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My blog started in August 2005 to chronicle my progress in training "A First Romance" (a.k.a. Solo) into a world class eventing horse. Born in 2002, as a 10-year old, Solo is close to competing in the four-star division. He's fabulous XC, but does still tend to voice his opinion during dressage... never a dull moment.

Solo's ridden by my daughter, Selena, who competed at her first Olympics in 2008 and the WEG in 2010 with Colombo. Selena also rides several different horses including Pan Am Silver medals, “Foxwood High” out of our home base, Balsam Hall in Kingston, Ontario.

This blog chronicles both our adventures as we continue to train eventing horses. Occasionally, Selena will make an entry on her progress at competitions particularly on the lead up to major events. Please feel free to ask questions or send comments.

Beating the Heat & The Competition in Ocala

First of all a huge thank you to Equiventures staff, volunteers and sponsors for putting on a great event at the Florida Horse Park. I really appreciate the chance to practice the advanced dressage and show jumping during the Advanced read more

Having a Blast at Three Lakes Horse Trials

Three Lakes Horse Trials last Sunday was a blast….literally! I took an OTTB called Good to the Core (aka Simcoe) for his first recognized event and only his second show ever. We walked up to get our tack check and read more

We Won Fair Hill!

Sorry everyone! I drove home from Fair Hill Sunday night arrived home at 1:00 a.m. Monday. Then at 3:00 a.m. mum drove us three hours to Pearson Airport in Toronto. I’ve been in Argentina visiting José Ortelli until 5:00 a.m. read more

Foot-Perfect at Fair Hill

Woody was spectacular as per usual. I couldn’t see a distance to save my soul when it came to the straightforward galloping fences. The time faults we had were my fault. Woody was foot-perfect everywhere and felt full of running. read more

Lucky Friday the 13th

Ha! I didn’t even realize it was Friday the 13th ’til just now. Good thing, too, because I’m already superstitious. Well I have to say I’m on cloud nine tonight and as long as my horse stays happy and healthy read more

Let’s Dance!

Oct 12 Today was a quiet day. It was also cold and wet, so I didn’t do any spectating. So not much to write about sadly. I forgot to mention that Tipperary sponsored Dougie’s dinner last night as well! Sorry, read more

Woody and I at the Fair Hill jog.

Feeling Fine at Fair Hill

Monday Oct 9 It poured like crazy thanks to hurricane Nate. So we didn’t get away from home till about 10:15 a.m. It was one of those trips that ends up dragging on a bit due to small set backs. read more

Cross Country Day Wrap Up

Waiting all day to go xc is really hard on the nerves. Plus I had had to do that the day before for sj! It reminded me of the time I had two at Rolex and rode the second horse read more

Show Jumping Day at Plantation Field

It was a LONG wait till show jumping at 3:08pm, which ended up being even later due to setbacks. AM and I went to plantation to cheer Sophia on in show jumping for the 2*. Sadly, her horse got to read more

Stressage, Robotic Arms and Horses of a Different Colour

Oh happy day! Stressage turned out great???? Woody didn’t put a foot wrong and was very confident and relaxed. I knew I did too many trot steps into the first halt, but he was square and moved off straight and read more

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