The Idea of Order: Things to Be Thankful For…

…there are truly many.

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This year I find myself particularly moved by, and quite thankful for, the outpouring of love and support from across the United States for the victims of the Camp and Woosley Fires in California. I cannot begin to fathom the terror and heartbreak involved in those but I am deeply grateful to see people from all walks of life coming together to help one another. In a time where things seem so antagonistic and divisive, there’s comfort in seeing that sort of compassion.

Please do keep the victims as well as those offering their support in your thoughts this holiday season; it’s a long road ahead but it will be a smoother one if we continue to help one another.

Go Riding!

Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 35-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 now beastly 7-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 (c) Tamara with the Camera

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