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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Yoga for Equestrians: Fall Edition

With summer show season over and fall holidays coming up, we all need a little loosing up and maybe a little extra exercise now that we’re not being tortured with sitting trots and stirrup-less lessons. It’s time to give your mind and body a break before the winter show season kicks into gear, and what better what than a little bit of yoga curated especially for equestrians? Our resident yoga guru & rider, Emilie Gaffney, is back with a yoga move that will help strengthen your position while you let go of all that horse show stress. Take it away, Emilie…. […]

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Anti-Aging Skincare Secrets for Riders

Riding might give you super toned inner thighs and an enviable booty, but it’s not exactly kind to the skin. Hours upon hours out in the blazing sun (check out our post on sun protection for riding HERE), wind, and cold (not to mention a good amount of bouncing around) doesn’t do much to help in the fight against again. While we’re all for aging gracefully, we’re also pretty into being able to go sans-makeup at a show and feel like a million bucks, so a good anti-agin skincare routine is crucial if you, like us, spend a lot of […]

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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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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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September Must Haves

Summer is drawing to a close, and it’s time to ring in fall (it might be 90 degrees out still, but we’re pretty ready for donning fall colors and switching our wine from rosé to reds). We’ve rounded up our top picks for September – we’ve got you covered with a gorgeous jacket in the most amazing fall color, high vibe jewelry discreet enough to wear under your show clothes, denim breeches that can easily transition from post-work ride to post-ride cocktails, and more. Also, have you ordered your Equestrian Confidential Logo Bottle yet?? Order yours now to get it […]

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Amateur Spotlight: Piper Klemm

Get to know Piper Klemm – an amateur rider, horse lover, newlywed, and owner of your favorite equine publication – The Plaid Horse. We chatted with Piper to find out how she balances work and horses, her go-to huntcoat, her top tips for battling show anxiety, where she gets her post-ride wine and show ring sunscreen, and more.   Name: Piper Klemm, Ph.D – owner, The Plaid Horse magazine Age: 29 Location: Canton, NY  Years Riding: 23 What division(s) do you show in? Whatever I can, usually Pre-Adult or similar Hunter.  Why did you start riding? I have always loved […]

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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 To Eat On Early Show Mornings: Simple Summer Smoothie

Show weekends can be crazy….and too often we end up heading to the back gate with nothing but coffee and maybe a bite of a croissant. Think about it: every athlete out there eats to fuel their sport – riders are no different and equestrian athletes (yes, even if you’re cantering around the green rider course, you are working hard physically and mentally) need to properly fuel their bodies for optimal performance. We’ve teamed up with the Equestrian Health Coach herself, Kimball Willson, for the best health and wellness tips specifically tailored to the needs of riders. A QUICK & EASY […]

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