Sunday Morning at Merryland

Just over a week ago, we spent a Sunday afternoon at Merryland Farm in Hydes, Maryland. It’s a training facility and is the sister farm to Country Life, which is a Thoroughbred nursery. Both farms are owned by the Pons family. I have met Josh Pons a handful of times, and he is very friendly[…]

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An Equestrian Weekend

I hope you all enjoyed your weekends and got to do something you love! James and I spent Saturday in Middleburg, VA – it was my first visit to this equestrian corner of the world. Of course, I loved it and will go into more detail about some of the shops and restaurants we visited.[…]

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Book Review: Merryland

Like most people, I adore literature that takes place in areas I’m familiar with – it’s always fun to read about places I know and love. The characters and descriptions become so much more real, (and if reading a memoir, they are real). Last year I read Josh Pons’ Country Life: Three Years in the[…]

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The Legendary Cigar

This post is a little overdue, but I wanted to write it nonetheless. The legendary Cigar passed away on October 7, 2014 after complications with a surgical procedure. Cigar was the first racehorse since Citation to win 16 races in a row, and, until Curlin surpassed him in 2008, he was America’s leading money earner.[…]

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Book Review: Country Life Diary

Just a few miles to the northeast of my little farmette lies Country Life Farm, a Thoroughbred breeding farm and nursery. As a little girl, I used to beg my parents to drive by the farm during the spring just so I could get a glimpse at all the mamas with their foals out in[…]

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The Return of Mr. Friendly

Let’s continue our Lexington, Kentucky journey, shall we? I believe I left off on Tuesday morning. This was Kentucky Horse Park day! We arrived around 9:00 a.m. and purchased our tickets. If we rushed, we could catch the Hall of Champions presentation in the very back of the park, so we made our way there[…]

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They’re Baaaaack! RRTP!

The Retired Racehorse Training Project is back with another OTTB challenge. Last year we saw the Trainer Challenge, (I wrote about it here), in which three professionals worked with recently retired racehorses for approximately two months. Fans were able to vote for their favorite pair, and Eric Dierks, riding grey mare (woo!) Brazilian Wedding, was[…]

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Life is Full of Surprises for Author/Eventer, Julia Wendell

I came across Julia Wendell’s memoir, Finding My Distance – a Year in the Life of a Three-Day Event Rider, about a year ago. As soon as I picked it up, I became so engrossed with Julia’s life that I could not put this book down. As a Marylander myself, it was comforting to read[…]

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