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Daniel Stewart has been one of the favorite speakers at the USEA Annual Meeting and Conventions. A monthly blog post from Daniel Stewart will be featured on the USEA site.  Interested in learning more from Daniel Stewart?
Original Post Date: 03/13/2012 - 13:43   |   Last Updated: 2012:03:13 13:45:41

For many upper level horse and rider combinations, Pine Top serves as the first true test of the season. Aiken snowbirds consider this weekend a testament to weeks of hard work, preparation, and basking in the warm sun. This year was no exception with three very full divisions of advanced competitors – from seasoned three and four-star horses to rookie horse/rider combinations. I fell into the latter category with my Connemara pony, Wil’Ya Love Me. Warming up next to those vying for a London slots was awe-inspiring and an honor to say the least!
Original Post Date: 03/12/2012 - 14:53   |   Last Updated: 2012:03:12 14:54:24

I made a deal with my surgeon following my accident in December when he told me I couldn't ride for four months.  (see my last blog post for useventing for that tale!) I promised him I would wear a protective face mask like they do in the NBA if I could ride much earlier.
Original Post Date: 03/05/2012 - 09:52   |   Last Updated: 2012:03:05 09:52:15

The road to Young Riders is not an easy one, but I, Andrea Glazer, and my teammate Mackenzie Spaes have been lucky enough to have Katie Ruppel take us under her wing. Mackenzie and I are from Spring Run Farm, located in Louisville, KY. We have always dreamed about representing Area VIII in the prestigious “Junior Olympics,” and this summer we are able to have that amazing opportunity. There are not many people in this sport today who still care about Young Riders as much as Katie.
Original Post Date: 02/27/2012 - 10:18   |   Last Updated: 2012:02:28 09:50:03

The ongoing debate on equine intelligence has been around for a very long time. Horses have been viewed through the lenses of the culture that examines them, from the time of Xenophon. In our modern world, we attempt to define equine intelligence through scientific processes.  Using this method of discovery, we are less likely to make errors in judgment about what horses can and cannot do when responding to the environment around them. In other words, horses will always act like horses and it is our job as humans to understand them from that perspective.
Original Post Date: 02/23/2012 - 11:38   |   Last Updated: 2012:02:23 11:38:58

At 2pm on Saturday, February 25 at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo in Harrisburg, three professional trainers will appear with fresh off-the-track Thoroughbreds that they met for the first time in January at the Maryland Horse World Expo.
Original Post Date: 02/21/2012 - 09:32   |   Last Updated: 2012:02:21 09:42:09

Daniel Stewart has been one of the favorite speakers at the USEA Annual Meeting and Conventions. A recap of his presentation at the 2011 Convention on Equestrian Sports Psychology will be appearing in the January/February issue of Eventing USA and a monthly blog post from Daniel Stewart will be featured on the USEA site. Interested in learning more from Daniel Stewart? Be sure an sign up for his monthly newsletter on the bottom of his website.
Original Post Date: 02/10/2012 - 10:17   |   Last Updated: 2012:02:10 10:18:33

If Raja, Story of a Racehorse had been written when I was 11-years-old I would have worn the cover off from reading and re-reading it. Thirteen years later I still read the 250 page book in one sitting as I just had to know what was going to happen to Raja next.
Original Post Date: 02/07/2012 - 00:00   |   Last Updated: 2012:02:08 14:44:13

The Retired Racehorse Trainers have now had their horses for about two weeks and their first few blog posts are rolling in on the Retired Racehorse Training Project Website. The trainers, Kerry Blackmer of Middleburg, Va., Eric Dierks of Tryon, N.C., and Tiffany Catledge of Adamstown, Md, selected their horses at the Maryland Horse Expo on January 20 and then were able to bring them home to their farms for their month of training. Check out a few of the blogs below.
Original Post Date: 02/03/2012 - 00:00   |   Last Updated: 2012:02:07 11:13:07

I have a confession to make: I am addicted to taking lessons. I know, I know I need to be a more independent rider who can think for herself, solve her own problems, and my trainer isn’t always going to be there. But I just love taking lessons. During a lesson I actually feel like I am accomplishing something and improving both myself and my horse whereas when I ride alone (especially doing flatwork) I feel like my horse and I are regressing and the ride often ends up in fits of frustration for both human and equine. Oh and another thing – I think lessons are just so much fun.
Original Post Date: 02/01/2012 - 00:00   |   Last Updated: 2012:02:08 13:24:49

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