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U.S. Equestrian has announced the four athlete-and-horse combinations selected to represent Team USA at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, as part of the United States Dressage Olympic Team. The team will be led by Chef d’Equipe...
The 14 athlete-and-horse pairs on the U.S. Dressage Olympic Short List took their final trip down the centerline on June 12 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Fla., contesting the FEI Grand Prix Special Test...
When I started working after law school, I thought I’d be back in the show ring in no time. I didn't want to be missing any horse shows. I was fueled by childhood memories of showground shaved ices, long...
Constantly drilling down on riding goals in an arena can become a grind for both horse and rider. Trail riding is fun and relaxing but lacks the thrill of competition. Another challenge for many equestrians is how to get...
The most common mistake dressage riders make is to try to “put the horse together” by pulling on the reins instead of riding forward from the legs and seat into an elastic rein contact. This is also known as...
Preparing for a freestyle reining routine requires more than hitting play on a fast-paced tune. Here, champion-earning freestyle performer and trainer Sharee Schwartzenberger shares her tips for wowing the crowds and the judges.The lights dim and the fog rises...
Learning how to train a horse with tough love started with my chestnut, Chizzy. He's the first young horse I have ever owned; I adopted him at age 3 from the racehorse rehoming organization I work for. He’s opinionated,...
Whether by choice or by necessity, horseback riding solo can bring joy, adventure and a sense of accomplishment, but it also carries with it an element of danger. Planning ahead and preparing both horse and rider decreases the risk,...
In this inaugural episode with Horse Illustrated, sponsored by Title Sponsor Straight Arrow Products, we talk to Alyssa Mathews, who has the ultimate dream job, about how to discover the various horse breeds. We also learn how to re-discover...
Simple ground pole exercises for horses can sometimes be the most effective because riders are likely to practice them more consistently. And when it comes to movement and fitness, consistency matters above all.I often use the following ground pole...
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