Yoga for Equestrians

Ignore those people who say ‘riding isn’t a sport’; we all know that riding is a serious workout. Whether you’re riding in the low AA hunters or the 1.20 jumpers, having strength and flexibility seriously ups your game in the saddle. Core strength, hip flexibility, back and should strength, and strong lower legs all contribute to riding correctly, winning ribbons in the eq, and staying on if your horse decides to embarrass you by bucking like a rodeo horse after the single oxer. Yoga is one of the absolute best ways for riders to get fit out of the saddle in a […]

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Congrats Skylar Wireman on USEF National Junior Hunter Championship!

The Equestrian Confidential team would like to congratulate trainer mom Shayne Berridge Wireman, Owner and Head Trainer of Chestnut Hills, & her student/daughter Skylar Wireman on their big win! Skylar and her horse Captivated won the USEF National Jr. Hunter Championship West for Small 3’3″ 17& under Stay tuned for Shayne’s articles coming soon, where she’ll share her best tips and advice for show bound amateurs.

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Amateur Spotlight: Sybil Rose

Name: Sybil Rose Age: 24 Location: Del Mar, CA How many years have you been riding? 17 years What division(s) do you show in? 3’3”, 3’6” AO Hunters, Adult Equitation Medals Horses show names: HLF Wanderlust, Ciacolini, Centurion, Typecast, Casani Z Why did you start riding? I started riding when I moved from Seattle, WA to Phoenix, Arizona in 2000. My mom thought it would be a fun activity for our family to enjoy together… little did she we would still be enjoying it 17 years later! Highlight of your amateur career so far? Competing in the AO hunters at […]

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Remembering Courses: Tips From A Trainer

Do you panic about learning your jumper course or medal round, or even your hunter rounds? When your heart is racing and points are on the line, it can be tough even to remember a good ol’ side-diagonal-side, not to mention trickier elements like jump offs, trot fences, and work offs. Here are a few tips, straight from a trainer’s mouth, to help you remember your courses easier so you can focus on the details of your going-to-be-awesome ride! Remember – you practice this stuff at home week after week, year after year so don’t stress! Shows might feel completely […]

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Barn to Boardroom: Amateur Riders Balancing Work & Riding

Showing takes a lot of dedication, practice, and toughness. From hours in the saddle practicing course after grid after pole, to financial contributions, to long show days – the ladies (and gents) who ride on the county and ‘A’ circuits are fully invested in their passion. Even when it’s not show season, ammys know that taking more than a week or two off from riding means a sore back and legs for days, so you can usually find them in a lesson even when their schedules are crazy. A lot of riders have equally demanding careers, that they carefully balance […]

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Must Haves for the Equestrian: July Picks

  Ok we’re not going to lie here – definitely the most important item on July’s pick list is our amazing branded aluminum ‘This Might Be Wine’ signature logo bottle. It perfectly epitomizes amateur life, and not to mention that it keeps “water” (which might be chardonnay, if we’re being real) cold for hours while you’re sweating your life away at the summer shows. In addition to this gem, we’ve rounded up some fashion finds that will help take you from the show ring to cocktails without much effort. When you’re already combating sweat and heat, take having to worry […]

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What Is The Equestrian Confidential?

The Equestrian Confidential was born from a need for an online space for the huge community of horse show addicted, dedicated, horse loving amateur riders to connect, converse, and come to for tips, tricks, wine recommendations, a good laugh, and a hefty dose of positivity. The EC was created by a dynamic duo of one trainer with a barn full of mildly anxious, hard working, highly social adult riders – and one of those very adult amateurs – both who realized the community was missing a place for everyone to come together (outside of their own barns). While there are […]

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