A Groom's Perspective

Neigh Nominations (I Nominate All of You!)

The latest trend on my Facebook feed seems to be so-called neigh nominations. People are posting a photo and writing a little blurb about the most special horse they’ve had the privilege of knowing and then tagging people in the post who then need to write up their own blurbs with photos of their favourite horse.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Your Horse Should be Your Valentine

At Christmas I was lucky enough to go home for what felt like four and a half minutes. While home I used my time to obsessively recount every detail of my fall European adventure with “my” horses at Ben Maher’s stable to my family.

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FTI WEF 2 & 3: Hungry for a Clear Round

Urban Dictionary defines Hangry as “a state of anger and irritability resulting from being hungry.” I can’t prove it, but that word was invented in my stable. Everyone knows that us girls are always hungry!

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FTI WEF 1: What the WEF!?

I don’t know if it’s the New Year, the new country, the new venue, or maybe just a bad week, but I have forgotten how to horse show.

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Lessons Learned During the 2013 Show Season (As Told Through the Memory of my Instagram Account)

As 2013 comes to an end, I like to take a moment before launching into the new year to quietly reflect on lessons learned during the past year.

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The Gucci Masters: There’s More to Paris Then the Eiffel Tower

As he cleared the final fence on the course and surged through the timers I flipped the video camera shut, turned to double check the score on the big screen and impatiently waited for the announcer to switch his commenting from French to English.

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Gucci Paris Masters Mantra: Eat, Horse Show, No Sleep, Repeat

One of my favorite songs right now is Fat Boy Slim’s "Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat". I feel like the lyrics represent my lifestyle to a tee. I mean you have to substitute the words sleep and rave with horse show to end up with eat, horse show, repeat, but it’s pretty much the same story.

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Festival Fanatic: How Super Groom Skills Come in Handy During Time Off

Vacations are tough to come by in this business. I’m very fortunate to actually be allowed ample time off (which I use judiciously, with plenty of advance notice, during “slow” times of the year.) This year my big vacation was a trip to Texas to visit a friend from college and go to the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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