March Must Haves: Treat Yourself Edition, Equestrian Style

Spring has sprung, and that means spring styles are hot off the press. After a long winter…whether that involved braving rain and snow or sprinting the ridiculously long distance between the barns and rings at Thermal, you deserve a little treat before settling in for the summer show season (and your horse might want one too). Hell, who are we kidding? We just want a good excuse to treat ourselves. We rounded up a few of our most lusted after luxe pieces that are well worth the splurge, plus threw in some indulgent treats for your well deserving equine partner. […]

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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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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: 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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Must Haves for the Equestrian: August Picks

  There’s no two ways around it: August is HOT. It’s also peak show season, so while you’re gearing up for year end championships, we’ve rounded up a few must haves to make your summer shows a little bit easier. From show breeches that give you that pilates body but without the pilates, to a sports bra that keeps your shoulders back, to a sno-cone cocktail machine….we’ve got you covered. And since we know it’s not just the ladies sweating it out in the show ring, we’ve included a few gems for the men amongst us as well.   1. RJ […]

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Congrats Skylar Wireman on USEF National Junior Hunter Championship!

The Equestrian Confidential team would like to congratulate trainer mom Shayne Berridge Wireman, Owner and Head Trainer of Chestnut Hills, & her student/daughter Skylar Wireman on their big win! Skylar and her horse Captivated won the USEF National Jr. Hunter Championship West for Small 3’3″ 17& under Stay tuned for Shayne’s articles coming soon, where she’ll share her best tips and advice for show bound amateurs.

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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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