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.

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...
Our columnist contemplates what makes—and keeps—his sport an expression of art. I watched a documentary on the American Ballet Theatre the other day and was blown away. It should be required viewing for any dressage rider, as it was a history lesson about a physical art that nearly mimics that of dressage. The dancing...
When I was training with Dietrich von Hopffgarten, we often heard the term “gymnasticize.” Medium trot and medium canter on a circle took place almost every day, forward and back like the swinging of a pendulum, so the horses’ bodies worked through a spectrum. We rode mild and moderate increases and decreases of stride,...
Our columnist highlights the year’s best and worst trends in dressage. Looking back at 2017, we had the FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, the European Championships (Sweden), the Dutta Corp. U.S. Festival of Champions (New Jersey); the Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse Championships (Illinois) and the U.S....
Top hunter rider Louise Serio reflects on which hunter programs are working and shares ideas about how to evolve the sport. The top two riders at this year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in Lexington, Kentucky—Tori Colvin and Geoffrey Hesslink—are both young professionals, which gives me so much hope...
The high performance end of the sport overcame some challenges in 2017 and is poised to take advantage of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. Another year has flown by in the World of Eventing. The adage, “Time flies while you’re having fun” isn’t exactly how I’d characterize 2017. There’s no glossing over the...
U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland reflects on a fantastic year for U.S. show jumpers and shares his plans for staying at the top of the podium in 2018. When we set out for the year, we had two main goals in mind: championships and Nations Cups. That’s what we do, and that’s what we focus on. This was...
Our columnist addresses the pros and cons of percentages, qualifying rides and scores, judges’ standards and more. Fédération Equestre Internationale five-star judge Gary Rockwell and prominent freestyle designer Terri Gallo presented a judges’ seminar during the U.S. Dressage Finals in Kentucky last fall. Gary...
These views are mine. Yes, I am a “public figure” and for that reason my words carry additional weight. That is a burden that I bear with both pride and it is also the cudgel that is used to beat me. I am speaking up for the sport that I love and with my vision of where we are and where we should be. Read Mary Babick's...
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...

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