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April 19, 2017

Recently, I took the eighteen year old Grand Prix schoolmaster that I lease to our first show together where we competed at 2-3 and 3-3. One might presume that these tests would be a cake walk for such a trained horse. I certainly did.

January 31, 2017

Just one level above balance, Amanda sites flexibility, or in equestrian terms "suppleness", as the second step on the Rider Fitness Pyramid. As it turns out, toned arms and a whittled waist are nothing if you can't lengthen your leg around your horse'...

January 11, 2017

Amanda describes rider fitness as an ongoing progression that builds on each previous step. Similar to the way horses climb the training scale as they move up the levels, riders ascend a fitness pyramid that peaks with complete physical preparedness for active riding....

December 22, 2016

At the age of 28 I decided to rejoin the equestrian world after a ten year hiatus. The only thing I didn't anticipate was that re-entry as a single person (sans horse) was going to be a challenge.

November 13, 2016

If there's one thing you can say about horse people it's that we're a passionate bunch. We eagerly board the emotional coaster that is horses, buckle our seatbelts, and get swept away with beaming grins. But what goes up must come down. The sky scraping highs of blue r...

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