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10 Signs you have the Wrong Instructor
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If your instructor is able to get through more than three bottles of wine in a lesson, you probably have the wrong instructor. Or your instructor has the wrong pupil. You should never drive instructors to alcoholism, no ...
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Finola - The Comeback
17th Sep 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
Finola’s rehabilitation process was a long one. Weeks upon weeks of roadwork to strengthen her tendons and build muscles, and still weeks more of gentle schooling until she was ready to really hit the flatwork hard. At the beginning of the year, Finola had come back relatively un ...
Our First Horse Show Together
26th Aug 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   ImaCoolCowgirl
I've been horse crazy for as long as my parents can remember. I used to love going to shows to watch all the pretty horses, which sadly for them, lead to a new dream of not only working with, but owning a horse and eventually showing. I had been lucky enough to participate in a s ...
The Nature of the Crazy Eventer Among The Stars - Part 5 of 8 Baby Horse Diaries - If Baby Horses Could Name Things Crazy Stunts with Olop - Jumping Backwards - Part 3
Training For My First Vaulting Competition
10th Aug 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   Oak Valley
With summer coming to an end, so is the vaulting competition season. It’s been a great first year, and I’ve had so many amazing opportunities! In September it will be a year that I’ve been vaulting and I’d like to share my first year with you guys! I’ve gotten so much out of this ...
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Learning the Basics of Vaulting
24th Jul 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   Oak Valley
When most people talk about equestrian sports they think of the well-known disciplines such as dressage, jumping, reining, and cross country. Many people forget about vaulting and some have never even heard of it before. The most common question I get asked is "What is vaulting?” ...
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My Dream of Showing Was Coming True
7th Jul 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   Pdeletedpp
All I thought about when I was six was horses. I dreamed of galloping through a field in the country at sunset. I prayed that I would have my own horse. This is the story of myself and my life with horses. I asked my Mom if I could learn how to ride and I had to use a lot of ...
Super Levi's Extreme Mustang Makeover
21st Apr 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   SuperLevi
Follow the journey of two wild mustangs from the selection process, to the auction, pick up day, day 1, first touch, all the way up to the $75,000 youth division competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Share the experience of a life time as's very own seven year veteran mem ...
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2012 Georgia 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl
25th Feb 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   Winny the Poo
In January My 4-H Horse Club went to Monroe, Ga for our STATE OF GEORGIA 4-H HORSE QUIZ BOWL. If you join a 4-H club near you it's lots of fun, but I think it is only in The United States. You can compete in Horse Quiz Bowl, Horse Judging, and Hippo Logy Team. It was my first yea ...
FFA Horse Judging
14th Feb 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   Seven Sins
During my years in high school we had a program through my schools agriculture department called FFA, which was once known as Future Farmers of America. Although that name isn't used anymore because it let to the false belief that FFA was just for farmers. During my senior year I ...
The Nature of the Crazy Eventer
26th Jan 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
Those of you who event, or know somebody who events, will surely agree with me when I say that the sport defies all logic. It’s like trying to take a convertible around a 4X4 track, or going skydiving using a plastic packet as a parachute. It is completely nonsensical, no matter ...
Should Equestrian Vaulters Be Required To Wear Helmets?
23rd Jan 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   Oak Valley
One of the main questions in vaulting is why don't we wear helmets? The answer is that all of the experts, world wide, confer that not only do helmets not improve safety; they can actually increase the risk of injury. The reason helmets are not considered to improve safety is ...
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The Nature of the Not-So-Sane Show Rider
19th Jan 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
Anybody who has done showing must know that you can’t be completely sane to choose to wake up at 4AM, and work for a good three hours getting your horse to look its best for a few boring minutes, just so that somebody else can judge it. There is absolutely no chance that it is wo ...
Are You Ready For The 2012 Show Season?
29th Dec 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   PonyBox
2012 is only a few days away and has put together five videos to help you get ready for the 2012 horse show season. Are you ready to work harder and longer to perform better than last year? Let us know how you are preparing to make 2012 a better year for you and your ...
Meeting a Kentucky Derby Winner
16th Nov 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   mosquito
One of the benefits of being in a syndicate is the farm visits that the organizers arrange for their members. Out here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t have many of the massive breeding farms that you find in Kentucky, but do have some hidden gems. One of these is Ben Root’s Oa ...
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Owning a Racehorse – End of Season Update!
7th Nov 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   mosquito
I was sure it was going to be her day. After all, she’d run close to winning most of her previous races, and the horses that beat her were now out of maiden races (races for horses that have never won a race). That left us with just the fillies she’d beaten before, so today had t ...
