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.

Puppet Regime

If anyone out there is genuinely surprised that Ingmar De V. has been elected FEI Prez, please raise your hand. No one? I didn’t think so. I mean, really. There could have been no other outcome. As I read the

Auld Lang Sigh

Good BYE 2014. Don’t let the door hit your backside on the way out. I grudgingly invite you to rest in peace. Certainly you left me in pieces. What a year that was. And it just didn’t let up right

Hamdan: The Unauthorized Announcement

You know that genre of non-fiction known as the unauthorized biography? As I stared at last week’s FEI announcement (which was released with a smirk and the sound of hands dusting each other off), in which it was explained why

A Photo Correction, with Apologies to Mr. Genecand

After I posted my ‘meet the candidates’ blog yesterday, it was brought to my attention that the photo of Pierre Genecand (which I suggested would have been superior if it had a horse in it) had been cropped to fit

First Gear…

In the interests of becoming interested once more in the equestrian political machine, I spent a few minutes making a reading dent in the long but very revealing ’10 Questions for the FEI Presidential Candidates’ posted on today. ┬áIn

My Own Personal Wonder Woman

You may have been wondering where I’ve got to these past weeks. The posts have been few, and the humour laboured, if there at all. I’m afraid I’ve had all too good an excuse: my mother Elizabeth (known to most

Keeping up with the Gateses

My Google alerts have been liberally peppered lately with news items about someone not generally known for having scurf under his finger nails: Bill Gates. First it was about the $40,000 (and counting) in fines he’s racked up with an

A Final BOW, A Final WOW

One of the reasons I have so enjoyed the equestrian writing these past dozen years has been the opportunity to travel. I am a self-confessed travel addict, the bug having bitten hard when I was a teen – probably even

We Interrupt our WEG Rants…

…to share the exciting news that Canada has finished SECOND in the Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup final in Barcelona! Go Canada! Go Tiffany! Go Ben! Go Yann! And go Captain Lamazing! Zigali had me feeling the fear during his round

BOW WOW Part 2

We’ve had a WOW so now it’s time for a BOW. While it was hard to pick a WOW out of the dense pile last week, my number one BOW is easy to identify: the horses of course! In some