On a cold and very windy Sunday in March the Goshen Hunt set out for a day of riding to hounds. It was a day much like many others that the Hunt has enjoyed and only different in one particular. There were 15 side saddle riders with it. [Read more…]
Scribing is when you act as a horse judge’s personal secretary. You sit for hours in a small booth or vehicle. Your job is to write down everything the judge says accurately and legibly, with no paraphrasing. The competitors pay good money to take the test. They want to know what the judge thinks and how to better their riding performance. [Read more…]
The National High School Rodeo Association was established in 1949 and currently boasts over 10,000 members from 42 states plus five Canadian provinces and Australia. According to the official website, nhsra.com, their mission is to “Promote the sport of rodeo and the highest type of conduct and sportsmanship and expose its positive image to the general public; Preserve the Western heritage; Offer a privilege of family bonding; Offer an opportunity of continuing education; Maintain the highest regard for the livestock.” [Read more…]
Imagine standing on the edge of a great primeval forest. You catch a glimpse of something but you can’t see it in the dense and mossy trees. Suddenly you hear a snort and the vague body of a horse seems to appear. Before you blink it is gone. [Read more…]
Droplets on the barn roof play harmony as I stretch stethoscope to ears.
I reach to her belly and whisper softly to quell her fears.
She shifts uncomfortably. The strain on her shows. [Read more…]
Attica Rodeo & Show Association, Barrel Racing Series; Sign ups start 5:30 p.m.; Attica, NY; Contact Paul Swatland 716.432.5316. [Read more…]
During this time of year our horses are very dependent on their supply of hay to get them through the winter. It’s a nice, satisfying feeling when the hayloft is full, knowing our horses will have plenty to eat in the cold months, as hay represents the bulk of their diets in winter. [Read more…]
by Jennifer L Carcaci-Trumble
Martina Coppola is the daughter of Pasquale and Jean Marie Coppola, owners of County Line Stables in Amsterdam, NY. Martina has many wins under her belt since she started riding at the age of 2. At 3 Martina won her first Blue Ribbon in a lead line competition. For the 2017 show season, Martina earned Reserve Champion National Dressage Pony Club. [Read more…]