Between Rounds

The Between Rounds columnists provide expert insight into issues in their disciplines with columns in the print magazine of The Chronicle of the Horse. We've made all the Between Rounds columns from 2010 to the present available online for subscribers.

Our columnist highlights the year’s best and worst trends in dressage. Looking back at 2017, we had the FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, the European Championships (Sweden), the Dutta Corp. U.S. Festival of Champions (New Jersey); the Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Championships (Illinois) and the U.S....
Top hunter rider Louise Serio reflects on which hunter programs are working and shares ideas about how to evolve the sport. The top two riders at this year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in Lexington, Kentucky—Tori Colvin and Geoffrey Hesslink—are both young professionals, which gives me so much hope...
The high performance end of the sport overcame some challenges in 2017 and is poised to take advantage of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. Another year has flown by in the World of Eventing. The adage, “Time flies while you’re having fun” isn’t exactly how I’d characterize 2017. There’s no glossing over the...
U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland reflects on a fantastic year for U.S. show jumpers and shares his plans for staying at the top of the podium in 2018. When we set out for the year, we had two main goals in mind: championships and Nations Cups. That’s what we do, and that’s what we focus on. This was...
Our columnist addresses the pros and cons of percentages, qualifying rides and scores, judges’ standards and more. Fédération Equestre Internationale five-star judge Gary Rockwell and prominent freestyle designer Terri Gallo presented a judges’ seminar during the U.S. Dressage Finals in Kentucky last fall. Gary...
These views are mine. Yes, I am a “public figure” and for that reason my words carry additional weight. That is a burden that I bear with both pride and it is also the cudgel that is used to beat me. I am speaking up for the sport that I love and with my vision of where we are and where we should be. Read Mary Babick's...
Our columnist shares what she’s learned from years of handling horses during wildfires. During the horrific fires that ripped through California this past fall and winter, many people lost their lives, as did horses and other animals. These devastating events can teach us some valuable lessons, because sadly it’s not if...
What do stewards do, and why doesn’t the USEF (rather than show managers) hire them? Our columnist digs deeper into this frequently suggested idea. Asking about the role of a U.S. Equestrian Federation steward at a hunter/jumper horse show is a little like asking what constitutes good footing. If you ask 10 people, you...
Past performances, large strings of horses, coolness under pressure—our columnist isn’t sure our team selectors are giving each ingredient the right weight or being properly transparent. Finally, after all of the year’s results are in, I can say goodbye to 2017 and engage in one of my fondest guilty pleasures: trying...
"At the CP National Horse Show I watched the excellence at the top in the open equitation division, the ASPCA Maclay Final, and I also watched some of the junior hunter classes. I could not believe how the same riders, after riding beautifully in the equitation division, five minutes later rode their hunters in such a grotesque...
Our columnist notes that equitation riders with big dreams must have both style and a seat-of-the-pants attitude to succeed at the highest levels. The greatest compliment that I’ve ever received in my career came from George Morris. It was in 1996, and we were walking to the ring for the Olympic trials in Palm Beach,...
Olympic rider Bobby Costello believes an old grudge is still dividing the sport. The United States lost a fierce equine competitor on cross-country day at the Pau CCI**** in France. Boyd Martin’s mount Crackerjack fractured a pastern while galloping into the main stadium to negotiate the final two fences on the 11-plus...

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