Life, Loss and Stewardship

Life, Loss and Stewardship

Damn. This one is tough to write. Ned has been a huge part of my life for nearly twenty years. And tomorrow we will be letting him go. Some creatures — human or equine or canine — just have more personality than others. Ned has been mammoth in more than...
I Bought Him For His Brain …

I Bought Him For His Brain …

This week I am vacationing with my brother’s family in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My nieces are almost “up and out” as I like to call it, in their late teens and early twenties, and the youngest two are here, with friends in tow. I turn 50...
Endurance Riding and Einstein

Endurance Riding and Einstein

That dainty girl in the photo is my first distance horse, Tess (short for Serendipitous — she was). She went on to be a rock-solid trail riding partner for my friend, Dr. Barb. Photo courtesy of Barb. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to...
LDs, 50s, 100s and UGs

LDs, 50s, 100s and UGs

No, don’t worry, you haven’t slept through the sanctioning of a new AERC-sanctioned distance. Ultimate Goals, or UGs, are a concept stolen from my friend Kathy Viele, an accomplished combined training (“eventing”) and dressage rider, and a veteran fox hunter. Some...