #3: Part 1

January 28, 2013: If you all read about what lay behind Door #2, you know I was in Kentucky Thursday through Saturday. Well, after Riley didn’t work out, I wanted to find a few horses to try so the trip wouldn’t be a complete waste. So, I found a mare and a gelding, which turned

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Riding is a Sport, But Are We Athletes?

Okay, I want you guys to think about something. All equestrians agree that riding is a sport, myself included, but why aren’t we training like athletes? I don’t know about you all, but I constantly see posts on Facebook about how mad people are that their friends say “Riding isn’t a sport, you just sit

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I Don’t Need Easy, Just Possible

“…there are a lot of Jacob Popes floundering around the United States. They need to find their way; it’s not impossible. You have to work harder than everybody else…” The above quote is from Andre Dignelli, one of the top equitation trainers in the country right now, on Jacob Pope’s win at the 2012 ASPCA

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A Farewell for a New Beginning

“I guess it’s going to have to hurt, I guess I’m going to have to cry, And let go of some things I’ve loved to get to the other side I guess it’s going to break me down, like fallin’ when you try to fly, Sad but sometimes moving on with the rest of your

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Why The Equitation?

I have been asked so many times, by so many people, why do you want to do the equitation? Why not ch0ose something like jumpers, something that is more plausible, something easier? Well, the answer is simple. The equitation is all on me. Now, before you jump to conclusions and accuse me of being self-centered,

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Judge My Ride

How many of you have heard of Judge My Ride? If you haven’t, you need to check them out. Judge My Ride is near and dear to me, largely because that website, especially their judge, Robert Gage, is the main reason I became motivated to work on my equitation. Why is that, you ask? Well,

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Behind Door #2

So, after Door #1 didn’t work out, I started trying to convince myself that maybe I wasn’t meant to be an equitation rider. There are so many things stacked against me on top of not being able to find a horse. Do I honestly expect to be able to pull this off? Well, I’ve never been

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Behind Door #1

August 12, 2012: So, my birthday is this month (on the 23rd), and who knows, I may be getting an eq horse! That would be the best 16th birthday present ever. I’ve been in contact with a woman, starting three days ago, whose name (initials for privacy purposes) is SP. She has a gorgeous 17.1

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