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Horseshoe Greetings Lives the Equestrian Life

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Oct 30, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

When the staff at Horseshoe Greetings need inspiration for the company’s equestrian line of greeting cards, all they have to do is step outside the office. Horseshoe Greetings, the equestrian branch of the corporate greeting company Wall Street Greetings, is based at a historic farm in Versailles, Ky., that company founders Laura and Tim Members of the Horseshoe Greetings staff, with Jefferson the Welsh pony and Brussels the retired hunter. Photo: Moon Ko Voss own. Among the...

A Passion for Dressage

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Oct 23, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Jenaya Olsen, a 14-year-old dressage rider from Naples, Fla., is one of the youngest equestrians to earn a United States Dressage Federation gold medal by achieving four scores of 60% or higher—two at Intermediate and two at Grand Prix level—at USEF-licensed/USDF-recognized competitions, achieved when she was 13. She credits her mom—dressage rider and coach Nicole Olsen—and coach Franziska Seidl in Ocala, Fla., with helping her achieve her gold medal. We caught up with...

Newest US Equestrian Heritage Competition: The Capital Challenge Horse Show

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Oct 16, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

The Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS) is the newest US Equestrian Heritage Competition. On October 5, the heritage competition designation was bestowed upon the CCHS. In 1994, Billy Glass and Oliver Kennedy began the CCHS at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md., and it has grown significantly in the last 25 years. Now, it is an established event that has made substantial contribution toward the development and promotion of the sport, which is one of the key points to...

From Arabian Horse Life: The Arabian Prince

by Yiskah Wedekind Lopez | Oct 2, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

I call him “The Arabian Prince” formally and “Al-Ashab” casually, yet my snowy white, Arabian gelding has the Yiskah Wedekind Lopez and her Arabian gelding, PH El Sosure. Photo: Courtesy of Yiskah Wedekind Lopez registered name of PH El Sosure. No matter his name, though, he deserves to be known as one of the best blessings upon this earth. He saved my life, and that alone is more deserving than any name that I can think of for him. Al-Ashab was the first horse I ever...

Get the Best Body-Clip for Your Horse

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Sep 25, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

When Jack Frost first nips at your nose and your horse or pony’s coat starts getting fuzzy, it’s time to make your winter clipping plan. Before you pull out the clippers, consider several questions. How much work will your horse or pony be doing this winter? What kind of shelter do they have from winter weather? How old are they? Will they be showing? An Irish clip Photo: Courtesy of Shannon O'Hatnick Particularly in the case of older horses and ponies, it’s also worth...

“Horses Really Do Help”

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Sep 18, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Lilian Schaffer and Special in January. Photo: Alison Schaffer Things were looking good for 17-year-old equestrian Lilian Schaffer in the summer of 2017. Just three years into her showing career, she already had achieved some promising results and, more importantly, she’d discovered a deep and fulfilling connection with horses and the equestrian community. Lilian, who lives in Denver, Colo., had joined her barn’s Interscholastic Equestrian Association team in 2014. She went with...

Come See Us at Tryon!

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 11, 2018, 12:00 PM EST

The US Equestrian joy tour stops at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 this month—come join us! The games will take place from Sept. 11-23 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C. Our booth, located in the middle of the World Equine Expo area, will open on Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. Photo: Shannon Brinkman Stop by every day for free fan memberships, giveaways, the new official US Equestrian Team Ariat merchandise, and oppor­tunities to learn more about...

Vaccines: A Good Investment for a Healthy Horse

by Margaret Buranen | Sep 5, 2018, 3:08 PM EST

Whether your horse or pony travels to compete or is strictly a stay-at-home companion animal, you’ll need to talk to It's important to discuss your horse or pony's vaccination plan with your veterinarian. Photo: vchalup/Adobestock your veterinarian about an annual plan and schedule for vaccinations—a key to horse health. When you do, be prepared to discuss both core vaccines (considered essential for the majority of horses) and risk-based vaccines (which may or may not be...

Competition Manager Education Course in USEF Education Portal

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 1, 2018, 2:58 PM EST

The Competition Manager Education Course is now available online to all Active Senior Members who have completed both the background check and Safe Sport training. This can be found in USEF Education Portal on the Member Dashboard . Effective 12/1/2018, per GR1202.1 - Competition Manager, An individual acting in this capacity is required to be a Senior Active Member of the Federation. Any individual acting as the Competition Manager of a hunter and/or jumper Open (not restricted to a breed)...

Your Horse Has Uveitis? Here’s What You Need To Know

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Aug 28, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Uveitis is a common cause of blindness in horses, but in some ways it remains mysterious. In its recurrent form, it also can be intractable. There’s no cure for it yet, but it also need not be a death sentence for a horse. Careful management and treatment can help preserve a horse’s sight longer, and even in cases where an affected eye has to be removed, many horses can still continue to live largely normal, active lives and even have successful competitive careers. Photo:...