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Q&A with a Rated Judge!

Aviva Nebesky, one of our wonderful judges, had a live Q&A session on Facebook with us back in March. After answering many  of your questions live, we had a few people comment with some more pressing dressage questions! While some of them required a short answer, Ashleigh asked: “What are some of your favorite warm up exercises to get your intro level horse relaxed and ready to work?” and Aviva had a lot to say! Here’s her response: Intro is…

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Bareback Bravery – March’s Featured Rider Post

Maddy S. doesn’t ride her horse bareback because she’s a badass – that’s only part of the reason. Her 13 year old thoroughbred, Murray, sustained an SI injury a few years ago, and bareback riding has now been a part of their routine to keep him happy and healthy! Read about their journey together and watch their bareback dressage tests below:

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Forever.

They say smells can bring back a lot of memories. Have you ever smelled something familiar and about 100 memories came flooding back to you? I have, but let me back up some… Back in high school, I got my first horse, Nike. I wish I could say she was the best thing that ever happened to me. That she’s all I had ever dreamed of owning since I was a little girl. But the reality was that she was…

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Let Us Pay For Your Passion

I know what it’s like to love this sport so much it hurts. It hurts that you want to show off all of the hard work you’ve put in to it, to enjoy the weekend with your friends, and to soak in the horse show life. But you know you can’t afford to pay for stabling, training, hauling, or even entry fees, so in the meantime, you’ll happily be the groom for all those who can. But that’s all about…

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No Hurricane Can Stop This Horse Girl – January’s Featured Rider Post

Felicia is a 33-year-old horse girl with a lot of grit. Her love of horses began at the age of 5, and ever since, she has done just about every equestrian sport there is: eventing, pleasure driving, exercise riding, show jumpers, dressage, barrels, poles, foxhunting, and steeplechase. Now, she works for the Department of Defense, runs a nonprofit 4-H club, and owns 3 beautiful horses on her North Carolina farm. Two of her horses came to her as a pair.…

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Why This Mom Loves Online Horse Shows

Ashleigh is a mom in her thirties, a loving wife, a full time worker, and a passionate equestrian. Unfortunately for her showing career, she is also a resident in a very rural part of Ontario Canada where most dressage shows are 1-2 hours away. Her horse-crazed journey started about 25 years ago when she was a little girl. She’s always loved horses and animals in general, but when her best friend started taking riding lessons, it was time for the begging to start. She bothered her parents for…

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Kim Fiore – Our Featured Rider

We have a wonderful pair to feature this month: Kim and her dressage Clydesdale, Gracie! We asked Kim about her super cool ride and here’s what she had to say: “Gracie is a 6 year old registered Clydesdale. I’ve owned her since the spring of 2017, but it feels like much longer! I woke up one day and I decided I needed to buy a Clydesdale. It was like I had draft horse fever. I was in love with their…

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12 Things Broke Equestrians Say

We’d have way more money if our hobby didn’t cost us an arm and a leg, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t penny pinch even within our sport! In honor of that, here’s 12 things broke equestrians say:  “This can be fixed with duct tape.” Ahh, yes. The magical cure-all to life’s problems. Busted boot? Duct tape it. Cracked bucket? Duct tape it. Needs a dash of color? Add pretty duct tape. The options are endless.  “This still has…

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Dark Horse Chronicles: A Draft-Cross Goes From Craigslist to Grand Prix

Written by: Erin of Dressage Talk Not much is known about the origin of dressage trainer Kimberly Mitchell’s horse, Oso Grande or “Big Bear” as his name is translated in English. Like many treasures on Craigslist, Bear’s history is a mystery. Mitchell has only been able to make assumptions about things like the gelding’s breed and age, explaining, “Our best guess is Percheron/Thoroughbred based on pictures of other Percheron/Thoroughbreds we’ve seen.” Mitchell knows so little about her horse’s start that…

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Dressage Exercise for Everyone – by Sarah Raines Wilson

So, as fun and as preferable as jumping is to many people, dressage is and always has been and always will be the foundation of literally anything you do on you horse. It’s something I think about often. I’ve taught many different students who ride at a variety of levels, and the best way I could find to better them as riders and their horses as athletes was through the foundational aspects of dressage. Western riders can still benefit from…

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