My First Show Experience
17th Oct 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   lovehorse
As I walked down to Cherry's stable carrying the water bucket, I thought about how lucky I was to have this beautiful chestnut as mine. I stood there for a second, daydreaming about Cherry, forgetting how heaving the water was. I could have been standing there all day, but I was ...
Horses Give Us The Wings We Lack
21st Sep 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Standardbred
Have you had that feeling of pure helplessness? If you have you know that it's very unsettling. Well last weekend I had a horse show on a horse I had only ridden a few times. His name is Stink. At the show I was scared because he isn't my horse and his owner who is my riding c ...
National Junior Championships – Part Six
20th Aug 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
I closed my legs around her sides, waiting for the beautiful feeling of harmony I’d felt over the two previous jumps. At the last minute, Finola seemed to lose heart, and she slammed on brakes. She skidded into the base of the jump – hocks nearly touching the ground – and ende ...
Owning A Racehorse Update
31st Jul 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   mosquito
You may remember a previous article by me, ‘Owning a racehorse may be closer than you think’, about venturing into racehorse syndicates. I shared with you pictures of Redseasalt, the filly we had bought a share in, and promised I’d let you know how it went. here’s the first updat ...
My Trip To The United States Pony Club Festival
28th Jul 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Purple BITS
I recently attended the United States Pony Club Festival in Lexington, Kentucky. The festival combines all three regional championships and also has an educational portion with mounted and unmounted clinics. I participated in five mounted clinics. I did two dressage clinics, one ...
Model Horse Showing Tips
4th Jul 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   FreeRein
Many people who love horses have these wonderful things called model horses. They come in all different shapes, breeds, and brands. If you don’t have the time to own a real horse, the miniature world of model horse showing is for you! The types of model horse showing include ...
Mark Toddy Todd - The Equestrian Comeback kid
22nd Jun 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Valkyrie
He may just be history's biggest comeback kid – ever. Mark (“Toddy”) Todd recently became the oldest person to ever win the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials at the ripe old age of 55, beating previous record-holder Andrew Hoy by eight years. Winner of two consecutive individ ...
One Summer Wasn't Long Enough
15th Jun 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Standardbred
Tally was the first horse I had ever ridden. Yeah, I have ridden those little ponies at the zoo, but who hasn't, and it wasn't like she was the first horse I had ever seen, since my grandparents race Standardbreds. There was something about that summer that I will never forge ...
May 22nd Hunter Jumper Horse Show
1st Jun 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Uphill Climb
The show day started at 5AM when I got up and started getting ready for the show. At about 6AM I went out to the barn and packed up all my tack. My horse, Queenie, Had been braided the night before and I left a neck cover and a blanket on that night. Once the trucks arrived, w ...
My First USEA Horse Show
30th May 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Madeirey
James came up to me and said “OK, I want you to keep your eyes up, sit up, and put your leg on all the way to the jumps. If she doesn’t listen to your leg the first time go right to your stick and give her a tap. If she doesn’t listen to that give her a smack and growl at her.” I ...
Retraining A Racehorse – Moonfire – Cross Country - Part 3
28th May 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
I stabilized my lower leg to get my hands looser and softer and keep my balance in my seat, then rode Moony up and down the hills again. He was certainly more forward and eager uphill now that I was riding properly, but still hesitating on the downhill. So I set my weight back ...
Retraining A Racehorse – Moonfire – Cross Country - Part 2
19th May 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
On 26 February 2011, there was an open day at one of the nicest show venues in the Province, and also one of the few that is never available to rent for public use – it is used for shows only, as is the rule. Thus, it was a great opportunity to go here and jump the cross country ...
May 14th Horse Show
17th May 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Dark Star
This weekend I had a horse show with my newest show horse, Dee. A little information on her, Dee is a 6 year old solid chestnut paint mare owned and trained by my trainer, who I lease from. She is trained in barrels, poles, western/english pleasure, hunt seat, some jumping, horse ...
National Junior Championships – Part Five
8th May 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
After these fantastic results, we faced our first hint of a problem. I felt a strange choppiness in Finola’s stride, and suddenly placing her became difficult. The stride I saw didn’t seem quite as good as before, but Finola still made a plan and kept jumping, though perhaps not ...
Poppy Seed Ranked Top Horse By
8th May 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   PonyBox
Poppy Seed has climbed the charts recently to the worlds top show horse by Ponystats. is the only world ranking of horses that charts professional and non-professional show horses together. On May 8th, Poppy Seed climbed to the Ponystats number 1 ranking. ...
Surviving The Warm-up Arena
9th Apr 2011   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
Have you ever taken a moment at a show, to pause before entering the warm up? Do you ever look into that deadly hornets’ nest of an arena and think, 'Holy doughnuts, I’m going to get crushed in there!' If you haven’t – good for you – but those of us with any sense of self preserv ...
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