Kelley Roche

Roaming Romania

Though Romania may not be at the top of most equestrians’ bucket lists, this beautiful country has a lot of respect for horses. Many residents still use horses for farm and labor; perhaps this is because of the need for work, or perhaps it is due to the pride of their very own workhorse. The Hucul pony goes by many…

Career Change—Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds and Eventing

©AK Dragoo Photography Thoroughbreds that race tend to only be on the track for a few years of their youth, but what’s next? Eventers all over America have been finding that many off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) have the character and physique for their sport. U.S. Olympian Boyd Martin and Cathy Wieschoff of CW Event Team talk about their success with taking…

Finding Hidden Hazards in the Barn

Hazards happen—we have all seen them and pray for the safety of our own barns. The tricky part is when a hazard may not seem like one. To help dissect some uncommon or unlikely culprits of disaster, members of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER), and the University of Kentucky share some insight. Fire…

Artistic Allentown—Allentown, NJ

The little town of Allentown may not be recognized by the average person, but for us horse people, we will surely recognize the name. Home to many large events, including the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event, The Horse Park of New Jersey is a big event location for those on the eastern side of the country. Jersey Fresh International is…

Supplement Sense—How well do you know your supplements?

As we all know, a healthy horse is a happy horse. And in regards to supplements, many questions can arise. See how many you can guess correctly in our quick quiz on supplements with answers supplied by industry professionals below. 1. If a horse has good quality hay and fresh water, they do not need supplements in their diet. True…

Get A Leg Up On Your Riding

Sometimes, taking the next step in riding can be scary. Whether it is learning to canter, trotting for the first time without a longe line, or moving up to jumps, a rush of excitement and also terror, especially in youth students, is bound to happen. Nicole Eastman, Director of Equine Facilities and head coach of the equestrian team at Becker…

The Greenest Pastures in Ireland

Ireland, the land of rolling greens, historic castles, freckles, and dark beer is a dreamy holiday destination. The country has diverse options for cities. You have Dublin, Galway, Cork, Derry-Londonderry, and Belfast, for starters. Each city gives a sense of history, but has a backyard for those who want open spaces and the shore. Towns like Kilkenny and Antrim give…

Covering the Bases of Classical Dressage

Photos by Nikki M Photography and Photography by Andy

Throughout history, horses have been a cornerstone for success. Whether it be for war, agricultural needs, or transportation, humans found that not only do we need horses to listen to us, but we need to listen to them as well. Opening a pathway for communication is a large part of classical dressage. The rider and horse both must understand each…

Kicking it with Kangaroos in Australia

G’day mates! This month we are taking a look at the great Outback! From the water to the desert, Australians live life to the fullest, and on the edge. Be ready for an adventure when you make it to Australia! Australia has quite a bit of land to it. However, there are thrills in each of the six sections; Western…

Righting the Rush—How to Fix the Jump-Rusher

For many riders, jumping is their favorite part of riding. The thrill of being in mid-air with the horse and feeling fully connected is a big deal. There are some riders who want to feel that great trust and bond with their horse, but fear of failure or injury, commonly when their horse gets excited for the jump and rushes…