Amateur Spotlight: Romi Skolnik

Named Best Adult Rider of 2017 by the Greater San Diego Hunter Jumper Association, Romi Skolnik is not one to be missed. Don’t worry – you likely won’t miss her and her painted mount, Hanky Panky, around the Southern California shows; not only is “Hank” an eye catching drink of water, but Romi stands out from the crowd both in and out of the saddle with her warm personality and effervescent positivity. After a long and successful Junior career, Romi has effortlessly transitioned into Amateur life, rocking the medal, equitation, and hunter rings and racking up top honors like the […]

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Tips from a Trainer: Setting Riding & Horse Show Goals for The New Year

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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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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Amateur Spotlight: Stephanie Wilbur

It’s the best time of the month again – Amatuer Spotlight time! Today we’re highlighting one of our favorite Adult Amateurs on the GSDHJA circuit in San Diego. Stephanie Wilbur and her stunning show partner Winston ISF took the circuit by storm this year, and she’s even been known to be seen around town toting an Equestrian Confidential ‘This Might Be Wine’ water bottle. So obviously, she’s one of our very favorites. Get to know how Stephanie returned to riding as an adult, her go-to podcast & book for conquering show nerves, and her best tips and tricks for her […]

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Amateur Spotlight: Leslie Hazard

Our first amateur spotlight of October is Leslie Hazard, and we couldn’t start this off without congratulating Leslie on her amazing showing at the GSDHJA 2017 Champ Show! This show was particularly special for Leslie, as Jasmin Stair Stables dedicated the show week to Leslie’s longtime trainer and friend, the incomparable Nancy Reed, who’s spirit was watching over Leslie and her mount, Final Edition, as they rode in her honor. Leslie kicks ass and takes names in the hunter and eq rings – if you show in San Diego, you’ve definitely seen her killer position and smooth sailing in the […]

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