Viva Carlos Blog Hop: What’s In Your Name?

Thanks to L. Williams at Viva Carlos for another fun blog hop! They’re such a fun way to get to know other bloggers. Plus, any excuse to put that unicorn on the blog is enough for me.

Onto today’s topic: What is the story behind your blog name/URL?


Hand gallop:[noun] a fast past in horseback riding between a canter and gallop : a very fast easy canter : a moderate gallop; so called for the fact that the horse is kept well in hand to control his speed.


I’ve always liked the term “hand gallop”. As an eventer, the gait is where my horses make their living- jumping out of a hand gallop in cross-country and show jumping. (Well, ideally, at least.) When I started this blog, I thought the term nicely encapsulated both my riding style and my lifestyle. These days, my life has slowed down a little bit, but “Hand Gallop” sounds cool and I don’t plan to change it. And duh, I still like to ride fast!

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Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

3 thoughts on “Viva Carlos Blog Hop: What’s In Your Name?”

  1. I had wondered about your blog name, love the answer as I wasn't sure what hand gallop was *blush*
    Not a term I've come across yet here although I've not had much to do with eventing/showing circles and most of my recent horse leaenings have been in French 😉

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