I decided to ride way outside my comfort zone for my last adventure in this year of exploring new disciplines. With a helmet, breeches and tall boots I headed to a cutting horse clinic taught by a cowboy from Texas. The clinic was held at Fletcher’s Horse World in Waterford, Ontario, and hosted by […]


People who participate in carriage driving have always been a bit of a mystery to me. Because I love riding so much, I’ve always wondered how they could possibly prefer to be behind a horse instead of astride one. I have a friend who rides and drives and she offered to give me a quick […]

Barrel Racing

The first thing Lee Jackson asked me when I asked him if I could take one of his barrel racers for a spin was “how good a rider are you?” As I quickly learned, barrel racing is fast, fun and not for the faint of heart. Jackson, Ontario director of the National Barrel Horse Association, […]


Vaulting. It’s one of those equestrian sports I’d filed alongside jousting in the ‘weird and alternative’ category. I didn’t know anyone who vaulted and until a few months ago I’d assumed the only people who did it were part of the circus or one of those other travelling shows like Cavalia. But, as I found […]

Riding to Hounds

I’m the kind of person who loves to try new things. I think it’s in the space where I scare myself that I grow the most – particularly when it comes to horses. Last year, was all about pushing my limits after a years-long hiatus from riding. I galloped a racehorse, rode my first endurance […]

Crossing the Finish Line

It’s been over two weeks since I crossed the Mongol Derby finish line and I’m just beginning to understand what happened to me. Twenty-eight Mongolian horses and 1,000 kilometres later I’m a much different person from the timid amateur rider who crossed the start line on August 5th. The extreme experiences I’ve had over this […]

In Ulaanbaatar

Excuse the brevity of the post as I’m typing it on my iPhone with a thumb and finger that don’t entirely work, but I’ve arrived in Mongolia! I landed on Wednesday and have been doing some sightseeing and fiddling with my gear for the last few days. Three more days until the race starts and […]

And I’m Off!!

Almost 11 months of preparation has brought me here – as you read this I’ll be in the air somewhere over Europe enroute to Beijing and then, after a 16-hour layover, on to Ulaanbaatar. It’s been another hectic week as I got back to Canada and immediately went about doing the boring Mongol Derby housekeeping […]

The Final Countdown

The last two weeks have zoomed past and today I realize that in seven days I leave for Mongolia. It’s a bit surreal that my departure is so close now, having spent the last 11 months completely focused on this one goal. This past week I met another Derby rider – Michelle Tanaka – who […]

A Bad Break

While training for the Mongol Derby I’ve continuously tried to find the balance between pushing myself and keeping my body intact so I arrive at the start line as healthy and fit as can be. All that went to hell last week as I had a minor accident that left me with an injury that’s […]