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September 2, 2010

The Meydan FEI Nations Cup Series Makes Us Better

The author believes that success in these competitions is integral to the entire U.S. horse industry.

At the time of writing, the United States has just earned second place in the Meydan FEI Nations Cup series, also known as the Super League.

Each of these eight shows ranks among the best in part because they have maintained their character. Each is a bit different, each a reflection of their national identity, and each truly excellent.

August 26, 2010

Making A Transition

Our columnist reflects on the changes in his life and career over the past few years.

A couple of years ago, a former client and friend sent me a note after she retired from riding expressing her appreciation for our time together. She wrote of how much she learned in our work together, but more importantly, how her lessons prepared her to function on her own as a rider.

August 20, 2010

Is U.S. Dressage Following The Correct Path?

With a plethora of championships just concluded and others on the horizon, our columnist wonders if dressage is taking the right course.

For dressage, this has been the summer of championships. Fully one third of the season has been taken up by championships of one sort or another.

August 6, 2010

Only In The Dictionary Does Success Come Before Work

After a trip to The Event At Rebecca Farm, our columnist wonders whether some riders are working hard enough to be worthy of the nation’s best events and the dedicated individuals behind them.

What a week I just had.

July 30, 2010

Watch The Horses To Learn About Their Riders

Our columnist reminds us that respect and compassion for our equine partners are two critical components to equitation.

July 23, 2010

Develop Your Own Championship Horse?

Our columnist hopes that eventually it will become commonplace again for international show jumpers to start their horses from scratch.

Having so many different disciplines within equestrian sports is part of what makes it so interesting. We’ll be seeing all eight Fédération Equestre Internationale-recognized disciplines at the end of September in Kentucky at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

July 16, 2010

A Case For The Head

Our columnist delves into the ongoing discussion of safety helmets, head injuries and personal choice.

A few weeks before Courtney Dye’s horrible riding accident that left her with severe head injuries, she took part in a U.S. Equestrian Federation High Performance clinic in Florida working with Steffen Peters and me.

July 8, 2010

From Foal To Performance Horse: “Some Assembly Required”

Our columnist explores the incredible journey from youngster to 5-year-old.

Raising and training a foal, yearling or 2-year-old to become a horse ready to enter the competitive arena will be one of the most satisfying and educational experiences a rider or trainer can ever have. Knowing that the horse you’re riding is also the horse that you made from scratch validates you as a horseman in a way that riding someone else’s project never can.

July 2, 2010

The N=1 Syndrome

Our columnist explores why many “experts” base their conclusions on a singular experience—and shouldn’t.

I met someone at a party the other day, and he asked me about a problem that his horse had. Before I could respond, the partygoer standing next to me (drink in hand) jumped in and told the person what the diagnosis was, what he needed to do and what the horse’s problem was going to be in recovery.

June 25, 2010

The Journey From Leather To Synthetic

Our columnist reflects on the sport’s history and the modernization that will be showcased at the upcoming World Equestrian Games.

An advanced four-in-hand competitor contacted a show secretary and asked if the competition would allow him to enter but not do Section A (Section A is approximately 5km of any pace) of the marathon. His reason was that the track was “too rough.”

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