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Get Show-Ready with These Five Steps

by US Equestrian Communications | Apr 9, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

The best time to avoid last-minute headaches with your horse show entry is before you ever fill it out. With Photo: Sarah Bennett for Howard Schatzberg US Equestrian’s website,, it’s fast and easy to take care of pre-show business like renewing your US Equestrian membership and recording your horse for points, so you can focus on competing. Check these things off your list now and enjoy your show season! 1. Join or Renew Your US Equestrian Membership (and Take Required...

Lessons from Horsemanship for Life, Career, and Resilience

by Katey Duffey | Mar 26, 2019, 3:01 PM EST

“It is easy to conquer the world from the back of a horse” ~ Genghis (Chinggis) Khan Ask someone who their favorite teacher is, and their response will probably be a human. For me, horses have fulfilled the role of invaluable mentors. Horses teach us responsibility and to prioritize taking care of what’s Katey Duffey and Max. "Max was part of the major milestones of my life, teaching me to push beyond my limits and try new things," Duffey said. Photo: Courtesy of Katey Duffey...

Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center Unveils Hidden Potential as USEF/USPEA Para Dressage Center of Excellence

by Dana Riddlemoser, US Equestrian Communications Department | Mar 19, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee, Fla. Photo: Dana Riddlemoser Susan Guinan’s first introduction to para dressage came unexpectedly one day in 2011. United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) President Hope Hand pulled up to the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center looking for a facility to host the U.S. Para Dressage Team as they prepared to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympics. Vinceremos welcomed them wholeheartedly, and this situation laid the groundwork...

First Batch of Coaches Participate in Inaugural Para Dressage Fast-Track Program

by Dana Riddlemoser | Mar 12, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Participants in the first USEF Para Dressage Coach Certificate Fast-Track Program. Photo: Jean Pierre Hourdebaigt According to US Equestrian Para Dressage Technical Advisor and Head of Coach Development Michel Assouline, a coach has two students: one is themselves. This was obvious for the 11 coaches who participated in the first USEF Para Dressage Coach Certificate Fast-Track Program on March 3-4 at Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee, Fla. Vinceremos is a United States...

Commercial General Liability Horse Insurance: Who Needs It and Why?

by Markel Insurance | Feb 5, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

If you run a business involving horses, whether it is training and boarding, offering riding lessons, or performing Photo: Pretty Pixels Photography farrier work, you need commercial equine liability insurance as part of your insurance risk-management plan. Sometimes referred to as general liability or just liability, it is protection that covers you and/or your business in the event there is personal injury, bodily injury, or property damage to others by you, your horse, or the premises for...

An Insider's View: Licensed Officials Share Advice and Thoughts

by Margaret Buranen | Jan 29, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

What are licensed officials at equestrian competitions really thinking? We asked four to share their wisdom on a range of topics: tips for competitors, insights into the challenges of officiating, and more. Photo: Andrea Evans/US Equestrian Danny Robertshaw, Lisa Gorretta, Donna Pettry-Smith, and Cindy Mugnier all graciously agreed to discuss their work in different areas of equine sport. The joy of competing in their respective disciplines, and the desire to give back to those disciplines or...

Managing Your Horse or Pony's Weight

by Margaret Buranen | Jan 14, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

A general rule for feeding hay is that a horse needs 10 to 20 pounds of hay a day for each 1,000 pounds he weighs. Photo: AdobeStock/michaelangeloop Unlike people, horses don’t have to worry about their weight. They have owners to do that. Is your horse overweight? Underweight? Or at the weight he should be? Determining where a horse stands on that scale (pun intended) can tell an owner about the horse’s health. The scale to start with, the Henneke Body Condition Scoring System, is...

US Equestrian Members are Making it Happen

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jan 10, 2019, 6:05 PM EST

All around the country, US Equestrian members are having a positive impact on horse sports and breeds, as well as on their communities. They’re teaching lessons, launching youth and amateur programs, volunteering at competitions, serving on their breeds’ boards and committees, and much more. At US Equestrian’s 2019 Annual Meeting, we caught up with three members who described how their organizations are introducing people to the equestrian life and building...

Warrior Horses Raise Spirits and Funds to Treat Pediatric Cancer

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Dec 25, 2018, 9:00 AM EST

Ryan Melendez knows a lot about the comfort and strength people derive from their connection with horses. Ryan Melendez (right) with a Warrior Kid meeting her Warrior Horse (Courtesy of Warrior Horses) Ryan, the son of judge and trainer Bill Melendez and rider Kristal Raiger, grew up riding and showing Arabian horses . After he was diagnosed with Very High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2015 at age 17, the younger Melendez found that the equestrians and horses in his life supported him...

Double the Joy: Caudill Finds Success in both Dressage and Western Dressage

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

For Andrea Caudill, the road to better horsemanship so far has wound through four disciplines. Caudill, who grew up in Rochester, Minn., started riding in an English saddle at age seven. By age 14, after she got her first horse and joined 4-H, she had switched to Western tack and later competed in reining . Since moving to Amarillo, Texas, where she works as an editor for the American Quarter Horse Association’s AQHA Media, Caudill has shown to a high level in both dressage and Western...