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.

Chateau Hound

We are one week into our trip and Chorizo is happy to report he has visited almost enough chateaus to at least temporarily satisfy his culture-vulture needs. So far his hands down favourite is one called Serrant. France is one…

Enough, déjà !

How appropriate to be posting my last blog before departing for France this afternoon, and to feel the powerful urge to use a French expression (or part of it, anyway) in my title for today. My sensation of déjà vu takes…

Dirty Laundry List

Well, if there was ever any doubt about the extent of the UAE’s reprehensible behaviour in Endurance racing (and there wasn’t as far as I’m concerned), the FEI’s press release of last week certainly wipes it out. Nothing like a list…

Fade Out

What a lackluster finale to the Pan Am Games equestrian events, especially after the tremendous excitement when Canada won Show Jumping gold. As someone pointed out, there’s just a bit of irony in the fact that the Show Jumpers were…

Dream Team, Real Gold

Wasn’t that just the best yesterday!?!? After the first round I was genuinely worried that our Canadian show jumpers wouldn’t win gold or silver, and consequently wouldn’t get a Rio team spot. Ah, me of little faith. Of course they…

PAG-ed Out

Apologies for not posting yesterday, but the return home has brought out the fatigue in me. I spent a good part of the middle of yesterday hitting ‘refresh’ on the TO2015 website  during the Eventing show jumping, effectively following the competition via…

Easy Peasy

Did I say the cross country looked easy? I take it back. I was wrong. It wasn’t easy. It was ridiculously easy. All four US and all four Brazilian horses went clear and inside the optimum time. Three out of four…

A Soggy Walk

I have just dried out following my tour of the Pan Am cross country course at Will O’ Wind Farm. I actually didn’t mind the rain that much. I had the course almost entirely to myself. Which turned out to be…

Post-mortem: Pan Am Dressage

I do think the term ‘post-mortem’ is especially appropriate, given all the things that have fallen short at the Pan Am Games equestrian so far. Before I make a few comments on the judging (because I know you dressage score…

Hacker Alert!

I’ll be posting my dressage recap tomorrow, because I have to do some driving right now and need to get on the road. But if you want to see the work of my anonymous hacker, you would be well advised to go…



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