As we approach the one-month mark in the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine, every day seems to bring with it another dose of bad news. In every industry, in every segment of society, no one is immune to the effects, especially those in our equestrian community.
For many of us, not being able to horse show or visit our boarded horses is a drag. But for others in the industry, it’s far more serious than that. For those fortunate enough to be in a position to help, it can be hard to know the best ways to connect and donate. …
If the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has you feeling a little stir crazy (not to mention anxious and depressed), rest assured, you’re not alone. This past week, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) fell into step with the rest of the country, suspending all USEF-licensed events and activities until May 3rd. For horsemen and women everywhere, the edict did nothing to lift the mood.
That said, we’re all in this together, and most of us can still agree that no time is wasted when it’s spent in the company of horses. Although our time away from competition may be…
At this point, we are all aware of the global pandemic that is COVID-19. During this time, it has been requested that we all participate in Social Distancing so that we help flatten the curve. Although there is a lot of science jargon behind this, the basics to know are the less physical contact you have with others, the less chance you have of contracting or spreading the virus, which leads to fewer people getting sick, fewer people in hospitals. The sooner we can get back to our pony loving, pony showing lives! But, until then, it is so important…
Joli Jumper, owned by Oakland Stables and ridden by Hardin Towell, made their mark after finishing 2nd in the esteemed Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows. Since then, Joli has continued his success with top placings under Hardin as well as most recently producing great results with junior Irish rider, Francis Derwin. To learn more about what makes this guy tick, we sat down to chat all his favorites — from treatments to treats!
We all go from show to show, jumping tens to hundreds of different courses throughout the year. BUT, have you ever really thought about who designed your course and the thought process behind it? I know I certainly have! In honor of CSIO 4* week down at the Winter Equestrian Festival, we chatted with last year's Co-Designer of this week, Nick Granat, for the rundown on what goes into designing and how course designers themselves measure success from their side of the sport.
Lunging is an important component for every rider’s toolbox, whether you’re using it to exercise and condition, burn off some energy before you ride, or train your horse to the aids. The primary idea: the horse learns to work around you on a circle at the walk, trot, and canter, while responding to your voice cues. Whatever your purpose for lunging, here are a few basic principles you’ll want to keep in mind.
Quinta 106, owned by Swede Ventures LLC and ridden by Peter Lutz, may be a horse you’ve seen a time or two! The most recent winner of the $25,000 CP National Grand Prix at WEF and many great results with her two previous riders, Mclain Ward and Mattias Tromp, she knows a lot about success and what it takes to be the best! We love a lady who knows her stuff. Take a look at what makes Quinta so special and what products she swears by to stay on top!
The magic of The Perfect Bit is the ability for any rider, in any discipline to communicate clearly and effectively with their horse.
It’s no secret that the unsung heroes of this sport are the group of people who love these animals just as much and even more than the rest of us, the grooms. BUT there are some secrets they keep to themselves for those quiet and anticipating moments they spend with their ponies before heading to the ring! This week, we chatted with the best of the best to get an inside look at the secrets to success of keeping their ponies looking fresh both in and out of the ring!