The Idea of Order: Winter as…

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Winter seems to bring out all sorts of things in people…some are excited by the clean, freshness that seems to come with newly fallen snow. These people are joyous at what they perceive to be new beginnings and boundless possibilities.

I am not those people.

Winter brings out nothing but acute desperation, irritability and the continual threat to move back to Florida.

Go Riding!

Morgane Schmidt is a 36-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 9-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