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.

What happens in Vegas…

…is going on this blog! That’s right folks, I’m Sin City-bound for the World Cup Finals this week. For those of you who can’t be here, I’ll do my best to bring you all the observations and opinionations you won’t find…

Off Grid Easter

I’m heading off for a little Easter break to do some overdue deep breathing of fresh air where the only sound is that of the noisy, silly flickers who are desperate for love.  The post I had planned to write this week…

Bye Laws

Well that’s that. In a wholly predictable, anyone-could-have-called-it manner, EC’s bylaws have fallen flat on their face. Again.  It couldn’t be said they were voted down by a landslide. You can’t call a few pebbles a landslide.  If all 1654…

Untied Arab Emirates

Well now we know why HRH decided not to run for that third term. I applaud her decision to ‘get off the pot’ so that a heavy hand could be applied to the NF of the family she married into….

Happy Johnny Appleseed Day

Feeling a bit uninspired about a title for today’s post, I looked up what meaning March 11th might have out there in the wider world.  It’s one of the less distinguished dates on the calendar, unless of course it happens…

(Middle) East Bound and Down Part 2 – Doha Wrap-Up

Insomnia & Islamic Treasures I suppose ‘insomnia’ is not really the correct word. It implies one is unable to fall asleep or stay asleep for no particular reason. I think ‘sleep deprivation’ is more accurate. The cause of my exhaustion…

One Wedding and a Funeral

You know that saying about there being no such thing as bad publicity? I’m not at all convinced of the verity of that claim, but I can tell you one thing that I know for absolute certain: that there IS…

(Middle) East Bound and Down Part 2: From the Inspirational to the Questionable

I am embarrassed to admit that although I have watched para-dressage online, I have never actually seen it in person. Here at the CHI Al Shaqab (where international para-dressage is making its Asian debut) I was struck by several things:…

(Middle) East Bound and Down

Susan Stafford-Pooley, Horse Sport magazine’s managing editor, reports from CHI Al Shaqab in Qatar,  a unique six-day event of Jumping, Dressage, Para-Dressage, Endurance and Vaulting: And so begins the saga of my second trip to Qatar for the CHI Al Shaqab show… Thanks to a mammoth…

Shut Up and Vote

Wake up people! It’s D-Day. Today is your last chance to register to vote on the EC Bylaws, and Thursday the 26th (yes, that’s the day after  tomorrow) the last day to actually cast your vote. I voted on Friday…



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