The Idea of Order: Waiving Jackets at a Dressage Show

Which is worse: heatstroke or looking like a marshmallow?

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So I am not a fan of heatstroke. I also am not a fan of wearing formal wear when I go to the gym. But at a horse show I have to admit to being somewhat reluctant about going without my jacket even when doing so means being more comfortable and likely riding a bit better. Not that I’m a horrible shape for a human to be, but I’m not one of the blessed few who can pull off head to toe white and not look lumpy, bumpy and grimy. Hence this week’s comic…


Go Riding!  Tally-Ho Mr. Stay-Puft!

Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 31-year-old teacher/artist/dressage trainer/show announcer/ who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. A native Floridian, she now lives in Reno, NV, where she’s been able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. She was recently able to complete her USDF bronze and silver medals and is currently working on her gold. Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, a gawky 4-year-old Dutch gelding, and Stormy, her friend’s nearly all white paint gelding with a penchant for finding every mud hole and pee spot in existence. Visit her website at

photo by Tamara Torti

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