For many equestrians, we live in a day-in, day-out routine which is very satisfying. We take care of our horses, we maintain our property, we train our horses to be better partners and athletes. But every now and then, we want to shake up the routine and experience new adventures. Here are five bucket list adventures for equestrians looking for something big, bold, and new.
Go riding in the Big City: Cities were built by horses, and some cities still boast riding stables. In New York City, Chateau Stables (www.centralparkhorsebackrides.com) offers riding on Central Park’s […]
Is your child a horseback rider? Horses and kids are an amazing match, with studies showing that children learn to take responsibility and initiative through horse-care and riding. Equestrian kids tend to have better grades and higher graduation rates than other students. And there are great organizations to support children who ride horseback throughout their school-age and college years, making the journey easier for parents and even providing valuable educational assistance and scholarships.
The Interscholastic Equestrian Federation is one such organization. The Interscholastic Equestrian Federation allows students in grades 6-12 the opportunity to field teams in either […]
Spring is here (at least, the meteorologists say so) and it’s time to start thinking about horse shows. Not just the ones you’re planning on competing in, but the ones you want to go see! Horse shows are a great spectator sport, so let’s look at three big shows coming this spring that you won’t want to miss.
1. Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event
This annual event is the only five-star three-day-event in North America, and it heralds the beginning of eventing’s upper-level season. Rolex Kentucky routinely draws top […]
Fall horse shows can be trying, what with mud and rain and cold winds and all, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that in fall, an equestrian competitor’s thoughts turn to indoor events.
And the largest indoor show of them all, the Washington International Horse Show, is about to kick off its 56th installment in the nation’s capitol.
The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) has changed venues throughout the years, beginning in the Old Armory downtown. Stabling was in the basement, the schooling area was only available in the mornings, before competition began. Later […]
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During the 2014 World Equestrian Games, keep an eye out for the Para-Dressage competition. You’ll see horse-and-rider teams competing at the highest level of international dressage, just like in the standard dressage competition. But you’ll also see riders who are overcoming physical difficulties and impairments that might keep many people off any horse, let alone ride down the center line in Normandy during the most prestigious equestrian competition in the world.
Competitions in para-dressage began in Great Britain in the 1970s, as a response to the growing […]
Ready for something new with your horse?
Maybe it’s time to think outside of the traditional disciplines. These three new horse sports aren’t necessarily brand-new, but none of these disciplines fit into the classic English/Western molds most of us are accustomed to. And that’s precisely the appeal for many riders!
Horseball: We talked about Horseball on this site back in February — Horseball is a hot new sport in Europe, Mexico, and Canada, and will be part of the World Equestrian Games in Normandy this August. The sport involves a soccer ball with handles […]
If the Triple Crown season has you thinking about Thoroughbreds, you’re not alone!
Springtime Thoroughbred events are on the rise, led by the Retired Racehorse Project’s incredibly popular Thoroughbreds For All! event, which just celebrated its second year at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event.
More and more people are choosing retired racehorses to be their next riding companion. Are you considering adding an off-track Thoroughbred to your herd? Luckily, there is plenty of support out there for prospective Thoroughbred owners. You don’t have to worry about going it alone.
The aforementioned Retired […]
One of the most celebrated equestrian events in the world, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, is almost here!
Taking place April 24th to April 27th, 2014, this annual event at the Kentucky Horse Park brings the crème de la crème of the three-day eventing sport to the Bluegrass. Along with exhibitions, a trade fair, and world-class equestrian sport, Kentucky Horse Park http://kyhorsepark.com will also present the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup, for two FEI competitions in one weekend.
This makes Rolex weekend a unique opportunity for equestrian enthusiasts to witness top horse […]