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Linda Allen

June 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Show Jumping Then And Now

In this Thowback Thursday post, we look at a column written in 2010 by Between Rounds columnist Linda Allen. Our columnist hopes we can regain the best aspects of eras past and merge them with the best of today’s sport.

February 23, 2012

Looking For The Horses Of Our Future

Our columnist wants a more practical U.S. system for getting our young horses the mileage they need to reach the top.

New efforts are underway on both the national and international fronts to look, in an organized way, at the future of jumping. Interestingly, the impetus to do this reached critical mass on both levels at almost exactly the same time.

September 16, 2011

Variety Can Be The Spice Of Life

From USPC Championships to EAP to World Cup qualifiers, our columnist sees an opportunity for riders at every level to learn more.

Recently my travels have taken me around the continent to a variety of different events. They’ve been a good reminder of the wide array of activities offered by our sport. The fun and fresh perspective that can come with adding a little variety to what we do is sometimes overlooked when we fill our schedules with horse show after horse show.

June 24, 2011

Age Doesn’t Matter In Show Jumping

It’s never too late to start—and there’s always more to learn.

The reminders are everywhere. This sport of ours is one for the ages—all ages that is. As this issue of the Chronicle celebrates youth, I’d like to remind our junior riders just what a long future they could have as a jumping rider.

May 2, 2011

Reading Reaps Great Rewards

Our columnist reveals the many ways she’s benefited from her love of reading—and shares the latest book to capture her attention.

I’ve been blessed with a love of reading all my life. In my early years, when a passion for horses couldn’t be assuaged with the real thing, books had to serve instead. Whether it was Black Beauty or an issue of Western Horseman magazine, my nose was always pressed into something “horsey.”

February 21, 2011

Show Jumping Means Something Different To Everyone

Our columnist sees levels and goals so disparate they should almost be made into separate sports.

Show jumping spans such a wide range of levels and participants these days that it can be hard to recognize as a single discipline. The elite athletes jumping huge obstacles with precision and grace at last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the often scary “belly to the ground” riders jumping over 2'6" at many of our shows are separated by much more than just the heights of their fences.

February 7, 2011

It Was A Year Of Many Ups And Some Real Downs

Our columnist looks back at the best and worst of the year in show jumping.

It was no secret that the U.S. team was a strong favorite to be in the running for a medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Ky.). As the defending Olympic team gold medalists, U.S. riders have moved from strength to strength on the international stage. The team’s disappointing results at the WEG were not a reflection of the usual form of U.S. riders against strong international competition.

January 17, 2011

Our Gamble In Reno Paid Off

Our columnist and Julie Winkel put together a popular symposium to discuss various aspects of training and developing young hunters and jumpers.

When I sat down this past spring to write a column on the challenges facing the breeders, owners and trainers of young horses in North America I was only guessing at the interest there might be in the subject. A few weeks earlier Julie Winkel and I had decided to take a chance on offering a symposium on developing young hunters and jumpers.

September 17, 2010

Every World Equestrian Games Has A Lesson To Teach

Attending every World Show Jumping Championship since 1978 has left this author with countless memories.

July 23, 2010

Develop Your Own Championship Horse?

Our columnist hopes that eventually it will become commonplace again for international show jumpers to start their horses from scratch.

Having so many different disciplines within equestrian sports is part of what makes it so interesting. We’ll be seeing all eight Fédération Equestre Internationale-recognized disciplines at the end of September in Kentucky at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

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