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Between Rounds

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.”

June 3, 2010

Changes And Preparations Abound

Our columnist reflects on the first half of 2010 and the many challenges and accomplishments the dressage community has seen.

The world of High Performance dressage has indeed had quite a dynamic year so far!

May 27, 2010

We’re All In This Together

Our columnist reflects on the World Cup controversy and what teamwork means to our sport.

This spring we witnessed one of the most controversial FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals in the history of the sport. The U.S. riders had picked up where they left off at the 2008 Olympic Games and started out strongly, with Rich Fellers and Flexible winning the first leg of the World Cup. McLain Ward and Sapphire earned second-placed ribbons in the first two legs for the overall lead.

May 21, 2010

Thinking Ahead Is Crucial

Our columnist believes that advance planning and realistic goals go a long way toward maintaining the welfare of the horse.

Advance planning is one of the key elements of a smooth and efficient business plan, especially when it comes to working with our equine friends.

You might think, “How does a business plan apply to me, who just wants to enjoy riding and competing my horse?”

May 13, 2010

Memories Of Summer Riding

As winter stubbornly retreats across the mid and northern tiers of North America, riding schools, training centers and camps are all about to begin the seasonal ritual of getting ready for summer riding.

Summer days, or as Nat King Cole sang, “The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” are just around the corner.

May 7, 2010

Finding The Right Four

Our columnist recalls the cyclical journey that the selection process has taken over the past few decades.

Jumping, like all equestrian sports, is a fickle game. With an endless variety of variables at play, not even the very best horse-and-rider combination is infallible on any given day. This situation means that selecting a team for an event such as the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games comes to as much art as science.

April 30, 2010

The Winter Circuits Are Our Spring Training Camps

Our columnist sees the Winter Equestrian Festival, in particular, as the future springboard to top international championships.

Wow! I just finished watching the first round of the Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Finals on my computer on FEI TV, and the quality and convenience of the live stream was fantastic.

April 22, 2010

Is Cross-Country Schooling A Lost Art?

Our columnist sees too many eventers honing their focus on dressage and show jumping and allowing their cross-country skills to suffer.

As I sit here at my computer, reflecting after The Fork CIC*** (N.C.), it’s hard to keep from wondering, “Are my horses as ready as they can be for their fast-approaching three-days? Is the dressage where it needs to be, or can I eke out a few more points? Can I leave the colored poles up on Sunday?”

April 22, 2010

Celebrating 25 Years Of Horses And Music

Our columnist reflects on the birth of the FEI World Cup Final and the many changes happening in the sport today.

Light years ago, I was at a dinner hosted by the then top brass in the Fédération Equestre Internationale. The
subject of introducing music as an element of Olympic dressage competition was brought up at the table by Eric Lette, a prominent dressage judge and later the chairman of the FEI Dressage Committee.

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