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Mary Mairs Chapot

BY ANN JAMIESON "I've always loved animals," says Mary Chapot. "We always had dogs in the family. And horses were another animal to love, to pet, to hug." While Mary's mother loved horses, and wanted to...

Michael Page: It’s About the Ride

BY ANN JAMIESON A sign in Michael Page's tack room reads "It was never about the ribbon; it was about the ride and the horse that got me there."  The list of his accomplishments easily covers...

Bernie Traurig – A Man for All Disciplines

BY ANN JAMIESON "My first ride on a horse was with my mother, and I was 11 years old. It was at a place called Whitey's Stables on Long Island. My mother was a pleasure...

Carleton Brooks: The Horse Comes First

BY ANN JAMIESON At Balmoral, “The horse comes first.” Carleton and Traci Brooks believe horses should be treated as individuals. There are no cookie cutter training scenarios at their Southern California farms. ”You look at...

Always at the Barn: Why Pony Rider Helena Timpany Has a ‘Bright, Bright Future’

BY ANN JAMIESON Helena Timpany was only two years old when she was first hoisted up on a pony at a birthday party. “It was the best birthday party the kids ever had,” her mother...

Saving Fred Astaire

BY ANN JAMIESON I wasn’t looking for a horse when Tucker (Fred Astaire) appeared in my life. I still had my first horse, Odie, and my show horse, Nicky. But when my friend, top breeder...

Help Save the School Horses

BY ANN JAMIESON School horses are the lifeblood of our business. Almost every equestrian in the country had their initial ride on the back of a trusted schoolie. But the nation, the world, is in turmoil....

Anne Kursinski: It’s All About the Horse

BY ANN JAMIESON “That’s all I ever wanted to do, ride, and be with horses,” states Anne Kursinski, one of the all-time leading riders in United States show jumping history. Getting her start as a...

Kathy Kusner: Boldly Going Where No Woman Has Gone Before

BY ANN JAMIESON Kathy Kusner has gone where no woman has gone before. Her successful legal case in 1968 allowed her to become the first licensed woman jockey in the United States, opening up the...

Riding With Life: Melanie Smith Taylor

BY ANN JAMIESON The cover photo on her website says it all. It’s not of Melanie Smith and Calypso earning the gold medal in L.A., or of Melanie on the Olympic podium. Instead, Melanie Smith Taylor is cuddling...

A Legendary Team: Idle Dice and Rodney Jenkins

BY ANN JAMIESON He was the first horse inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. His principal rider was the most successful show jumper in history, a member of 16 Nations’ Cup teams and ten World Championships, winning...

Leslie Burr Howard, Fast and Fearless

BY ANN JAMIESON Leslie Burr Howard is a two-time Olympic medalist, winner of the FEI World Cup Finals, Rider of the Year, and American Horse Show Association’s Equestrian of the Year. But she began like...

Piccoli Horses: Learning Born out of Love

BY ANN JAMIESON Piccoli is a company born out of a mother’s need to help her son. Kimberly Rogers’ son, Dylan, had been born healthy, but always had an enlarged head. Kimberly was not concerned....