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The Chronicle of the Horse Blog: Sometimes Life Just Likes To Rain

 

Osborne 9 jumped well at Jersey Fresh and
wasin second in the CCI**. 
Photo by Lindsay Berreth

I went into the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day event feeling positive and excited. I had my lovely German horse Osborne 9 entered in his first CCI**, and it was my first competition of 2014 with my favorite off-the-track Thoroughbred Donner after taking some time with him earlier this year.

I backed off his workload when some fill showed up in a hind ankle early in the season, and decided to focus on improving his flatwork and get him stronger to ensure I had a serious possible contender for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games team.

Heading into Jersey he was feeling stronger and better than ever. He put in a good dressage test and jumped a beautiful clear show jump round in the CIC***, which put him in second. It was great having him back, and I was really looking forward to getting him out on cross-country, our favorite phase of the three together.

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Lynn and Donner are on Eventing USA Cover

Issue 4 of Eventing USA features a fabulous photo of Lynn and Donner. The issue focuses on the Thoroughbred and Donner is proud to be the poster child for the OTTB. 

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Osborne 9 Wins Massive Intermediate Division at Fair Hill

Lynn rode Alton Quanbeck's Osborne 9 to a wire to wire win in the Intermediate division at the Fair Hill Horse Trials. Very excited for the future of this horse. 

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The Chronicle of the Horse Blog: Ice Cream Stick Wisdom Makes All The Difference

Sometimes, the universe sends you a message via ice cream stick.

 This winter has been trying.

I began 2014 completely motivated and excited to build upon the successful preceding year. This year I decided to be a little selfish, and for one month I left my students and clients behind so I could devote a little time to my own training. While I took a big financial hit, I headed to Ocala with just my more experienced horses. I would then meet my students, clients and the rest of the horses in Aiken mid-February.

But as we all well know, Murphy’s Law of horses states that when you make concrete plans, they rarely go as you intend.

The day before I left for Florida, one of my all-time favorite horses, Waitangi Notebook (better known as “Mouse” to her fan club), had a freak pasture accident. When she slipped on wet ground in her field running from a nearby hunter’s gunshot, she got tangled up in her legs and had a bad fall.

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