What is Endurance Riding?

Endurance is a long distance sport covering variations in altitude, terrain, and weather that tests the fitness and stamina of the horse as well as the athlete’s discipline and horsemanship skills. Periodic checkpoints occur throughout the competition to ensure the health and fitness of…

What is Dressage?

United States Dressage Federation

In today’s world, competitive dressage is recognized as one of the three equestrian Olympic disciplines, and as well, is a method for showcasing all levels of training in a competitive format. Currently, there are nine progressive levels of competition, open to any breed of…

What is Western Dressage?

Western Dressage

Western Dressage integrates the historically validated principles of dressage with the best of western stock horse tradition. It is a systematic and progressive system of training for the western horse and rider in traditional stock tack with the purpose of enjoying a safe, pleasurable,…

What is Combined Driving?

Combined Driving

Combined driving is designed to test a horse’s or a team’s speed, stamina, obedience, and athleticism, in three distinct and demanding phases usually held over the course of three days, and is actually modeled after the mounted equestrian discipline of three-day eventing.

What is Reining?

USA Reining

The modern reining horse’s roots date back to the bygone era of the Old West where horses were a vital part of every working livestock ranch. Horses needed to be sturdy, quick, responsive, and agile to be able to herd and move cattle and…

What is impulsion?

Impulsion - Training Scale

We hear the term “impulsion” in the horse world a lot, but what does it ACTUALLY mean?

What is Para-Equestrian?

The primary focus of para-equestrian sport is to provide educational and competitive opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. Many disabled athletes compete, and even excel, in sports designed for the able-bodied, but para-equestrian in particular opens a world of competition to riders and drivers…

Getting the most out of your lessons

Riding Lessons

If you are anything like me, I work hard for my lessons, and want to get as much out of them as possible. Here are just a few tricks to help you get the most out of your time with your trainer:

Horse Shopping & Buying Tips

Horse Shopping can be very exciting, and very nerve racking at the same time. There are many things to consider before making the commitment to purchase your new equine partner. Here are some tips to make you feel more confident about your purchase decision….

What is the United States Dressage Federation?

If you are a dressage rider in the United States, you are probably familiar with the USDF (United States Dressage Federation). But if you aren’t a dressage rider or are new to the sport, you might not be as familiar.