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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Tips from a Trainer: Setting Riding & Horse Show Goals for The New Year

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 in Rancho Santa Fe, California gave us a few tips on how to set your goals for all areas of your riding, and why you need to do it now.      LOOKING FORWARD TO SHOW SEASON Don’t wait until halfway through the summer to start […]

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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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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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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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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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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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