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Visible Homes: Breaking New Grounds in Real Estate

BY JESS CLAWSON Owning a horse farm is a lifestyle, whether it houses just a few companion horses or dozens of elite equine athletes. For many people, that lifestyle is a dream, but Nichole McCaig...

Effective Cooling Strategies for Summer Riding

BY JESS CLAWSON Summer is associated with a lot of extra daylight, beach vacations, and lovely hot weather. We may love it, but it can be really hard on our horses. As Dr. David Ramey says,...

Four Winds Farm and Equine Hospital Offers the Complete Package of Equestrian Excellence

BY JESS CLAWSON Rittmueller’s father, Dr. Kim Braeutigam, runs Four Winds Equine Hospital and Michigan Equine Surgical Associates on the same property where her mother, Chris Braeutigam, established her riding school. “My grandfather had a mixed...

From Backyard Ponies to A Shows: Ada Cosby’s Career Proves the Power of Loving...

BY JESS CLAWSON For many of us, riding as a kid meant galloping bareback through fields instead of glossy ponies and hunter courses. Ada Cosby is no exception. She began riding at six years old...

What to Do About Your Horse’s Summer Skin Issues

BY JESS CLAWSON We’re getting into summer weather now, and with no end to the rain in at least half the country, we’re all going to have to be keeping a close eye on our...

Prioritizing the Horse Yields Great Rewards for JJ Lavieri & Cassidy Equestrian Services

BY JESS CLAWSON JJ Lavieri had what was, for many horse lovers, the dream childhood. His parents owned a Venezuelan cattle ranch where he spent much of his time. “I was always on a horse,”...

How to Get That Shiny Coat for Your Horse

BY JESS CLAWSON One of my favorite things about going to horse shows is seeing all the beautiful, well-groomed horses. It takes a lot of work on the day of the show to turn the...

Morgan Caplane: From County Shows to the Grand Prix Ring

BY JESS CLAWSON Morgan Caplane got her start in horses in the most delightfully unfettered way a child could, and has grown that seed of passion into a successful imports and sales business in California....

Tail Care Tricks for Different Kinds of Tails

BY JESS CLAWSON At every boarding barn I’ve been a part of for as long as I can remember, one critical grooming protocol is debated: should we brush our horses’ tails every day, or only...

Peg Seals: From a $100 Pony to the Hall of Fame

BY JESS CLAWSON Peg Seals got her start riding ponies at birthday parties, and is now one of the top professionals on the East Coast. She owns Freedom Farm in Smithfield, Virginia—a full service boarding...

Pam Baker’s Quest for Empathy in the Hunter/Jumper Sport

BY JESS CLAWSON Pam Baker’s name is familiar in the hunter/jumper world, and with good reason. She has spent a lifetime in the industry. A master of the craft, she has worked with horses and...

The Clothes Horse: Decades of Excellent Craftsmanship Bring Lifelong Rewards

BY JESS CLAWSON There’s something so elegant about the perfectly turned out horse in a custom cooler. For decades, The Clothes Horse has set the bar for horsewear and is well known for providing the...

Maria Shannon Continues a Legacy of Supreme Horsemanship at The Barracks in Virginia

BY JESS CLAWSON Maria Shannon has been riding since before she could walk. She had the good fortune to be born into an equestrian family. Parents Tom and Claiborne Bishop, owners of The Barracks in...

Kaitlyn Boggio is Out & Proud in the Horse World

BY JESS CLAWSON This Pride Month project of having queer equestrian conversations has been a special experience, and one that I hope readers are carrying on in their own communities too. One person I’ve been...

Christopher Webb on Being a Gay Man in the Horse World

BY JESS CLAWSON The horse world, at least the English side of it, seems to have a lot more openly gay men involved than in other professional sports. While it isn’t clear that the same...

Hoof Care: What Works

BY JESS CLAWSON It’s no secret that I love thoroughbreds for a great many reasons: their tendency to be decent jumpers, their sensitive natures, and their proficiency in eventing. But if you asked all thoroughbred...

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...

It’s Pride Month! What Does That Mean?

By Jess Clawson June means a lot of things in the horse world: Devon, Upperville, the end of the school year, the beginning of summer. For a lot of us, it also means the start of...

Daniel Stewart’s Equestrian Athlete Camp Part 3: Broken Mirrors and Bamboo Trees

BY JESS CLAWSON For more sports psychology insight and training advice, check out parts one and two of this series. A long time ago when I couldn’t afford a horse and needed to get my...

Malvern Saddlery: Built on Tradition, Sustained by Quality

BY JESS CLAWSON Quality and care have always been priorities for Jill Apfelbaum, proprietor of the stylish and classic Malvern Saddlery located in Malvern, Pennsylvania. As a young girl, Apfelbaum was obsessed with horses and...

Hard Work & Good Horsemanship Pay Off for Alliyah & Kierstin Antoniadis

BY JESS CLAWSON Alliyah and Kierstin Antoniadis are young riders demonstrating the value of horsemanship to a successful riding career. Many adults remember being horse crazy kids who were dropped off at the barn for an...

Tack Cleaning Tips for When You’ve Really Got to Make it Sparkle

BY JESS CLAWSON Maintaining proper daily maintenance for your tack means that when it’s time to really deep clean it, whether for a big horse show or Pony Club turnout inspection, you’re working from a...