Author Archives: Rebecca Berry

Fashionable Riding

My childhood memories are a blur of horses and ponies, horse shows and Pony Club, trail rides and riding lessons. I don’t remember much about school or friends that didn’t...

Ross Poldark Rides a Horse

I don’t know how I managed it, but I missed the Poldark wave when it first hit. Perhaps it’s because I don’t like period pieces and therefore ignored all the...

Nervous Chatter

I have come to recognize that when I’m nervous I’m compelled to discuss it—with anyone, whoever you may be. My high level of nervousness tends to surprise people who don’t...

The Polo Cliché

Several roached maned horses watched as I walked towards the shed row barn. I couldn’t see anyone, which had me checking the time and feeling awkward.  "I'll be right with...

Social Media Sh*t Show

Have you ever had one of those days where you felt like a shit rider because you fell off or were eliminated? Then, in an attempt to forget your shortcomings,...

The Day Before Christmas

‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through the stableAll the creatures were stirring, even old Mable.The horses were restless and wanting their feed,Like me with cookies, it’s called Christmas...

Fangirl

I spent 10 years of my eventing life in Ocala, Florida competing against and losing to some of the best riders in the world. It was quite something to ride...

This Is Middle Age

I can look at the length of a lunge whip and know instinctively that it will flare up my tennis elbow. Especially if there are a few knots in the...

Saved By a Spur Strap

It happened between fences 10 and 11. The rare feeling of confusion as to why my arms had just swung past me of their own accord. It was early in...

You Win Some, You Lose Some

“You win some, you lose some,” my friend’s dad said when he learned my pony’s name. I was six at the time and his words have always stuck in my...