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January 16, 2017

We All Need To Make Good Choices For Our Sport

I was recently told that I needed to be careful what I post since I am a public figure. I would like you to know that this post may make you angry, and we may disagree on this topic. I am 100 percent OK with that.

For those of you who disagree, either ignore me or help me understand why I am wrong. For those of you who agree with me, please help our sport by sharing this post. We can use the Fabergé Organics model: I’ll tell two friends, and you tell two friends and so on and so on.

August 19, 2013

The Slump

I want to preface this column by admitting that I’m not feeling on my A-game this month. My workouts have been tough, and my stomach has been needy. I, ladies and gentlemen, have found myself in a slump.

What is a slump, you may ask? You know when you’re on your favorite, awesome horse and you’re just having a crap ride and call it a day, but then you go back the next day, and it’s still crap? That’s a slump.

September 13, 2011

You Can Lead A Horse To Water, But How Much Should You Jump It?

The author believes that one of the most challenging national equitation classes needs to include an open water jump—but it shouldn’t be mandatory in all qualifying classes.

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s Hunt Seat Equitation Task Force is always striving to listen to the recommendations of people in the industry, as well as other committees, in order to better the sport.

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 12, 2011

Why Do Horses Eat Weird Things?

Horses are not fastidious eaters. I mean, they’re not carnivores, so they will generally turn up their noses at a good steak (although I did run into a horse that had a taste for hot dogs). But they were essentially born to eat. In the wild (which isn’t always the best measure, by the way), they eat in 23 of 24 hours during the day. Eating like a horse, indeed.

Anyway, periodically I get questions about why horses eat what they eat, and whether what they eat is bad for them. Here are some answers.

February 21, 2011

Show Jumping Means Something Different To Everyone

Our columnist sees levels and goals so disparate they should almost be made into separate sports.

Show jumping spans such a wide range of levels and participants these days that it can be hard to recognize as a single discipline. The elite athletes jumping huge obstacles with precision and grace at last year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the often scary “belly to the ground” riders jumping over 2'6" at many of our shows are separated by much more than just the heights of their fences.

February 7, 2011

It Was A Year Of Many Ups And Some Real Downs

Our columnist looks back at the best and worst of the year in show jumping.

It was no secret that the U.S. team was a strong favorite to be in the running for a medal at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Ky.). As the defending Olympic team gold medalists, U.S. riders have moved from strength to strength on the international stage. The team’s disappointing results at the WEG were not a reflection of the usual form of U.S. riders against strong international competition.

February 7, 2011

Our Driving Programs Are Better Than Ever

On the heels of the WEG, our columnist sees new trends and programs shaping up to improve drivers at all levels

Now that the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are over, the big question in the driving world is, “What now?” We concentrated so much of our attention and energy during the months leading up to the WEG that it was almost a letdown once it was over.

February 7, 2011

A 50-Year Retrospective On Sport Horses

In late Autumn it gets dark and cold early in Lincoln, R.I., and by the time Joe McLaughlin and I pulled into Lincoln Downs one day in early December, 1961, the track was black except for a few flickering bulbs which did little to dispel the murk along the partially deserted shed row on the back side of the racetrack.

February 7, 2011

We Worked Hard Finding Our Footing In 2010

The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were the center of our attention, but we faced more than that.

Stormy weather and bumpy rides were the trademarks for American dressage in the first third of 2010. Accidents and poor health riddled our best and brightest, and bad luck often accompanied us.

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