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!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Even during the festive season I enjoy refining my training even while not riding (whether that’s because I’ve enjoyed too much Christmas cheer Christmas Eve or too much Christmas...» Read More!
From time to time, everyone finds themselves in a situation where their horse needs to be confined to a stall. Reasons can be many and varied from simply staying in out of bad weather to...» Read More!
For me, Thanksgiving not only means bountiful amounts of delicious food, it also marks the end of most of my horses’ holidays. After a 3-Day Event (or the end of the season), they get a...» Read More!
You’ve done your lessons, you’ve cross country schooled, your horse is fit and now you’re at your show and have gotten that pesky dressage test out of the way — it’s time to inspect your...» Read More!
Lion Country Pony Club, located in State College, PA, hosts an amazing and very educational summer camp every year! This year, LCPC was lucky enough to have TWO Rolex (and former Pony Clubbers!) riders Allie...» Read More!
After a trip to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event with with Rege Dvorsky’s Collection Pass in April and another trip up to Bromont CCI with her string of off-track Thoroughbreds at the beginning of June, Maryland-based...» Read More!
As much as I love eventing, I hate cross country schooling! As brave as I am about leaving the start box at a show, I’m loathe to school. There’s something about the adrenaline that I...» Read More!
In addition to the exciting announcement from the USEF last night of the fall competition grants, both Jen McFall and Kate Chadderton have declared their intent to travel to the Blenheim CCI3* in September. Hailed...» Read More!
Each day I set out with a purpose for each horse. It may be to improve their medium trot or shape over a fence — the idea is that you practice what you’re not good...» Read More!
Before you get too excited and think I’m about to share my eHarmony dating experiences with you, I should explain I’m referring specifically to the union of horse and rider! There are many factors which,...» Read More!
No, I don’t mean rap battling with 2 Chains on a Saturday night. I’m talking about protecting your prized possession’s most breakable body part: his legs. In a 24 hour period there is an almost...» Read More!
Each person has a different time frame to work with when planning their show schedule. For me, the upper level horses start competing at the beginning of February in Georgia and continue on their way...» Read More!
Aside from nutrition and shoeing, fitness is the most important part of a performance horses program. I rate it above training. For a horse to answer the questions you ask him on the flat and...» Read More!
Kate Chadderton knows what it takes to make a living (or some semblance of one, anyway) in the horse industry. Growing up in a modest household in Australia, she gained some experience bartering and selling...» Read More!
After weeks (years!) of training and lessons, your performance at a show largely comes down to your warm-up. My warm-ups vary from horse to horse and between the phases. For the dressage phase I start...» Read More!
I celebrated the new year by enjoying the last happy moments of relatively warm winter weather in Minnesota. Subzero temps and bitter winds invaded over the weekend, and the foreseeable forecast looks dim and cold. My...» Read More!
Eventers are all too familiar with riding the highs and lows that accompany our sport of choice. Kate Chadderton is certainly no stranger, having experienced many a rough patch during her 2014 season, but she’s got...» Read More!
Rege Dvorsky’s Collection Pass is recovering from surgery this morning after slicing into his right front fetlock joint while running the Advanced cross country at MCTA Horse Trials in Cockeysville, Md., yesterday. Kate Chadderton re-routed...» Read More!
After a fun and eventful weekend, Pat Salomon sent us an email following the FENCE Horse Trials: I was hoping we could get in a brag about our Collegiate Team Challenge, which had 6 colleges...» Read More!
Kate Chadderton was kind enough to send in the story of how she met Collection Pass, the now 12-year-old OTTB gelding she’ll be piloting around Rolex next week in the horse’s first four-star appearance. Retiring...» Read More!
You all did extremely well in our mystery guessing game this week! Here we thought we may have stumped you, but we have been proven wrong! The rider pictured below is… …Kate Chadderton! Kate sent...» Read More!
After the excitement of Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials this past weekend, Aiken was host to one of the most eagerly anticipated clinics of the spring season: the George Morris butt whipping session. I was...» Read More!