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My blog started in August 2005 to chronicle my progress in training "A First Romance" (a.k.a. Solo) into a world class eventing horse. Born in 2002, as a 10-year old, Solo is close to competing in the four-star division. He's fabulous XC, but does still tend to voice his opinion during dressage... never a dull moment.

Solo's ridden by my daughter, Selena, who competed at her first Olympics in 2008 and the WEG in 2010 with Colombo. Selena also rides several different horses including Pan Am Silver medals, “Foxwood High” out of our home base, Balsam Hall in Kingston, Ontario.

This blog chronicles both our adventures as we continue to train eventing horses. Occasionally, Selena will make an entry on her progress at competitions particularly on the lead up to major events. Please feel free to ask questions or send comments.


Anne Marie Duarte here, reporting for Team O’Hanlon. After a long search I am so excited to say that we have a new horse trailer! We have been lucky enough to borrow a trailer from Arthur Tateishi for most of read more

Return from Rolex

Well, we’re back from a whirlwind of a winter season and Rolex. Anne Marie had been home at Balsam Hall since The Fork before returning to Rolex, but I have not been home since January 14th. This year has been read more

Selena reports in from the Road to Rio

After lots of traveling we arrived safely in Ocala Florida at Clayton’s beautiful farm. Huge thanks to my teammate Colleen for shipping Woody down. He enjoyed traveling with his buddy Quorry. Thanks to Anne Marie for looking after him along read more

Bring it on…

So finally we are allowed to say publicly that Selena and Woody have been picked to represent Canada in Rio. WHOOPEE!!! It has been a stressful build up to the announcement and I hope that all the drama that has read more

Nations Cup stress….

It’s all over bar the prize giving ceremony.  I watched the dressage and he was fabulous for about half the test then got a bit on his forehand after the right turn on the haunches and then he got a read more

Made it to Great Meadows for the Nations Cup

This was from Anne Marie early this morning Great meadows starts today with the jog at 3pm this afternoon. I’ve been to great meadows once before in its inaugural year when it was our last run before WEG 2014. It read more

Here today, gone tomorrow

I love Summer.  I love it when it’s hot and sunny every day and your hat gets soggy after your first horse LOL.  Selena does not have this problem, she got a fabulous new hat from Charles Owen that has read more

The days are flying by so fast

Everything seems to have gone into overdrive.  The activity level at the farm is in it’s usual runaway train mode.  People say to me, why don’t I take a few days off ….they have NO idea.  I am not complaining read more

The Elephant in the Corner

So theoretically the Olympic Eventing team was meant to be announced yesterday…but it wasn’t.  It’s stressful.  You try not to think about it or let it make any difference to the day but it’s the elephant in the corner. Friday read more

Selena’s Bromont Diary

Tuesday we arrived at Bromont and the weather was lovely. Tori, Anne Marie & I unloaded into the main barn and then took the horses for a quick walk and some grass before heading to the vets for “in barns”. read more

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