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June 24, 2011

Age Doesn’t Matter In Show Jumping

It’s never too late to start—and there’s always more to learn.

The reminders are everywhere. This sport of ours is one for the ages—all ages that is. As this issue of the Chronicle celebrates youth, I’d like to remind our junior riders just what a long future they could have as a jumping rider.

June 14, 2011

A Global Approach To Developing Young Horses

Our columnist is excited about the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s plans to develop an interdisciplinary young horse championship.

Everywhere you look, people are talking about the necessity of developing young horses for all disciplines and breeds.

June 9, 2011

Shopping For The International Jumper Prospect

Our columnist explains how he goes about the process of picking out the next international show jumping champion.

Selecting a young horse as a prospective international jumper is a topic that I never tire of talking about, learning about or doing.

June 7, 2011

From Olympic Team Medals To Online Horse Shows, Our Sport Is In Transition

Our columnist ponders how technology is changing dressage from the top levels to the grassroots.

Our sport is changing in many ways. As is always the case with changes, some are for the better, some raise new questions and challenges, and some I’m not really quite sure about.

May 20, 2011

Who’s Responsible For Our Sport? Everyone.

Our columnist believes we can’t fix everything with rules—we just have to do the right thing.

When asked to begin writing occasional columns for Between Rounds I was struck by the title of the column and what it means. As active horse show participants we’re all part of the constant discussions that are held while waiting in and around the in-gate.

May 16, 2011

We Must Trust Our Judges

This columnist believes that more and more regulation of dressage judging will only have a negative effect on the sport.

It was a long time ago, it seems, when people respected dressage judges for their knowledge and the extensive time they’d spent educating themselves. People thought judges had earned the right to evaluate and comment on riders performing a test.

May 10, 2011

Eventing Equitation: Would It Work?

Our columnist believes an early, structured focus on style, position and effective riding could benefit young eventers.

May 2, 2011

Reading Reaps Great Rewards

Our columnist reveals the many ways she’s benefited from her love of reading—and shares the latest book to capture her attention.

I’ve been blessed with a love of reading all my life. In my early years, when a passion for horses couldn’t be assuaged with the real thing, books had to serve instead. Whether it was Black Beauty or an issue of Western Horseman magazine, my nose was always pressed into something “horsey.”

April 25, 2011

Eventing Enthusiasts Deserve A Deeper Connection With Top Riders

Our columnist sees a gaping hole of missed opportunities when it comes to forging relationships with young fans.

This is the most exciting time of the year if you’re an eventing fan, owner, rider or groom. The big events are right around the corner. I’m very fortunate to have rides in four three-day events in the next five weeks, and I’m especially excited about having a chance to ride at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton CCI**** in England the weekend before Rolex Kentucky.

April 18, 2011

Thoughts On The Indoor Show Season

Our columnist examines some changes to the fall show schedule.

As the winter show circuits were thriving, three of our major indoor shows experienced significant changes that could have a strong impact on the hunter industry. As people start packing to move back to their summer bases, they’re deciding which shows to attend based on criteria like distance to their home, quality of the show and footing, and costs. The managers of most top shows have learned that they must make improvements in order to attract exhibitors, and the indoor shows are no different.

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