Friday Five

Greetings from beautiful Lexington, Kentucky! I’m having a fun week at US Dressage Finals, and I’m looking forward to seeing a few equestrian bloggers this weekend. Here’s what’s on my radar this week.

ONE 2018 eventing dressage tests

I haven’t taken an in-depth look at these, but a quick glance at Novice A and Novice B revealed the presence of a trot serpentine and a stretchy trot circle. I don’t relish performing any kind of serpentine in a 20 x 40 arena, but it’s fun to see USEA incorporating something other than a circle into the test.

TWO Pikeur Saphira coat in chocolate brown

Most of work’s nice dressage stuff lives on the dressage trailer; the store doesn’t serve a market that’s interested in $500 dressage coats, so it doesn’t make sense for us to stock it. This week, I’ve had my grubby little hands all over the fun stuff. I’m currently obsessed with the Pikeur Saphira coat in chocolate brown. The fabric is so stretchy and lightweight, the cut is slimming, it has a zipper under the buttons, and a fun amount of bling. How do we think a brown coat would look on a bay horse? I’m totally into brown on chestnuts, but on the fence about bay.

THREE Foxhunting 101 clinic

The hunt I’m a member of is hosting a Foxhunting 101 clinic next month, and I’ve been asked to talk about attire for formal and informal seasons. I’m really excited! What do you want to know about hunting attire? Or, what do you want to know about hunting in general? The organizers are still developing content for the clinic, so I’ll pass along your suggestions!

FOUR Getting a Feel for Hoof Flares on Horse Network

I thought this was an interesting read. Candy has hoof flares on her hind feet; I’ve got a great farrier, but it’s nice to read for myself about what’s going on back there.

FIVE Germany loses eventing team silver medal

What the what! I’m interested to see how this pans out, but what a shame.

What have you been checking out this week?

Friday Five

I’m headed into the weekend looking forward to getting Candy out on the hunt field for the first time tomorrow! Harvard Fox Hounds is having a cub hunt, so I’ll be wearing a borrowed tweed and praying to Saint Hubertus that the horse doesn’t do anything extremely stupid. Here’s what’s on my radar this week!

ONE Birthday giveaway winner

Allison of Pony Reboot was this year’s birthday giveaway winner, as selected by! Thank all of you so much for the birthday wishes; equestrian bloggers are some of the nicest people around.

TWO USDF Dressage Finals

I leave for Finals next week, so if you’re going to be there, stop by The Horse of Course booth and say hello!

THREE Bel Joeor’s etsy shop

Amanda of Bel Joeor has officially launched her etsy shop, which is full of handmade items that would make great gifts for a fellow equestrian! Pop over and check it out- it’s always nice to support a fellow blogger!

FOUR 7 adorable equine Instagram stars you need in your life from Horse & Hound

© Liberty performance. ❤️Full performance video will be up on YouTube tomorrow!! __________________________ Performance success at ‘Sutton Forest Equestrain Centre’ today. After 3 weeks away and only 1 full day in preparation, we were all ecstatic of how well they both performed; jumping though hula hoops, rearing, liberty circles! So wonderful meeting so many talented young horse enthusiasts after the performance at @horsewyse_magazine meet and greet. Especially @miniaturehorselovers12367 and so many others and of course a special thanks to the wonderful Crunchy Team; @littleminisophie Taya and Mya for helping behind the scenes and being a wonderful support group as always. In all it was a great day 🙌 xx Wearing – @nobleoutfitters

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H&H is right; I DO need these equine Instagram stars in my life. Especially mini horses Crunchy & Lippy of @1itscrunchtime1. CUTE OVERLOAD.

FIVE Indie Tack Store Days

Work is participating in next month’s Indie Tack Store Days; it’s a nationwide event that’s designed to encourage people to head into their local brick & mortar tack store. Participating stores will offer door prizes, giveaways, and raffle tickets for shopping sprees to brands like Romfh, FITS, Noble Outfitters, Schockemoehle, Back on Track, RJ Classics, Ariat, and more. If you want all the details, visit the Support Independent Tack Stores Facebook page or contact your local store!

What are you up to this weekend?


Friday Five

It’s been a busy week, y’all! Work has been preparing to go to the World Cup in Omaha next week, so I’ve been swamped with packing, organizing last-minute shipments, and coordinating the more mundane aspects of the trip, like acquiring parking and vendor passes. If World Cup wasn’t enough, Harvard Fox Hounds’ closing hunt is tomorrow; Gina and my tack are both in a very grubby state! I’m going to try to sneak out of work early to give her a bath and braid her, but we’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, here’s what’s been on my radar this week:

ONE FEI World Cup

How could this not be on my radar?! I’m excited to go, even if I’ll be working! I’m hoping I’ll have some time to watch competitions and won’t be stuck in the vendor area all week. If you’re going to Omaha, stop by and say hi! I’ll be at The Horse of Course in booths 10 & 11.

TWO Horze Melrose line

These sparkly things arrived at work early this week, and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. There’s a matching browband, combi wraps, ear net, and saddle pad (in all-purpose AND dressage) styles. I especially love the bright pink-orange flamingo color, but the purple or navy is probably a better look for my blood bay horse!

