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Hunter Jumper

Since the age of 4 when Irish native Susan Oakes first started riding aside on her donkey, Rosie, she has been raising the bar for herself, literally. Oakes currently holds the sidesaddle world record over the puissance wall (6'8")...
With the team competition behind them, the top 35 riders returned today to compete for the individual show jumping medals, the last medals of the equestrian events at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Their faults from previous rounds did not...
Yesterday’s first round of team show jumping competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics brought mixed emotions for supporters of the U.S. team. The Americans progressed with no faults on the team score and in a four-way tie for first...
Embed from Getty Images Tap the arrows on the side of the image above to scroll through the slideshow. Show Jumping at the Rio 2016 Olympics continued today with the second individual/first team round. Today's round determines which eight teams will...
Embed from Getty Images Tap the arrows on the image above to scroll through the slideshow. Of the three Olympic equestrian sports, show jumping enjoys the most widespread popularity. More countries send athletes for jumping than for dressage or eventing. It’s...
On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the United States Equestrian Federation announced the four horse-and-rider pairs and one alternate who will be representing the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer. Fans of the sport...
Trends in the hunter and jumper rings can take decades to change, which is great news for riders who want to stay current on a limited budget. Currently, color is one trend sweeping the show arenas, as are light,...

Counter Bending to Canter

Q: I’ve seen professional riders counter bend their horse before asking for a canter transition from the walk or trot. When I counter bend, my horse just feels disconnected with his neck to the outside. How can I make...
Q: I have a 2-year-old gelding that I want to train to jump. Is that too young? If so, how old would he have to be? A: Most trainers won’t ride horses at all during their 2-year-old year if...
  Riding over ground poles isn’t just for riders who jump; working a horse over poles has benefits no matter what discipline you ride! Some of these benefits include: strengthening his hind end (especially helpful for horses coming off...
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