Emotions run very high when the topic of safety in eventing is raised, and as a passionate eventer for more than 25 years, I too am vulnerable to letting emotions dictate the tone of my...» Read More!
We were there when Philippa Humphreys died. My 10-year-old son and I were jump judge volunteers at Jersey Fresh, and it was going to be the most awesome day. We both event, and for him...» Read More!
As you sit on more and more horses, you will sit on some horses that are quiet and calm. Conversely, you will also sit on some horses that are hotter and stronger. These training tips...» Read More!
In my life, I have known several people who bravely changed the course of their lives mid-track. These people ranged from the woman who aced law school only to ditch the bar exam and hike...» Read More!
It is a long trip for most to Kentucky, but four days on trucks and planes only broken up by a stint in quarantine beats most of the treks across America. The kiwi horses left...» Read More!
Recently, I finally got the chance to check “Denny Camp” off my bucket list. Denny Emerson needs no introduction. Any eventer who hasn’t heard of him either has been living under a rock for the...» Read More!
Tall, gray and handsome, Test Run had a banner year in 2004 when he was nine years old. “Merle” had placed 10th at Rolex Kentucky and completed Burghley. He fit that cliché of young and...» Read More!
There were no windows in the bottom of the bank barn. The only light came from a row of yellowed light bulbs down the center aisle, and those were covered with hundreds of little brown...» Read More!
Well, my fellow eventers, I did it. I made the jump from Training to Prelim last weekend at Full Gallop Farm’s Horse Trials in Aiken, SC while I was on my Spring Break. And let...» Read More!
I recently spent a week in Ireland shopping for young event prospects and was shocked to find that the traditionally-bred Irish Sport Horse is seriously endangered....» Read More!
It was a beautiful January day, even for Aiken. Full Gallop was sunny and warm, and the parking lot was packed with competitors there to get 2016 off to a great start. I had competed...» Read More!
1. First and foremost, invite your horse to be your partner. You do not want to be on top of a totally submissive machine awaiting instructions while you are galloping along undulating ground, facing solid...» Read More!
I was 11 when I had my first ever riding lesson. My mom finally caved to my years of begging for it. She claims she waited until I was older so it was safer for...» Read More!
I was planning on writing this blog about New Year’s resolutions. The usual: be a better person, use an oven for more than just frozen pizza, finally learn how to speak Spanish (fluently, not Spanglish)....» Read More!
Embed from Getty Images It is so easy for us to have our sport ruined by a bad coach. The coach who focuses on everything that has gone wrong, the coach that winds you up...» Read More!
My good friend Dom Schramm always says, “Wet saddle cloths make good horses.” It’s a saying we grow up in Queensland (Australia) hearing from the time we start riding. I’m not sure of its origins...» Read More!
Anyone that follows upper level eventing has undoubtedly heard of the legend that is Cold Harbor. Most recently “Bo” had been piloted by Dom Schramm, where I was lucky enough to meet him. To Bo...» Read More!
Tamie Smith had a very successful year in 2015, the product of hard work and sheer determination. In her latest Athletux Equine blog, Tamie writes about the meaning of unrealistic expectations and making your dreams...» Read More!
Once the horse is “in gear” using the Constants, the right Variables are used for each progressive exercise and series of exercises. IMPULSION is at the heart of the five Variables, and the other four...» Read More!
DRESSAGE GOLD 3
Constants and Variables for Dressage
Part B – The Constants
William Micklem’s acclaimed structure
for dressage training for all horses and levels....» Read More!
Warning: Red Bull, 5-hour Energy, Monster, coffee and jalapeño chips may be required. For nine months of the year, Meyerhoff Show Horses bases in Statesville, North Carolina, at John and Anna Gilbert’s Eight Bells Farm. To pack...» Read More!
The German scales of training have become predominant in dressage training in every European country in recent years. There is not a coaching manual or book that does not mention them, but on examination there...» Read More!
Good basic dressage training skills are the most important and most powerful skills for the whole horse industry. They are the key to opening doors to fulfilling potential in all equine activities for both horse...» Read More!