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.

Before going to judge the Blue Hors FEI Dressage World Championship in Denmark this summer, I spent a week in my native country, Sweden. I was chatting with my sister, who is a college professor, and she was discussing the school system and salaries in Swedish schools. She turned to me and casually asked, “How...
When it comes to the decision to move up a level, we can try to write rules that will ensure riders are qualified. But everybody has an example of the one horse that they saw jump around somewhere who left all the rails up but left them thinking, “Phew, that was rough.” But it was clean, and that event might have been their...
Has the state of hunter and equitation judging reached a critical mass? In the multiplex of modern horse showing and the lexicon of 21st century technology, are our judging processes antiquated? Is our scoring system the root cause of today’s roiling dissatisfaction with judging? Where is the tipping point with bad...
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...
I have always loved Thoroughbred horses. They are athletic, elegant and intelligent, and they have a super work ethic. They are versatile, brave, kind and willing. A quiet, well-trained Thoroughbred can also be an excellent beginner horse. Even though warmbloods currently dominate the show horse world, the right Thoroughbred...
Grand Prix trainer and competitor Jeremy Steinberg was the U.S. Equestrian Federation national dressage youth coach from 2010 to 2014. The 1996 FEI North American Young Riders Dressage Championships individual gold medalist, he is a former U.S. Dressage Federation Junior/Young Rider clinic series clinician. He credits much of...
It’s Monday afternoon, the beginning of my third week at HITS Ocala (Florida), and I am enjoying a pleasant afternoon rest after lunch. I am so grateful to be here. The weather has been beautiful. My three wonderful horses have been able to settle in quickly due to the nice paddocks and quiet, relaxed atmosphere of the...
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...

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