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May 29, 2014

Wylde Dips A Toe Into The Waters Of Eventing

“A show jumper, a foxhunter and a jockey walk into a barn…”

There’s surely a joke to be found somewhere in that set-up, but the scene also unfolded in reality on May 26 at Fitch’s Corner in Millbrook, N.Y. The punch line of sorts was that these three professionals were all suiting up for an eventing clinic with Olympian Boyd Martin.

January 16, 2011

Equestrian Supermoms Are A Special Breed

After the recent baby boom in high performance equestrian circles, how do these mothers balance feedings and diaper changes with competing at the top of their sport?

Sometimes, it starts with a secret. Dutch Olympic gold medalist in dressage and international reining competitor Anky van Grunsven was four months pregnant when she competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

October 13, 2010

Leg Protection: Are Horse Boots Up To The Job?

Riders need to consider a boot’s weight and breathability, as well as how effective it may be in preventing concussion and protecting a leg from trauma.

Dressage horses sport signature white polo wraps in the warm-up; eventers wear rugged cross-country boots, and jumpers often have open-fronts. But are these boots doing what we expect?

June 8, 2010

Eating Right On The Road Is Worth The Effort

Showing horses in the United States often requires a whole lot of travel, sometimes over great distances. Without planning ahead, it’s all too easy to live on fast food and convenience store snacks—and these poor food choices may adversely affect your performance during competition.

April 2, 2010

Catching Up With Former Cacchione Cup Champions

Some past winners of this prestigious championship recall what the experience meant to them.

Every year since 1973 the USEF Cacchione Cup has honored the national individual hunter seat high-point rider in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

Over the years the coveted prize has been awarded to a broad spectrum of equestrians. Some of them made careers out of riding and went on to win Olympic medals, while others pursued different endeavors. Many of them remained involved with horses regardless of their competitive aspirations.

January 15, 2010

Ronald Zabala-Goetschel Has Big Plans For 2010

With his amazing mount Che Mr. Wiseguy, he hopes to be the first rider from Ecuador to compete in a World Equestrian Games.

Ronald Zabala-Goetschel is used to being a little unconventional. When he was about 3 years old he made horse sounds instead of talking, and his non-horsey parents bought him an old and lame pony to ride. Little did they know that this would begin a lifelong passion for horses.

December 22, 2009

Top Riders Share Their Favorite Recipes

Gourmet cooking may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about top equestrians such as Chester Weber or Jan Byyny, but everyone has to eat, and a few of the top horse people in the United States have a particular talent for cooking.

March 6, 2009

Beth Dowd's Stump Takes Top Honors At Westminster

Horses and dogs often go together, but Beth Dowd’s interest in dogs has exceeded the usual few running around the barn. While she does have a posse of pointy-eared Corgis patrolling, her name earned international headlines for a Sussex Spaniel called Stump.
Her 10-year-old, pulled-out-of-retirement champion earned the Best in Show title at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Feb. 10.

January 16, 2009

It's Not Quite The Same Pony Club Anymore

The U.S. Pony Clubs used to be all about going foxhunting, riding in combined training rallies, passing ratings, and then teaching your club's younger members when you got older. But today, Pony Club is and offers so much more. How do you fit it all into a busy world?

June 27, 2008

White Wins First Three-Star At Bromont

She rides The King’s Spirit to a win in the event’s first CCI***.

Sharon White had a lot on her mind on the weekend of June 13-16.

Her mother Carol was at Duke University (N.C.) undergoing a biopsy of a brain tumor, and Sharon wanted to be by her side. Instead, she traveled to Canada to compete in the first CCI*** held in Bromont, Que., and she kept her focus to win the competition riding Peter and Susan Barry’s mare The King’s Spirit. She also placed sixth in the CCI** riding Toni Massey’s Fortunate Son.

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