In 2012 my son began riding and entered his first horse shows, I wrote “Flesh and Blood 1,” as a parent watching his son show and less as the professional trainer that I am. I wrote about how my wife ( who by the way was also once a professional trainer) and I were just like all the “whacko,” parents of the kids we teach; we video taped everything, coddled him, took thousands of pictures, made sure he had a drink even before he left the ring, and whooped like idiots for all his trips, even if they were crappy. It’s has now been almost 3 years of him showing and about to be 2015, and things haven’t really changed
On the week prior to the 2014 Maclay finals to be held in Kentucky next Sunday, I cannot help but long for the days of old before there was anything called the “regionals.” I understand the need to limit the amount of participants in the actual class because of time constraints, and space problems, and I don’t actually disagree with the concept, it’s just the giant, all in, finals appeals to me. I cannot help but like the idea of a good old fashioned, two hundred – two seventy plus equitation class that takes all day.
Facebook has taken over the horse world for better or worse. (For better: A) A. You can see what your friends have won at that special event.
Waiting your turn for a schooling jump at a big show such as WEF can be a daunting task if one is unaccustomed to the process.
The famous Hickstead bank I recently traveled to England on a horse shopping excursion to find some equine prospects to bring back home to the United States. We bisected the entire country in 4 days and rode about 65 horses (but who’s counting). One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the world renowned Hickstead horse show grounds and the home of the biggest equine bank jump in the world
Samantha Senft and Early Morning, 2012 Team Gold Medal at Young Riders for zone 4 Soon after I began my career as a trainer I met the Senft family. Karen Senft visited me during one of my travel lessons at a nearby facility and asked if I could come help her with some of her students at Hunters Pond farm
Harrisburg hangover is an equestrian affliction that affects the rider and trainer population that competes at the renowned Pennsylvania Farm Complex. The disease occurs mainly during junior weekend when the show is at peak capacity, and the junior equestrians are vying for the coveted USEF Medal Finals.
By Alan Korotkin Editor’s Note: Alan is at a horse show and sent in his blog, but didn’t have access to a photo to go with it – so we picked out the photo. After you read his blog, hopefully you will agree that the photo fits. Thanks for this great lesson Alan – enjoy the read (and the ride) everyone - Everyone gets frightened at some point before they enter the riding ring, either because they are nervous about doing poorly, or they think they are going to fall off and crush themselves.
By Alan Korotkin Editor’s Note: Alan is at a horse show and sent in his blog, but didn’t have access to a photo to go with it – so we picked out the photo. After you read his blog, hopefully you will agree that the photo fits