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“The Horse Brought Us All Back to Normal”

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Aug 7, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Madeline Jordan doesn’t remember being hit by the white pickup truck. But it’s a moment her parents, Grady and Monica Jordan, will never forget. It was Halloween night in 2015, and the family had joined what Monica called “a walking block-party” of friends, carry­ing flashlights and wearing fluorescent necklaces, to go trick-or-treating. Maddie was dressed up as Bill Belichick, the Super Bowl-winning coach of her beloved New England Patriots football team. Maddie and...

Hoof Sense: What Are Your Horse’s Hooves Telling You?

by Fran Jurga | Jul 31, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Have you ever wished you could pick up your horse’s hoof and read it, the way a fortuneteller reads your palm? What if that hoof in your hand were a crystal ball, and it could foresee how sound and healthy your horse’s feet have been, are, and will be? As it turns out, that’s not such a far-fetched idea. A horse’s hoof is a library of information, if you know how and where to look for information. Bring your hoof pick! Your eyes, nose, and touch can all help spot trouble...

New US Equestrian Heritage Competition: Charleston Summer Classic I & II

by US Equestrian Communications Department | Jul 24, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

US Equestrian has designated the Charleston Summer Classic I & II a Heritage Competition in recognition of the show’s 26-year history and its substantial contribution to the development and promotion of equestrian sport. The hunter jumper competition on Johns Island, South Carolina, celebrated the designation at its most recent edition, which took place July 10-14 and July 17-21 at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center . Celebrating Charleston Summer Classic I & II’s Heritage...

Group Effort Makes 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup a Success

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jul 17, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

When saddle seat teams from Canada, Namibia, South Africa, and the United States converged on Kentucky for the 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup , US Equestrian staff were ready. Hosted this year by US Equestrian, the biennial competition brought 50 horses and 42 team members, coaches, managers, and mentors to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., July 2-6. Among the US Equestrian National Affiliates team members who pitched in at the Saddle Seat World Cup were (front row, l to r) Erin DesNoyers,...

Equine Tech Companies BarnManager, Equo, Jumpfax, and StableGuard Form Collaboration

by Emily Riden/Jump Media | Jun 26, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Wellington, FL – Equine technology companies BarnManager, Equo, Jumpfax, and StableGuard have come together to form the first equine technology collaboration of its kind, aimed at supporting one another, better serving the equestrian industry as a whole, and ultimately creating greater inter-operability between the equine applications and software. Watch more on the equine technology collaboration here ! Launched by BarnManager founder and CEO, Nicole Lakin, the innovators working...

Spotting, Treating, and Preventing Strangles

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jun 19, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

It is a dreaded disease in the horse world, even though it often isn’t fatal. Strangles—one of the world’s most commonly diagnosed contagious equine diseases, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners —is feared because it’s highly contagious and can be carried by horses who have no apparent symptoms—and once it’s in a barn, it can be difficult to get rid of. Streptococcus Equi Photo: Stefan Walkowski The bacteria Streptococcus equi...

Horses Inspire Smiles, Build Strength

by Glenye Cain Oakford | Jun 12, 2018, 3:17 PM EST

Ethan Simmons and his mother Maria Cristina Velasquez Simmons know better than most how horses can transform a person’s life. Ethan Simmons and an equine friend. Photo: Courtesy of Cristina Simmons Ethan, a six-year-old in Miami, Fla., was diagnosed with autism when he was three. He would not speak and, Cristina says, “He had a general poor development curve, so he had issues from the very beginning with walking and with balance.” From an early age, activities that required...

Devon: A Driver’s Delight

by Glenye and Christopher Oakford | May 29, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair , streaming live now on USEF Network , is one of the nation’s most prestigious venues for hunters, jumpers, and saddle seat riders. But for the American driving community, it’s both a historic, world-class competition and a homecoming. The show—the United States’ oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition—is famous for the variety of world-class competition it offers. But for those in the sport of carriage pleasure...

“I Get to Share Their Joy, and They Get to Share Mine”

by Glenye Cain Oakford | May 8, 2018, 1:08 PM EST

Carlyn Nuyda-Calloway and her daughters Eloise and Faye. “It’s made us so much closer as a family,” Carlyn said of their life together with horses. Photo credit: Gina Falcone/Courtesy of Carlyn Nuyda-Calloway In families where parents and children both ride, that experience can be especially fulfilling. That’s what California-based fashion designer and Meditation Studio owner Carlyn Nuyda-Calloway and her daughters, Eloise and Faye, have found. The three are the latest...

All About Sarcoids

by Glenye Cain Oakford | May 1, 2018, 4:04 PM EST

Sarcoids are the most common skin tumors diagnosed in horses and ponies. Although they’re not usually regarded as life-threatening, they can be unsightly and uncomfortable for the horse, depending partly on the tumor’s location. Sarcoids vary widely in size and appearance. Photo: Dr. Liz Barrett “They’ll infiltrate the local tissue and skin, but they’re not like a tumor that will metastasize and spread to the lungs or liver or different organ systems,” said...