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Schooling Rings Are Just Like House Parties (Hear Me Out)

Horse show schooling rings tend to inspire a wide array of feelings, but mostly, they inspire dread. Walking my horse up to the in-gate, nervously contemplating my admittance into that swirling, six-lane autobahn of wringing tails and tremulous hoof beats, I’m reminded of yet another uncomfortable sensation: the feeling of walking into a party for the first time.

Parties, like schooling rings, come in a variety of shapes and sizes — and in varying degrees of harmony or mayhem. Heading up the drive, wine bottle in hand, preparing to knock on the door and ushered into the unknown is its own kind of trial by fire. Much like the schooling ring, your experience is likely to go one of three ways.

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Article written by: Nina Fedrizzi

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