Category Archives: Memoir

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...

Where Have All the Announcers Gone?

My father, Robert “Deacon” Doubleday, was a radio/tv personality in Syracuse, NY on the NBC affiliate WSYR.  His radio voice prompted friends to recommend an occasional horse show to announce,...

My Weird Horse Friend, Basil

Tall, gangly, and inquisitive, Basil is one of the biggest characters I’ve ever met. Let me tell you about my weird horse friend. I met Basil in Queensland, Australia. Several...

Costa Rica Z (1995–2021)

With very heavy hearts, we said goodbye to Costa Rica Z on Thursday (1995–2021). There have been a handful of horses in my life who have really touched my soul...

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...

Dear 2020, Thank you.

To recap the unprecedented year that was, we asked horsemen and women from all spectrums of the industry to write a holiday letter to the year 2020. This is the...

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...

What Tiznow ‘twas Then

 “Don’t let it be forgot that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment….”—Alan Jay Lerner In the midst of an unpredictable global pandemic and a contentious American...

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