Author Archives: Thomas Gumbrecht

Wille Leahy 5/1/37–9/15/21

The horse world lost a legendary figure this week.  Willie Leahy was the quintessential Irish horseman. He was the largest breeder of Connemara ponies in the world and also Field...

9/11 + 20

I sometimes hesitate a little to recount my experiences on September 11, 2001 because my personal losses were not as horrific as those of others. But they were profound. I...

The Alvin Syndrome

When I was very young, one of my favorite cartoons was “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” On Saturday mornings I would never, not by choice anyway, miss the adventures of the...

Manning Up

In my youth, I pointedly pursued activities that I perceived as “macho,” and horses were decidedly not one of those. Who knew that it would take horses to ultimately teach...

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...