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Practical Horseman

Practical Horseman December 2017

It presents step by-step training programs and showing advice from recognized experts in hunters, jumpers, equitation, dressage, and eventing, along with money- and time-saving ideas on health care and stable management.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
step by step

My career path started when I took journalism in college. After graduating, I was employed at a bi-weekly newspaper and then moved to a weekly in Massachusetts. I’d planned to work my way up to a big-city newspaper, but life took a (great!) detour, and soon I was offered a job as junior editor at Practical Horseman magazine, then in rural Pennsylvania. After a few years, I became the managing editor of a small magazine, HorsePlay, and moved just outside Washington, D.C. Next up was the editor’s position at Dressage Today until I returned to Practical Horseman as editor. Looking back, I see the progression my career took. (It’s so much clearer than when I was actually living it.) At each step, I made mistakes—and still do—but was fortunate enough to…

7 min.
three floating releases

George H. Morris is the former chef d’équipe of the U.S. Equestrian Federation Show Jumping Team. He serves on the USEF National Jumper Committee and Planning Committee, is an adviser to the USEF High- Performance Show Jumping Committee and is president of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. 1 This is a good rider with a solid leg, but she has an incorrect floating release that gives her horse a crutch because she is lifting him over the fence. Even so, he’s a spectacular jumper whom I’d love to ride. The iron is perfectly placed with a quarter of her foot in it and she’s feeling the stirrup’s outside branch with her little toe. Her heel is down and the angle behind her knee is about 100 degrees, letting me know that…

6 min.
this is your horse speaking

Based at Fox Covert Farm, in Upperville, Virginia, Jim Wofford competed in three Olympics and two World Championships and won the U.S. National Championship five times. He is also a highly respected coach. For more on Jim, go to www.jimwoffordblogspot.com Pssst! Hay! HAY!! This is your horse speaking. It’s me, Prince. That two-legged idiot who usually writes this column has gotten into the eggnog or something and is MIA. Although I must say I have developed quite a taste for eggnog myself, especially when he puts cinnamon on it. It tickles my nose and makes me sneeze, you know, and I’m like, “whoa” (funny me, saying “whoa,” that’s a horse-laugh). Anyway—what’s in this stuff? It has a real kick —a “kick,” (yuk)— there I go again. I crack myself up sometimes. Where was…

10 min.
jonathan holling: ‘no fairy godmothers in this sport’

Were it not for his parents’ sense of joie de vivre, Jonathan Holling might never have become an eventing professional. Growing up in the suburbs north of Milwaukee, Jonathan rode casually in 4-H, competing in Western, English, jumping and gymkhana speed classes on the same Arabian-Quarter Horse cross. When his mother decided to open a small business, “she debated between getting a boutique and a stable. My dad decided a stable would be a lot more fun,” Jonathan said. “That is where I got my first taste of what it might be like to be a professional.” At 14, Jonathan switched to eventing and began training with Anne Jennings. After high school, he moved to Toronto to train with Peter Gray, at the time the coach for the Canadian Olympic team. At…

10 min.
10 tips to get your horse fix in college

Come spring, most high-school seniors will experience the joy and relief of getting accepted into a college. For equestrians, however, the moment may be tempered by a tough decision: whether and how to keep horses in your life for the next four years of school. Below are 10 suggestions to make that decision easier. 1. Take Your Horse with You Ask 10 people if it’s a good idea to take your horse to college and you’ll get 11 different answers. Add to that the myriad variables involved, starting with academic goals, riding ambitions, budget and time availability, and there’s no easy answer. There is a consensus that having your horse at school adds a heavy ball to what is already a juggling act of your college experience. Some riders swear by it, reporting…

3 min.
college riding organizations

Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association IHSA offers opportunities for riders of all experience levels in both team and individual competition. IHSA features eight levels, on the flat and over fences with courses starting at 2-foot-3 in the Novice division and going up to 2-foot-9–3-foot for Open riders. Established in 1967, the IHSA counts nearly 400-plus member colleges, whose teams range from the competitive to casual in terms of time commitment and intensity. The IHSA’s mission emphasizes learning, sportsmanship, fun and keeping equestrian involvement affordable for students. The IHSA has several scholarship programs, and many of its member schools offer financial help toward college expenses. These range from academic scholarships to grants and traditional financial aid. For more information, visit www.ihsainc.com. National Collegiate Equestrian Association NCEA competition is head to head. One rider from each school rides…