By Jane Carlton
For equitation riders, earning a blue ribbon starts with a great riding round, but it doesn’t end there. It finishes off with many riders’ least favorite part of competition—the testing phase. Judges typically ask riders back into the ring to complete a few of the 19 equitation tests outlined by the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF), a tradition that leaves many shaking in their tall boots. We chatted with top equitation trainers to get the inside track on prepping fully and performing flawlessly under pressure.
Katie Tyler of North Kingstown, RI, has been named the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for July.
Tyler competes in the Amateur-Owner division in the East Conference of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. She earned the award after earning top placings with her horse Seattle 6 at the Vermont Summer Festival Series in East Dorset, VT. Their strong showing in July catapulted them into the lead in the yearlong division standings.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series honors one rider each month as the Rider of the Month. The honor goes to the one rider who earns the most points on one horse in Series competition that month.
"I would like to congratulate Katie Tyler on being named our July Rider of the Month," commented George Morris, President of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. "Being named Rider of the Month is a fitting honor after her wonderful performances and we wish her continued success throughout the rest of the Series."
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women, and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park's Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport's history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.
Credit: Robert Redford in The Horse Whisperer. Photograph: Cine Text /Sportsphoto Ltd. / Allstar
Robert Redford has written a compelling Foreword to my new book, Riding Home ~ the Power of Horses to Heal. I am honored and profoundly grateful. In doing so he has lent his invaluable support to the thousands of emotionally wounded men, women and children in desperate need of healing yet unaware of the existence, availability and effectiveness found in today’s Equine Therapy programs.
For over two decades I have been teaching the principals of Natural Horsemanship (or what was once referred to as “Horse Whispering”), helping humans create better relationships with their horses. During this time I have experienced the power of horses to actually facilitate in the healing of a wide variety of human emotional wounds.
By Jane Carlton
Most people would find juggling a 24/7 job as researcher and showing a horse on the national level challenging. Not amateur rider Anna Jaffe. After a successful career in the jumpers, a sick horse and circuitous turn of events landed Anna in a dressage barn. Only a few years later, Anna won the 2014 Fourth Level Freestyle Championship at U.S. Dressage Finals aboard Moonshine. She shares with Equine Journal the art of embracing the possible.
Equine Journal: What made you decide to do the “big switch?”
Anna: I did jumpers with Kevin Babington growing up—I started riding with him when I was 11 and took a year off after high school and rode with him and worked for him. When I came to Boston for college, my jumper had esophageal diverticulitis. She couldn’t have grass, grain, or hay, so I had a lot of trouble finding a barn. I found Cyndi Rose Wylie’s barn, and I said, “I want my horse to survive more than I care what discipline I’m doing.” I rode with [Cyndi] for three years, and then found Jane Karol’s [Bear Spot Farm] in Concord, MA. I got to ride on one of the dressage horses in the barn after about a year, and he’s really, really special. I think that we pick horses in part because of our relationship with them, but it’s in part, also, because of our relationship with the people that surround them. I love the people at the barn, and now I’ve come to love the sport.
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