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The Dressage Freestyle is waiting on my DVR because I spent the past several days driving more than the map positioning would suggest to Saratoga Springs, NY, for a clinic at a racehorse trainer's barn on the backside of the track. (BTW, congratulations, Charlotte and Blueberry, if you're reading!) Granted, what I say is what we American southerners call "preaching to the choir," but no one ever goes into detail about how physically involved our sport really is. http://thehorseyset.net/2016/08/how-equestrians-are-athletic/

How Equestrians Are Athletic

Yeah, we hear it all the time. "The horse does all the work." Or, "The rider's just sitting there." And don't get me started on what I've seen on Twitter. C'mon. You know The Great Ones at anything make what they do look easy, right?

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

The New Yorker magazine had a profile of Charlotte Dujardin and Vallegro: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/08/charlotte-dujardin-dominates-dressage

The Duo That Dominates Dressage

The Duo That Dominates Dressage

The piaffe is probably the most demanding and exquisite movement in the Olympic sport of dressage. A horse in piaffe defies what horses otherwise do. Instead of going anywhere, it jogs on the spot, three-quarters of a ton of moving muscle, feet rising and...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

One reason why I've been blogging less lately is to focus more on writing fiction. I'm stoked to have recently received good news on the fiction front: http://thehorseyset.net/2016/05/great-news/

Great news!

Great news!

Why is there a picture of a donkey on this blog right after Preakness '16? Because I have good news that's donkey-related, regarding - drum roll, please - my fiction debut! My short story "On Like Donkey Kong" was accepted for the upcoming Sisters in Crim...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

Thriller novelist, writer pal and equestrian Sasscer Hill talks about her new series, a new novella with a beloved character, and her new life in this interview with novelist Marcia Talley. http://femmesfatales.typepad.com/my_weblog/2016/05/checking-in-with-an-old-friend-sasscer-hill.html

Checking in with an old friend, Sasscer Hill

Checking in with an old friend, Sasscer Hill

Until her move to Aiken, SC, Sasscer Hill lived just south of me on a Maryland horse farm that had been in her family since the eighteenth century. We were in the same writers critique group, so I had the pleasure of reading all of Sasscer's Nikki Latrell...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

One aspect of blogging and owning your own domain, site, etc., is the occasional tech issue. (Cue: silent scream) I just moved all my websites, with help from a tech support friend, to a new web host. Allow me to tell you - it's not as simple as a push of the button. Anyway, to ease the pain, I added a tidbit from a visit to a local equine trade show. Enjoy! :) http://thehorseyset.net/2015/11/were-back-2/

We're back!

We're back!

Yes, we're back. We moved from one web host to another. With any luck, you'll never notice, except, of course, I blabbed. A heartfelt "thank you" to Denise Alicea of Moons Stardust Designs who did a lot of the digital heavy lifting. Anyway, I bet you're w...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

My friend Sasscer Hill tells about her journey from thoroughbred breeder to, well, new author with a major New York publisher (St. Martin's Minotaur.). She has her rights back to the first three Nikki Latrelle jockey stories, so you can check them out on Amazon UK. http://sasscerhill.blogspot.com/2015/09/one-authors-journey-to-new-york.html

SASSCER HILL

SASSCER HILL

Like many of my writer friends, the road I have traveled so far in the quest for a "big" publisher has been long and hard. In 1994, I finished my first book, a novel of romantic suspense. I landed an agent with the manuscript. He sent it out to six major ...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

Author KB Inglee and I had some fun with a horse-related episode of a TV show.
http://thehorseyset.net/13696/horsing-around-with-the-transporter/

Horsing around with

Horsing around with "The Transporter"

Author, equestrian, and long-time Horsey Set reader K.B. Inglee and I will be talking about a horse-related episode of the TV series "The Transporter." The show is about high-end, specialty courier Frank Martin who has Special Forces skills and a crack su...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

