Story Via: Nancy Wesolek-Sterrett Dressage Department Head, Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre
Rhythm and relaxation create an endless information loop that is the basis of everything else we do with our horses, either as trainers or riders. You need both to communicate clearly with your horse and you cannot have one without the other. Think about how this combination feels in your body as you ride. Relaxation makes it easier to set rhythm, and rhythm makes it easier to relax. On the flip side, tension in either horse or rider disrupts rhythm.
Story Via: Western Dressage Association of America
In early November, Tulsa, Oklahoma, was the site of another milestone in Western Dressage history. The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) held its third annual meeting November 9-10, 2012. The meeting was open to all and fantastic discussions were shared regarding the history of the discipline, corporate partnerships, new program offerings, and the 2013 Western Dressage Rules and Tests.
Mario Gamboa Takes High Jumper Championship Aboard Unico at Equestrian Sport Producations' Fall Finale Horse Show
Story Via: Sydney Masters
19-Year-Old Columbian is Newest Team Rider for Step by Step Foundation Raising Funds and Awareness for Those in Need
Mario Gamboa piloted the grey gelding Unico to top honors during Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) Fall Circuit at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. The 19-year-old from Bogota, Columbia, was presented with the award for the Level 6 Jumper Championship for his efforts aboard the 11-year-old Dutch warmblood Unico (Odermus R x High Hopes) on the final day of ESP's Fall Finale Horse Show on November 4, 2012.
Story Via: Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride
The 2012 United States Presidential election may be over, but for the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), things are just starting to heat up, as Bill Moroney and Mary Babick challenge one another for the position of President. The election is just days away, set to take place December 4 at the association’s Annual Meeting in Miami. We sat down with USHJA CEO Shelby French, who was candid in answering our questions about the association’s new governance, how it has affected the election process, what some of the glitches have been along the way, and how the board can address these problems and change them in the coming years.
Story Via: Matt Stockman
Horses from four separate breed associations once again united and vied for Congress championships in Tulsa, November 6-11, at the Color Breed Congress.
The Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex in Tulsa, Okla. played host to over 600 exhibitors and nearly 2,500 class entries. Exhibitors and horses represented 34 states and two different countries, including Canada.