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 ...
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Sunny Surprises | Pony Express Girls

Most people are familiar with box subscription services. Whether it’s makeup, underwear, or children’s toys, there’s a box for everyone. Finding boxes for Canadian Equestrians used to be a via the USA sort of s...

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 impossibly clean, impeccably shiny horses up close and p...

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 literally like, "Um...are you okay?" Maybe it's the b...

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...

Oh Canada! | A HoofNotes Infographic

Oh Canada! - A HoofNotes Infographic Oh Canada! The home of many a great equestrian, equestrienne, and horse! It's Canada day, and we figured it’s only fair that we share a little national pride, with an eq...

Horseaversary

Last year, on June 26th, I got the signed bill of sale for Star. I remember walking around my office in a bit of a daze thinking, finally, I have my own horse as an adult. I expected it to happen earlier, I'd always said I'd have my horse by the time I turned ...

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. (...

My Thing with Pink

My first serious trainer had this funny thing about ribbons. She always said if she couldn’t get a blue (first place in the USA), then she wanted pink. I never really understood that. Don’t get me wrong, in ...