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February 6, 2011

Show Jumping Horseman Of The Year: McLain Ward

In 2010 McLain Ward experienced some of his biggest wins—and a few huge disappointments. But one of the old adages of riding is “never blame the horse,” and that’s a saying Ward takes to heart.

“If you look within yourself for why something wasn’t successful, you can find a way you could have ridden better, or prepared better, or trained better,” Ward said.

February 6, 2011

Eventing Horseman Of The Year: Boyd Martin

The buzz about Boyd Martin began the minute he stepped off the plane from Australia in 2006. Who was this rakishly handsome, antipodean-accented 20-something bombing around Rolex Kentucky on a scrappy
7-year-old off-the-tracker? What was Phillip Dutton thinking, hiring as his new assistant trainer a kid best known for his drunken visits to tattoo parlors and horse auctions—from which he always returned with an unintended purchase? And was there any way in hell this character was going to make his pipedream of riding on a U.S. team by 2010 come true?

January 31, 2011

Fix It With Feed Part 3: Alfalfa Is More Helpful Friend Than Foe

This is the third article in the "Fix It With Feed" series. Check back every Wednesday for more articles on nutrition and how it affects performance.

It’s green and leafy and horses love it, but alfalfa hay also has a bit of a bad-boy reputation in the horse world. It’s been blamed for colic and high spirits, but does alfalfa deserve the stigma?

January 30, 2011

Sue Lightner Has Found Her Niche Producing Young Horses

Sue Lightner is one busy woman. In between teaching lessons, riding, training and supervising horses on the farm for rehabilitation, she breeds some of the nicest young hunters in the country.

January 30, 2011

It’s Not The Hunter Breeding Division That’s Broken

These young horses can and do go on to the performance divisions, but the pathway is challenging.

Each year, hundreds of young horses show in the hunter breeding division, earning blue ribbons and national honors. But where do they go when they turn 4 and have finished showing on the line?

January 12, 2011

Syracuse Invitational Canceled For 2011, National Horse Show Moving To Kentucky

The organizing committee of the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament released a statement on Jan. 12 that the show has been canceled for 2011. The organizers cited the departure of the National Horse Show and ASPCA Maclay Finals from the show as the reason.

January 11, 2011

Towing And Trailer Safety Part 8: Take The Guesswork Out Of Buying A Used Trailer

It’s buyer beware when you’re shopping for a used trailer, so be alert for any potential problems.

It’s time for you and your horse to hit the road, literally. You’ve saved up and decided that a trailer is in your future. To fit into your budget, however, it has to be a used trailer.

There are lots of great used trailers out there, and buying used can be a much more affordable option. But you have to heed the “buyer beware” mantra, so it’s best to be armed with a checklist of items to inspect.

January 2, 2011

Didi Callahan Makes The Most Of Her Mares And Her Days

The farm belonging to the 2009 U.S. Equestrian Federation’s eventing breeder of the year isn’t a huge, slick commercial operation. Instead, it’s the 25 acres of the Eastern Shore of Maryland that Elizabeth “Didi” Callahan calls home.

At her Cool Na Grena Sporthorses in Oxford, Md., Callahan produces between two and four foals a year. Those foal crops deliver remarkable results, earning top scores in breed inspections and becoming consistent performers not only in eventing, but also in dressage and show jumping.

December 28, 2010

"Dirty Jobs" Goes Behind The Scenes At Kentucky Equine Research

If you’d happened to turn on the Discovery Channel on Nov. 30, you would’ve seen something very familiar to any horseperson—manure.

That’s right, the TV show “Dirty Jobs” visited the Kentucky Equine Research facility in Versailles, Ky., and spent a day with the staff there.

Research farm manager Jilanne Lange was the main guide for Mike Rowe, the star of “Dirty Jobs,” as he explored different tasks in the research barn. She’s a fan of the show and wasn’t offended at all that her job might be considered a bit less than clean.

November 24, 2010

Marguerite Taylor-Jones Changed The Face Of Pony Breeding

She’s devoted decades to producing pretty ponies and raising the standards.

Sometimes, on a soft summer evening, Marguerite Taylor-Jones will place a chair in the shade of a tree and gaze at the weathered red barn and paddocks where hundreds of ponies cavorted.

She replays in her mind walking down the aisle, with pretty pony heads hanging over the stall doors, nickering for their breakfast. And she reminisces about quiet nights spent rubbing a soft gleam into young ponies’ coats, getting them looking their best.

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