Road to RPSI – The Big Day

**RPSI Inspection** After five months of prep, it's finally over. I still can't quite believe I'm standing on the other side of it, but there is a noticeable lightness to my body today. The night before t...

Road to RPSI – It Takes a Village

**1 week until RPSI inspection** The best part of the RPSI Inspection? It ended up being the same week as my family’s yearly cottage trip. I don’t just mean my husband and daughter. I mean my father—who liv...

Road to RSPI – Logistics

**2 weeks until RPSI inspection** Up until now we’ve talked about why RPSI, bringing out the shine, and fitness. I’ve managed not to mention yet a pretty large sticking point. My barn’s hosting the inspectio...

Forward

I’m not a timid person by nature. I like to make a plan and execute it. I hate the limbo of waiting, or uncertainty. As my husband often says, sometimes I have a habit of just crashing through rather than cauti...

Road to RSPI – Feel the Burn

**3 weeks until RPSI inspection** I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m now to the point that if I think about the inspection too hard, I feel like I need to throw up. It’s super fun. So, what’s a girl to do to ...

Road to RSPI – All That Glitters

**4 weeks until RPSI inspection** Everyone’s seen them. Those horses with coats with a mirror finish shine. The ones who stand out glossier even then the magazine pages they adorn. I saw some of these imposs...

Barn Clothes

I know it's not the same for everyone. Some people quite fashionably go from the barn to the real world wearing exactly the same thing. Not me. When I'm sorting laundry, the barn clothes get their own pile. The...

Road to RSPI – Introduction

**5 weeks until RPSI inspection** While the common hashtag in sports right now is #RoadtoRio, I’m afraid I’ve got a rather more personal goal this summer. I’m taking Star to a Rheinland Pfalz-Saar Internatio...

Horse Crazy

First of all, let me be clear here. When I say horse crazy, I'm not just talking about a person that loves horses. I'm talking about a person who loves horses to the degree that their friends and family are lit...

An Easy, Uncomplicated Ride

It's a bit of a rarity in the horse world, but it's something we all look and strive for: an easy, uncomplicated ride. At its essence, it seems impossible. True riding, by anyone's standards, is neither eas...

Showing Star

June 18, 2015 was the day I rode Star for the first time. We hit the year anniversary with nothing too exciting happening. Okay, that's a lie. I spent that day doing show prep. Star's first ever show prep. (...