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 gets real about what it takes to run an eventing business. This article first appeared in the June 19 & 26, 2017, issue of The Chronicle of the Horse. I see a lot of young people come in and out of this sport. Some of them are very good competitors, and some of them are average. Interestingly, the ones who...
Our columnist evaluates the reasons riders blame their horses and how they might find solutions instead. It’s disheartening and unbelievable to listen to people blame their horses for anything and everything that goes wrong. If we all knew more about how a horse thinks, learns, processes and translates things we would...
In recent months, the U.S. Equestrian Federation General Rule 314, otherwise known as the “mileage rule,” has again been a hot topic of discussion. Though I’m not an authority on horse show and competition management, I have seen horse shows evolve since the rule’s inception in 1975. Especially after the COVID-19...
Editor's Note: As part of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan, the U.S. Equestrian Federation is hosting the next event in its DEI Community Conversation series, “An Introduction to LGBTQ+ and Becoming a Better Ally,” at 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) June 30 via Zoom. With a panel of diverse LGBTQ+ athletes and...
Our columnist offers a “commencement speech” of advice and support for those about to embark on a life with dressage, in the Between Rounds first published June 6, 2016. My mother, who is just about to send her first book to print, has told me a few times I should put together the columns that I’ve written into a...
Our sport and industry are facing many challenges. Some were brought on as a direct result of the pandemic; some were exacerbated by the pandemic, and others have been brewing for a long time. Regardless of where and when these problems arose, for the health and stability of our sport, our industry, and all of us, we need to...
An Italian business professor on Twitter suggests that being forced to conduct much of our lives online is making us sick. The constant video calls and Zoom meetings are draining us because they go against our brain’s need for boundaries: here versus not there. “It’s easier being in each other’s presence,...
A strong future for the sport requires long-term thinking.  Sustainability is a hot topic these days. You hear the word connected to recycling, farming, water usage, resources, and anything of the like. I’m always interested to learn what makes whatever it is I’m about to consume sustainable. “Locally farmed” and...
If amateurs are really the lifeblood of the sport, our columnist believes we need to do a better job of respecting them and their aspirations. Months ago I had a conversation with an amateur client and friend. She’d just come back from watching one of those big production clinics, where the horses and riders are chosen...
In Episode 5 of The Chronicle of the Horse podcast, we discuss safety in eventing with Jon Holling, who is the U.S. national safety officer to the Fédération Equestre Internationale, and amateur rider Maggie Deatrick, who recently penned a column for Eventing Nation entitled "A Plea For Transparency." Read Holling's COTH...
Our columnist suggests trainers make the time to pass on their horsemanship knowledge. I recently watched a young, talented professional longeing a horse for a vetting. It was quite eye-opening to see that this professional really had no knowledge of how to longe a horse correctly. I offered some direction to the young lady,...
Our columnist condemns the quest for comatose hunters, for the sake of safety, education and performance.  People should learn about horses, then learn to ride, then learn to compete. However, nowadays it seems this order has been reversed! People just want to show and win ribbons, and our sport has paid the price. Hunters...

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