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Kristie memorizing course
8 Ways to Remember Your Show Course

The off-course elimination is one the more frustrating outcomes for the equestrian competitor — maybe because it feels like a mistake that doesn't carry any learnings with it. If you...

Shopping Overseas: What It’s Like to Import a Horse

If you have even a medium-sized budget for your next horse purchase, importing may be part of the conversation. Even with the added transportation and travel costs, you can get...

Combatting Horse Show Nerves — 9 Strategies

A pony named Pepper, who was awesome in every way. Decades ago, I rode a gray pony that was game for anything. She took me to the horse show, and...

Budgeting for Horse Ownership 101

Photo credit: Blanca Parciak Photography   Taking horse-riding lessons every week is one thing, but owning or leasing a horse is quite another. Whether you're the horse enthusiast or your...

Country Heir Show Wrap-up
To Kentucky and Back: Country Heir Show Wrap-up

Whew! Our team just wrapped up two weeks of long, hot days at the Kentucky Horse Park. We took 16 horses and ponies to Country Heir I and added three...

Riding Like a Princess: Meet McClain

Riding tends to attract hard-working, well-rounded kids, and McClain is truly in that category. We know her to be exceptionally caring and attentive with her horses — and sweet as...

How to Choose a Show Barn

In early-2016, I started calling around St. Louis horse facilities in search of weekend riding lessons. I had hung up my riding hat and rust breeches in the '80s and...

An Amateur Comeback Story: Meet Kristi

The Mechlin Farm barn community has something for everyone — rising stars working their way through the pony ranks,  juniors stepping up to new challenges, and amateurs juggling demands of...

Mackenzie Altheimer jumping her horse at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
Success with a Smile — Meet Mechlin Rider Mackenzie

If you've been around the local or national horse show scene at all, you've heard of Mackenzie Altheimer. She's a talented junior rider who's proven herself in all three rings...