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UnSmooth Criminals

(Today’s post is a ‘take two’ of a blog that I thought I had posted on Friday, but realized today had never actually gone up on the blog, due to vagaries of the cyber universe) Here’s a prediction for you: I don’t anticipate being nominated for any Miss Congeniality awards by the judges this year. Maybe ever. During the Global Dressage Fest GP freestyles on the evening of Friday January 29th, I did something I’ve never done before. I posted an opinionated comment on my Facebook page. Some of you might have seen the...

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Rio – No Brainer 2016

I know I promised a more optimistic 2016 prediction to follow the weekend's frowny emoticon post about my expectation (low) of the FEI and EC in the coming year. But, given the doom-and-gloom stories that keep coming out regarding the upcoming Olympic Games, I feel compelled to cover this prediction now. I hereby predict that Rio 2016 will be a giant cluster. Possibly the biggest and most dangerous cluster the Olympics have seen in decades. Let's start with just what's been in the news this week. First off, the mosquito-borne Straight-Up

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2016 Fortune Telling – Part One

As usual, Welly World has hijacked my life, leaving me with little free time and a hoarse voice from all the social interacting that comes from cramming half the horse world into a few square miles. Since I am making so little headway on posting my 2016 predictions, and since just the first one is a lengthy blog on its own, I will be meting them out in little batches of one or two as time allows during my stint in Florida-land. So here, it is, the prediction which I am most confident will come true in 2016: The leopards will ...

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K-Rob, Clairvoyant

IMG_1297 The future is now. Literally. I'm late with my annual crystal ball peek into what lies ahead in our beloved horse world, but in the spirit of better-late-than-never (and besides - there are still 346 days left in 2016), I'll post my predictions for the Year That Will Be in the next day or two. But fir...

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The Year that Was

Happy 2016! Before we get to January's mid-month 'equator' and it becomes too late to talk about 2015, here is my annual best-worst-most-least-etc list for the past year: Best sporting moment for Canada - even though the Show Jumpers won Pan Am team gold and Jessica Phoenix won silver individually in Eventing, I am declaring the entire  Canadian Dressage team's results the sport highlight of 2015. Where the jumpers fell off - way off - the podium in the individual competition, and the eventers lost a silver team medal ...

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Correction: Equestrian Sport Productions Announces Cancellation of Trump Invitational Due to Unreasonable Racist Events

(Click here to see the original announcement upon which today's post is based)

For Immediate Release Palm Beach, FL - December 20, 2015 - Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) announces that the Trump Invitational, due to be held on January 3, 2016, at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, has been cancelled. Due to a series of recent...

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DC-Leaks

Based on the number of texts, emails and Facebook messages I've received with this link  I'm guessing many of you have already seen the news item exposing the change that has been made to the Dressage Rio criteria. I want to assure those of you who suspect I missed a beat that I was fully aware of the change as it was impending, and then as soon as it was approved. Here is the difference between Mr. Braddick and myself (well one of the many): being a Canadian journalist, a...

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Lauren goes Viral!

Click here to see what I'm talking about, then please come back and read the back story. I've known Lauren Barwick as an amazing, inspiring person ever since I first met her in 2002 when she needed a Para Dressage freestyle. Lauren is, of course, the most successful Para Dressage rider in Canadian history, a role model for other Paralympic athletes and an inspiration to anyone with a capacity for awe in the presence of an exceptional human being. But this...

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Un-Sport Canada

Before I launch into today's tirade, I would like to take a moment to apologize to my international reading audience. I realize that when I post about things specifically Canadian, I may be boring you. Today I am at risk of making it one of those times, though I will do my very best to keep it spicy enough that you read on anyway. The sporting universe shares some common ground across sports and countries, so perhaps what I have to say today will provoke a few of you to question the accountability in your own countries' federations. Last...

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Saddle Fitting with our Newest Team Member

Sarah-Ellis---Bio-PhotoI was going to write this week in response to a Q&A I read in a magazine recently “Can a Wide Backed Horse Hurt my Hips?” but I will leave that topic for a future blog, since I had to share with you the story my newest Client Success Manager Sarah Ellis (see...

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