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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.

Ready to Rock!

Thursday Sept 14 It’s been a very long day so this one will be short. We went over and cheered on Sophia for her 2* test at 9:00 a.m. She did a lovely job and her horse was very obedient. read more

Prepping at Chesterland

Wednesday Sept 13 First of all I’d like to wish Brian Leith a very happy birthday! He’s dealing with the aftermath of Irma, which means no presents, no cards, no cell service???? Today was excellent! First Anne Marie and I read more

Notes from Plantation Field

Monday Sept 11 After a fun and successful weekend of competition for team OHE at Wesley Clover park in Ottawa, it was time to unpack and repack the trailer for Plantation Field International. A big thanks to everyone back home read more

Three Cheers for the “Roll Monster”

What a way to finish the weekend! Yay Woody for doing what he does best. Huge thank you to AM for taking such great care of us. Shout out to the Rumbles cheering us on at home with all their read more

Keeping Our Cool at Great Meadows

It was a busy day today at Great Meadows! The first nine horses did dressage on Friday evening, followed by the bareback puissance. After watching Pavarotti’s amazing test I didn’t make it back up the main ring in time to read more

Settling in at Great Meadow

This morning started with a trip to Dunkin doughnuts for a delicious coffee cake muffin, then off to the barn. I had to take the truck to the Dodge dealer for new fuel filters and air filter plus oil change. read more

Preparing to Take on The Nations Cup

Woody, Anne Marie and I started our day July 5th at 4:00 a.m. and were on the road to The Plains, VA by 5:00 a.m. It was quite an easy drive, with a little rain near the end. We were read more


Anne Marie Duarte here, reporting for Team O’Hanlon. After a long search I am so excited to say that we have a new horse trailer! We have been lucky enough to borrow a trailer from Arthur Tateishi for most of read more

Return from Rolex

Well, we’re back from a whirlwind of a winter season and Rolex. Anne Marie had been home at Balsam Hall since The Fork before returning to Rolex, but I have not been home since January 14th. This year has been read more

Selena reports in from the Road to Rio

After lots of traveling we arrived safely in Ocala Florida at Clayton’s beautiful farm. Huge thanks to my teammate Colleen for shipping Woody down. He enjoyed traveling with his buddy Quorry. Thanks to Anne Marie for looking after him along read more

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