Category: Horse Showing

Ride for the Brand

Remember that time you went to the ER for that broken arm and thought “You know, I could really do a better job of setting this?”  Or when you took your car to the mechanic and thought,  “That’s not the way I would have… Continue Reading “Ride for the Brand”

When Your Mom is “That Mom”(Ok Not MY Mom)

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I’m not sure why I wasn’t more prepared…in hindsight, I should have been. I was speaking at a scientific section meeting on the topic of the human aspect of show horse welfare (part of my “day… Continue Reading “When Your Mom is “That Mom”(Ok Not MY Mom)”

FYI…All Criticism Isn’t Constructive

It was never really my intention to write solely about horse judging and horse shows here, although there is typically no shortage of material in that “arena”. It certainly was never my intention to write specifically about Western Pleasure either. I think it’s safe… Continue Reading “FYI…All Criticism Isn’t Constructive”

God is Great, Beer is Good, and This Western Pleasure Thing Has Gotten Crazy

I’m pretty much the worst blogger ever. They say you’re supposed to write at least a post a week, but for some reason, I only write when I’m inspired. If I don’t have anything particularly relevant to say, I don’t write. (I find it… Continue Reading “God is Great, Beer is Good, and This Western Pleasure Thing Has Gotten Crazy”

The Power of -Er…It Ultimately Comes Down To Comparisons

One of the most difficult things to remember when showing horses is that it is ultimately a game of comparisons, and while you have control over some things (how much effort you put in, how well you take care of your horse etc.), you… Continue Reading “The Power of -Er…It Ultimately Comes Down To Comparisons”

A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skilled Sailor (or Rider)

One of my favorite quotes is “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” I’m not sure who said it first…it may be an African proverb, or an English proverb, depending on where you look on Pinterest. Anyway, I like it because it can… Continue Reading “A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skilled Sailor (or Rider)”

I Heart Winning

Photo credit: Tim Waite When I look back over these blog posts, one of two things tends to happen. Sometimes, my heart grows a size or two at the responses I’ve had from those who enjoy what I’ve written. I really, really appreciate all… Continue Reading “I Heart Winning”

Losing Doesn’t Mean You’re Bad (and Winning Doesn’t Mean You’re Good)

While judging a recent horse show, the following thought occurred to me. “Just because you don’t win, doesn’t mean you’re not good.” I was in the middle of trying to sort out a very nice western pleasure class (settle down folks. It does happen.)… Continue Reading “Losing Doesn’t Mean You’re Bad (and Winning Doesn’t Mean You’re Good)”

There Really Are The Only Six Words A Parent Needs to Say to Their Kids…at a Horse Show Too

The purpose of a blog is, at minimum, to share your thoughts and opinions about something that presumably, you are passionate about. Sometimes, you might also respond to the thoughts and opinions of others in your blog, which is what I’m doing here. I… Continue Reading “There Really Are The Only Six Words A Parent Needs to Say to Their Kids…at a Horse Show Too”

The Bling is (not) the Thing.

I am going to start this post by saying I love clothes. All kinds of clothes, and of course shoes and jewelry too. There is something about finding just the right outfit that makes the whole day seem better.  Sometimes I even feel like… Continue Reading “The Bling is (not) the Thing.”