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Collegiate Riding: The Difference Between IHSA And NCEA

Collegiate Riding: The Difference Between IHSA and NCEA

Are you unsure about the differences between IHSA and NCEA? In this post Kayleigh Burke compares these two organizations us.

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Getting A Horse Back Into Condition After Time Off For An Injury

Getting a Horse Back Into Condition After Time Off For an Injury

Denny Emerson and Olivia Loiacono give their advice to a member on how to get her horse fit again after an injury.

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How To Stop A Horse From Getting Strong Right In Front Of The Jump

How to Stop a Horse From Getting Strong Right in Front of the Jump

Linda Allen and Geoff Teall give a member exercises to help discourage her mare from going through her hands and getting fast right in front of the jump.

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Troubleshooting: Kicking Out At The Trot And Canter

Troubleshooting: Kicking Out at the Trot and Canter

Bernie shares some insight on what may be causing a member's TB from kicking out at the trot and canter.

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Touch Of Class: 1984 Olympic Double Gold Medal Winner And Show Jumping Hall Of Fame Inductee

Touch Of Class: 1984 Olympic Double Gold Medal Winner and Show Jumping Hall Of Fame Inductee

Marianne Taylor shares the story of one of the most legendary Thoroughbreds of all time, Touch Of Class. The partnership between this wonderful mare and Joe Fargis brought them a double gold at the 1984 Olympics.

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10 Most Common Mistakes IHSA Riders Make

10 Most Common Mistakes IHSA Riders Make

IHSA veteran, Kayleigh Burke, shares her insights on common mistakes riders often make at their first IHSA show.

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Troubleshooting: Stopping At The First Jump On Course

Troubleshooting: Stopping At The First Jump On Course

Hunter/Jumper/Equitation Judge, Julie Winkel, gives a member ideas on how to encourage her horse to get more comfortable with the first jump in the show ring.

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How To Train A Big OTTB To Use His Body Over The Jumps And Improve His Form

How to Train a Big OTTB to Use His Body Over the Jumps and Improve His Form

Jim Wofford and Linda Allen share exercises to encourage a member's young, lanky OTTB to improve his form over jumps.

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You have the ear of our panel of experts and they want to help you. From riding tips, legal advice, insurance questions or getting over fear, our lineup of equestrian professionals is here for you.

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But whether you are a member or not, you can still browse through the many answers given by our panelists. Your question just might already have an answer!

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Julie Winkel

Julie Winkel

Hunter/Jumper/Equitation Judge

Julie Winkel has been a licensed Hunter, Equitation, Hunter Breeding and Jumper judge since 1984. She has officiated at prestigious events such as Devon, Harrisburg, Washington International, Capital Challenge, The…

Larry Langer

Larry Langer

Show Management, Insurance & Business Consulting

Larry Langer founded Langer Equestrian Group, Inc. (LEG) in 1972 and has been at its helm ever since as President and CEO. Inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame…

Michael Dowling

Michael Dowling

IHSA Hunt Seat Coach

Assistant Professor of Equine Studies - Centenary College, New Jersey Co-Coach ANRC Team Co-Coach IHSA Team Academic Accomplishments B.A. Fairfield University  Fairfield, CT Diploma in International Relations  University of Lancaster,…

Dr. Heather Mack

Dr. Heather Mack

Holistic Horse Health

Dr. Heather Mack was born and raised in Pennsylvania surrounded by nature and animals. She always wanted to become a veterinarian and to move out West. She began riding horses…

Bernie Traurig

Bernie Traurig

Hunter, Jumper, Equitation

As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team…

Olivia Loiacono

Olivia Loiacono

Eventing

After years of training, riding, and competing all over the world Olivia decided to bring her knowledge and experience back to the Southern California eventing community. Riding from a very…

Tonya Johnston

Tonya Johnston

Mental Skills Coach

Tonya Johnston, MA, is an Equestrian Mental Skills Coach and author with a master’s degree in applied Sport Psychology. Tonya specializes in working with equestrian athletes from disciplines such as…

Peter Wylde

Peter Wylde

Jumpers

A native of Medfield, MA, Peter Wylde worked his way up in the junior rider ranks, earning the United States' highest junior honor when he won the Rolex-Maclay National Equitation…

Verena Mahin

Verena Mahin

Dressage

Verena’s riding career began in Germany at the age of 5, when she started vaulting on a gentle Palomino owned by a family friend. This taught her the importance of…

Blair Cooper (Farrier)

Blair Cooper (Farrier)

Farrier

Blair Cooper is a certified Farrier in Temecula, California. He was brought up in Northern British Columbia, Canada where his family farmed and raised Quarter horses. At a young age,…

