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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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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Last Minute Valentines Day Gifts for The Equestrian Set

Valentines Day is just around the corner and if you’re like us, you’re a little behind on this mid-week holiday. While you can wine and dine your sweetheart, how do you show the love to your friends and cohorts in the horse world? We created a quick chic & easy gift guide for your trainer, fellow riders, or most importantly – to show yourself a little much deserved self love. With gifts this good, no one will care that you’re a day or two late (and when you decide to treat yourself, it’s really the thought that counts). Snaks 5th […]

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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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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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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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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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Amateur Spotlight: Pam Theodosakis

Name:Pam Theodosakis Age: 55 Rancho Santa Fe, CA How many years have you been riding? 8 What divisions do you show in? Low A/O 36 & Over and Adults 50 & Over Horse’s show names: Taboo, Buddha, & Happy Hour Why did you start riding? My daughters inspired me to learn to ride but sadly they stopped with High School and College. Highlight of your amateur career so far? Winning top ribbons at the Hampton Classic 2016 Favorite horse show?Hampton Classic and Menlo, and showing on the grass at The Oaks Favorite hotel at away shows?Rosewood at Menlo and St Regis at the Oaks Favorite hunt […]

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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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