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October 17, 2011

USEF Regulation Proceedures Uncovered

Our columnist takes the reader behind the scenes of the USEF Hearing Committee, Hearing Panels and more.

The U.S. Equestrian Federation Planning Committee has been reviewing all parts of the organization over the past 18 months, including how members perceive the regulatory process.

Many aren’t familiar with the numerous components of the process until they receive a certified letter or want to file a protest or charge. As a member of the Hearing Committee and having served on Hearing Panels for the past few years, I hope to demystify this process.

October 11, 2011

It’s Not About The Jacket—It’s About The Boots

Twelve years after his first team experience, our columnist thanks the individuals who made that medal bid and every one since then possible.

Here we are again, getting ready for a team trip to Mexico; the Pan American Games are right around the corner.

I rode on my first team at the 1999 Pan Ams in Winnipeg with Pajama Game, and wow, how the times have changed since then! Twelve years ago, I was “the young guy”—only 22—and I had absolutely no clue that I was going to represent my country until the day before we left for Canada.

September 28, 2011

The "Three Ps" Of U.S. Dressage

Our columnist believes that the completion of our country’s pipeline for horses age 4 up to Grand Prix is imperative for getting our international results back on par with the world’s dressage superpowers.

The “three Ps” normally associated with Grand Prix—piaffe, passage and pirouettes—could easily be replaced by different ones when summing up the current state of dressage in the United States: practice, patience and perseverance.

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.

September 14, 2011

Horse Show Trends: Good Or Bad?

Our columnist has noticed some things that seem to be in vogue in the horse show world—and explains why she likes some and hates others.

The first of the hot topics I’ve noticed lately in the hunter/equitation world involves money won in the professional divisions.

Many are saying there aren’t enough professional rated horses to fill the divisions such as the first year, second year, high performance and conformation divisions. I think there are some different factors that need to be figured into this concept.

August 29, 2011

Honoring The Work Of Others

Our columnist enjoys discovering and recognizing the great leaders of today’s sport.

As our summer comes to a close, organizations start the process of identifying the legends of their sports in order to honor the contributions they’ve made in the organization and in the community.

August 29, 2011

Evolution Of A Rule Change

The process may seem overwhelming, but it’s not arbitrary.

Every year I used to receive the “white book” from American Horse Shows Association in the mail and be stunned by the number of rule changes that were going to be considered at the convention.

I would just shake my head in bewilderment and wonder where they all came from and why. Just looking at the book would make me think about the mind-numbing meetings during which we would go through them one by one at the AHSA convention.

August 25, 2011

Ensuring Our Hunter Sport Can Change With The Times

Changes made over the last few years put us in the perfect position to move the sport forward—we just have to take the chance.

Times are changing, not only in the sport of show hunters but in the larger world. If we want to preserve the true traditions of our sport, we’re going to need to make significant changes in how we look at things.

August 9, 2011

To Each His Own: A Comparison Of Passions

Our columnist takes a light-hearted look at her husband’s hobby—and wonders how anyone can consider dressage to be boring.

Anyone who thinks watching dressage is lacking in excitement has never been to a car show.

My husband is an avid fan of classic cars, and when he first told me of his interest, I assumed they competed in races with the old timers, or at least took them on long trips. After all, a car is for driving, right? Many years of observation have taught me otherwise.

July 18, 2011

The Snowball We Dared Not Hope For

Our columnist explains how equine sports medicine technologies are building momentum at a pace human doctors can only dream of.

As a sport horse veterinarian, I sometimes have to step back and ask myself, “How did things change so much, so fast?”

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