Lessons: check in!

July 5, 2019 I recently hosted a 4-day private clinic with wonderful horsewoman Emily Kemp [Emily Kemp Horsemanship] for a handful of my riding friends. I can’t adequately describe in words the elegance and joy in Emily’s riding (and her genuine humility that accompanies it) but what I love even more is that we shareContinue reading “Lessons: check in!”

Healing and the Hope Cycle

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 I recently heard Holly Furtick talk about the Hope Cycle. She was inspired by an ancient letter written to people in Rome by a guy named Paul who suggested that we should be glad when we get to suffer… because suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character and character produces hope…Continue reading “Healing and the Hope Cycle”

Eighth

May 1, 2019 I have struggled to write since my last post; it’s been the longest hiatus since I began the blog. It’s not due to lack of activity or material as much as there have been many seeds coming up all over the place with no finished concepts maturing into a blog that wouldContinue reading “Eighth”

REGROWTH

Happy New Year! A friend recently told me her family always has a single word to define the year ahead. As I pondered this concept I was working through the meaning of a recent dream. I journaled through the dream and the word came to me clear as the dawn of a new day ofContinue reading “REGROWTH”

Better than I deserve

Monday, October 22, 2018 Home from the last ride of 2018 I’m pleased and a little surprised to say we had a fantastic day. Better than expected and truly better than I deserved. The abrupt drop in temps made for a great morning for Khaleesi who has a full on winter fuzz coat that IContinue reading “Better than I deserve”

Fly into the turbulence

Saturday, September 22, 2018 I often wake up in the dark on race day and get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach and wonder what I’m doing here. Why do I do this? Fear. Yes. I do feel fear. Thursday morning my biggest fear was that my Scootboots would fail me. WhatContinue reading “Fly into the turbulence”

Sometimes you’re the windshield

… sometimes you’re the bug…. Friday, September 7, 2018 This song has been wafting through from my teenage years from Mary Chapin Carpenter of late. I am preparing for the Biltmore 50 on September 20. It’s the AERC national championship ride and I was just informed Khaleesi and I qualify for it! I’ve been ampingContinue reading “Sometimes you’re the windshield”

I’m with you.

Sunday, August 19, 2018 I spent a couple days riding and camping with a close friend in West Virginia this week. The riding was stunning and the friendships rich. One of my favorite things about the trip was meeting new friends. An endurance friend connected me with a guide to help us through a newContinue reading “I’m with you.”

Peace

August 13, 2018 Things in the barn have been quiet lately. No that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped going! Very funny. After years… at least four or five or even six… of seeking a different way of relating to horses… of struggling to connect and communicate with them more effectively. Something has clicked over. Friday IContinue reading “Peace”

I will not say I love you.

Saturday, July 14, 2018 I once heard it said that love is heard better as a non-verbal language. Khaleesi carried me 35 miles over two days of (over) 17-mile training rides literally over the rivers and through the woods. And she did it with a fresh barbed wire cut on her left front. I bandagedContinue reading “I will not say I love you.”