Meet Everyone’s New Favorite Team Member

10754197_10205166239053085_855736024_oThis is Sage—aka one of the best additions to our barn. She came to Carlisle last spring, and now that more “people” members have had a chance to ride her, she has become the new favorite. I say people because the horses we ride are members of our team too. Sometimes we forget this, which seems silly right? Without them, who would we practice on? Who would help make us better riders? And who would teach us responsibility?

Now, don’t get me wrong. We love all of the fabulous horses that we ride, but it’s hard not to develop one or two favorites over time. Sage is on the larger side, upwards of 16 hands (hands is the unit we measure horses in). To give you non-horse people out there a sense, one hand is about four inches. She’s a bay, meaning she’s dark brown with a black mane and tail—my personal favorite. Aside from being absolutely beautiful, she is a dream to ride. Continue reading

Cold Day Ends in Hot Performances

Show season is officially in the air—the very cold, and windy fall air to be exact. This past Sunday, the Dickinson Equestrian team competed at its first show of the season at Penn State University where the team placed second overall! This is a big deal. If I’m remembering correctly, I believe the last time this happened was in 2011, so kudos to Dickinson on this great achievement!

Team Members posing with our fabulous reserve ribbon and saddle pad. Photo courtesy of Katherine Acocella (junior).

Team Members posing with our fabulous reserve ribbon and saddle pad. Photo courtesy of Katherine Acocella (junior).

Let me start off by saying it was a miserably cold day—one that definitely went down in the books as the worst first-show weather ever. I mean, come on, it was only October 6th. The entire team was huddled in blankets and frantically running around looking for any extra layer they could find. It was that bad.

On a positive note, aside from our stellar performance as a team, we also had some great individual achievements. For the freshmen, this was their first show and they absolutely rocked it. Before I get into the specifics of names and places, let me explain how these shows work. Continue reading