Horse Shows: It Takes a Village

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Once you step into the show ring, it's easy to feel alone, and like the weight of doing well is all on you. What we often forget is that even though rider and horse cross the start timers or enter a hunter ring alone, we all really enter the ring with a huge support team behind us. Family, ...

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Align Your MInds: Setting Riding and Training Goals with Your Trainer

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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Must Haves: Rider Off Duty

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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 ...

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Judge’s First Impressions In The Show Ring

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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 ...

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Amateur Spotlight: Stephanie Wilbur

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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 ...

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You Need a Little Yoga in Your Life

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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 ...

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Anti-Aging Skincare Secrets for Riders

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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 ...

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Amateur Spotlight: Leslie Hazard

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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 ...

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Tips for Photographing Horses with Photographer & Pony Mom Erin Perryman

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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 ...

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