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.

K-Rob’s Freestyle Opinionations

I’m going to do this in chronological order, so that if you watched (or are watching archived FEI TV footage) my comments follow the same order. I did miss Parzival. I had to get a friend to a train and


Holy Moses that was a day not to miss. It’s too late in the evening now and I’m almost cross eyed from so many early mornings, but I’ll be back with my usual blow by blow of freestyles by the

Three Cheers for Lauren!

I’ve had a feeling for months that this was going to be the year that Off To Paris would come into her own and carry Lauren Barwick back onto the podium. I’m delighted to report that I was right. Lauren

Turn it Down!

Someone PLEASE turn down the music in here. The background music they normally play during dressage to cancel out random noise that bothers the horse, and to lull the borderline interested into a light snooze, is being played at near

Happy Birthday Belinda!

What a way to spend your birthday, posting a personal best, and at the World Championships no less. I think Belinda was the first rider of the morning to improve on her GP score. Everyone before her had failed to

The Sin Bin

I was rattling off a list of judging sins that I’ve witnessed today to my colleague and pal Pamela Young, and she cleverly dubbed my rant the Sin Bin. So here are a few judging sins I’ve observed today, in

In With a Bang

What a way to start day two of team dressage, with the amazing Isabell and her beautiful Bella Rose. It’s another world from yesterday to watch the likes of Isabell. Worth getting up at 5:30 am for, without a doubt.

When it Rains it Pours

I think David Marcus needs a nickname, and I’m voting for Rainmaker. In a spooky repeat of London 2012, the skies opened up with renewed fury just as he was about to begin his test this afternoon. But if David

Grey Skies and Empty Seats

Greetings from day one of the team GP in Normandy, where the sky is crying on the ring but thankfully not in the stands, which are covered.  Not that there are too many heads that need to be kept dry

Le Blast Off

Well, here we are after four years of hype and circumstance, finally watching the French put their best hosting foot forward at the 2014 WEG, aka the world’s biggest horse show. We are an hour into the opening ceremonies and