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My Word of the Year


by Lori Albrough on December 19th, 2012

A few years back I learned the Word of the Year concept.

The basic gist of the Word of the Year is, rather than coming up with the usual plethora of New Year’s resolutions for yourself (the sheer bulk of which can overwhelm you, fail to inspire you, and ultimately, make you feel like a failure) you pick one word to guide your year.

One word, one… single… word.


What the Geese Can Teach Us About Success

by Lori Albrough on October 17th, 2012

In my last article, I talked to Alice MacGillivray about how she went from horse newbie to successfully participating in riding a scored USDF Training Level test with her Fjord mare, Bocina. One factor that stood out for me in talking to Alice, was the role that the support and encouragement of her Gabriola Horse Group community played in helping Alice get to that point.

In today’s individual-oriented culture, it’s easy to look at someone’s accomplishment and marvel at what they were able to achieve. But the truth is, if you get a chance to take a look behind the scenes of that success, you will most often find a group of people.


Lessons Learned on the Path of Achievement

by Lori Albrough on October 3rd, 2012

Alice MacGillivray’s story is one that so many people can relate to. After riding a bit as a teenager, Alice’s love of horses and riding got set aside for other priorities: education, family/children, and career. Many years later, Alice’s horse dream came back to the forefront, and she prepared to move to the country and buy her first horse. Fascinated with the Fjord breed, Alice did extensive research, then took the plunge and purchased a nine year old Fjord mare, Bocina, from my Bluebird Lane farm. Around the same time, she started taking riding lessons, her first time back on a horse in decades.

Bocina arrived at Alice’s west coast island home in the spring of 2011, and Alice set about building a relationship with her, learning to become both a horseman and a rider. With dedication, the guidance of two coaches, and the support of the Gabriola Horse Group, Alice has progressed from beginner rider to achieving a huge milestone…


An Interview with Pan Am Medalist Tina Irwin

Tina Irwin riding Winston at the Pan Am Games 2011

by Lori Albrough on January 18th, 2012

I love to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of people who inspire me!

I’m guessing you’re probably a lot like me, and want to get better at riding and communicating with your horse, play a bigger game, and stretch out of your comfort zone. So, when I see someone who rides with correctness and sensitivity, and puts the best interest of the horse first, having big success on the world stage I think it lifts us all up!

Successes like these give us a model we can all learn from. That’s why I am so excited to share today’s podcast with you. In it, I interview Canadian dressage rider Tina Irwin.