Feature Articles

The American Saddlebred: A True Showstopper

Often referred to as the ultimate show horse or the “peacock of the show ring,” the American Saddlebred has flashy, high-stepping motion and a distinct appearance that is unlike that of any other breed. Originally developed as a utility horse, today’s American Saddlebred has evolved into a versatile show horse capable of excelling in many divisions. In addition to the…

Will George

Meet A Dedicated New England HorsemanIt is difficult to say which role suits Will George the best—a proud father, an accomplished teacher, or the familiar voice heard announcing at area horse shows Will grew up in Spencer, Mass., on his family’s Gold Nugget Farm. With 110 acres of land and up to 30 horses residing at the farm, horses were…

Plan the Perfect Trail Ride: In Eight Easy Steps

The stars don’t have to be in perfect alignment for the successful organization of a moderate gathering of riders. Do you want to organize a trail ride, but don’t know where to start? It may not be as difficult as you think. With just a little organization and a bit of drive, you, too, can organize a great trail ride…

Riding Etiquette for the Ring and Trail

Courtesy will go a long way toward helping you and your fellow riders have a safe and happy riding experience. It is always more pleasant to work with people and horses who mind their manners. Being polite is something that you need to remember when riding in the company of others. It applies whether you’re riding at home, at a…

Trail Talk: Fall in Line

March 2008 We all know that there is an established pecking order in the pastures, but does this hierarchy exist on the trails as well? Ask any horse owner that rides a horse that insists on always being first and they will confirm that yes, the order of things is still very important to some horses, whether they are grazing…

Stable Solutions: Tips for Learning Courses, Patterns and Tests

March 2008Just about any type of competition that you enter will have some classes where you have to ride a specific pattern for the judge, and sometimes that pattern will include obstacles. I talked to six experienced instructors in several different disciplines to find out how they helped their students to learn a pattern/course/test and then be able to perform…

Warmbloods-Drive, Determination & Durability

March 2008 Discover how this dynamic group of sport horses is excelling in Dressage, Show Jumping, Combined Driving and Eventing What do you think of when you hear the term “Warmblood”? A powerful horse executing an extended trot? An agile athlete maneuvering through a Grand Prix show jumping course? Or maybe a highly conditioned three-day event horse or combined driving star?…

Selecting the Novice Event Horse

March 2008 Gina Miles Offers Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Match.With over eighty percent of riders who consider themselves eventers competing at the beginner novice, novice and training levels, the quality of mount that they are sitting on is paramount to their safety and success. As in any discipline, riding the right horse for the job goes a long…

The Dressage Musical Freestyle

March 2008Learn the Benefits for Both Horse and RiderAlthough it is only a relatively recent addition to the competitive world of dressage, the musical freestyle has come to be seen as the height of dressage competition, reserved for the best horse and rider pairs. But those involved in the riding, creating and judging of freestyles say there are many good…

Becoming a Riding Camp Counselor

March 2008What could be better than getting paid to spend your summer in a gorgeous location riding horses? Many people looking for a position as a riding camp counselor imagine this scenario, but there’s a lot more to it. What are riding camps looking for in a counselor? What kind of training will you receive? What work will you be…