Feature Articles

Unrelenting—A Dressage Rider’s Story of Success, Strength, and Sheer Determination

Photos courtesy of Mika McKinney; Emily Tarantini; Ashley Littlefield

With a burning passion for dressage and an unwavering will to persevere, 22-year-old Mika McKinney has no plans of stopping on her way to the top of the sport, even if that means overcoming an unexpected adversity. For herself, her love of horses, and her dad, this inspirational equestrian and Maine-native is showing that anything is possible with the right…

Covering the Bases of Classical Dressage

Photos by Nikki M Photography and Photography by Andy

Throughout history, horses have been a cornerstone for success. Whether it be for war, agricultural needs, or transportation, humans found that not only do we need horses to listen to us, but we need to listen to them as well. Opening a pathway for communication is a large part of classical dressage. The rider and horse both must understand each…

Senior Riders Prove You Can Ride at Any Age

The love of horses withstands the test of time and we all dream of riding until we can no longer saddle up and gallop away, but partaking in such a dangerous sport can put a damper on those dreams as the years go on. For Deanna Ross, 67, Jill Truitt-Langan, 63, and Agnita Knott, 69, age is just a number…

Righting the Rush—How to Fix the Jump-Rusher

For many riders, jumping is their favorite part of riding. The thrill of being in mid-air with the horse and feeling fully connected is a big deal. There are some riders who want to feel that great trust and bond with their horse, but fear of failure or injury, commonly when their horse gets excited for the jump and rushes…

A Q&A with Isabell Werth

As the world’s most successful dressage rider with seven World Championship titles, 10 World Cup medals, 10 Olympic medals, 17 medals at European Championships, and 14 German Championship titles, to name a few of her accomplishments, Isabell Werth’s name will be stamped into equestrian history forever. Although she is now the most decorated rider in dressage history, Isabell started with…

Be Prepared!—Prep Your Barn for Winter

After a summer of warm weather, New Englanders know that fall means it is time to batten down the hatches and prepare for the impending winter—and inevitable nor’easter—that is coming soon. Use these tips to be ready when the temperature drops. Use Your Head First and foremost, use your common sense. Charlie Noyes, of A&B Barns, and Michael Taylor, president…

10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Equitation Finals

For junior riders, some of the most coveted ribbons are awarded at the end of an equitation final. From the ASPCA Maclay to the United States Equestrian Federation Hunt Seat Medal, the road to finals is as long and challenging as it is rewarding in more ways than trophies. Experts Kelli Cruciotti, 2015 Pessoa/U.S. Hunt Seat Medal Final winner, and Kathy Fletcher, owner and head trainer of Grazing Fields Farm in Buzzards Bay, MA, weigh in with their tips for making the journey a smoother one.