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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.

Woody with his support crew at Red Hills. Photo by Denya

Trials, Tribulations and Unexpected Obstacles at Red Hills

Not a lot to say about the Eventing Prix. It’s always REALLY fun no matter the outcome and great practice. It was super fun to cheer for my teammate Jessica Phoenix as she rocked around on her tiny but mighty…

The Newbies Impress at Rocking Horse

We went to Rocking Horse 3 last weekend with Zephyr in the prelim one day on Friday, then Benny in the novice and Chesterlands Jersey Girl (aka Jersey Girl) doing her first event ever (beginner novice) on the weekend. It…

Merry Legs (aka Athenian Conquer) with her mascot, Pegasus.

The Youngsters Take on Three Lakes Horse Trials

I’ve been so busy I’ve missed writing up a few shows, so here it goes. At Three Lakes Horse Trials we took Riley (aka Rather Boldly) to do Anne Marie’s first US prelim event as well as Benny (aka Plenty of…

Rocking the Course at Rocking Horse

Rocking Horse Advanced was this past Thursday and Friday and I realized early in the week I was entered for advanced test A. Well, after the combined test at the Florida Horse Park I thought I had better switch to…

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…

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…

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….

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….

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 throughout…

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,…

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