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Getting Out of the Sandbox With Catherine Chamberlain

Catherine Chamberlain in the show ring with her Maxtra Saddle Pad during the third leg of the 2018 Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. As a top dressage rider and trainer, Catherine Chamberlain is no stranger to hard work. Among her long list of accomplishments, Catherine has earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals; earned national titles…

From Pasture to Performance: Alexa Derr’s Training Tips to Keep Your Horse Happy and Willing

Alexa Derr and Versace Competing in the Dressage at Devon CDI-U25 Grand Prix in 2017.Photo: DMD Photography Alexa Derr is a rising dressage star and the owner of Vue de Lou Dressage, based in Reinholds, PA. A United States Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist, Alexa has competed at the FEI levels since 2013. She represented Region 1 at…

Saddle Fit and the Heavier Rider

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Modern saddle construction results in more and more back issues, partially because of the fact that people are getting heavier. The question about saddle fit is not necessarily limited to heavier riders—all riders and all horses can and will benefit from a correctly fitted saddle! However, heavier riders bring with them a whole different set of challenges (by heavier riders,…

The Nine Points of Saddle Fit   

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In the spring, a young man’s fancy turns to love. Well, I have found that a woman’s fancy turns to her horse and getting ready for warmer weather and possibly the competitions that go with it. Although, in California you are lucky enough to enjoy temperate climates (for the most part) and shows to attend pretty much all year around!…

Jordan Sonnenberg’s Top Cold Weather Riding Tips

As an adult amateur college student living in Wisconsin, Jordan Sonnenberg has discovered more than a few ways to deal with winter’s freezing temperatures while staying on track to meet her riding goals. Jordan hopes to be back in the show ring in April doing the 3’ jumpers on Cali, her 15-year-old mare. Cadence, her two-year-old mare, is just being…

Marilyn Little’s Top Three Tips for Show Ring Success

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Marilyn Little is a seasoned competitor, having represented the U.S. internationally in both eventing and show jumping. Her long list of career highlights includes many wins at prestigious competitions like the 2015 Pan American Games, where she was an Individual and Team Gold Medalist. Marilyn kindly took some time to share three of her top tips to make sure you…

How Can You Tell If Your Horse Is Happy?

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You know your horse better than anyone—instinctively, you know immediately when something is amiss, even if you can’t immediately diagnose where the problem lies or what is causing it. We can put words to what you already know—how do you tell when your horse is happy? You may realize that there is lot of truth in what I am about…

Marilyn Little’s Top Three Tips for Training at Home

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Top equestrian Marilyn Little has made a name for herself representing the U.S. internationally in both show jumping and eventing. She was a gold medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games, holds two records in U.S. Equestrian sports, won the 2016 CCI3* Fair Hill International US Eventing Championship, and in her first show back after breaking her foot earlier this…