Thursday, September 04 2014 by Editor
Vaulting in action. Story and Photos By Darlene Ricker Vaulting doesn’t tend to get as much attention as the Olympic equestrian disciplines of Dressage, Eventing and Jumping, but let me tell you, it’s a beautiful sport to watch – especially at the level of performance this week at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France. These legions of strong and nimble vaulters, many of them still teenagers with tender self-images, are as dedicated as any of the combined drivers, and as fiercely competitive as the riders in the mounted disciplines.
Does your horse hate to leave his friends behind when it’s time to head out on a ride? Riding a herd-bound horse can be a challenge, but there are steps you can take to help make separation from his buddies less stressful for your horse
Have you heard of Erin Go Bragh, the talented pony stallion who was a top eventer during his prime?
By Jan Westmark The book Sandsablaze is receiving rave reviews! I love to read and I love horses – so if I can combine both and read a great horse story then I am a happy camper. I just finished reading the book Sandsablaze, Grand Prix Greatness from Harrisburg to the Olympics , by Kimberly Gatto, and suffice it to say I am a very happy camper – even without the s’mores! Sandsablaze is a great ride through history. The book kicks off with a foreward by George Morris that is a fascinating look at what life was like in the show jumping world in the 1970s.
Monday, August 04 2014 by Editor
The horse world was vastly different in the early 20 th century.
The first day of classes is closely approaching in a few weeks but members of the USC Aiken Eventing Team are still very active! Manon Quilodran competed at the Maryland HT at Loch Moy Farm II in Area 2 on July 18th. She competed her OTTB gelding, Orison, in one of the training divisions. The pair started the day with a 39.60 in dressage
Hills on your property can be a great training and conditioning tool, and there are various ways to use hills to your advantage when riding and conditioning your horse . Here are a few tips so that you can put hills to work for you. Keep Safety First Hills help to condition your horse and develop his muscles in strength, but they are only safe if approached correctly.
Heat can be a major factor when riding during the summer. And while you’ll know if the heat is getting to be too much for you, do you know the signs to be able to recognize when the heat is too much for your horse? Here are some things you’ll want to be looking out for this summer.
Ebeling Withdraws Rafalca from CDI4 Aachen and Contention for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team
Monday, July 14 2014 by Editor
Lexington, Ky. - Jan Ebeling has withdrawn Beth Meyer, Ann Romney, and Amy Ebeling’s Rafalca from the CDI4* Aachen and contention for the 2014 Alltech FEI World “With mixed emotions, we regretfully announce that Rafalca will relinquish her bid for the WEG team in Normandy. We will be cheering on Team USA from the sidelines, with so many new horses and riders on the forefront,” said Ebeling.
I couldn’t count the amount of time I have been asked “You really stay in Aiken during the summer?”. Many of the snow birds have no idea what Aiken is like in the summer and are baffled by the idea of riding in 90 degree weather every day from around May to about October! Despite the many beliefs, there is a lot to do in Aiken during the summer! Yes it may not be as busy and all the Olympians might not be here but summer in Aiken has been something that myself and others have learned to love. So here is a list of what us Aikenites do in the summer! We take a break! In Aiken we can pretty much keep our horses going all year long! However, we all know that’s not fair to our ponies.