As a mother of three (and grandmother, too) I know how important it is to build strength and confidence in your children. When my kids grew up in Germany, there were no ipods or tablets, and 'playing' meant running outside and getting knocked around a bit.
Today, my kids are strong and confident adults, who learned to ride a bike, swim, climb a tree, build sand castles, balance on climbing beams, build wood huts on 'adventure playgrounds', spend a (scary) night sleeping in their tree…Continue
Added by Stefanie Reinhold on February 27, 2017 at 5:34pm — No Comments
Just posted the first part of my new blog series. The trials and trip ups of a trainer with the best intentions.Continue
Added by Cheryl Bruder on October 7, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments
From November 20th through December 13th this year, cutting horse enthusiasts will descend on Fort Worth, Texas. The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Championship Futurity brings together the very best 3-year-old cutting horses under the roof of the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The event, offering $4…Continue
Added by Classic Equine Equipment on December 15, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
We’ve all heard it – it’s the attention to details that makes a winner. So over the next few columns, can I share some of the details I see overlooked as I walk across the show grounds or sit in the judge’s booth?
Gotta say, most of these are training oversights. And believe me, years ago I’d…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
As a judge and competitor, I’ve seen a lot of bad horse show experiences. From horses who begin to anticipate in the class to those who refuse to go in the gate. There are riders falling off and others just falling apart emotionally.
If training a horse is like climbing a…
STEP BY STEP & COLORADO HORSE PARK FOUNDATIONS RAISE THOUSANDS FOR FAMILIES DISPLACED BY WALDO CANYON FIRES AT SUMMER IN ROCKIES SERIES
CHILDREN RECEIVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES THANKS TO STEP BY STEP’S “SCHOOL IN A BACKPACK”
ONLINE INITIATIVE BEFORE FALL CLASSES BEGIN…Continue
Added by Sydney Masters on August 6, 2012 at 9:27am — No Comments
During March of this year, 2012, I had fun presenting a clinic of this title at the Can Am horse expo along with notable hunter judge, BarbaraMitchell and again with reining judge Gary Yaghdjian. We fed of each other’s energy as we highlighted various mistakes judges note on their cards and how to…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on July 4, 2012 at 9:18pm — No Comments
It’s time to mark your calendars for the New England Dressage Association’s (NEDA) Spring Dressage Show at Marshfield Fairgrounds, May 12th and 13th. Always a highlight of the year, and a great way to kick off the season, the NEDA Spring Show offers classes from Training Level to Grand Prix, qualifying classes, great footing, permanent stalls and a fantastic venue.
“The NEDA Spring Show is one of the first shows of the year in New England and a great time to bring your horse…Continue
Added by New England Dressage Association on May 3, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Charlestown, MA – Happy 40th birthday to the New England Dressage Association! Founded in 1972, the New England Dressage Association (NEDA) started with a handful…Continue
Added by New England Dressage Association on May 3, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments
15-year-old Emanuel Andrade was presented as the Future Champions Leading Junior Jumper Rider on Saturday, February 25, at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. The teen, who hails from Caracas, Venezuela and who has his stables and family home in Palm Beach County regularly champions the charity Step by Step Foundation in competition in show jumping competitions. He has been consisting winning in the Junior Jumper division and placing in Grand Prix…Continue
Added by Sydney Masters on March 4, 2012 at 5:55pm — No Comments
Don’t get excited. It really wasn’t a big deal. One morning, we found out there was a horse show at the public show ring. Since we were planning to ride up there, anyway, we thought we would expose Cole to some of the excitement.
We rode all around the back trails behind the showground, like we usually do. This gave him a chance to get acquainted with the loud speaker blaring.
We then rode to the show grounds and stood on the outskirts…Continue
Added by Judi Daly on September 19, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments
I have been having some difficulty lately with two trainers. My dressage trainer herself has issues with this too. The only difference is that she has two in the same discipline, I have two in different disciplines (dressage and jumping).
Sometimes I wonder if she is sad about me doing bothe and not be a…Continue
Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 24, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments
Dear Drama Queen,
I understand getting upset. You have so much passion and desire for riding. I know how much you want to do the very best job. Sometimes the world seems to conspire against you; it’s like every bad thing happens to you and none of it is…Continue
By: Justin Ridgewell
- Over the past six years I have been a professional groom and working student to the elite dressage training facility Oakcrest Farm. I have had the great opportunity and pleasure of traveling across Canada, the USA and even to Europe with grand prix…Continue
An all girl showjumping team sponsored by prominent showjumping owner and breeder Susan Grange scored second place and won $125,000 for their charity Horses N Heroes. For several months I have been helping Mindy Nolan-Morrow. Executive Director of the mentoring program for girls, write letters to potential sponsors and donors, construct press releases, plan events, create marketing materials and in general get the word out. When I heard about the FTI Great Charity Challenge, I told Mindy…Continue
Added by Susan E. Benson on February 21, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments
I am currently looking to buy my horse a breastplate; one with elastic so that she can have freedom of movement over large fences. Here's the thing: I am on a budget (cannot spend more than $160.00) and I am leaning towards a 5-point breastplate or a regular elastic breastplate. What do you ridders out there prefer? As far as brands go, I've been told that Kieffer is a good brand, but I would have to wait 4-6 weeks to get it…Continue
Natural Horsemanship in the Grand Prix Ring – is there a link?
By Lindsey Forkun, www.LFEquestrian.com
Natural horsemanship is a training phenomenon that has been gaining popularity all over the world. Primarily it seems that mostly Western riders and pleasure riders are the ones to pick up this new technique, but what about the English and Jumper riders? What about in the Grand Prix Show Jumping…Continue
Added by Lindsey Forkun on December 13, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments
So I'm pretty new to blogging, but I decided that I had a super day today and it would be fun to at least document some of it. Today was Treasure's third show of the year (second show away from home) and he was absolutely brilliant!! I think today was the first time he went to a show and didn't spook at anything - a milestone for sure! He was a bit quick for the judge's liking in our Western…Continue
Added by Alaina M. on September 18, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments