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Top 25 Trail Ride Maps

Click on each individual trail to download maps. MaineAcadia National ParkAroostook Valley TrailBradbury Mountain State Park     New Hampshire Bear Brook State Park & CampgroundPawtuckaway State ParkPisgah State Park VermontJamaica State ParkKettle Pond State ParkMarsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park Massachusetts Bradley Palmer State ParkGranville State ForestManuel F. Correllus State ForestMount Washington State ForestWillard Brook State Forest ConnecticutCockaponset State ForestCollis P….

Nick Dello Joio

Despite a late start,  he is following in his father’s footsteps. Most children of professional riders start riding before they can walk. But Nick Dello Joio, 19 — son of Olympian Norman Dello Joio — didn’t pick up the sport until he was a teenager. Still, his late entry into the jumper and equitation ranks has not kept him from being one of the…

The American Saddlebred: A True Showstopper

Often referred to as the ultimate show horse or the “peacock of the show ring,” the American Saddlebred has flashy, high-stepping motion and a distinct appearance that is unlike that of any other breed. Originally developed as a utility horse, today’s American Saddlebred has evolved into a versatile show horse capable of excelling in many divisions. In addition to the…

Will George

Meet A Dedicated New England HorsemanIt is difficult to say which role suits Will George the best—a proud father, an accomplished teacher, or the familiar voice heard announcing at area horse shows Will grew up in Spencer, Mass., on his family’s Gold Nugget Farm. With 110 acres of land and up to 30 horses residing at the farm, horses were…

Plan the Perfect Trail Ride: In Eight Easy Steps

The stars don’t have to be in perfect alignment for the successful organization of a moderate gathering of riders. Do you want to organize a trail ride, but don’t know where to start? It may not be as difficult as you think. With just a little organization and a bit of drive, you, too, can organize a great trail ride…

Riding Etiquette for the Ring and Trail

Courtesy will go a long way toward helping you and your fellow riders have a safe and happy riding experience. It is always more pleasant to work with people and horses who mind their manners. Being polite is something that you need to remember when riding in the company of others. It applies whether you’re riding at home, at a…

Trail Talk: Fall in Line

March 2008 We all know that there is an established pecking order in the pastures, but does this hierarchy exist on the trails as well? Ask any horse owner that rides a horse that insists on always being first and they will confirm that yes, the order of things is still very important to some horses, whether they are grazing…

Stable Solutions: Tips for Learning Courses, Patterns and Tests

March 2008Just about any type of competition that you enter will have some classes where you have to ride a specific pattern for the judge, and sometimes that pattern will include obstacles. I talked to six experienced instructors in several different disciplines to find out how they helped their students to learn a pattern/course/test and then be able to perform…

Warmbloods-Drive, Determination & Durability

March 2008 Discover how this dynamic group of sport horses is excelling in Dressage, Show Jumping, Combined Driving and Eventing What do you think of when you hear the term “Warmblood”? A powerful horse executing an extended trot? An agile athlete maneuvering through a Grand Prix show jumping course? Or maybe a highly conditioned three-day event horse or combined driving star?…