Angela Antononi

Things You Never Knew…About Willie Nelson

If you asked me five years ago if I thought I had anything in common with Willie Nelson, my reply would have been to laugh in your face and say, “nothing.” I’m from the Northeast and he’s from Texas, I’m a magazine editor, and he’s a singer. What could we possibly have in common? As I write this column now,…

Love in Strange Places

The dating game—it’s one of life’s mysteries; especially for horse people, who are known for being a little bit…shall we say, demanding? So, it’s no wonder that so many of us have trouble when it comes to human relationships. There has been just one man in my 26 years that has met all of my (extensive) criteria, except for one—very…

A Living Legend: Bruce Davidson

Through the last five decades, Bruce Davidson has ridden more horses, participated in more competitions, and won more championships than most of us have ever dreamed of. His longevity and success in the saddle has justifiably made him a legend in his own lifetime. Davidson is also considered by some as a pioneer in the sport of eventing here in…

Stable Solutions: Please Mind Your Manners

Working with well-mannered horses is enjoyable. Working with ill-mannered ones is always unpleasant, and can sometimes be dangerous. General Thoughts on Ground MannersFor most of today’s horses, their herd is the group of horses and people around them. Each member of the herd has a place in the hierarchy, with one person being the herd leader, namely you. (The most…

Continuous Day of Driving

Photo by Sue GreenallDiscover a New Concept That Incorporates Fun and LearningWhen a new dressage ring was made available to local drivers and members of the Green Mountain Horse Association, Wilson Groves was determined to make use of it. Located on a dirt road in the heart of horse country in West Windsor, Vermont, the ring was level, fenced and…

5 Keys to Concise Communication

Photo by Susan J. StickleUnlock the Door to Achieving a Working Understanding With Your Horse Do you sometimes feel like you and your horse are speaking completely different languages? Clear communication is fundamental to the sport of dressage. If you and your equine partner don’t understand each other, your test scores will reflect it. How can we develop this all-important…

Trail Talk: Going the Extra Mile!

A Look at Trail Mileage ProgramsOn a beautiful day, few pleasure riders can think of anything better than saddling up for a trail ride. No other area of equestrian activity delivers relaxation coupled with a sense of adventure and freedom the way trail riding does. However, for those seeking a degree of friendly competition and sense of community for their…

Stable Solutions: Working Together For A Healthy Horse

Alternative therapies represent a wide range of ways to improve the physical and mental health of your horse. They are generally used in addition to traditional Western veterinary medicine. A Team ApproachVeterinary medicine is clearly the most important aspect of your horse’s health care program. Annual vaccinations, regular de-worming, antibiotics and surgery all have their place. In recent years, however,…