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Proper Turnout

I am fresh off of a horse show and want to address something near and dear to my heart: proper turnout.

George Morris once stated that "Every rider possesses, to his advantage or disadvantage, whichever the case, a figure for riding".  George goes on to note that weight does matter, but one must be strong and well turned out.  He explains that in equitation classes, "the total picture is being judged". When it comes to apparel, George Morris explains that "anybody can be clean and neat and dress well regardless of his financial position".  Coming from a family with a limited budget, I really like this quote.  Not everyone can afford all the new, trendy items, one can always dress well.
Jackets are the fundamental part of any show outfit.  I have struggled to find a perfect jacket that fits me.  Luckily, I finally have a few well-fitting jackets suitable for the Hunters or equitation classes.  George has noted that "there is nothing more detrimental t…

At-Home Student Studying

A big responsibility of living away from campus is finding the energy to study and work when at "home" and not at a library or study space.  It can be hard to draw the line between work and your personal life. Here are my tips to help you work more effectively at home!


I have spent a great deal of these past months auditing my time and making better use of it. In two classes, I had to audit my actions and review my inactions which were terrifying but eye-opening.  Start by prioritizing everything in your life each day using a list, spreadsheet or planner. By maintaining a short to do list, you won't sink into the "what to do" phase. I am very accomplishment-oriented so the pleasure of checking things off a list makes it all worthwhile - even vacuuming.  But seriously, do not make a monster list and end up losing to it. Keep your short list of prioritized tasks on hand each day and smile when it is all accomplished. 


Secondly, truly block off time that is dedicate…

IBH in Ecuador

One of the many perks of the Integrated Business and Humanities program is the second year trip to Ecuador. The trip is facilitated by the Me to We organization based out of Toronto and runs during the Fall reading week. As the inaugural class, we had the honour of being the first to experience the trip. It was meant as a fun and interactive way to gain cultural understanding and business struggles in the developing country as well as learn more about social enterprises such as Me to We. (A side note, you can check out this article to learn more about the trip's preparations!)


Without any hesitation, I think the whole class would say that the trip was a fun bonding experience for all of us. As a smaller class, we are always with one another in classes and assignments - but this was living with each other! As expected, we got along perfectly and all had a great time getting to better know one another while learning outside of the typical classroom setting.

The trip was from the 5th…

Perfectionism versus Excellence

On January 26th, the Harvard Business Review posted a brilliant article regarding the rise of perfectionism in my age group. It comes as no surprise (even though it should) that my generation has record high mental disorders. Most people hold extremely high standards for their performance, work, appearance and anything else that can be judged.  It comes as no surprise that my generation has a fear of not being perfect. 
But the horrible secret is that perfection is impossible.  We discussed the anxiety and mental problems that can arise with this quest in a class last year. We discussed how each person has different factors that shape how they act and manage activities. One of these factors and potentially the most hardwired one was perfectionism. We looked at how that one factor altered other factors (achievement needs, need to be liked and avoidance were huge complimentary factors), and the results were direct and frightening. 
In the horse world, the running joke is that perfectionis…

What is O.C.E.A.?

When I decided to go to university, I realized that anything farther than an hour from home would make riding at SJD difficult for the next four years. Luckily, I came across a not to small association titled the Ontario Collegiate Equestrian Association. The O.C.E.A.was officially founded in 2007 as a way for students to continue riding and showing though university, but without the hefty time and money commitments. It has now grown to be an association including 19 schools across three zones.


Similar to America's Intercollegiate Horse Show Associate the O.C.E.A. offers hunter equitation classes under saddle and over fences.   The true test is for riders to compete on generously donated horses that they have not previously ridden. 

As a result, there is a level for every level of rider: Beginner (18”), Novice (2’3”), Intermediate (2’6”) and Open (3’0”).  You division is based on previous experience that you showed at.  This year I am happy to be competing on the Open team with a g…

The New EQonomics

EQonomics has taken a backseat in my life the past few months with show season, work and then my first year of University. I am thrilled to return to writing and sharing but have elected to change things up a bit. First, let me get you caught up!
For those of you who do not follow me on social media, I have now started in my second year at McMaster University in Hamilton. I am lucky enough to be one of the 50 selected students in the inaugural Integrated Business and Humanities program. Like the name implies, it offers a balance of commerce classes and humanities classes to help shape us over the next four years - with wonderful opportunities throughout the program!
This is the first year of the program being offered at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario). The simple concept of the program is that by adding humanities courses to a business program, it can help build better business leaders who have critical thinking and communication skills, as well as strong cultural perspective an…