By Bridget Braden
Rowing is a basic mechanic causing the arm to move backward. Elbows can and will move behind the stomach at the fullest range of motion in the pulling/rowing mechanic. To a horse, rowing or pulling is intended to bend and flex the body. A row should be done independently from the core and seat to ensure elasticity in the bend of the horse. You should be strong enough in the upper back to row efficiently, smoothly, and evenly. Strength training will develop muscle sensitivity and allow a rider to give and take during the rowing or pulling mechanic without accidentally applying negative pressure on the horse’s mouth.
Photo: Rebecca Walton
Each year, junior riders from around the country strive to earn points to qualify for the ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Regional Championships. On Saturday, the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W at Old Salem Farm hosted the Region 1 and Region 2 Championships. Maya Nayyar took home the top honors in Region 2, while Katherine Bundy kicked off the day by winning the Region 1 Championship. Both riders’ performances earned the top call and the opportunity to compete at the esteemed ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Championship Finals at the National Horse Show in November.
Each Regional began with an over fences phase, with courses designed by Phil DeVita Jr. that included a combination as well as multiple rollbacks, bending lines and options to add or leave out strides. Following the over fences phase, four groups from Region 1 and three groups from Region 2 were invited back to the ring for the flat phase where they had to demonstrate all three gaits as well as the sitting trot for judges Robert Braswell and Ralph Caristo.
As we prepare to celebrate the seventh annual Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day on Saturday, September 17th, we ask "Would You Know If Someone Was Suffering From A Concussion?"
Did you know that the average amount of traumatic brain injury-related deaths in equestrian sport is more than seven times that of traumatic brain injury-related deaths in contact sports (such as American football)? That’s an average of 60 deaths in equestrian sports each year. Much of those deaths can be due to an inaccurate diagnosis of a concussion.
Photo: Lindsay Y. McCall
Sunday, September 11 began the Paralympic Equestrian Dressage competition at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Grade III classification riders were first to ride the team test, which included United States team member Angela “Annie” Peavy from Avon, CT, riding Becky Reno and Heather Blitz’s Lancelot Warrior. Peavy was last to go in the class and rode a very strong test finishing with a 68.974%, placing them 6th in the class and leaving them in a top position to contest an individual medal.
The MSPCA’s Horses Helping Horses Beach Ride, the Equine Center’s most significant annual fundraiser, will be held at the beautiful Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA, again this year. Last year was the first Beach Ride at the new location and was a wonderful success. Guests raved about the picturesque views, ideal footing, wide beaches and an exclusive setting. Through a collaboration with The Trustees of the Reservation, the event will be held on Saturday, October 22, to raise much needed funds for the Equine Center of Nevins Farm. Riders of all ages are invited to meet at the beach for an eight mile ride along the ocean’s edge, followed by a hearty pasta lunch provided by event sponsor Borrelli’s Deli of Methuen.