Dino Fretterd

Dino Fretterd

Certified Equine Massage Therapist

Dino previously worked on people for 17 years, specializing in muscular/skeletal dysfunction.  During this time he worked with Chiropractors and Orthopedic Surgeons aiding in their patients' recoveries. Dino has also…

Jim Wofford

Jim Wofford

Eventing

JCW on Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thompson's Rockingham

Denny Emerson

Denny Emerson

Eventing

One of the 50 most influential horsemen of the Twentieth Century. - The Chronicle of the Horse, 2000 Deny Emerson is the only rider to have ever won both a…

Linda Allen

Linda Allen

Course Designer & Judge

Linda Allen (Jumper, Course Design) - is an accomplished Olympic Course Designer, Clinician, Judge, Equestrian Facility Design Consultant and Author. For more than 45 years, Linda has been a fixture in…

Geoff Teall

Geoff Teall

Hunters & Equitation

Geoff Teall is one of the leading Hunter and Hunt Seat Equitation trainers in the country. Horses and riders who have trained with Geoff have gone on to win championships,…

Marnye Langer

Marnye Langer

Marketing, Publicity & Sponsorship

Marnye Langer serves as LEG's Chief Financial Officer, and she is responsible for marketing and sponsorship activities. She is also the Managing Director of LEGISequine.com, an insurance agency covering all…

Lisa Hollister

Lisa Hollister

Equine Law

Lisa Hollister, Esq. has been licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio since 1987 and has practiced Equine Law for the last 14 years. As an Equine Attorney,…

Robin Martinez

Robin Martinez

Fitness & Nutrition

Having grown up in the Los Angeles area, Robin was always active, she began seriously perusing riding while at Camelot Riding Club under the expert instruction of Raizy Goffman and…

Nicole Lakin

Nicole Lakin

Web-Based Barn Management

Who am I? I ask not in the deep philosophical way, but in the “why should you read my blog posts” way. I am a lot of things to a…

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Kayleigh Burke

Kayleigh Burke

Collegiate Riding

Kayleigh is a 22-year-old equestrian raised in Northern Virginia. She began riding at the age of 5 and competed in the local equitation and hunter circuit as well as ‘A’ shows until college. Kayleigh graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2015 with her B.A. in Public Relations.

Jennie Carleton

Jennie Carleton

Equestrian Sport Writer & Historian

Jennie Carleton was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where, at the age of nine, she began riding and participating in hunter/jumper competitions along the East Coast. When the family…

Marianne Taylor

Marianne Taylor

Thoroughbred Lover & Historian

A true lover of Thoroughbred horses for the show ring, Marianne Taylor was raised on a horse and pony farm in Virginia. As a Junior, she had many VHSA year-end…

Nicole Lakin

Nicole Lakin

Web-Based Barn Management

Who am I? I ask not in the deep philosophical way, but in the “why should you read my blog posts” way. I am a lot of things to a…

Robin Martinez

Robin Martinez

Fitness & Nutrition

Having grown up in the Los Angeles area, Robin was always active, she began seriously perusing riding while at Camelot Riding Club under the expert instruction of Raizy Goffman and…

Jen Worthington

Jen Worthington

Show Mom

Jen Worthington is a show mom who tries to balance the crazy world of horses with running her own company. Having been following her child on the A circuit for…

Ally Worthington

Ally Worthington

Junior Rider

Ally Worthington is a 14-year-old rider who grew up riding on the West Coast. Equitation and Jumpers have always been her love, although she spent a year in the junior…

Alivia Hart

Alivia Hart

Junior Rider

Alivia Hart's equestrian lifestyle began with her mother riding everyday up until she was eight months pregnant with her. Growing up, she was raised on her family farm where she…

Julie Winkel

Julie Winkel

Hunter/Jumper/Equitation Judge

Julie Winkel has been a licensed Hunter, Equitation, Hunter Breeding and Jumper judge since 1984. She has officiated at prestigious events such as Devon, Harrisburg, Washington International, Capital Challenge, The…

Cori Christmann

Cori Christmann

Social Media Coordinator at EquestrianCoach.com

Born and raised in Calgary, Canada as the daughter of a trainer, Cori began riding at a young age. She spent countless hours at the local barn where her mom…

Bernie Traurig

Bernie Traurig

Hunter, Jumper, Equitation

As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team…

New Video Release

Lateral Control: Using the Leg & Rein Aids Together to Turn

Part 19 of Susan Deal’s “Forward Riding Series – Exercises for a Rider’s First Year”
Near the end of the young rider’s first year, Susan introduces the indirect rein. This rein aid, used in conjunction with the leg aids, is more sophisticated than an opening rein to facilitate turns. In this video topic, Susan uses exercises with figures, such as circles, half circles and serpentines, to solidify her students’ use of leg and rein aids together.

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twaching a rider to use their Leg & Rein Aids Together on a horse

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Bernie Traurig

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