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Silva Martin’s Top Tips on Riding a Training Level Dressage Test

t’s always such a pleasure to speak with Silva Martin, truly. The bonus for us, though, is not just that she’s lovely and bright and funny, but that she’s an accomplished and talented dressage rider who knows the sport backwards and forwards.

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A Medals Prediction from Boyd Martin

“How fast can you get to the statue of Bruce Davidson?” “40 seconds” “I’ll beat you there”. It’s hard to beat Boyd for always being available to his eventing fans and taking things in stride. Things like a rock solid,

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WEG Dressage Freestyle Close-Ups

If you were lucky enough to attend the World Equestrian Games dressage freestyle last night then you’re aware that it was a sold out house and that we were treated to quite a show with the top dressage riders in

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Owning 4-Star Event Horses: Annie Jones Tells You How

photo courtesy of Annie Jones It’s easy to get wrapped up in the event horses who are the stars of the sport. But some additional stars hover at their shoulders, usually out of sight. Though they might be out of

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Cross-Country Course Walk with Bruce Davison, Allison Springer, Amy Tryon, and Kiwi Joe Meyers

The crowds for the Professional Riders Organization cross-country course walk with Bruce Davidson, Allison Springer, Kiwi Joe Meyers, and Amy Tryon were what one might call, let’s say, enormous. See that teeming mass of eventing fans below? Right, that’s roughly

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Becky Holder and Courageous Comet move into 3rd

With a dressage test that created an eruption of cheers from the audience, Becky Holder and Courageous Comet move into the individual third place on day two of the World Equestrian Games. Catch an inside look before Becky and Comet’s

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Buck Davidson and Ballynoecastle perform at WEGs Dressage Day One

The crowd erupted as Buck Davidson entered the main arena today on dressage day one at the World Equestrian Games. So enthusiastically, in fact, that the announcer begged everyone to hold their enthusiasm for after his test. I caught a

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Team Fashion from the World Equestrian Games

Fashion comes in teams at the World Equestrian Games. Or any other world competition, for that matter, since the riders jog as teammates and wear matching outfits. For the 2010 jogs we saw a lot of ties and scarves in country colors but a few countries managed to stand out of the crowd.

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World Equestrian Games Friends (In Bronze)

The Kentucky Horse Park celebrates horses in every way including in art. In our walks around the park (up and down hills, from one side to the other and back again) there are horses in pastures, prepping in warm-up rings, and hacking across fields. There are also horses frozen in time in sculpture that capture moments we all know well.

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Welcome to the World Equestrian Games

Welcome to the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park! There’s so much to come but let’s start with a walk around the park with me.

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Team Spirit at the World Equestrian Games

The World Equestrian Games are as diverse and international as I’d hoped they’d be with different languages and flags around every corner. Being a lover of travel and language I’m just as happy as can be. I ran into this

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The Event at Rebecca Farm: Eventing World Cup Qualifier

The Event at Rebecca Farm takes place this weekend in Montana, which is also one of the United State’s World Cup Qualifiers. Mara Dean won the last US World Cup Qualifier, who will win this weekend?

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On Eventing Trend: Mattes Pads

When I was just a wee half-pint with a little pony named Sun Polish I rode with a thin, fleece saddle pad. That was it. If the saddle didn’t fit the going wisdom said to throw a spongy pad shaped

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Road Trip to Middleburg: There’s No Place Like Home

I have been to lots of horsey towns, especially with all our road trips. Ocala and Aiken are big ones. But none can hold a candle to Middleburg.

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The Pro/Am Team Competition Series Kicks off at Sure Fire

Pro/ Am Teammates Krisie and Erin with Pro Skyler Icke (center). Sorry to Connor who was warming up! Sure Fire Farm Horse Trials was special because it was well-run, beautiful, and great fun.  But it was also special because it

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