June 19, 2018

Trainer Spotlight on Angie Taylor

How long have you been training Dressage?

30 years.

What's your favorite memory from your time as a trainer?

Well, one memory that sticks out in my mind is the time I was competing a client's mare at Indio.  It was very, very windy.  During my test, the judges' tents went flying and the entire long side of the dressage court blew down.  But th...

June 12, 2018

Trainer Spotlight on Elizabeth Johnson

How long have you been training Dressage?

I have been teaching since I moved to San Diego in 1979.

What's your favorite memory from your time as a trainer?

My absolute favorite memory as a trainer was when my daughter won Individual Gold at NAJYRC in 2008!

Tell us about your favorite horse that you've trained or owned.

I think my favorite h...

I judged a few schooling shows at the Quantico Marine Base stables when I first arrived in Virginia. While there I chatted with a few of the faithful Marine husbands, at the show to support their wives. I forget how we got on the subject, but one told me that there’s a saying that goes around Marine basic training: “Embrace the suck.” It’s boot camp, preparing you for life...

Facial Nerves and the importance of proper bridle fitting. This is something Manolo is quite fanatical about, always adjusting nosebands, flashes, browbands and making sure the buckles do not push into delicate structures or the poll strap does not push against the horse's ears (and of course checking bit fit). 

A quick look at what cranial nerves DO reveal how important t...

Updated Info: There will be a Celebration of Life for Lisa held on May 5th at 3pm at:

Del Mar Horsepark (on the Grand Prix jumping field/big white tent)

14550 El Camino Real

Del Mar CA 92014

Please RSVP at www.friendsoflisa.org/rsvp

In lieu of flowers, donations are being collected to support the continuation of The 6th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Dressage Show that will be h...

Training tips, strategies and philosophies from this five-time Olympian and world-class horseman

Last October, the long-awaited New England Dressage Association’s Fall Symposium with Carl Hester began with a flurry of anticipation. It seemed that everyone from New England and beyond was there, and people were finding their seats at the Pineland Farms Equestrian Center in New...

April 30, 2018

Horse & Hound article by Polly Bryan: 

Mare Power article

*Don't miss the video of Charlotte receiving a Valegro rocking horse at the bottom* 

April 11, 2018

Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) has made it's way to the news recently after top stallion Sternlicht was removed from the 2018 lineup at Hilltop Farm. See their announcement here.

Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) is an inherited condition causing thin, fragile skin. Affected foals may be born with skin lesions and an open abdomen and are typically euthanized at...

March 8, 2018

Report from the 2018 Adequan Global Dressage Festival

A trainer’s consistent winners highlighted a special show in Wellington, Florida, where an international field included many riders pointing toward this fall’s FEI World Equestrian Games.

Read more here...

February 1, 2018

From The Horse Magazine:

Christopher Hector looks at some interesting new research….

As long as I have been writing about Sporthorse breeding, this question has been one of the ongoing sources of debate. As far back as 2001, I interviewed Dr Gerd Lehmann who was for 30 years – from 1966 until 1995 – the head of the Westfalien State Stud and is the man credited with turning a...

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