Let’s face it, there really is no such thing as a perfect goodbye so we’ll just say it directly: after this post, I am going on an indefinite hiatus from Dappled Grey.
Without a doubt, it’s been quite a ride (pun intended)! When it launched 5 years ago, Dappled Grey broke new ground as the first online guide for the equestrian lifestyle. Now, there are all manner of equestrian style blogs and new magazines, many of whom are doing beautiful and inspiring things.
Dappled Grey has completely met and exceeded all the goals and expectations that I set forth at its outset and to you, loyal readers, I offer much gratitude for your support, trust, and encouragement. It has been surreal to connect with fans at all echelons of equestrian sport and industry and beyond fun to create something that readers truly loved and looked forward to – your messages telling me this have always been an absolute joy to read.
As I have said at every step along the way, the positive impact Dappled Grey has had on small, female-led equestrian startups is my most proud accomplishment. There are so many talented and creative horsewomen channeling their passions into successful businesses and you, ladies, are my tribe. It’s been a true pleasure to feature your brands on Dappled Grey.
If you’re a longtime reader, you might notice that Dappled Grey often referred to itself in the “we,” but, in reality, it has been just me. An online publication is a many-headed beast and wrangling it is a non-stop endeavor. During the same time that I developed Dappled Grey, I also backed and trained my beloved horse Fitch, purchased a small farm with my incredible partner Jeff, and, more personally, struggled to become a mother. We are now in the process of adopting, which, in itself, is quite a journey.
Now, the time has come to free up some of the bandwidth that goes into Dappled Grey and write some new chapters of my own story. I will continue to expand my freelance equestrian writing and contract work and am excited to contribute to great projects that aren’t sustained solely by my efforts.
Dappled Grey’s website and social media channels will remain in place and I encourage you to peruse the roughly 900 blog posts I’ve written since 2009. (Yikes!)
Thank you… and goodnight.
Image of Molly and Fitch by Cheval Photos