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Horse Riding Disciplines

Horse Illustrated publishes content about a variety of horse disciplines. The various disciplines covered include: cattle events, dressage, driving, endurance and competitive trail, eventing, halter and showmanship, horse racing, hunter/jumper, reining, saddle seat, speed events, vaulting, and western pleasure. This overall category showcases articles from all covered riding types, and our subcategories breaks down the topics in the individual riding styles. Find articles that can help with training within those disciplines, news, true stories from competitors, and more within each subcategory. We love highlighting real people with their stories of triumph and tribulations, so that every rider can learn from others’ experiences.

A Q&A with Mark Bolender

Mark Bolender is a busy guy… Mark and his wife, Lee, owners of Bolender Horse Park, are the founders of…

5 days ago


2024 Kentucky Derby: Make Your Pick

Read along for a look at each horse competing in the 2024 Kentucky Derby. In 2021, 17,779 Thoroughbred foals in…

2 weeks ago

Cattle Work 101

Whether you’re new to cattle work or want to improve your cattle-driving skills, you’ll need to learn how to influence…

1 month ago

Try a Dressage Ride-a-Test Clinic

Heads up dressage, western dressage and event riders: Are you looking for a way to polish your skills and improve…

1 month ago

Antsy Horse? Here’s How to Avoid Anticipation in Pattern Classes

Whether it’s showmanship, horsemanship, trail, western riding or ranch classes, pattern competition helps show a judge the skills you and…

4 months ago

The Difference in Reining and Cow Horse Stops

A fast-stopping horse sliding into a cloud of dust is an icon for western riding. Horses in reining classes stop…

5 months ago

Perfect Your Reining and Working Cow Horse Turns

To compete in reining or working cow horse competitions, your horse will need to turn quickly in response to your…

6 months ago

The National Drive: The Largest Gathering for Horse Driving

Sometime in the early 2000s, Mike Lyon and Colonel Davis, along with other members of the horse driving community, hatched…

6 months ago

Using Horsemanship Skills in Barrel Racing

Barrel racing isn’t only about going fast. To round the three barrels in a barrel racing pattern with precision as…

9 months ago

Next Level: Tamie Smith on Alternative Therapies and Personal Fitness

At Next Level Eventing, Tamie Smith utilizes a physiotherapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, PEMF, BEMER blankets, Revitavet, laser therapy, and other therapeutic…

9 months ago