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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
I live a full life with my horse, my writing and my art.

First riding lesson: on a Welsh pony named Welshman at a small riding school called Frithmanor Stables in North Finchley, London, England, by an old English military man named John. He was wearing one of those old brown barn coats and a tweed cap. I was nine years old.
First fall: off a large four-year-old liver chestnut mare named Kimberly who decided she didn't want to be lead horse in a change of direction across the diagonal at trot. She bucked like a bronco and dumped me big time at 'X." I'd only been riding a year. First four-foot jump: at a stable in north London (England) riding a former David Broome mount named "Fleur," during a stride counting exercise. I was 18, I think, and it was a thrill of a life time.
First exposure to dressage/classical riding: Photos in a horse book of the Spanish Riding School.
First horse: Thirty-five years after my first riding lesson and many, many schoolies later, I finally became a horse mom. March 17, 2005, Lloyd and I purchased a four-year-old German-bred Hanoverian named Shakespeare (lovingly referred to as "Bear.") I could not have asked for a better first horse. He was definitely worth the wait. I have dressage dreams; he has dreams of eating carrots all day!

Apart from all of that ... I am an EC certified level 1 coach (1997); Bronze level certified trainer in Chris Irwin's methods (2005); Past President of Toronto CADORA (2007-2010), and recipient of an Ontario Equestrian Federation 2008 "People Who Make A Difference" Award.

Past member of Toastmasters International (Towns of York and Northern Lights Advanced Club) and to date have achieved my Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) and Competent Leader (CL) designations.

Also, runner-up in an international travel writing contest sponsored by British heritage magazine ... REALM. (2010)

When I'm not horsing around I write, create veil paintings, spend time with my dogs and travel. In 2009 I embarked on the journey of Karate and recently achieved my Green belt.
Do you have any pets?
One horse, two collie dogs and two kitty kats

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The Christmas Pony



In Beth’s dreams a pony white

Would dance and frolic through the night.

By day into her mind he’d trot

A fancy, floating, fleeting thought.

Sometimes upon his back she’d ride;

Sometimes behind a veil hide

And simply watch him prance and play.

He would be hers, she knew, one day.…


Posted on December 24, 2010 at 8:46am

Horse Book Review: Women Riders Who Could ... and Did: Life Stories of Top Level Equestriennes by Karma Kitaj

Women Riders Who Could ... And Did: Life Stores of Top Level Equestriennes

Karma Kitaj Publisher: Huckle Hill Press 2010

" ... It's a worthwhile book for young riders who aspire to be professionals. ..."

Cindy Sydnor, Long-listed for the U.S. Olympic Team, Dressage instructor, "R" dressage judge, USDF Examiner for Certification Program


It may seem odd to start an independent…


Posted on October 27, 2010 at 1:30pm

I did it again ...

... I tried to share with non-horsey people the elation and overwhelming sense of "being" I felt after an "Aha!" moment with my horse.

Picture this ... it's my once-a-quarter dressage lesson with Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell at her beautiful Oakcrest Farms. The second of a long series of thunderstorms looms on the horizon as I enter the magnificent arena to start warming up for our 45-minute lesson. As the lesson begins, a rumble of thunder introduces the stormy symphony…


Posted on May 11, 2009 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Shakespeare in love ...

Lest anyone think that Valentine's Day is going to pass us by without a jaunty love missive from one Shakespeare the Equine, let me not disappoint you but offer, herewith, his ode to one fair filly who lives down the aisle ... Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Fair Damsel

To Fergie

Is it thine amorous eye

That seizes mine awareness,

Or the wistful yearning of thy

Tender whispers in mine attentive ear?

I know not save the craving…


Posted on February 14, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Season's Greetings

It's a snowy Boxing Day in Aurora, Ontario. Having no respect for time and a head full of cold symptoms, I managed to pull myself out of bed around 10:30 a.m. and have been able to simply enjoy the experience of being -- such a rare occurence lately with all the hustle and bustle of the past few months. My spirits were warmed as I ate my granola and fruit breakfast and read the report in today's Globe and Mail (front page too!) of the successful efforts of a group of people in McBride,…


Posted on December 26, 2008 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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At 7:12pm on April 18, 2023, Erica Woodward said…

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At 7:41pm on November 22, 2011, Gary Glaser said…


 I came across your page , and wanted to introduce myself and my hobby.

