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Between Rounds

March 26, 2010

We’re Seeing An Unstable Driving Pyramid

Our columnist worries that the time and money required to drive, especially at the advanced level, has jeopardized the stability of the sport.

With the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games creeping ever closer, all eyes in the combined driving world are focused on the four-in-hand division which, because the WEG is being held on U.S. soil, is the largest it’s ever been.

March 24, 2010

Teaching Is The Bridge Between The Past And The Future

In his first installment, our columnist believes elementary-level trainers deservemmuch more credit for the solid foundation they provide the sport.

One of the things I love best about teaching is that, on an almost daily basis, you can reconnect with the people from the past who made you the instructor you are today.

March 18, 2010

Eight Resolutions For The New Decade

Our columnist believes that if you achieve these eight goals you’ll improve your future performance.

Although 2010 is just an artificial number on a calendar, it’s still the start of a new decade and an appropriate take-off point for new resolutions. I absolutely guarantee that event riders who manage to achieve some of the goals I’m about to list will ride more effectively and will achieve greater satisfaction in their chosen sport.

March 5, 2010

Reflections After The Fall

Our newest columnist sees many improvements in eventing but also a few challenges that yet remain.

I’m sitting at my desk on a Monday afternoon, sore from a fall, the day after the toughest week in Ocala, Fla., has finished. From Feb. 13-21, I had 12 rides at the Florida Horse Park Winter II Horse Trials, three in the Rocking Horse Winter II advanced one day, and 11 more at Rocking Horse Horse Trials in Altoona over the weekend. This past week symbolizes all that is great with our sport, but it also shows how much we still need to improve.

March 5, 2010

Changes To The Drug Rules Are On The Horizon

Several changes happened to national and international medication rules last fall. You probably heard the controversy and discussion surrounding one or both, which isn’t surprising if you read this magazine or actively compete.

One of the issues is the U.S. Equestrian Federation single non-steroidal anti-inflammatory rule. This is a discussion about reducing two allowed NSAIDs (such as bute, Banamine, etc.) given to our horses down to one.

February 25, 2010

Increased Safety Is An Added Benefit To Trainer Certification

Our columnist sees great advantages to becoming certified, including valuable continuing education and improved safety for riders and horses.

I had an eye-opening experience when I took the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Trainers Certification Level I test in early February. I realized that we trainers have indeed been skipping steps and using showing as a means to an end instead of stepping back and making sure the basics are followed.

February 18, 2010

Show Jumping Then And Now

Our columnist hopes we can regain the best aspects of eras past and merge them with the best of today’s sport.

It’s been nearly a decade that I’ve been writing Between Rounds columns here in the Chronicle, and in looking back over past columns one frequently recurring theme has appeared. Although some very good progress has been made, there remains a real disconnect between the breeders and most of those involved in competitive show jumping in North America.

February 12, 2010

Where Is Our Breeding Industry Heading?

Our columnist worries that hot trends in breeding are undermining the proven products.

It’s February, the time of year when people are thinking about breeding their mares. Due to the recession of 2009, breeding numbers are down around the world. So it’s a time to be even more responsible about each breeding decision you make.

February 5, 2010

This Was The Year Of Totilas

This past year was certainly one of change, progress and surprise. And some turbulence dressage didn’t need. The Fédération Equestre Internationale Dressage Task Force replaced the FEI Dressage Committee, which was dismissed the prior year, and went to work.

February 5, 2010

A Year Of Excitement And Implementation

You could feel the electricity in the air at the 2009 U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Annual Meeting. Held at a beautiful historic hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla., hunter and jumper enthusiasts from all levels of our sport were in attendance.

Forums, committee meetings and social events filled the agenda, and there was a great sense of purpose and excitement about our future. Our equestrians were kept well fed and watered during the long days of meetings throughout the convention, which allowed them to spend their time concentrating on the business at hand.

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