Naughty or nice? Region 9 dressage riders share fun stories of naughty ponies and nice horses they’ve ridden, Lydia Mindling remembers Nado, the cheeky Haflinger with whom she had a love/hate relationship, and find out who your barn nemesis is in this month’s quiz.
If your horse looks more like a pair of corduroy pants than a sleek show horse, Liv Gude of Professional Equine Grooms provides ways to fix all of your #clippingfails. And if you don’t want to make a barn etiquette faux pas, don’t miss the article on tipping.
In this issue we introduce our Breakout Rider of the Year Award. We honour three young riders, one per discipline (hunter/jumper, dressage, and eventing), who have impressed us the most by their excellence in the ring and stood out thanks to their demeanor outside of it. Find out who won 2015!
We have an exclusive interview with U.S. show jumper Brianne Goutal, who has been sidelined from the competition scene due to an injury. She talks candidly about the culture of “being tough” instilled in equestrian athletes, the mental challenges of not being able to ride for months, her recovery, and preparation for her return to the show ring.
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