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ICYMI: Dakota Dishes on High School Prom for Horse Show Kids

Many a youth on the horse show circuit these days have committed so much
to showing that we’ve opted for home schooling and online institutions
to make room for our busy travel schedules.  However, one of the
pitfalls of being a home schooler is missing out on many of the
associated school activities that other students take for granted.
Living the whole horse show lifestyle full-time is a personal choice,
but not one without sacrifice. For me…no football games, pep rallies,
homecoming, dating the quarterback (LOL), and of course the big one – NO


Go Shopping with Dakota: Top 10 Places to Shop at Congress

When trainer and fashionista, Dakota Diamond Griffith, goes to the Congress, she is all about the shopping. Well…and showing great horses! When packing her trailer and suitcase for the Congress, she makes sure to not pack quite enough to get her through the whole show. It’s a great excuse to go shopping. With two large […]


Congress Picture of the Day #9 with Dakota Diamond Griffith

Welcome from my hometown, Columbus, Ohio and the All American Quarter Horse Congress! Dakota Diamond here, checking back in at after a little absence while I got my professional feet on the ground as a trainer. Happy to be back sending you my “pictures of the day” from what may be all of our “favorite” horse show event!


Dakota Examines What Is Acceptable In Hunter Under Saddle Today

As a hunter under saddle exhibitor, I have noticed a lot of industry chatter questioning how our hunter under saddle horses are to be presented in the show pen. Trainers and exhibitors are asking for clarification on how the horses are judged. I talked to Executive Director of Judges Alex Ross, and trainers: Sandy Vaughn, Carla Wennberg, Brent Tincher, Dawn Baker, Charlie Cole, and Scott DeHelian.


Check One Off My Bucket List

Call me one of those crazy horse people, but even when I’m on vacation I miss my horses. (Come on, ya’ll know what I mean). Why is it that almost every conversation with friends, family or even strangers, turns to horses – even when you are in the middle of the Caribbean! Although I didn’t get to check the one off my list about winning that coveted “golden world show trophy,” I did check one item off recently in Jamaica that has been on my list since I was a little girl; riding in the ocean on horseback.


Historyrepeatsitself Quite Literally For Brian Cox

I can’t help but wonder when breeder Libby Trucco named the handsome
2009 colt, Historyrepeatsitself, that she had a premonition about his
already illustrious career. Sired by Libby’s stallion, Repeated in Red,
and out of a daughter of Dynamic Deluxe, “Abe’s” registered name had
tremendous significance for his trainer and rider, Brian Cox.


Goodbye Youth Career, Hello Future

After their final Youth World, Dakota Diamond Griffith and the class of 2011 are at a major crossroads in their lives. Dakota talked to Brooke Ingstad, Danielle Long, Nick Murphy, Theresa Moran, Christopher Luba, Katie Ralph and Lindsey McMullen, wanting to know what this class of 2011 has in store for their next chapter. They filled her in on how they’re dealing with moving on and what they have on the horizon.


Cowboy Honors Mom by Making It On American Idol

To honor Mother’s Day weekend, I thought this was a great feel good story to share with all my friends. My position at GHS
has afforded me many great opportunities, including memorable celebrity
interviews. With the finals of American Idol approaching, I thought
it would be a great time to feature one of the Idol contestant who may
not have finished first, but who sure had me at “Hello.”


Dakota Wants You to Win A Harley Davidson

Something about Harleys and horses just seems to fit. With many of the major trainers and owners enjoying a Harley as their “second ride”, you have to admit that the whole Harley raffle thing is soooo cool. Thanks to our friends and advertisers, Jim and Julie Brown, (owners of Finks Harley-Davidson in Zanesville, Ohio), the whole concept of the raffle has become a reality!


Homeschooling 101 For Horse Show Kids

When my parents first explored the idea of “home schooling” for me 10+ years ago, my mother took a lot of flak for the idea – mostly from my Dad! It stirred a family debate that created a huge crisis at the time. For any of you who know how “passionate” my parents are when they get something in their brains, magnify that times 1000 and that is what is was like in our home as the homeschooling debate brewed for nearly a year.