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Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Opens Doors for Next Generation of Para-Dressage Athletes

by Kathleen Landwehr | Oct 22, 2019, 2:09 PM EST

Therapeutic Riding, Inc. , is one of the United States Equestrian Federation/United States Para-Equestrian Association International Para-Equestrian Centers of Excellence providing up-and-coming athletes with quality para-equestrian sport programs. TRI was founded in 1984 as a therapeutic riding facility in Ann Arbor, Mich., to help those with disabilities experience horseback riding and its many benefits. TRI is celebrating its 35 th anniversary this year, and it shows no sign of slowing down...

Nine-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Awarded First WPCSA Courage Award Presented by Angel Heart Farm

by Ashley Swift | Oct 8, 2019, 12:07 PM EST

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America (WPCSA) recently hosted their national championship, the American National Show, in Tulsa, Okla., where Welsh Pony and Cob enthusiasts competed for top honors. This community is a tightknit group with deep connections to one another beyond their common bond of the Welsh breed. The WPCSA presented the first Courage Award presented by Angel Heart Farm at the 2019 American National in honor of Sophie Dadej, a young competitor who lost her battle with...

Talent Search Finals-East and Beyond for Daisy Farish

by Kathleen Landwehr | Oct 1, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

The history and prestige are palpable at the United States Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., making it an excellent venue for aspiring young jumping athletes hoping to make it to the top of the sport. An impressive field competed in the four phases of the 2018 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East, but it was Daisy Farish who claimed the champion title after delivering superb performances. Farish aims to one day represent the U.S. at the...

Rescued Paso Finos Take Center Stage at National Championship

by Ashley Swift, US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 30, 2019, 10:46 AM EST

The Paso Fino Horse Association (PFHA) hosts its Grand National Horse Show every year and welcomes some of the finest representatives of the Paso Fino breed in the U.S. for a chance at a prestigious grand championship title. Newly added to the schedule this year was the Rescue Geldings class, dedicated to Paso Finos who have been rescued and rehabilitated from a variety of circumstances. Eight geldings participated in the inaugural class, sharing their stories of rescue from kill pens,...

Wild Pony Becomes Both Student and Teacher

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Sep 24, 2019, 1:50 PM EST

Bobbidi Boo, nicknamed Noelle, has come a long way since the Jacksonville sheriff's department picked her up as a stray. Photo: Anneliese Murch Hunter jumper trainer Kirsty Wright isn’t sure what possessed her to drive from her base in Odessa, Fla., to Jacksonville, Fla., in April 2018 and bring home an unbroken 13.2-hand mare that took more than an hour to catch in her pasture. The eight-year-old pony had an unusual history. The Jacksonville sheriff’s department had picked her...

American Saddlebred Goes from Rescue to Show Ring

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Sep 23, 2019, 12:01 PM EST

Lisa Gaboury and her husband, Scott, with Ro and Me's Gypsy Moon at the Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show. Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Gaboury When the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show ’s Saddlebred Week begins on Sept. 25, at least one competitor in the Saddle & Bridle Shatner Western Pleasure Championships will feel like a winner before she and her horse even step into the ring. Lisa Gaboury and her American Saddlebred gelding, Ro and Me’s Gypsy Moon, took a slightly unusual...

Five Things to Know About Paso Finos

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Sep 17, 2019, 3:03 PM EST

The Paso Fino Grand National takes place through Sept. 21 in Perry, Ga. Photo: Stunning Steeds The Paso Fino Horse Association Grand National Championship Show takes place Sept. 16-21 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga.—watch it live now at USEF Network . Hosted by the Paso Fino Horse Association through Sept. 21, the show will deliver six days of world-class competition, featuring the best Paso Fino horses in the nation exhibited by professionals, amateurs, and young...

Kate Baldino and Maria Muzzio Are Looking Forward to a Fun Young Rider Finale in Italy

by Molly Sorge|Jump Media | Sep 17, 2019, 3:02 PM EST

Four years ago, Kate Baldino and Maria Muzzio were 17-year-old first-timers on the U.S. team at the FEI Endurance World Championships for Young Riders and Juniors. This year, they’re headed to Pisa, Italy, for the 2019 edition of the championships as good friends looking forward to their last competition as Young Riders. In June, Kate, from Marietta, Ga., and Maria, from Clifton, Va., took part in the United States Equestrian Federation Mandatory Training and Evaluation Session for the...

A Talent Search Tale

by Alyssa Bansbach & Caitlin Azevedo | Sep 17, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Since the Show Jumping Talent Search Program began in the 1950s, it has played a key role in the pathway for promising riders to represent the United States in show jumping competition. Familiar names like Beezie Madden, Richard Spooner, Lauren Hough, McLain Ward, and Meredith Michaels (Beerbaum) are just a handful of the previous Talent Search Champions to go on to international show jumping fame. In the case of Lauren Hough, her Talent Search Final win preceded her Olympic debut by only six...

Hoof Help: Thrush

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Sep 9, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

It’s a scenario every horse owner dreads: a runny, black, foul-smelling discharge around the frog area of a horse or pony’s hoof sole. That’s the classic sign of thrush, a bacterial infection that involves the frog, including the grooves on either side of it and the cleft between the heel bulbs. “It can affect any part of the frog, but that’s where we see it the most, right where the owner would be using the hoof pick along the sides of the frog and along that...