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It was all good times for a good cause on Sunday, at Newport Polo's first annual All Charity Day Match. The venue was alive with over 1,500 gleeful attendees present to support the nine nonprofit organizations that the match funded, including Boys Town New England, Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island; Bruno United FC; Community String Project; Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center; Junior League of Rhode Island; Portsmouth Dog Park; Newport County YMCA Adapted Physical Activity and Special Olympics, and the San Isidro Stolen Polo Horse Fund.
Throughout its 25-year history, Newport Polo has raised over $650,000 for civic and charitable organizations. At this match, spectators were not only privy to watching a closely contested match played between the Newport team and the Twin Paddock team, but were also able to engage in activities hosted by the nonprofits involved. Everyone wanted to join the Brain Injury Association's raffle to win a picnic basket filled with goodies, and the spectators applauded and cheered when Portsmouth Dog Park ran its Dog Parade across the field at half-time. There was so much to do and see, and for most it was their first time witnessing a polo match.
By Jane Carlton
Jamie is not fit to ride—at least that’s what some traditional equestrian guidelines would have you believe. The 26-year-old hunter/jumper rides at least three days a week, occasionally competes at the amateur level, and eats a healthy, balanced diet. But never mind all that. Jamie’s weight is around 200 pounds, and that puts her near the so-called 20 percent rule that some veterinarians and riding experts use as a benchmark—that is, a rider should not weigh more than 20 percent of a horse’s overall mass.
The issue of rider weight is, understandably, loaded. In a culture that prizes pin-thin models—and in a sport that has a reputation for caring about the way its riders look—it can be hard to separate fat from fact. The trainers, nutritionists, and veterinarians we spoke with emphasized there’s no ideal body type for equestrians. In fact, what you weigh may be far less important than how you throw that weight around—both literally and metaphorically.
By BioRider Fitness
This article is part two of our spotlight on strengthening the hamstrings. Once you’ve conquered donkey kicks (see last month’s article), try a bridge on the stability ball. After one minute, you’ll wonder how you have the strength to keep your hamstrings engaged during your whole ride! The bridge is one of the best exercises for the core because it fires up the glutes and teaches the lower core to support itself. Increasing glute engagement helps increase overall pelvic support.
By Tim Hayes
The most asked question in the equine world is, “Why does my horse sometimes refuse to do what I ask him to do?” No matter what situation is occurring, the problem is always some form of horse resistance and the solution is always some form of human leadership. The horse is a prey animal—he is born hard-wired to judge everything based on how it affects his self-preservation. Therefore, if he resists our request, his refusal is always motivated by his most dominant instinctual trait—survival—so from his point of view, his decision to resist is logical, rational, and intelligent. Not only does he believe he’s doing the right thing by saying “no” to us, he doesn’t understand why we’re arguing with him.