I had every intention of linking my blog post about Creator, the UK bred champion in France who lived out his days at Kentucky's Old Friends. I may yet. But here's what was posted on the Old Friends Kentucky blog: That may mean more to you friends across the pond. https://oldfriendsblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/march-4-2015/

March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015

For three days I've waited for the words for a fitting tribute to Creator. They haven't come. No words can begin to describe him, or the loss of him. Few who saw Creator at Old Friends saw him race, but in the summer of 1990 he was the best horse running ...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

Equestrian romance author Hannah Hooton stopped by The Horsey Set Net to talk about the Cheltenham Gold Cup, working in Australia, and Jilly Cooper novels. Come join in on the fun. http://thehorseyset.net/13580/four-in-hand-author-hannah-hooton/

Four In Hand: Author Hannah Hooton

Four In Hand: Author Hannah Hooton

Meet Four In Hand "driver" Hannah Hooton, a multiple award-winning author and screenwriter based in UK. Back in the day, Hannah traveled around Australia, roaming from one racing stable to another as a strapper, taking care of racehorses like what we Amer...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

At this year's Massachusetts (US) Equine Affaire trade show, I picked up a hot tip.
http://thehorseyset.net/13512/lodging-for-breeders-cup-2015-in-lexington-will-be-hot/

A Perfect Storm for #BC15 Lodging | The Horsey Set Net

A Perfect Storm for #BC15 Lodging | The Horsey Set Net

Resurfacing to give you a heads-up. As usual, I spent some time at the Massachusetts Equine Affaire. You'll see more about that in upcoming posts, perhaps spread across the winter to ease the malaise from all the cold and ice.

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

Dish some dirt with mystery author and former organic farmer Edith Maxwell, who tells us why horse manure makes the best compost. http://thehorseyset.net/13200/waste-not-want-not-author-edith-maxwell/

Waste Not, Want Not: Author Edith Maxwell

Waste Not, Want Not: Author Edith Maxwell

Mystery author Edith Maxwell knows a lot about dirt, especially the stuff that grows plants. What did you think we were talking about? Granted, Edith - who learned to drive in the parking lot at the Santa Anita Racecourse - may know some "good dirt," too,...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

Do you guys watch The Dubai World Cup on BBC? This year's the first time American TV has covered this big race. Readers over on The Horsey Set like to know where and when they can watch the big races on TV, so I listed a few ways to watch DWC2014. Besides, you won't believe that race promo! :) http://thehorseyset.net/13143/2014-dubai-world-cup-on-american-tv/

2014 Dubai World Cup on American TV?

2014 Dubai World Cup on American TV?

Hold on to your hats. You've never seen a horse race promo like this one: Come on, US race fans and horse lovers, you know you're dying to see coverage of this one on American TV. We can watch the 2014 Dubai World Cup on Sunday, March 29 from 1 to 2:30 pm...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

Although the film's going into limited release even here in the states, it'll cross the pond eventually. 50-to-1 is about Mine That Bird, the longshot horse who won the2009 Kentucky Derby for his New Mexico cowboy owners. In the blog post, I explore the cast and crew's equestrian connections. BTW, jockey Calvin Borel portrays himself. (I know! Who else could, right? ;) ) http://thehorseyset.net/13102/50-to-1-new-movie-about-the-cowboy-connections-of-mine-that-bird/

50 to 1: New movie about the cowboy connections of Mine That Bird

50 to 1: New movie about the cowboy connections of Mine That Bird

At Churchill Downs in 2009, jockey Calvin Borel pointed his famous-in-Canada gelding at gap near the rail. Mine That Bird dove for it, knifing between the rail and a pack of favorites to win the Kentucky Derby at 50 - 1. Their story will be seen in the mo...

Rhonda Lane
Rhonda Lane

Uh oh. Not sure which came first, but I flubbed a dismount Sunday - even worse than my usual clumsy departure - then a muscle in my lower back started spasming. It's not as bad as it was, but I keep injuring it. I've been using heat and now I'm wondering if - gasp! - maybe I shouldn't ride Sunday. Thoughts?