Finding Our Way

It’s not often that one is grateful to have a nightmare, but that Sunday morning, my nightmare saved me.  I don’t remember exactly what it was about; all I know is I awoke mid-wail.  My crying startled me awake so abruptly that I sat up just like out of a scene in a movie.  It … Continue reading Finding Our Way

The thing about goals in the horse world…

"A goal is an idea of the future or desired result that a person or a group of people envisions, plans and commits to achieve. People endeavor to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines". -Wikipedia The equestrian version of a goal: an idea of the future or desired result that a person … Continue reading The thing about goals in the horse world…

Our Journey to Prix St. George

I didn't know it at the time, but April 27, 2007 would mark one of the most important days of my life.  It was the day that one of the greatest horses I have and will ever know was born.  Meet Petite Belle! My first time down centerline was in 2007, the year Belle was … Continue reading Our Journey to Prix St. George

Gridwork with Grady: Using a Swedish Oxer

Here we have a grid set with a vertical to a one stride, to a Swedish oxer, to a one stride, to a vertical. A swedish oxer includes 4 standards and at least 2 poles.  The poles on the front set of standards are set with one side higher than the other.  The second set … Continue reading Gridwork with Grady: Using a Swedish Oxer

A Break for the Young Horses

I've decided to give the youngsters a break from work before the busy season hits here in November

Gridwork With Grady: Feeling and Setting Leads While Jumping

Another addition to the 'Gridwork with Grady' Series! Check out this simple exercise great for horse and rider.

Does the Perfect Trainer Exist?

She knows who she is and is incapable of being anything but genuine...

Going Solo: My Gamble in the Jumper Ring

I've struggled with confidence in the jumper ring.  I make mistakes that I KNOW I shouldn't be making and I kick myself for doing so.  The fact that making those mistakes had become a subconscious ritual for me, was making me a bad rider.