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.

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…

The EC Bylaw Vote: What’s Really at Stake

When I received the February 10, 2015 Equine Canada announcement that my vote was being sought on new bylaws, my first thought was that I should attempt to understand what impact these bylaws would have on me individually. When I…

Boning up on Bylaws

I’m going to be spending the next couple of days working on an online article to be published later next week on Horse-Canada.com (don’t worry, I’ll be sure to put a link here on the blog as soon as it’s…

Chewed Up and Spat Out

No trip to Welly World is complete until you feel like the place has run you over like an Australian road train. It’s a kind of black magic, the way the place just demands every ounce of life out of…

Welly: Where It’s At

The first time I came to Welly World I thought the place was bananas. But since it’s grown to become the centre of the known equestrian winter universe, those early days feel quaint in comparison. And now they have eventing…

Gonna Give it Some Welly

Here I sit in Toronto airport, red eyed and bushy tailed, half way to Welly World. There isn’t any quick and easy way to get from Vancouver diagonally across the continent to Florida; hence the dreaded overnight traverse. Wake me…

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…



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