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In it to win it

I jumped around my first preliminary combined test yesterday. Of my life. I never had the fancy horses, or the 4* trainer. I never had the clinics with DOC, or the winters at WEF. But what I did have was a severe hatred of showing. A huge pressure to be perfect. And a crippling anxiety of people judging me. This has held me back … Read More In it to win it

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The Horse I Couldn’t Quit

Five years ago I took on an off the track thoroughbred with the idea that he would be an easy flip. Some quick cash. A safety net for my savings account. Four and a half years ago I decided he was too much fun to sell right away. We would play for some time. He was such a joy to be around. Last summer, … Read More The Horse I Couldn’t Quit

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Everything will be ok…

I have a severe rash covering 80% of my body. It’s been on me on and off since I was 13 years old. It stumped the dermatologists in my small town of Meadville, Pa and they sent me off to the Cleveland Clinic, hoping to get some answers and relieve me of my pain.  When I was 13 it covered my arm pits, my … Read More Everything will be ok…

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A Come to Jesus

The best thing that ever happened to me was graduating college in the recession. It was 2008, and I was one of those kids that entered school with high aspirations of six figure jobs and Doctor in front of my name.  I had gone to a fantastic, albit extremely expensive liberal arts school – one that cost more for four years of education than what … Read More A Come to Jesus

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The Pre Purchase Examination

I have sold quite a few horses. Some for a lot of money, some for a little. Some which have had training for years and are solid citizens at their discipline, others which are green and simply prospects. They differ in experience, in size and shape, and in discipline.  But what they all have in common is the pre purchase examination.  And it sucks. … Read More The Pre Purchase Examination

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Worth fighting for

I have been with my significant other for 7 years. We are not yet married, but besides that little piece of paper, our lives are a union. We own vehicles and animals together. We share a bank account and a home.  We fight. About once a year we have a good knock down, drag out, screaming match. And I storm off to the barn … Read More Worth fighting for

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Full of Firsts

I walked to the start box today and stared down at my horses neck, trying to calm my nerves and relax my core. His black name was streaked with white, and his neck was not the steel grey that it had been when I met him. He was a few inches taller, but with less of a hind end. His racing fit days were … Read More Full of Firsts

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Worth her weight in gold: A clinic weekend with Lillian Heard

I can remember moving to Lexington, KY a decade ago and thinking:  “Now. Now is when I finally learn to ride.” I had grown up in a small town in Pennsylvania and had dabbled in a variety of disciplines and industries. From 4-H to Pony Club, Western Pleasure to Pleasure Driving, and Morgan Horses to Quarter Horses, we did it all. My trainer was … Read More Worth her weight in gold: A clinic weekend with Lillian Heard

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Two left feet

I strive for perfection…but I own horses. There is a duality in this lifestyle that is so hard for people like me. And by me, I mean my fellow adults or teenagers who play this game day in and day out. I have dedicated my life to horses. I own horses, I ride horses, I deliver baby horses, and I research horses. I hold … Read More Two left feet

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Lemonade

A year ago today, I loaded the love of my life onto a trailer for his new home. I thought I was doing the right thing. I was letting him go to teach the next generation. I was letting him go into a world (the hunters) that I thought would make him happier. And I had matched him with a kid that I thought … Read More Lemonade

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The definition of sane

One of my motto’s in life is that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I apply this to my professional life, my personal life, my relationships, and my horses. If I study the same way for my exams, and repeatedly get C’s, it is no ones fault but my own, and I should probably … Read More The definition of sane

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The untold stories

A few weeks ago, I received a Facebook message. It was a screen shot of a status itself, and simply a cutout of a comment.  A comment written in a lot of rage.  A comment about me. The woman commenting was stating that I was a horrible human being due to the fact that I falsely spread stories about thoroughbred breeders and owners who … Read More The untold stories