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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Walsh Products Are Newest LSE Sponsor

1620653 606879079401070 425614335 nLSE is so excited to welcome Walsh Products as a new sponsor. Walsh's halters, boots, and training aids are amazing quality and all of the horses are loving their new equipment! Be sure and visit for more information.

Donner Named The Chronicle of the Horse Eventing Horse of the Year

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Donner has been named The Chronicle of the Horse's 2013 Eventing Horse of the Year - such a tremendous honor and everyone at Team LSE is grateful for the support. There is a great article in this week's issue about Donner including a super quote from David O'Connor "You learn a lot from horses that aren't the easiest. Lynn's got great patience and skill. She gave Donner the time when he needed it. Now she can really press on. Lynn has been a really underrated rider for a long time. This is a horsewoman who makes her own horses."

Be sure and pick up a copy of The Chronicle to read the full article!

Donner Voted Eventing Nation Horse of the Year

Golden-ChinchillaThanks to all of the wonderful Deer fans, Donner has been voted the 2013 Eventing Nation Horse of the Year! Be sure and head over to Eventing Nation to Read the full article.

(Left: Lynn accepts Donner's Golden Chincilla on his behalf)

From Eventing Nation:

The votes have been tallied, and we’re ready to name the 2013 EN Horse and Rider of the Year!The polls were incredibly close, with just seven votes deciding Rider of the Year and 28 votes deciding Horse of the Year. Many thanks to all 3,500 EN readers who voted in the polls this week. First, I have to congratulate all our nominees for Rider of the Year — Hawley Bennett-Awad, Jan Byyny, Buck Davidson, Meghan O’Donoghue and Lynn Symansky — and our nominees for Horse of the Year — Balleynoe Castle RM, RF Demeter, Donner, Gin & Juice and R-Star.

So without further ado, EN readers voted Hawley Bennett-Awad as the 2013 EN Rider of the Year and Donner as the 2013 EN Horse of the Year! Both Hawley and Donner will receive the coveted Golden Chinchilla award in honor of their hard work and incredible performances during the 2013 season. And, of course, we have to give a special shout out to their partners who made it all possible, and who were also nominated in their respective categories. Congrats to Lynn Symansky and Gin & Juice on a fantastic season!