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What To Focus On Now That The Show Season Is Over

What To Focus On Now That The Show Season Is Over

Olivia Loiacono shares tips on how to stay busy in the off-season.
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Adjusting for the Optimal Takeoff Spot on a Hunter Horse

Adjusting for the Optimal Takeoff Spot on a Hunter Horse

Rob Gage talks about finding and fixing your distance to arrive at the best takeoff spot.
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Does Your Horse Have a Long Stride and Struggle with Combinations?

Does Your Horse Have a Long Stride and Struggle with Combinations?

Linda Allen advises a member on how she can acquire the "tools" she needs to set her horse up to handle anything a course might ask.
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Lengthen the Canter: What Seat Does a Judge Want to See a Rider in for an Equitation Class?

Lengthen the Canter: What Seat Does a Judge Want to See a Rider in for an Equitation Class?

Julie Winkel puts on her judge's hat to explain what seat is best in an equitation class when asked to show a lengthened canter.
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Building Your Horse’s Confidence Back Up

Building Your Horse’s Confidence Back Up

Geoff Teall gives a member tips to get her horse, who had a big spook, to jump confidently from any distance.
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Stop Your Horse From Stalling in the Air Over a Jump

Stop Your Horse From Stalling in the Air Over a Jump

Linda Allen explains the reasons why green horses and trained horses may have too much "hang time" over a fence and gives us some tips to fix it.
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Dressage: Good Hands and How To Achieve Them

Dressage: Good Hands and How To Achieve Them

Verena Mahin talks about what makes good hands, and the role position and contact play in achieving true contact.
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Coping With Warm-Up Ring Nerves

Coping With Warm-Up Ring Nerves

Tonya Johnston give a member step by step tips to overcome warm up ring anxiety.
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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…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Robert Gage

Robert Gage

Judge, Trainer & Course Designer

Judge Rob Gage is a three-time World Cup Grand Prix rider and won the Rolex Crown of Excellence (won more Grand Prix than any other rider in the US) in successive…

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Equine Transactional Law

Cynthia Redwine Martinez is a lifelong equestrian, business lawyer and co-founder of Equine Exchange.  She breeds Holsteiner horses for show jumping and enjoys competing in the amateur jumper divisions.  She…

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Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Cynthia Redwine Martinez

Equine Transactional Law

Cynthia Redwine Martinez is a lifelong equestrian, business lawyer and co-founder of Equine Exchange.  She breeds Holsteiner horses for show jumping and enjoys competing in the amateur jumper divisions.  She…

Amanda Garner

Amanda Garner

Equestrian Education

Amanda’s first venture into riding began at age eight with a guided trail ride at a friend’s birthday party, during which the trusty mount she was astride was attacked by…

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…

New Video Release

Cavalletti Safety Tip

A few years ago, in preparation for a clinic abroad, Bernie asked the clinic host to have some cavalletti at hand in the arena. The host refused to provide them because two pony club members had recently been injured when their horses tripped over the cavalletti and fell on their riders. He has taken this information to heart, and since then he warns his students about the potential danger of cavalletti when they are negotiated the wrong way. Cavalletti can be an invaluable tool when schooling your horse, so find out how be safe out there and use them the right way.

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Bernie Traurig

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