Author Archives: Thomas Gumbrecht

On Privilege

I recently reposted an article written by a well known American Olympic equestrian on the subject of the lack of diversity in the English riding world. I posted it to...

Déjà Vu

The house I grew up in was a charming little Cape Cod in a post-war development of similar homes on the North Shore of Long Island, NY. It sat on...

My Sanctuary Has Muck Buckets

There’s a certain malaise that has come over me lately. It manifests itself as a feeling that I no longer have control over my welfare and that of my loved...

Ghosts

Recently, my travels took me down a suburban country road that brought back an unexpected flood of memories—and mixed feelings. In my other life, I’m a specialty construction trade contractor...

Riding Over the Bridge Back to Life

Have you ever experienced a phenomenon where a number of seemingly unrelated chunks of time and events conspire to fall together in place, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? Sort...

Learning to Give Thanks

With Thanksgiving upon us, we pause to give thanks for the people, animals and things in our lives for which we are grateful. As time goes on, I find myself...

Horse Show Guy 3.0

To recap... In version 1.0, I was a horse show parent, helping to get tack, clothes and equipment ready and in the place where it was needed, right when it...

A Love Letter to a Racehorse

Dear Lola, I have a confession to make. The day after I brought you home from the auction, I was angry and resentful. Not toward you, but at the man...

Trading Places

The other day I woke up at dawn with mixed feelings of exhilaration and concern. I was going to be riding a new horse with a new-ish trainer. To provide...

Kicked from Complacency

We've all had it drilled into us: "Don't stand behind that horse, don't walk too close to that horse, don't pass so near to that horse, you'll get kicked!" We...

A Different Kind of Olympic Heroism

Aly Raisman is an Olympic gold medalist, and was captain of the gold medal winning US Olympic Gymnastics Teams in 2012 and 2016. Anyone familiar with her story has likely...

Night Check

I just came back up to the house after putting my horses to bed, and I lingered a few extra minutes to feed a few carrots and take in the...