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On Grit and Goals

How to Figure Out What You Want By Laura Schonberg   It’s incredibly easy to be distracted from what we really want with our horses. I’ve spoken to dozens of riders about their equine journey and spent time with trainers across a wide array of disciplines. Those riders that get …

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Get Grit, Part 4

  Do You Have Grit? Answer These Questions and Find Out By Laura Schonberg   The gritty mindset combines the power of passion with perseverance. We know we can be distracted by talent, but if we remember that our effort counts twice, we (and our horses) can accomplish great things. I’ve …

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On Having Grit

Part 3: Effort Counts Twice By Laura Schonberg   Last month, we discussed Dr. Angela Duckworth’s research on how easily talent distracts us; if something seems to come naturally to someone or their horse, we may believe they don’t have to work very hard to be successful or outstanding in …

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On Having Grit

Part 2: Distracted by Talent? By Laura Schonberg   I’m guilty: at a riding lesson a couple of weeks ago, I was watching with girl-who-loves-everything-horse awe as one of my trainers was riding her well-bred warmblood in the arena. This horse doesn’t move––she floats. If I didn’t know any better, …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy

December 2016

Horsing with Denise Brock by Laura Schonberg   Denise Brock’s degree in Range and Wild Land Management may seem an unlikely background for her 25 years as a bookkeeper for food co-ops and artisan bakeries, but it lends itself well to her new phase in life. She is enlarging her …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Horsing With Kellie Tormey

After 30 years as a communications and external affairs director for corporate and non-profit agencies, Kellie Tormey knows a few things about sharing ideas and working with others. She is the mother of two and wife of a professional football coach. She has come full-circle in her horse journey as …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Horsing with Shanna Leeland

Horsing with Shanna Leeland by Laura Schonberg As an engineering project manager for a technology company, Shanna Leeland has become more creative than logical. Solving problems requires her to use the most creative parts of her brain in order to sustain a motivated team. Using the same strategies while horsing, …

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Over 40 and Horse Crazy – Horsing with Kate Peters

by Laura Schonberg   Working full-time as an administrative assistant for the Columbia County Commissioners, Kate Peters and her family forego traditional vacations or nights out to in order to spend time outdoors with their herd. Kate started riding as an adult and horsing brought grace and peace into her …

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