Author Archives: RHD Ainsley

Happy Tears – We’re Back in the Game!

Ainsley Jacobs and JJ Spot, Eventing at Chatt Hills

Stadium has always been so easy for us, but after the unexpected (and painful) fall at Poplar last weekend, it’s now my biggest source of anxiety. Fortunately, our next event was back at Chatt, where I felt comfortable and safe. It’s funny how I’ve gone from being the most freaked out about cross country and […]

The Hardest Part of Riding is the Ground


We’ve been on a roll lately where we’ve had more success than failures, and I was excited to get back to Poplar for another 3-phase. Poplar’s cross country course is a lot of fun – while the terrain is challenging, the jumps are inviting. I figured it would be an easy, confidence-boosting weekend… I was […]

Eventing is a Galloping Sport

Ainsley Jacobs and JJ Spot, Eventing at Chatt Hills

I’ve had a lot of ups and downs lately. We’ve had struggles and successes, but it’s been tricky to do anything regularly. I figure the more events we can go to, the more practice we’ll get, and we’ll start being more consistent. I’ve been talking to a few of my more-experienced eventer friends lately, and […]

A Muddy Birthday Weekend

Ainsley Jacobs and JJ Spot at Chatt Hills Eventing

We’ve been getting better and better each time out lately, so I was especially excited to celebrate my 31st birthday at an event with my awesome husband, wonderful team, and fantastic horse! It’s been a really wet Spring, and this weekend was no different. We tried to minimize Friday night’s cross country schooling session so […]

Race Horses, Eventing, and Slumber Parties

Ainsley Jacobs and JJ Spot at North Atlanta Equestrian

We’ve been eventing for a few months now, and slowly but steadily it’s getting easier. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself by saying that! For our next event, we went somewhere new – North Atlanta Equestrian. It was a little far from our barn, so we reserved some stalls and trailered up the day […]

Beginner Novice Success (Finally!)

Eventing at Poplar Place Farm

Our first two attempts at Beginner Novice eventing did not go as planned, so we stuck to the motto of “try, try again.” Eventually, I figured, the odds would work out in our favor and we’d manage to get through one of these things… It was a new year, and I decided that I was […]