Feature Articles

Hold It In—Test Your Fencing Knowledge

By Jane Carlton Tired of hearing that Dobbin is taking a stroll down Main Street? Sick of Lola succeeding in her quest to the grass that is totally greener on the other side? Maybe it’s time for a new fence. The days of a simple wooden fence are past us, and options abound for pastures, riding arenas, and property boundaries (though wood will always be the classic). Think you’re on top of…

Team Up!—A Guide to Choosing NCEA or IHSA

By Terise Cole Intercollegiate riding allows college students to continue competing during the school year and transforms an individual activity into a team sport. We tracked down what prospective students need to know about the two largest intercollegiate riding associations—the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and the National Collegiate Equestrian Association. How it all Started It’s 1967 and 18-year-old Robert “Bob”…

A Driving Force

By Jane Carlton Not many 10-year-olds can say they’ve chased world champion combined driver Chester Weber around professionalgrade obstacles. But then again, most kids aren’t like Riley Wiltison. Riley, now 11, has racked up ribbons in combined driving events up and down the East Coast. “He started out riding and he just wasn’t really into it,” says Riley’s mother, Billie. “He liked it, and he still likes to…

Can’t Is Not An Option

Looking back, most people probably wouldn’t say high school was the easiest of times. Homework, college pressure, and having a social life are ever-looming. Add into the mix a competitive show career in the pony hunters, and it’s a recipe for stress. Brittany Walters-Bardwell, from Temperance, MI , has found the perfect balance between maintaining good grades and showing her medium…

Switch It Up—Shifting from English to Western Pleasure

By Jane Carlton English and western riding may sound diametrically—and geographically—opposed, but many riders are tempted to try riding on the other side of the ring. But it’s not as easy as simply swapping saddles. Careful thought and consideration goes into every discipline switch—for both horse and rider. Can the horse handle different maneuvers safely and comfortably? Do you need…

PLAN OF ATTACK—Take the Terror Out of Trot Jumps

Horror. Nightmare. Terror. Hate. Nothing in the show ring could cause riders to freak out enough to use such strong language, right? Oh, how you’re wrong! Trotting a jump as part of an over fences class, either hunter or equitation, can bring together troves of riders in their distaste for the maneuver. Sit the trot or post? Turn sharply or…

Holiday Gift Giving, Procrastinator-Style

By Ange Dickson Finn We’re on the fast track to Christmas and the gift giving time of year. How’re you coming on your gift shopping? Not so good? Me either. I fall into the Procrastinating Opportunist category: that is, I put things off until I have no choice but to seize on any random opportunity to buy any old thing…

3 Things for Equestrians To Do This Fall

A throwback to my younger years at the Woodstock Fair Horse Show. Every year another summer comes and goes, and as the days start to get shorter, I can’t help but feel a small twinge of sadness that there will be less competitions to attend, fewer opportunities to go swimming with horses, and not as many barbecues to accompany trail…