Author Archives: Rebecca Berry

EQUITANA USA, the Game Plan: Day Three

Between the 150 seminars and clinics, enormous trade fair and phenomenal entertainment, EQUITANA USA is a wealth of education and shopping options. But I'm pleased to say my game plan...

EQUITANA USA,the Game Plan: Day Two

The EQUITANA USA planning extravaganza continues! Between the enormous trade fair at Kentucky Horse Park, the show stopping entertainment, and 150 seminars and clinics all across three days, October 1-3,...

EQUITANA USA, the Game Plan: Day One

I'm a planner. And if there's an event that requires a little coordinated planning, it's EQUITANA USA. With an enormous trade fair at the equally enormous Kentucky Horse Park, spectacular...

What Is It About Horses?

What is it about horses we love so much? That is a question I’m not entirely sure how to answer. When I started this piece, I thought I’d do a...

The Dublin Horse Show

Travel. Something we’ve been dreaming about for the past year and a half. Perhaps now that the world is on the verge of reopening, it’s time to get back into...

Thank You, Horses

If you were to meet me, I doubt your first impression would be one of a matron, and you’d be right. I’m not a caregiver or a mother and I...

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...