Category Archives: Memoir

Rescue Opens Doors to Career with Horses

Like many young adults in their mid-twenties, Alicia Shread, 25, from Clarksville, Maryland, is focused on building a prosperous career. While horses were always a hobby for her, after spending...

Horses and the Ties That Bind Us

“Twenty-two percent of millennials say they have ‘no friends,’” claimed a Vox article from 2019. While that stat was pulled from a poll of fewer than 2,000 people, the truth...

The Luckiest (Lazy) Little Pony

He’d been purchased some years ago from a Mennonite family. When my boss went to see him, he was looking for something safe and reliable; he asked if Lucky was...

Pick the Horse

"You look cute in that," the person I love said when he first saw me in barn clothes. There was hay in my hair. The ratty t-shirt and jeans I...

A Race Day in Ireland

While at the Dublin Horse Show in 2018, I got a sense of how many horses occupied Ireland and felt staying an extra week would allow me the time to...

On Horses and Uncertainty

After 20 years of riding other people’s horses, I finally have one of my own. As I latched her stall door for the first time, a familiar sense of worry...

Horsepacking on Grizzly Mountain

We hung on tightly, leaning forward as the horses climbed. Already we’d gone through more difficult terrain than I could have imagined—bogs that sucked at the horse’s feet, mud that...

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...

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 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...

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...

My Friend Mason

Mason Phelps was a lifelong equestrian whose contributions to horse sport are as far reaching as they are varied. An Olympic athlete, groom, trainer, event manager, governance leader, media executive...

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...

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...

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...

1 2 3 5