FEI World Equestrian Games Start Tuesday

World Equestrian Games

The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, starts on September 11th at the Tyron International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. There is something here for everyone:  All FEI disciplines are represented – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. Right now, […]

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Another Geoffrey Adventure

Geoffrey

One of the things that brightens my non-riding days is . . . watching other people having fun riding horses. Yes, that seems masochistic, even to me, but I’ve been watching the Longines Jumper Series (broadcast live over YouTube by the HorseNetwork) religiously, gasping at the height of some of the jumps. And, I’ve been […]

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What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever jumped?

Watching this video made me think about all the things I’ve done on horses but honestly, maybe I’m boring, but I’ve never done anything as crazy as jump a human. I’ve jumped a few things that I probably shouldn’t have — big fences, things we found on the trail (back when I felt immortal), but […]

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This horse takes free jumping to a new level

Over the years I’ve introduced a few horses to jumping by sending them through jumping shoots. I’ve also had a few horses that would occasionally jump a cross rail or small vertical if turned out in a ring. I’ve never seen a horse that was so determined to jumpg a course after losing its rider.

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Austrian rider banned from competition; highlights bigger issues in show jumping

This video has been making the rounds on social media for the past week. In short, Austrian rider Bernhard Maier, was banned from competition for three months after this round on a Paddy’s Darco, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Maier bought Paddy’s Darco earlier this year, ostensibly for his daughter  (now that’s a scary […]

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Mclain Ward and ZZ Top Clear 7′ Puissance Wall

I can only image what one of my horses would do if I galloped them at a 7′ wall. Jumping it would certainly never occur to them. Mclain Ward and ZZ Top cleared this at the Washington International Horse Show. But that effort only tied them for first place! Aaron Vale and his mount, Thinks […]

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And the patient horse award goes to . . .

While you need to give Rick Wallace credit for “stickability” (for those who don’t compete, if the rider’s feet touch the ground they are disqualified), I think the real prize goes to Ultimate Decision who was very, very patient and understanding while his rider swung around his neck like he was a jungle gym. I […]

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