Straight-Up

Karen Robinson blogging Straight-Up

Hello! Karen Robinson here. You may already be familiar with my writing, either in the pages of Horse Sport magazine or other publications and websites. I am one of those lucky equestrian journalists who gets to cover stuff like the Olympics; while I'm at such exciting events I am exposed to all manner of side stories and controversy, much of which doesn't make it into my articles. The blog that you will read here is the place I can share some of those stories. When I'm not writing articles or this blog, I design freestyles with my company Applause Dressage. I also ride my KWPN gelding Theo in the safe atmosphere of a dressage ring, having long given up the adrenaline of eventing. And when I'm not doing any of those things, I can usually be found traveling somewhere sunny with my husband Jan, and when possible, Dachshund Chorizo.

Gone to the Chucks

Many of you will have heard, seen or read the news that a Chuckwagon horse was euthanized after breaking a leg in a race at the Calgary Stampede on Sunday. In the past, I have been quite outspoken on this blog…

Go Eventing. PLEASE.

On Saturday, the USEF announced that, due to a lack of international entries, the CH-Y 2* at NAJYRC next week has been cancelled. The NAJYRC Reining has been cancelled in its entirety, but as Reining has been limping along as the FEI’s…

Countdown to Crazy Town

With the Pan Am Games looming a mere two weeks away, I am starting to (maybe) get excited  (just a little) about my exotic adventure to Toronto. I usually prefer my Pan Ams in  spicier locales, such as Rio and Guadalajara; but…

All Spruced Up

Did you catch the great sport at Spruce Meadows last Saturday? Two thumbs up to CBC for providing the live coverage that gave me a sneak peak at our Pan Am Show Jumping team. Not that I have any insider…

Immortalized in Plastic

When I opened the June issue of Horse Sport the other day, the very first item that caught my eye was the news that Breyer will be creating a Valegro model to be released early next year. I was immediately excited at the…

Jump, off

Here’s the biggest news of the past month that I’ll bet you never heard: Canada is out of the Furusiyya Nations Cup final in Barcelona, thanks to the sudden, eleventh hour cancellation of the qualifier at Spruce Meadows that was…

Dear Peter Holler: we invite you to stay home

Mr. Holler, allow me to use your own language to express my feelings: you are widerwärtig. You were invited to be a member of the ground jury at the 2015 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, and in return for a…

Good Lord!

Over the past couple of years, I have hammered on pretty annoyingly (to some) about the highly dubious objectivity of the FEI’s repeated use of Lord John Stevens and his company Quest in its investigations into various and sundry scandalous…

Leaving Las Vegas

Just a quick post – the internet is not holding up to the enormous media traffic of tweeters, Facebook posters and bloggers like me, so I’ll just say I’m so glad I was able to get to these last two…

It’s Happening Vegas-style

 There are jumps in there somewhere Yesterday I had a brief chat with a German journalist who betrayed just a hint of derision at the style of delivery here in Vegas. ‘This is Vegas’, I said to him. ‘Yes, it…



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