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Getting it Right (Inaugural Ball, Pt. Six)


So is it snobbish* to want people to truly understand and wear correct black tie?  They don’t do it because it costs too much?  It’s too much trouble?  They just don’t know, partly because the salesmen don’t know diddly squat … Continue reading

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The Ball (Inaugural Ball, Pt. Four)


The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is very large.  It has three stories and six rooms.  The two balls, the Commander in Chief Ball and the Inaugural Ball were both in the same building at roughly the same time.  The … Continue reading

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Logistics (Inaugural Ball, Pt. Three)


To get to the ball, we hired a driver whom we’ve hired in the past.  He would drive us down, wait around for us, and take us home.  We weren’t sure about how bad the traffic might be caused by … Continue reading

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Black Tie – What Does That Mean, Really? (Inaugural Ball, Pt. Two)


In the meantime, I started researching black tie and what that actually meant.  I had an inkling, but no real facts.  I found this site:  http://www.blacktieguide.com.  Thus began my detailed education on “black tie”.  For instance, black tie is often … Continue reading

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Playing with Weight Aids


     Many riders talk about using weight aids to cue the horse as to what to do next – bend, turn, stop, etc. As a Pilates instructor, I prefer to talk about body language. There are two reasons for … Continue reading

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Dust Angels?

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This exercise helps loosen the shoulder joints, but it’s really a core stability exercise.  We move the arms and legs around to challenge the stability of the core. Start by lying down on the floor on your back with your … Continue reading

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What Can Pilates Do For Your Riding Injuries?


I was riding my daughter’s 20 year-old Arab at a walk on a loose rein in our arena when he spooked, spun left, and bolted, leaving me hanging in the air. Do you remember way, way back when EQUUS magazine … Continue reading

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