When I started this show season, my only goal was to have a "learning curve year" after being out of the show ring for a bit. Ax and I have definitely had our fair share of struggles—in fact, lately it has felt like more struggle than success—but we have also had a decent amount of success. Enough to put us close to qualifying for finals.
After our last show I found myself looking at the point list and seeing Ax's above the cutoff for hunters and my name only four points away for the Modified Adult Medal. The original plan was to do the circuit's spring opener and summer festival before finding miscellaneous shows that were closer to us to round out the year. Once I found out that we were relatively close to qualifying for finals I threw a wrench into that plan and convinced my parents (AKA the trailer drivers) to take us to one of the circuit's one-dayers to get our last few points.
Johnny Joe isn't out of the game yet. Since his injury last month, I created a rehab schedule to keep us on track while ensuring that he is recovering.
By Bridget Braden of BioRider Fitness
People and horses are usually stronger on one side of their body than the other, that’s why most of us are right or left handed. It’s OK, unevenness is natural and no one is perfect. But it’s important for all athletes, especially riders to be aware of which muscles are weaker or aren’t firing correctly, because every ounce of the body is felt by the horse. Work on strengthening weaker muscle groups and making them symmetrical and you will see a difference in the communication with your horse.
Simple moves like getting up off the floor holding a weight high above the head is a great exercise for highlighting imbalances and can really help improve muscle symmetry and internal stability. Most people don’t think anything about getting up off the floor, yet it’s when we do the simplest of movements that we seem to hurt ourselves. Doing an exercise like the “Turkish Get-Up” can help prevent thoughtless injuries and increase fundamental awareness of your body’s mechanics.
(Photo: Lauren Baker)
The relationship between Kristy (McCormack) Herrera and SBS Farms, Inc. spans decades. It was Susie Schoellkopf and Jennifer Alfano who started Herrera's career at 9 years old, taking her to her first USEF Pony Finals as well as finding the one horse that holds a special spot in Herrera's heart, her Children's Hunter horse Sprout. SBS Farms, Inc. is responsible for catapulting Herrera's career, and on Saturday, Aug. 20, Herrera returned the favor tenfold, winning the 2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, with Miss Lucy, the 14-year-old mare owned by Helen Lenahan.
Blue skies, scores of entries, and record attendance—it was a fitting way to end a stunning week of top show jumping sport at the 2016 Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, held August 17-21 in Halifax, MA.
Thirty-four horses and riders representing six countries came out for the $75,000 Agero Grand Prix on August 21. Alan Wade’s flowing course was a crowd pleaser from start to finish with a dramatic triple combination arranged alongside the VIP tent. It was ultimately newcomer Callie Morgan Smith and her Attention Et Z who bested an international field of Olympians and showjumping who’s who to take the win.