Tips from a Trainer: Setting Riding & Horse Show Goals Together

We’re almost a month into 2018, and while New Years Resolutions may have come and gone (c’mon, we went to the gym for a whole week!), it’s the perfect time to start looking at your riding goals for this year. USHJA certified trainer & instructor Jasmin Stair of Jasmin Stair Stables at Fortuna Del Charro in Rancho Santa Fe, California gave us a few tips on how to set your goals for all areas of your riding, and why you need to do it now.      LOOKING FORWARD TO SHOW SEASON Don’t wait until halfway through the summer to start […]

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Congrats to Friends of The Equestrian Confidential: Alan Smith and Romi Skolnik!

The Equestrian Confidential team would like to give a big congrats (and cheers a glass of wine) to San Diego riders Alan Smith and Romi Skolnik! If you show in Del Mar, you probably know both of these friendly faces. Alan and Romi are friends of Equestrian Confidential and two of our very favorite people. Both received big honors at the recent 2017 Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association year end awards banquet – Romi taking home the Best Adult Rider, and Alan being awarded the coveted Sportsmanship Award. Alan rides with Jasmin Stair Stables at Fortuna Del Charro in […]

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Must Haves: Rider Off Duty

January has us tiptoeing around muddy footing and getting rained out of lesson days while daydreaming of upcoming trips to Thermal and Florida. With warmer conditions and the first big shows of the season drawing near, it’s easy to just mentally check out of winter altogether. For this edition of our monthly must-haves, we’re going rider off duty with practical pieces that up the style factor whether you’re in the ring or out to lunch. Every piece on our list does double duty, taking you from saddle to Sauv Blanc in two seconds flat. They’re also perfect layering pieces for […]

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Judge’s First Impressions In The Show Ring

The performance starts when you enter the ring! First impressions are extremely important. We have about two and a half minutes to decide where you fit in our “forced rankings” compared to your competitors .  When you come into the ring show us the best  of you and your horse. If you’re using an opening circle make it big enough to help you establish the pace  you want to carry for your whole trip. Pace is a huge factor in judging both the hunters and Equitation. A large part of your score is based on how smooth and even your […]

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