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.

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…

World’s Best Pony Strikes Again!

I’ve just discovered the cure for a belly ache. Watch Valegro. Some of you know me as a somewhat cynical, even jaded observer of equestrian sport. It continues to surprise even me that every time I see Valegro perform all the hair…

WC Freestyles – half time reflections

Not having watched the GP, I’m seeing everyone for the first time today. And I have to say it’s some very impressive quality out there. All kinds of new talent too. Agnete from Denmark lit the place up early on with her…

An Ill Wind in Vegas

So I know there are at least a few of you out there who have been wondering what’s up with me and the lack of posts these past two days. I am sorry for the silence. Believe me, it wasn’t…

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…



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