Jane Carlton

Collecting Thoughts—Sara Ladley of Hunt Club

Sara Ladley is a 24-year-old amateur equestrian from Pittsburgh, PA, and the owner of Hunt Club (shophuntclub.com). When she’s not working her day job or designing rad new graphics for Hunt Club, she shows her horses in the Amateur Owner and Adult Amateur Hunter divisions throughout the Midwest and up and down the East Coast. She loves travel, coffee, and introducing the equestrian world to good design…

Walk This Way—Understanding Show Jumping Courses with Peter Leone

By Jane Carlton Top riders make a ritual of walking the course before a big competition. But what’s going through their minds as they count out the strides and circle the jumps? To get an insider’s perspective (and what an insider! Connecticut based Peter Leone was a team silver medalist at the 1996 Olympic Games), we tagged along as Leone inspected and analyzed the course…

South of the Border—Head to Rio de Janeiro

Photo: Raphael Macek Photography As if sun, sand, and surf weren’t reason enough to travel down south to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the city is hosting the 2016 Olympic Games this month (yes, ponies included!).  Held August 5-21, Rio’s Olympics are sure to make a splash. Equestrian enthusiasts can watch their favorite athletes (human and horse!) just a short ride from the main action. Make sure to take public…

The Weight Debate—Untangling the Truth about Pounds and Horses

Jamie is not fit to ride—at least that’s what some traditional equestrian guidelines would have you believe. The 26-year-old hunter/jumper rides at least three days a week, occasionally competes at the amateur level, and eats a healthy, balanced diet. But never mind all that. Jamie’s weight is around 200 pounds, and that puts her near the so-called 20 percent rule that some veterinarians and riding experts use…

Call of the Wild—Spotlight on Elisa Wallace

By Jane Carlton Not unlike the titular lady in Wilson Pickett’s 1967 soulful song (ride, Sally, ride!), all Elisa Wallace wants to do is ride…mustang horses, that is. An accomplished four-star level eventer, the Jasper, GA, native stumbled into the world of retraining wild mustang horses for eventing in 2012, and her footing’s been sure ever since. EQUINE JOURNAL: How did you first get started with the…

Sense of Security—Equip Your Barn for the Unexpected

By Jane Carlton Horses, and their tack, represent a large investment—of time, money, and heart. But keeping those assets safe and secure is increasingly complicated. In the last year alone, there have been news reports of Tad Coffin saddles lifted at a HITS show in Virginia, a bay gelding stolen and slaughtered in Miami, and most notably, a Grand-Prix show jumper stolen and butchered in Palmetto, FL. Is…

Perseverance

My happiest days in Virginia were spent with horses. My anxious musings have shaped the person I’ve become in a bunch of ways (positive and non), but one of the biggest life-changers for me was my flop of a freshman year of college. I thought about those days earlier this week when my newsfeed was dominated by sad news from…

Hold It In—Test Your Fencing Knowledge

By Jane Carlton Tired of hearing that Dobbin is taking a stroll down Main Street? Sick of Lola succeeding in her quest to the grass that is totally greener on the other side? Maybe it’s time for a new fence. The days of a simple wooden fence are past us, and options abound for pastures, riding arenas, and property boundaries (though wood will always be the classic). Think you’re on top of…

Ch-Ch-Changes

By Jane Carlton I dabbled with naming this post “Change Isn’t Scary,” but that would be a straight up lie. To me, change is terrifying. Whether it’s something as simple as buying a new helmet or as complicated as switching barns, change has always left me quaking. Take, for example, my recent search for new headgear. My tried-and-true-and-totally-safe helmet wasn’t…

A Driving Force

By Jane Carlton Not many 10-year-olds can say they’ve chased world champion combined driver Chester Weber around professionalgrade obstacles. But then again, most kids aren’t like Riley Wiltison. Riley, now 11, has racked up ribbons in combined driving events up and down the East Coast. “He started out riding and he just wasn’t really into it,” says Riley’s mother, Billie. “He liked it, and he still likes to…