You’ve Got to Believe It: Gymnastics With Kirsten Coe

You’ve Got to Believe It: Gymnastics With Kirsten Coe

“Believe it; you’ve got to believe it,” Kirsten Coe said to more than a few riders during the mounted gymnastic session held Jan. 20 during the USHJA Gold Star Clinic in Thermal, California. In what proved to be the most challenging part of the day’s exercises, Coe...

Your Comfort Zone Is Limiting Your Riding

Your Comfort Zone Is Limiting Your Riding

As the minutes spent in the saddle tick by, we all get trapped in repeating habits. What equestrians may not know about these repeating habits is that 1) they often don’t recognize them and 2) they shape what you can and can’t do. We become comfortable with these...

I Take Forever in the Cross Ties

I Take Forever in the Cross Ties

These days, I take forever in the cross ties—especially before my ride. I didn’t used to be this way. My horse always had to be body clipped in the winter, because I didn’t have time to scrape off mud or wait for them to dry. Every minute was precious. Maybe it’s...

10 Tips and Tricks for Being the Best Horse Show Groom You Can Be

10 Tips and Tricks for Being the Best Horse Show Groom You Can Be

Grooming gives you the opportunity to travel and experience shows that you might not get the opportunity to show at yourself. Think you have what it takes to groom at horse shows? Check out these 10 tips and tricks that help you along the way. Don’t be afraid if you...

Jeroen Dubbeldam’s 5 Tips to Become a Champion

Jeroen Dubbeldam’s 5 Tips to Become a Champion

Dutch show jumper Jeroen Dubbeldam has managed to win just about every championship title possible. He’s been an Olympic champion, world champion, and European champion, not to mention his many prestigious grand prix victories around the globe. I wanted to know,...

Thank You to our Stable Heroes!

Thank You to our Stable Heroes!

Nadia Aslam pays tribute to those behind-the-scenes stars who help to make our riding experiences so enjoyable... Many of us have a favourite rider, one we admire, and can’t help but watch with bated breath as they set foot into the competition arena. One we cheer on,...

3 Companies That Excel at Outfitting Equestrians of All Sizes

3 Companies That Excel at Outfitting Equestrians of All Sizes

Some things will always be consistent on the hunter/jumper circuit: fashion trends grab attention with innovative designs and intricate details, and life will throw a curveball to your plans.  Right now, a lot of trendy attire comes from Europe. Technical fabrics and...

The Madden Method – Grooming

The Madden Method – Grooming

Follow this link below to get some expert "Super Groom" tips on grooming! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA4jVkIETKw&fbclid=IwAR1av3o3JDIkhWkpCkEaV8p3-lro-Vq0emKqgHrmwi2kMqueEuy4wBiS1pU

Walk: The Queen of Gaits

Walk: The Queen of Gaits

Colonel Christian Carde shares this classical approach to training the horse Within France’s rich equestrian tradition, the walk has always deserved to be called the “queen of gaits” because of the benefits that both horse and rider can derive from this gait. The...

6 Over 60

6 Over 60

As a birthday milestone looms on the horizon like a noose from a gnarled tree, I look around our world for inspiration. Is there life after 60 or should I waddle off to a world of sedentary observation? For most, the arc of riding skill descends as we begin to age,...

30 Tack Rooms That May Be Nicer Than Your House

30 Tack Rooms That May Be Nicer Than Your House

Tack rooms. It’s where we throw our piles of tack and stacked up saddle pads that need washing. There’s usually a barn cat or a corgi curled up by the window, and at least one pair of muddy boots by the door and a half-used tube of GastroGard sitting on a windowsill....

A Thrill Of A Big Class

A Thrill Of A Big Class

Caring for a horse in a big class at a horse show is an adrenaline rush. I live for it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a class like the Platinum Performance USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships (Kentucky) or indoors or the $500,000 grand prix in...

Decoding trainer-speak

Decoding trainer-speak

Anyone who has learned a second language knows that it can be difficult to master. Analyzing and committing to memory all of the nuances, subtext and origins of some phrases and idioms can be mind-boggling. And it’s no different when learning to speak “Trainer”....

Nations Cup

Nations Cup

New Zealand’s jumping team has finished sixth in the hotly-contested CSIO5* 1.6m Nations’ Cup at Gijon in Spain. Chef d’equipe Bruce Goodin got the team off to a perfect start aboard Backatorps Danny V notching a stunning clear as the first rider out for the Kiwis and...

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