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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Must Haves: Treat Yourself, Equestrian Style

Spring has sprung, and that means spring and summer styles are hot off the press. After a long winter…whether that involved braving rain and snow or sprinting the ridiculously long distance between the barns and rings at Thermal, you deserve a little treat before settling in for the summer show season (and your horse might want one too). Hell, who are we kidding? We just want a good excuse to treat ourselves. We rounded up a few of our most lusted after luxe pieces that are well worth the splurge, plus threw in some indulgent treats for your well deserving […]

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Tips for Photographing Horses with Photographer & Pony Mom Erin Perryman

We all love our horses and probably have 3/4 of our iPhone memory devoted to photos and videos of our ponies. However, most of them probably aren’t exactly frame worthy. So we asked professional photographer and mom to a very passionate pony rider, Erin Perryman, a few tips for discovering our inner artist when pointing the lens at our (very patient) horses. Take it away, Erin: I love photographing horses.  Honestly, I was never a “horse person” or “horse photographer” until my daughter started riding at the age of 5, she’s now almost 8.  I’m still not sure I would consider myself […]

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Protecting Your Skin for Equestrians

Let’s face it: riders are out in the sun. A lot. Sure, we wear semi-ridiculous looking giant helmet visors, we cover our faces ringside like we’re about to pull an Ocean’s 11 heist, and we pack on mineral sunscreen powder ever 4 minutes just in case. Still – between lessons in the blazing sun, week long shows mid summer, and afternoon rosé on the viewing deck – equestrians are facing an awful lot of sun damage. We’ve teamed up with amazing dermatologist, Dr. Deborah Atkin, for on ongoing series all about skincare for the adult amateur rider. Dr. Atkin sees […]

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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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