Month: September 2017

The Peanut Gallery

Almost a year ago I entered my talented but obnoxious horse into a clinic with one of the top eventers in America. I had ridden with this man numerous times with this horse and knew that he just “got him.” Good ride or bad ride, I came home with plenty of homework and tools in our arsenal for when my horse woke up on … Read More The Peanut Gallery


Where have all the Horsemen gone?

I hum this in my head to the tune of “Where have all the Cowboys gone” by Paula Cole at least once a week, and even moreso this last week as I worked the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The leg man. The horse whisperer. The foaling guy. The breaking girl. The bread and butter of our industries, people who used to be revered and … Read More Where have all the Horsemen gone?

Have you thanked your horses breeder lately?

I walk up the show ring – back and forward, back and forward. Stand and pose.  Wash, rinse, repeat. It is the annual Keeneland September Yearling Sales, or as us thoroughbred officienados refer to it: The Marathon.  18 days of 5-5. A hundred shows a day per horse. Millions of dollars sold, and hopefully millions of dollars earned. And each time that I arrive … Read More Have you thanked your horses breeder lately?


For the record 

I walked off my XC course on Sunday and just shook my head. A grimace was plastered across my face, and my reins draped across my horses neck. Sweat dripped from his neck and mine, and I took one deep slow breath. Because two jumps from the end, we had had a stop. And not just one stop, but two.  Mak had never seen … Read More For the record 

The Dark Days

I was at the doctors this morning, and upon leaving I stopped at the front desk to schedule my next appointment, knowing that in 5 days my allergy testing were to be read.” “Carleigh, we’ll see you next Tuesday, September 5th.” My head snapped up. September 5th. THE September 5th.  My dark day.  I guess it is a sign of healing that I have … Read More The Dark Days