Magical Thinking: Rachel Saavedra Reflects On A Rider's Endless Evolution
“As young adults, we conquer our world like a lion – in a grand and powerful way. As we mature, we gain more knowledge and skill. We have mo
'Vintage Riders' Prove Dressage Gets Better With Age
With the ability to continue improving over the years, one might say vintage riders are like a fine wine - they keep getting better with age
PMU Rescue Horse Faces Biggest Hurdle On Quest To 100th Grand Prix
When I initially spoke with Candace Platz about her plans for this year I didn't have any idea the direction that this story would take.
Developing The X-Factor: JJ Tate On Teaching Horses To Love Their Work
In a classic case of nature versus nurture dressage trainer and international competitor, Jessico Jo (JJ) Tate, examines exactly what makes
What Happens To Our Horses When We Disappear?
Eventually, I began to wonder what difference does it really make what we've put on paper? To the horse - if we own them, lease them, ri
Dark Horse Chronicles: Ranch Horse Goes From Packing Hunter's Game To FEI Centerline
At first glance, 14 year old gelding, Bruce, is just your typical run-of-the-mill ranch horse. "He's basically an unregistered, mi
Amateur Hour: No Time For Sorry
A few months ago I had a moment of weakness and threw myself an elaborate pity party. I'm not proud of it, but I can recognize it for wh
Dressage Talk Is 1! We Look Back At This Year's Best Quotes
A year ago today Dressage Talk went live. When I first launched the blog I wasn't sure if anyone would care, or have an interest in the
Dark Horse Chronicles: A Draft-Cross Goes From Craigslist to Grand Prix
Not much is known about the origin of dressage trainer Kimberly Mitchell's horse, Oso Grande. Like many treasures on Craigslist, Bear
Do We Ever Really Stop Being Equestrians?
I consider being an equestrian part of my identity, but I wondered at what point it slips away and people morph from being horseless to simp