It’s Time for a Pintervention . . .

British rock icon Morrissey once noted: “such a little thing makes such a big difference.” For today’s edition of Piaffe Girl, the “little thing” in question is the always used but oft overlooked stock pin. Like just about everything in equestrian sport, the ubiquitous stock has a practical origin. In the hunt field, the stock,…

Are you a Lizzy, or an Emma?

“Are you a Lizzy, or are you an Emma?” If you’re involved in the dressage scene at all, you may have pondered this question over the past year. If you’re not familiar with the allusion, let me explain: Lizzy and Emma are two central characters in Karen McGoldrick’s charming first novel, The Dressage Chronicles (2011)….

In the beginning . . .

I grew up on the horse show circuit, and have spent half my life riding hunters and the other half — dressage. One of my earliest show memories is of my then trainer’s wife retying my hair ribbons and number bow, and commenting that “it’s not just how well you ride, but how you look…