My name is Gary Glaser and I am the mounted commander of the 9th New York Cavalry and live in Binbrook, not to far from you . I belong to a group of equine enthusiasts that enjoy living historians and American civil war, we are the 9th NY cavalry.

The Ninth New York Cavalry has been reactivated by ain the portrayal of the life of the Federal Horse Soldier. As a group, we participate in living history encampments, re-enactments, and giving informative lectures throughout the year in both Ontario and the U.S.

Visit use on the web at .

If you have any interest in becoming involved in our group or just get together for a ride , do not hesitate to contact me at .

We are not a stable and are not associated with any stable.

Thank You

Gary Glaser

At 7:46am on November 20, 2010, Dorothy McDonall said…
My last official event as Toronto CADORA president takes places this evening ... the Hall of Fame banquet honouring Walter Zettl and Elizabeth Robinson. What a way to go out!

I've had a blast; learned a lot and met a lot of great people. Volunteer where you can, folks. It's very rewarding and our sport depends on it ...
At 9:31am on June 16, 2010, Frank de Greef said…
There is one publisher - Rozhanitsa in Kampen - very interested in publishing the translation, but I don’t know what their plans are yet. They have very recently published the new book by Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, and they are working on the translation of Kathy Pike's new book Hope from the heart of horses, so maybe they want to wait a couple of months. I expect to hear from them this week. Tell your girlfriend in Den Bosch to check out the website of Rozhanitsa regularly:

At 6:29am on June 16, 2010, Frank de Greef said…
Thanks! In Dutch BTW is a very common, well-known abbreviation, it stands for "Belasting Toegevoegde Waarde," which roughly means Augmented Value Tax.
Is it usual to end an email with Cheerz!? I got emails from Chris Irwin that also ended with Cheerz, but I thought it meant he was drinking (alcohol) and wished I did the same…

Den Bosch is, indeed, a great (little) city!

At 10:16am on June 15, 2010, Frank de Greef said…
Hi Dorothy,

Yes, it was quite a task, translating Chris Irwin's "Dark Horse."

Who is BTW - who visited the city of 's-Hertogenbosch in Holland?

At 9:41pm on April 27, 2010, Steve said…
Thanks for the reponse Dorothy.
Yes I know Ennismoor as I had contacted them during my research for buying my dog. Nice photos of Sass and Abbey. Elegent looking girls. I know about the herding instinct of some of the herding dogs as I have an 11 year old sheltie named Otto ( I used to jog with him) who used to herd me and my kids at the cottage when they were all younger. Otto grew out of the herding stuff as I used to correct him. I'm still debating on which colour to choose as Irene, the breeder, is breeding two more litters later this spring which will most likely result in Merles and Mahogony sables. I like them all so I will most likely go for the best tempered puppy. I'm looking forward to it though I hope I'll be all right with such a big dog as I have always had smaller breeds but I love this breed. I knew of Cornerstone from years back when I was considering a collie but was reminded about them again the second time, last year, by seeing a beautiful Collie I saw down at that big Toronto dog fest thing they have downtown every year where the streets are closed off ...I forget the name of the event...anyways this lady had a most beautiful Blue collie named Neut and she told me that Irene Snow was the breeder so I contacted her again, but this time I gave her a deposit. I expect to get 2nd choice after Irene sometime later this summer! I see that you have bred Sass. Do you plan more Dorothy?
Thanks for your response Dorothy.
Talk to you later.
At 10:31pm on April 24, 2010, Steve said…
Hi Dorothy: my name is Stephen Sharf. I am Barbara Foglers cousin and we were just out for dinner together and Barb had mentioned your collies. I have a sheltie who is 11 and I have just ordered a collie that will be delivered later this summer from a litter at Cornerstone collies (Irene Snow) Do you know of them and how do you like your collies? Let me know.
At 7:53am on April 19, 2010, Alison Plumbtree said…
Thanks for the nice welcome! Driving is a lot of should give it a try if you get the chance!
At 6:22pm on April 18, 2010, Holly Anne Thompson said…

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