THREE Equestrian Coach

Traveling with work means I have lots of free time in the evenings. Most of the time, I read (or collapse into bed immediately), but this time I’m planning to spend some time watching videos and reading articles from Equestrian Coach. Three years ago, I won a month’s subscription from a contest Lauren of She Moved To Texas hosted. Fortunately, the gift certificate code still worked, and I’m ready to absorb the wisdom of Bernie Traurig, George Morris, Denny Emerson, and many more!

FOUR A Guide to Lisa Frankenfoods

Are you on Instagram? Yes? You’ve probably seen some variations on “galaxy” or “unicorn”-inspired foods- colorful, sparkly macarons or rainbow bagels. Eater has a fun look at the trend of what they’re calling “Lisa Frankenfoods”, and I’m suddenly feeling the urge to go get a unicorn macaron from one of my favorite Tulsa bakeries.

FIVE This week in “WTF” Oklahoma!

This week was a double-whammy here in the Sooner State! First up, state lawmakers want to make Good Friday a designated paid state holiday. Second on their agenda? Getting those Ten Commandments back at the State Capitol! Never mind that the state’s nearly $900 million in the hole; let’s focus on the real issues here, people. You can rest assured I’m diligently calling my elected officials daily and searching for jobs in less silly places.

What have you been checking out this week?

Friday Five

I’m excited for the weekend, y’all- Moe and I are headed to our first combined test of the year and are dragging along my neighbor and the cutest pony ever! I’m looking forward to having a pleasant, fun show with my favorite horse.

Here’s what’s on my radar this week:

ONE Planet Earth II

Planet Earth is one of a handful of DVDs I own, and is part of an even rarer group of DVDs I will re-watch. (I’m not much of a TV/movie watcher.) I’m definitely excited for Planet Earth II- now in extra high def!

TWO Rider calls for bitless bridles to be allowed in dressage

A British rider is urging British Dressage to reevaluate their policy on bitless bridles, which are not permitted in BD competition. The bitless debate is a hot one in the dressage community; personally, I think the bit is a fundamental part of the sport and as such, bitless bridles shouldn’t be allowed.

THREE Lauren Reischer’s TEDxDaltonSchool Talk 

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As most of you know, I spent three years working at a therapeutic riding center and am a PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor. Therapeutic riding is something near and dear to me. Lauren Reischer’s TEDx Talk is a firsthand account of how riding helped her overcome some of the physical challenges associated with cerebral palsy, as well as how it helped her mental health.

FOUR Cooking with Loula: Greek Recipes from My Family to Yours

I’ve been searching for a good Greek cookbook for a while, and I think I’ve found it. This book covers all the basics you’d expect- dolmades, spanakopita, baklava- and organizes them in what I find to be a super logical way (weekday meals, weekend meals, holiday meals).

FIVE This week in “Really, Oklahoma?”

Last week, Oklahoma was preventing a Valentine’s Day dance from taking place. This week, a couple of residents are doing a very Oklahoma thing: going to a concert at a casino, then going to Sonic, then getting arrested for indecent exposure. Sigh.

What have y’all been checking out this week? What are you up to this weekend?

Friday Five

Whew, I’m awfully glad it’s Friday! I’m looking forward to hunting tomorrow and unpacking more boxes on Sunday (I swear they’re breeding out in the shed). Here’s what’s been on my radar this week:

ONE Goodreads introduces rereading feature

I use Goodreads to log my reading challenges, but I’ve always been bummed that there wasn’t a great way to track books you’ve read more than once. After two years of reading only new-to-me books, I’m allowing myself to return to the “comfort foods” of my bookshelf: Mercedes Lackey’s early Valdemar novels, Anne McCaffrey’s Pern novels, and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. I’m excited that these rereads will “officially” count toward my Goodreads annual reading challenge!

TWO Run The Jewels Tiny Desk Concert

One of RTJ’s three albums is always in our living room CD player; their music is stellar, and they’re an amazing act to see live. El-P and Killer Mike stopped by NPR’s studio as part of the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series- you should absolutely check it out! (Related: Run The Jewels on NPR’s news game show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”)

THREE The Tex-Mex Cookbook: A History in Recipes and Photos

Lately, I’ve been working my way through the various cookbooks I own. I grab one at random, leaf through it to find recipes to make each weeknight, and cook accordingly. This week, I’ve been using Robb Walsh’s Tex-Mex cookbook. It’s an interesting book that includes information on the history and evolution of Tex-Mex cuisine in addition to solid recipes for favorites like enchiladas, tacos, and tamales.

FOUR Sailing, woolly jumpers, and local herds: Shetlands go on exciting adventure


Shetland ponies on a boat. Shetland ponies wearing sweaters. Shetland ponies carrying baskets. CUTE OVERLOAD.

FIVE Footloose is real in 2017, y’all

In recent “WTF Oklahoma” news (it’s constant), an upcoming Valentine’s Day dance was shut down because of a city ordinance which prohibits dancing within 500 feet of a church. Sigh.

What are y’all up to this weekend?