Entertaining and Informative Posts from our Contributing Writers

April 2016

Dear Dobbin – How do I approach a rude rider?

Dear Dobbin,

Some friends and I love to trail ride and one of our regular companions for these outings seems to love to trail ride, but might love her cell phone more. It is not unusual for her to leave her ringer on, answer calls, text, and sometimes even make calls when we are out supposedly to enjoy fellowship and nature. I am really getting tired of her rudeness! What should I do? How can I […]

February 2016

Dear Dobbin – Frustrated boarder looking for change!

Dear Dobbin,

I keep my horse in a medium sized boarding barn that is conveniently located to my home. Overall the service is decent, but I have had a problem that I have mentioned to the barn manager/owner and nothing has changed. Do you have any suggestions on how to approach this individual to have them understand the seriousness of my concern and effect real change? At this point I am,

Dear Frustrated,

Dobbin […]

November 2015

Dear Dobbin – What gifts do I give for the holidays? The Annual Gifting Dilemma

For it is in giving that we receive.     – St. Francis of Assisi
Dear Dobbin,
The holidays are upon us. Fruitcake, parties, cards, and carols. We always give something to our riding instructors at the holidays — wine, gift cards, a heartfelt thanks. But we’ve (shamefully) not given gifts to the barn helpers. Our daughter has now been riding at a barn for long enough that we’ve come to know not only the trainers and other riders but […]

October 2015

Dear Dobbin – how to know if a trainer is too strict? And dealing with inappropriate social media posts

Dear Dobbin - The world of teen girls is filled with eyeliner, emojis and drama. Put those girls on a horse and you’ve just added another variable.

September 2015

Dear Dobbin – Advice to a Budgeting Barn Mom

Dear Dobbin, I’m the Mother of a teenaged rider. She participates in a moderate amount of horse activity: Lessons, barn shows, a couple of larger shows each year.

February 2015

Longing for Spring? 4 Tips to Make Sure You and Your Horse are Ready.

As I write this, the stronger February sun is making riding here in Virginia a pleasant experience, instead of something we know we “should” be doing to keep our horses (and ourselves) fit. We don’t need to don as many layers, deal with frozen or icy footing, and the horse hair which has been shed all over our clothes means we can actually begin to believe that Spring might be just around the corner (spoiler – […]

October 2014

Lessons from a “Real” Dressage Horse

As the days grow shorter, and the horses’s coats grow longer, I like to look back over my year, see what I learned, what I’m grateful for, and what I can change for the better for next year.

May 2014

5 Household Items With Surprisingly Helpful Uses in the Barn

.......horse people love cool horse stuff that makes their life easier.

April 2013

First Time Rolex Win for Andrew Nicholson, Quimbo

New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo won top honors at the 2013 Rolex Three-Day Event in Kentucky Sunday. It was Nicholson’s first Rolex win and Quimbo’s first competition at the four-star level.  They scored 41.0

Nicholson was the last of 29 riders to navigate Richard Jeffery’s Show Jumping course, and he preserved the lead he’d gained in Cross Country, following his second place finish in the Dressage portion of the competition.

Defending champion William Fox-Pitt (GBR) finished […]

Andrew Nicholson Leads At Rolex

Andrew Nicholson’s two cross country rounds put him in first and second place at Rolex Saturday afternoon.  The New Zealander leads with Quimbo; Calico Joe took him into second.

In third place is Buck Davidson on Ballynoe Castle RM.  “It was a nice big bold course and the horses could see what they were going to jump,” he said.

William Fox-Pitt is in fourth place with Seacookie TSF.  He had led with Chilli Morning after Dressage, […]