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Cindy Hale

Cindy Hale’s life with horses has been filled with variety. As a child she rode western and learned to barrel race. Then she worked as a groom for a show barn, and was taught to harness and drive Welsh ponies. But once she’d taken her first lessons aboard American Saddlebreds she was hooked on English riding. Hunters and hunt seat equitation came next, and she spent decades competing in those divisions on the West Coast. Always seeking to improve her horsemanship, she rode in clinics conducted by world-class riders like George Morris, Kathy Kusner and Anne Kursinski. During that time, her family began raising Thoroughbred and warmblood sport horses, and Cindy experienced the thrills and challenges of training and showing the homebred greenies. Now retired from active competition, she’s a popular judge at local and county-rated open and hunter/jumper shows. She rides recreationally both English and western. Her Paint gelding, Wally, lives at home with her and her non-horsey husband, Ron.

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Horse and Pony Questions: Rushing the Jumps

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3 months ago

English Training: Three Exercises to Help You Jump in Style

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Stride Right for the Perfect Jumping Line on Your Horse

Getting the right counts in a line can often seem like the ultimate test on a jumping course. Lines are…

5 months ago

Horse and Pony Questions: Building a Bond

QUESTION: I had a tight, close-knit bond with my first horse. Now I have a new horse, and I want…

7 months ago

English Lesson: How to Stop Ducking While Jumping

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8 months ago

Baby Steps: 3 Steps to Introduce Your Horse to Jumping

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9 months ago

Short Story: Special Delivery on Horseback

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9 months ago

A Ribbon for Yancy

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1 year ago

Hunter Show Secrets

Do you enjoy showing? I always loved competing in horse shows. Whether I won a bunch of ribbons or came…

1 year ago