By Jane Carlton
Embrace your inner artist while indulging in the beautiful fall leaves in Northampton, MA. Situated in idyllic western Massachusetts, the picturesque town is home to some of the most unique restaurants, galleries, and stores that the Bay State has to offer. Add in a fairground rife with horse shows, and you have the perfect combination.
A throwback to my younger years at the Woodstock Fair Horse Show.
Every year another summer comes and goes, and as the days start to get shorter, I can’t help but feel a small twinge of sadness that there will be less competitions to attend, fewer opportunities to go swimming with horses, and not as many barbecues to accompany trail rides. But as the days start to get cooler, I have to remind myself that there are a number of wonderful equine opportunities that will allow me to hit the road. Here are a few…
I’ve been attending horse shows for more than half of my life, and yet I still shake like a leaf when it comes time to enter the ring. I’ve settled into a pretty decent pre-show routine, where I can get rid of my nerves enough to not completely collapse into a puddle of fear at the sight of a judge’s booth.
Disclaimer: I’m probably not as bad of a rider as described below—a lot of it is in my head (thanks, head!). I also love to show, despite the fear.
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.