Category Archives: Memoir

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...

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...

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