Saturday, February 27, 2021

Fine Art and Horses Collide at the 75th Anniversary of the Pin Oak Charity...

BY KRISTIN PITZER Overlooking the Main Arena at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, is a large meeting space with windows that reach from nearly floor to ceiling. Looking into the room from...

Wild No More: How An Ex-Offender Tamed My Donkey and Taught Me About Humanity

BY ANDREA LONDON I met Thomas four years ago when he was in South Carolina visiting his ailing mother and sister. He had come to town to spend several weeks with them, but knew that...

How Do We Save the Wild Horses?

BY JOSY O'DONNEL Horses are fascinating animals, both incredibly resilient and frighteningly delicate. Although the genus Equus, containing the species of zebras, horses, and donkeys, seems to have originated in North America, the modern horse’s...

Still Life with Wild Horses

By Chad Hanson, PhD The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the only hours when we really live. - Richard Jeffries For years I have heard legends about the number of wild horses...

Meet Noel: Madrone Ranch Stables’ Mascot and Cart-Pulling Celebrity

BY KRISTIN PITZER Walk along the aisleway at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center (GSWEC) in Katy, Texas, during the Great Southwest Winter Series, and you will find a stall setup unlike any other. Where many...

Miracles at the Base of Mini Mountain: Healing and Love at the So Cal...

BY DIXIE AYALA 2018 Equestrian Voices Distinguished Entry We share the same name, this pony and me. She was rescued from starvation and brought to the So Cal Mini Horse Sanctuary. Jeanne Oliver, founder of the...

What You Can Do When Everything is Cancelled

Within a few days, the country went from cautiously watching COVID-19 to a series of mass cancellations. Everyone, equestrians included, is advised to stay at home. Many barns are closed, and shows are the...

DEI Community Conversations: US Equestrian Begins New Initiative with Four-Person Educational Panel

February is Black History Month, making for a particularly relevant debut for DEI Community Conversations, part of US Equestrian's Diversity Equity and Inclusion action plan announced last year. US Equestrian began DEI Community Conversations in...

Equestrian Excursion: Golden Gate Fields

BY JESS CLAWSON I love Thoroughbreds. They are definitely my breed of choice for my personal riding and showing. While I don’t have a lot of direct experience with the racing industry, I certainly appreciate...

The Future of Equestrian Money Management

By Jess Clawson Equestrian sports have seen tremendous evolution over the past two decades. From drastic improvements in veterinary technology to a whole host of new divisions at the horse shows, things are changing. Robin...

Who Says You Can’t Get Married at the Barn?

BY LISA MAE DEMASI On Thanksgiving weekend I sat atop Shadow, one of the two lesson horses I ride, just outside the indoor, wallowing in the delight of being at the barn as I chatted...

Horseback Across Three Americas

By Verne R. Albright Verne R. Albright’s expanded rewrite of the  Best Selling book about his 1966-1967 Peru-to-California ride – entitled Horseback Across Three Americas – will be for sale in the late summer...

Days End Farm Horse Rescue: Empowering Youth to Make a Difference

By Emily Daily/Jump Media Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) has worked tirelessly for more than 30 years to distinguish itself as one of the most well-respected and successful horse rescues in the United States....

5 Things to Consider When Designing an Equestrian Building

By Steve Wright Design for equestrian buildings is not like building for chickens, pigs, or other farm animals. Since most equine operations are meant for pleasure riding or show riding, there are significant differences in space...

Fit to Ride: Pilates

By Kim Harries No matter what style of riding you prefer, having a strong core, and balanced muscles will benefit both you and your horse. What happens when your horse spooks? Are you able to...

Liability Claim Trends in Our Current Climate

BY BRIAN APPLEBEE Standard insurance for your horse or equestrian business doesn’t include coverage for personal injuries such as negligent the social media behavior of infliction of emotional distress, slander, and defamation. While the horse industry...

Life in the Doghouse Showcases Inspiring Story of Relentless Dog Rescue Efforts

BY EMMA MILLER When Hurricane Katrina made catastrophic landfall in the United States’ Gulf Coast in August 2005, animal-lovers Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta made the long drive from South Carolina to Louisiana to help...

Healthy Recipes for the Avid Athlete: Better Alternatives to Horse Show Snacks

BY SARA SOMECK You’ve probably been there before. You wake up at the crack of dawn, eager to get to the horse show. There is no time to spare, so you run out of the...

7 Fun Activities for Your Barn Barbeque This Summer

BY KAITLYN YOURKOSKI In the midst of show season, we often spend a lot of times with our barn family and friends. As the nights get longer, it is the perfect opportunity for a barbecue....

Fit to Ride: Strength Training

By Kim Harries Whether you prefer to workout in the gym, at home, or one-on-one with a trainer, the benefits of strength training can be experienced in the saddle and in our every day lives,...

Why Groundwork Is So Important

By Equo The Spanish Riding School in Vienna Austria is considered by most to be the finest school of riding and horsemanship in the world. To become a member, learn classical dressage and master the...

Tire Kicker

The ad said, “Please, no tire kickers,” and I was just old enough to know that I was one. I saw it hanging on the bulletin board at the feed store in town, just...