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Q & A: Equine Asthma with Dr. Laurent Couëtil

by Glenye Cain Oakford | May 4, 2020, 10:24 AM EST

"What is clear is that with improved environmental management you can really benefit horses with asthma a great deal," says Dr. Laurent Couëtil. Photo: Olena Lyzun/Shutterstock Dr. Laurent Couëtil is a veterinarian and professor of large animal medicine at Purdue University, where he also is the director of the Equine Sports Medicine Center and of Equine Research Programs in the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. Couëtil specializes in the early detection and treatment of...

Three Ways To Maximize Virtual Learning Using Show Ring Skills

by From Upper Echelon Academy | Apr 28, 2020, 3:25 PM EST

If you are doing distance learning for the first time, you’re probably wondering how to maximize your new virtual education. Upper Echelon Academy (UEA) offers advice based on years of experience teaching online, year-round students. Here are three UEA strategies that will help you succeed with virtual learning: 1. Make your schedule as routine as your horse’s warm-up. (Your horse thrives in a routine and so will you.) UEA student Maggie Hill says, “The best part of online...

Six Tips for Protecting Your Horse’s Joints

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Apr 22, 2020, 1:57 PM EST

Joint health is key to any horse’s performance, whether he’s a trail horse or an Olympic-level athlete. A number of factors can contribute to arthritic changes in the equine joint, and there are some things you can do to promote your horse’s joint health. We asked Dr. Laura Werner at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute for her advice on management strategies that can help protect equine joints. A proper calcium/phosphorus balance in your horse's diet can aid joint health....

A Dream Deferred: Behind the Scenes with 2020's LRK3DE First-Timers

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Apr 20, 2020, 4:22 PM EST

Rider: Fylicia Barr Horse: Galloway Sunrise #HomeWithHorses in: Kennett Square, Pa. Fylicia Barr, 24, has been living under her state’s stay-at-home orders in Kennett Square, Pa., and has had to close her barn to clients. “We’re still keeping the horses going,” she said of herself and her three-person staff, who are taking care of 19 horses. “I’m definitely riding a lot more than I was before! Usually I’d be teaching, too, but now we’re all riding...

Para-Dressage Newcomers Awarded Grants to Fund Ambitious New Dreams

by Ashley Swift | Apr 7, 2020, 10:19 AM EST

Exploring new breeds and disciplines is one of the most fun parts about being an equestrian. As we challenge ourselves to learn a new style of riding or master different training techniques, we inevitably become better athletes and horse people. Newcomers to U.S. para-dressage Meghan Benge (Windsor, S.C.) and Erika Wager (Delmar, N.Y.) are doing just that, and making a splash as they do. Benge and Wager are both veteran competitors in a multitude of other disciplines, including endurance,...

USEF Provides COVID-19 Facts and Resources as Pandemic Changes Equestrian Life

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Mar 31, 2020, 11:39 AM EST

Para leer esta página en español, haga clic aquí . The United States Equestrian Federation continues to receive inquiries about whether members can go to the barn, as well as reports of people not following guidelines from local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a reminder, the USEF recommends that you follow the CDC guidelines, as well as federal, state, and local government recommendations and directives on your movement within the...

For USEF Hunter Jumper Members: Safety Cup Requirements and Compete v. Complete

by US Equestrian Communications | Mar 10, 2020, 1:06 PM EST

The United States Equestrian Federation has become aware of two areas of confusion regarding safety cup requirements for schooling areas and rules surrounding compete versus complete. To help clear up any confusion at hunter jumper competitions, the USEF is providing the following information. Safety Cups – Warm-Up/Schooling Areas As of December 1, 2019, FEI-approved safety cups are mandatory in all Hunter, Equitation, and Jumper warm-up/schooling areas (See the Rule Book’s HU...

Lettering Program Inspires Recognition and Respect for Equestrians

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Mar 10, 2020, 1:04 PM EST

Lake Effect Equestrian's Interscholastic Equestrian Association team has made joining the US Equestrian Lettering Program something of a tradition. Photo: Courtesy of Lake Effect Equestrian Lake Effect Equestrian in Edinboro, Pa., isn’t just teaching kids to ride; they’re also helping them earn junior-high and high-school letters for their commitments to equestrian sport. Lake Effect has a competitive Interscholastic Equestrian Association team that’s open to riders in...

American Equestrians Got Talent Raises Funds for Discover Dressage™ USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 3, 2020, 1:25 PM EST

American Equestrians Got Talent (AEGT), an exciting talent-competition fundraiser for equestrian sport, is taking place Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at the Adequan® Global Dressage VIP Tent, 13500 South Shore Boulevard, Wellington, Florida 33414. AEGT was founded by six-time dressage Olympian Robert Dover as a way to fundraise for US Equestrian programs and highlight equestrians’ non-horsey talents. Money raised from the AEGT Gala Finale will support the Discover...

US Equestrian Announces Heritage Competition Designation for the Del Mar National Horse Show

by Del Mar National Horse Show | Feb 25, 2020, 2:44 PM EST

Rich Fellers on Flexible after winning the 2012 Hermes Grand Prix at the Del Mar National Horse Show. Photo: Patti Newton The Del Mar National Horse Show in California has joined an elite group of US Equestrian-licensed shows, earning the designation of USEF Heritage Competition. The show has brought equestrian excellence to San Diego County for 75 years and stands among the handful of horse shows in the country to reach such a milestone. Over the years, Del Mar has earned its reputation for...