Karen Robinson blogging Straight-Up

Hello! Karen Robinson here. You may already be familiar with my writing, either in the pages of Horse Sport magazine or other publications and websites. I am one of those lucky equestrian journalists who gets to cover stuff like the Olympics; while I'm at such exciting events I am exposed to all manner of side stories and controversy, much of which doesn't make it into my articles. The blog that you will read here is the place I can share some of those stories. When I'm not writing articles or this blog, I design freestyles with my company Applause Dressage. I also ride my KWPN gelding Theo in the safe atmosphere of a dressage ring, having long given up the adrenaline of eventing. And when I'm not doing any of those things, I can usually be found traveling somewhere sunny with my husband Jan, and when possible, Dachshund Chorizo.

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, read more

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 read more

K-Rob, Clairvoyant

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 read more

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 read more

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, read more


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 read more

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. read more

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 read more


Anyone remember this little sound bite from all the way back in June? Apparently some people have already forgotten. Like Sr. B, who is busy promoting the Mar-a-Lago Trump Invitational 2016. Perhaps I’m the one at fault for mistakenly believing he’d read more


Please allow me to share with you the response I received from EC regarding the rationale for making the Rio criteria secret  -and yes this policy is across the disciplines. Here is what I was sent: ‘The decision not to publish CET read more

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