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“The Judge Didn’t Like Me”

BY CARLY PHOON Competing in equitation can be humbling. For me, a little moment of learning came from my last equitation flat class. First, a flashback to the beginning of the show season: Eq flat classes...

Cleaning Your Boots: A Necessary Evil

BY CARLY PHOON Friday night: You get home, about to crash on your couch, watch TV, and dream about executing flawless rounds at the horse show tomorrow. Suddenly, a nasty thought jolts you back to...

My Horse Show Dad Actually Tried Riding!

BY CARLY PHOON My dad is the classic, supportive horse show dad. He listens to rapid-fire accounts of my rounds, and raving over my equestrian idols. He grudgingly watches USEF videos with me. Tries to...

Horses Teach Mandy Porter Humility As She Trains Them to Reach Their Best

BY CARLY PHOON In the midst of the wonderful craziness at the Del Mar National, I had the privilege to talk with international show jumper and trainer Mandy Porter. Based out of San Diego, CA,...

A Prix-cisely Grand Weekend at Del Mar

BY CARLY PHOON On May 4th and 5th, the Del Mar Grandstand Arena was the place to be! The $25,000 Surfside Grand Prix (presented by The Competitive Equestrian) took place on Friday, May 4th. This qualifying...

My Goal to Own a Horse: From a Lopsided Equestrian

BY CARLY PHOON Being fully responsible for a living, breathing, animal– to some, the matter is mentioned with a casual shrug. But to me, it’s exciting, daunting, and a long-term goal. One day, I will...

Seeing My Future Through Losing My Heart Horse

BY CARLY PHOON I’m close to the two-year mark without my heart horse. Horses, for me, have always been a constant in an otherwise unpredictable world. Ever present in my life from a young age, I...

Riding is a Sport. Alright?

BY CARLY PHOON The most tiresome conversation of all is explaining horseback riding as a sport to a skeptic. We’re accustomed to the responses: “Isn’t it really easy?” “So you just sit there.” Or our...