By Haylie Kerstetter Louise Atkins is a dressage queen with a love for fancy off-the-track Thoroughbreds, so when she met Imperative, winner of $3.3 million on the racetrack, she was worried that he may not be meant for the dressage ring. But, over time, the little bay OTTB was able to win her over, just
Thursday, June 24 2021 by Ruby Tevis
By Britney Grover Excitement filled the air at Equest, Texas’ largest and oldest therapeutic horsemanship center, on a warm October day in 2000. The horses gleamed; the stable was clean; demonstration riders were at the ready. A 14-year-old girl with Down syndrome waited with a bouquet of flowers, and Lili Kellogg was ready to receive
By Ruby Tevis Portraits by Melissa Fuller Kate Mathews is a storyteller, and at just 17 years old, the young dressage rider has only written the beginning of her own story. With a passion for horses, writing and the arts, Kate has found a way to tell stories in the arena and on the page.
By Nicki Shahinian-Simpson Nicki Shahinian-Simpson had a successful career as a junior rider in the East, where she won both the ASPCA Maclay National Championship and the U.S. Medal Championship. After moving to the West Coast, Nicki continued to place well in major Grand Prix events and has competed in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and
By Shya Beth Equine artist Clare Christie finds that sculpting brings forth an intuitive skill to capture and present the energetic form of the horse in clay. “I’m constantly training my eye to catch the subtleties of the horse,” Clare said. Being a trainer and riding herself for many years, she is attuned to the
Saturday, June 12 2021 by Ruby Tevis
By George Williams Every year as the days get longer and summer is almost here, I start looking forward to what has become an institution: one of the most instrumental dressage competitions we have in North America, the FEI North American Youth Championships (NAYC). While it’s gone by different names over the years, it has
Friday, June 11 2021 by Ruby Tevis
By Ruby Tevis Portraits by Pam Jensen Andrew Diemer has learned to seek the silver lining in every challenge he has faced. Through the highs of international polocrosse and eventing championships to the lows of open-heart surgeries and a lower-leg amputation, Andrew has found a humbling lesson within each experience. As he builds his future
Monday, June 07 2021 by Ruby Tevis
By Britney Grover Deep in the Wasatch Mountains near Park City, Utah, Barbara Phillips and her husband, Mike, own 4,000 acres that is now known as Blue Sky. Barbara retired from her 20-plus-year career in the fitness industry in 2005 to help start the Lodge at Blue Sky, a premier resort — complete with horses.
Saturday, June 05 2021 by Ruby Tevis
Congratulations to Boyd Martin and On Cue on winning the 2021 Land Rover/USEF CCI5*-L Eventing National Championship. Boyd and On Cue placed fourth and were the highest placed American team at the Land Rover Kentucky 5* Three-Day Event. The 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is one that we’ll remember for a long, long time.
By Shya Beth Kelly Wilkinson Coffin thrives off of doing what she loves. From her time as a naval aviator deployed in Operation Desert Storm to taking classes for art and joining her husband, Tad Coffin, in their shared equestrian lifestyle, Kelly brings a vibrant and enthusiastic energy to her projects and passions. Kelly spent