Read This if You’re Always Hearing “Shoulders Back!”

As amateurs, we get away with a little more leeway in the realm of equitation and posture than our junior rider counterparts. Sure, we all want to look great on a horse (and maybe win an amateur medal or two) but we’re not about to spend hours in the saddle doing flatwork sans stirrups or stare in the ringside mirror wondering if our shoulders are back quite far enough – the mirror is for pondering if one’s but has gotten bigger or smaller recently, after all. And let’s be real here: we have trainers to yell “for the love of […]

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Inside a Winning Mindset with International Competitor Michelle Rodal

When it comes to crafting a winning mindset, Michelle Rodal is the champ. Michelle’s an accomplished Grand Prix rider (and that’s putting it lightly) who has participated in four FEI World Cup Finals. She’s represented the United States in numerous Nations Cup competitions before recently beginning to ride in International competition under the Mexican flag. She also earned an MBA and currently runs boutique sales operation Morgan Hill Partners, Inc. Michelle is obviously wildly successful, but when you meet her, you can instantly tell that it’s pure passion for the sport and the horses that drives Michelle in every aspect […]

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Tips from a Trainer: Don’t Overthink It

USHJA certified trainer & instructor Jasmin Stair of Jasmin Stair Stables at Fortuna Del Charro in Rancho Santa Fe, California is back to give us some perspective on adjusting your mindset to get the most out of your riding experience.    As a trainer and a competitor, one thing that is always hard – no matter what level you ride at – is learning something new or practicing difficult tasks in the ring when you can’t stop stressing and overthinking. Overthinking is something we all deal with. We’re human, we have lives, and we worry. We worry about our riding […]

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Horse Shows: It Takes a Village

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, Friends, & Significant Others Us equestrians are slightly insane (but at least we’re aware of it), and it takes a crew of very understanding non-horsey people to support us through our ups, downs, and way downs. Sure, they may never quite understand why we […]

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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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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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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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Yoga for Equestrians

Ignore those people who say ‘riding isn’t a sport’; we all know that riding is a serious workout. Whether you’re riding in the low AA hunters or the 1.20 jumpers, having strength and flexibility seriously ups your game in the saddle. Core strength, hip flexibility, back and should strength, and strong lower legs all contribute to riding correctly, winning ribbons in the eq, and staying on if your horse decides to embarrass you by bucking like a rodeo horse after the single oxer. Yoga is one of the absolute best ways for riders to get fit out of the saddle in a […]

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Remembering Courses: Tips From A Trainer

Do you panic about learning your jumper course or medal round, or even your hunter rounds? When your heart is racing and points are on the line, it can be tough even to remember a good ol’ side-diagonal-side, not to mention trickier elements like jump offs, trot fences, and work offs. Here are a few tips, straight from a trainer’s mouth, to help you remember your courses easier so you can focus on the details of your going-to-be-awesome ride! Remember – you practice this stuff at home week after week, year after year so don’t stress! Shows might feel completely […]

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Barn to Boardroom: Amateur Riders Balancing Work & Riding

Showing takes a lot of dedication, practice, and toughness. From hours in the saddle practicing course after grid after pole, to financial contributions, to long show days – the ladies (and gents) who ride on the county and ‘A’ circuits are fully invested in their passion. Even when it’s not show season, ammys know that taking more than a week or two off from riding means a sore back and legs for days, so you can usually find them in a lesson even when their schedules are crazy. A lot of riders have equally demanding careers, that they carefully balance […]

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