By George Williams With 2020 officially behind us, we can hopefully focus on the new year and all that it promises. After living through last year, many of us are full of hope going into 2021. Since this is a dressage column, I’ll focus on the international dressage competition world and what to look for
Given the ups and downs of 2020, how are you planning your 2021 competition season? I’ve been lucky enough to be a professional event rider for the past 25 years of my life. At the beginning of each season, I have a wonderful game plan for each horse: which events I’m going to run and
By George Williams Rules in general tend to be boring, even to dressage people. However, they’re important because they affect how we play the game. Rules help to establish a level playing field, they help protect the safety of our riders as well as the welfare of our horses, and they frequently determine how our
Friday, December 04 2020 by Ruby Tevis
By Britney Grover Portraits by Lori Ovanessian Julia Stone has always loved learning and horses. While attending a college preparatory high school, she commuted each week to horse shows — including flying from her home in California to Florida every Thursday and back each Sunday during the Winter Equestrian Festival. While juggling AP and honors
Saturday, November 21 2020 by Ruby Tevis
By Britney Grover Portraits by Lori Ovanessian Halie Robinson can be summed up in two words: tenacious equestrian. She knows what she wants, and she goes for it. She’s not afraid to fail. She dreams big, she wins big and she’s on a course for huge success. Just 24 years old, Halie not only owns
Kathryn McMahon Rutherfordton, North Carolina Owner, Stitching Fox needlepoint shop, and executive director, Green River Foundation How long have you been part of the horse world? My love of horses has been lifelong. I was raised in Augusta, Georgia, graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and then spent the better part of my 12-year career
I had a really bad emotional experience when riding as a kid. My daughter has now expressed interest in horseback riding. I’m worried that she will have the same bad experience as I did, so I’m hesitant to let her take lessons. I know as a parent I shouldn’t project my fears onto my daughter.
By Doris Degner-Foster Deborah Ettenger knows firsthand how the power of horses can help people, as she dealt with both physical and mental challenges. When her late husband was battling cancer and subsequently passed away, Deborah credits horses and riding with helping her persevere. “Going to the barn and focusing on me and the horse
Name: Caroline “Mosie” Pennington City/State: Washington, D.C. Grade: 6th How long have you been part of the horse world? I’ve been around horses my whole life. Our family has a racehorse farm in Virginia with breeding, training and re-training operations. My mom also rides and was responsible for putting me on my first pony at
Ocala 2021 Campaign Begins! WILMINGTON, Ohio – January 7, 2019 – The World Equestrian Center has released a dynamic 3D video tour of their burgeoning Ocala, Florida, facility; beginning a countdown to its Grand Opening in January 2021. The video takes viewers on a fly over journey, at first giving a bird’s eye view that alludes to the size and scope of the more than 3,000-acre facility and then swooping in to focus on details of the many elegant amenities. Equestrians eager for progress updates on the facility will see it come to life in a sweeping view of the grand stadium surrounded by a five-story luxury hotel, elegant dining terrace, four massive indoor arenas, seventeen outdoor arenas and even a visit to the quaint on site Chapel.