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Hay, Henry

Jun 23, 2016 | Category: Lifestyle

Hay, Henry is an online equestrian boutique specializing in the “one of a kind for the horsey set, the pony set, and the admirer of the horse, the sport, and a frequent blue ribbon.”

I recently came across this shoppe when I realized that Hay, Henry was linked to Pony Parcel, the monthly subscription box. They are connected through Lindsay Meyer of former Shiny Ponies blog fame, who, in addition to her equestrian ventures, also works alongside her husband on their rice (and more) farm, Congaree & Penn. (Clearly, Lindsay is a very busy lady)!

Anyway, you might be wondering, who is Henry? “He’s the every-gelding, the dream horse, the pony that every little girl wishes for. He’s your first horse, your top horse, your bay, your gray, your schoolmaster, your blue ribbon winner. Henry is a horse, he eats hay, and he’s brilliant.”

And Henry has curated the most dashing finds for us equestrians! He has collections for both the horse and the rider, and he also offers my book, Where the Bluegrass Grows! Aww Henry, you shouldn’t have – how sweet!

Below are some of my favorite picks that can be found on their site here, (the Triple Crown winners print is definitely coming to live with me)! Henry’s also on Instagram @hayhenry. Happy Shopping!

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Horse & Style Weddings

Jun 17, 2016 | Category: Lifestyle

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been writing for Horse & Style Magazine for just over a year now. I’m so happy to announce one of their new projects – the first volume of Horse & Style Weddings is now available for purchase! I contributed to two articles within and am so happy with how everything turned out!

You can purchase the print magazine for $10, or you can view it online here in its entirety.

Enjoy and Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend? I’ll be riding, yard saling, and celebrating my step-dad!

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Book Review: In The Reins

Jun 13, 2016 | Category: Literature

I love a good equestrian romance with a hunky cowboy – who doesn’t? In The Reins, by new author Carly Kade, has it all: new beginnings, fun characters, beautiful horses, and plenty of enticing, steamy scenes at the stable!

Devon Brooke, journalist and freelance writer, makes a break for it when she leaves her fiancé and the big city in one fell swoop. She follows her heart and finds herself back where she belongs, out in the country with a new horse to love. When she moves Faith, her Paint mare, to Green Briar Farm, she is just looking for some peace and quiet, a chance to rejuvenate and focus on herself again.

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But peace and quiet isn’t in the cards because she soon meets McKennon Kelly, the resident hottie cowboy. McKennon, a trainer who has a way with horses, begins working with Devon and Faith, so their relationship is strictly platonic. But Devon would be lying to herself if she didn’t admit she wished McKennon would take things to the next level – but something from his past – a secret no one wants to share – is stopping him.

Devon also meets JD McCall, a young rodeo star wannabe, and the two become fast friends, (although JD makes it known that he’d be okay with being friends with benefits)! But again, there is something fishy in the water at Green Briar, and Devon is in the dark. Even the owner of the farm, Sophia’s, lips are sealed.

There’s nothing for Devon to do but “mind her p’s and q’s,” and continue to work with and train her young mare. And it’s while working with Faith, and thanks to McKennon, that Devon learns more than just basic horsemanship.

“Inside of today’s instruction, the weight I’d been bearing was suddenly gone. All at once, it made sense. I realized I’d been holding back the whole time – holding back on riding my horse, on loving someone, on really living my life.

It’s not in the reins.

McKennon’s training was not only making me a better horse-woman, but it was teaching me a life lesson. Through him, I was learning to take my time, to sit back, to let go, and to truly believe that fate leads in the right direction. Gliding at a lope atop of his magnificent animal, my heart felt like it might explode with gratitude. The sun warm on my face, I lifted my head to the star fully and smiled.”

Can’t you just picture that beautiful scene? There are many more like it in In The Reins, which is a well-written, exciting summer read. And the good news is…Carly is currently working on the sequel, so Devon and McKennon’s story will continue! Also – stay tuned for an author interview with Carly!

You can purchase In The Reins at Amazon here, and you can learn more about Carly on her blog here. Enjoy!!

  

Lani the Legend

Jun 10, 2016 | Category: Lifestyle

If you’ve been following the Triple Crown campaign, then you’ve heard of Lani, the gorgeous grey with a mind of his own! He was born in Kentucky, but trains in Japan where he is a star.

Lani is my spirit animal, and I wish I could be more like him. If Lani doesn’t want to do something, Lani doesn’t do it. He’s out of control. Sometimes he wants to gallop for his morning workout…sometimes he doesn’t…and you can’t make Lani do something he doesn’t want to do! I just love that as he’s being loaded into the starting gate for a race, his connections literally don’t know what he’s going to do. He keeps everyone on their toes, that’s for sure!

Lani likes to be stalled far away from everyone. He doesn’t participate in the traditional post parade. Lani is all about Lani, and that is why I love him.

But despite his antics, he’s an excellent racehorse. At the end of the Derby and the Preakness, Lani was bringing it – he just ran out of track. I’m excited to see what he does in the Belmont tomorrow, so he is my pick. I think he’s going to have to put up a big race in order to beat Exaggerator though, so it will be an interesting one for sure!

Want to learn more about Lani? Follow him on Twitter here, and check out this article in Horse Nation – it’s hysterical!

Happy Friday!

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Head in the Clouds

Jun 08, 2016 | Category: Fashion

If you follow this blog, you know I’m obsessed with equestrian artist, Liz Wiley. Of course she’s still painting, but now she’s moved into fashion by adding a silk scarf with one of her own prints into the mix! Below are the details.

“Head in the Clouds” – Limited Edition: 100 scarves
High Quality – 100% Silk
Hand-Rolled Finish
36 x 36 inches
Ships USPS with insurance
Certificate of Authenticity will accompany scarf
Scarves will arrive with a signed and limited edition number on tag

This is Liz’s second run with these scarves – the first sold out VERY quickly! If interested, order today while these are still in stock!

And…good news! Liz has an exclusive deal with Maryland Equestrian and is offering a 15% discount for those who order within the first 10 days! When ordering, enter the promo code MDEQUESTRIAN, and save some $$$$!

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