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.

Whine Time

My posts of yesterday may have given the impression that it’s all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows here at the Caledon Equestrian Park. Let me set the record straight. NO ONE is having a glitch-free time at TO2015 – not riders, read more

Canada’s All In!

What a day for Brittany and All In! They left it all on the field with one of the most exciting rides we are likely to see in the small tour this week. The horse is so powerful and yet so read more

And They’re Off!

One thing I neglected to anticipate when I signed up for this gig was the fact that these Pan Am Games are taking place in my own country. I was too busy moaning about the fact that it wasn’t a tropical read more

Fly spray, packed

Way back in the Middle Ages known as the 80’s, I spent the summer as Nick Holmes-Smith’s first working slave (an affectionate term), starting at Peter Gray’s old Stonehill Farm near Orangeville before moving to Checkmate Farm near Collingwood. Aside from all the riding (of read more

Gone to the Chucks

Many of you will have heard, seen or read the news that a Chuckwagon horse was euthanized after breaking a leg in a race at the Calgary Stampede on Sunday. In the past, I have been quite outspoken on this blog read more

Go Eventing. PLEASE.

On Saturday, the USEF announced that, due to a lack of international entries, the CH-Y 2* at NAJYRC next week has been cancelled. The NAJYRC Reining has been cancelled in its entirety, but as Reining has been limping along as the FEI’s read more

Countdown to Crazy Town

With the Pan Am Games looming a mere two weeks away, I am starting to (maybe) get excited  (just a little) about my exotic adventure to Toronto. I usually prefer my Pan Ams in  spicier locales, such as Rio and Guadalajara; but read more

All Spruced Up

Did you catch the great sport at Spruce Meadows last Saturday? Two thumbs up to CBC for providing the live coverage that gave me a sneak peak at our Pan Am Show Jumping team. Not that I have any insider read more

Immortalized in Plastic

When I opened the June issue of Horse Sport the other day, the very first item that caught my eye was the news that Breyer will be creating a Valegro model to be released early next year. I was immediately excited at the read more

Jump, off

Here’s the biggest news of the past month that I’ll bet you never heard: Canada is out of the Furusiyya Nations Cup final in Barcelona, thanks to the sudden, eleventh hour cancellation of the qualifier at Spruce Meadows that was read more

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