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Tweet from @BarsAndMelody

Tweet from @BarsAndMelody | Equestrian | Scoop.it
Me ,in horse cross country lol -leo i love horses :) http://t.co/ilMSVw9PSd
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This is so cool!! I would love to do cross country if I ever had the chance :)

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Iron County (Utah), BLM working on wild horse deal

Iron County (Utah), BLM working on wild horse deal | Equestrian | Scoop.it
Negotiations are on in the brewing battle over wild horses in southwestern Utah, but so is the threat of a drought-inspired emergency roundup. Iron County leaders reported Friday that the Bureau of Land Management has responded to their ultimatum to reduce the overpopulation of wild horses in the area, but they are still considering corralling the animals themselves. “The state BLM director said he received communications from the Washington office ...

Via Susie Blackmon
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"I hope that they can resolve this issue in an ethical and humane manner without causing too much disturbance and stress to the wild horses. It seems risky already for the BLM disrupting their natural habitat to capture and move them--corralling is not something these animals are used to in the wild."

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Suzy Stafford Takes the Win at Live Oak International CDE

Suzy Stafford Takes the Win at Live Oak International CDE | Equestrian | Scoop.it
  OCALA, (Live Oak International)– “I strive for personal best each and every time I enter the arena,” says driving competitor Suzy Stafford.  At the Live Oak International CDE competition on March 19-23 2014, Stafford showed that her personal best…

Via Susie Blackmon
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"Suzy Stafford is definitely very talented when it comes to driving. If I could, I would love to learn this discipline! Maybe one day:)"

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South Carolina Wins 2014 SEC Equestrian Championship - SEC

South Carolina Wins 2014 SEC Equestrian Championship - SEC | Equestrian | Scoop.it
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South Carolina Wins 2014 SEC Equestrian Championship
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South Carolina won the hunt seat events 6-4, while the Bulldogs captured the western events 6-4.
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A great win for South Carolina! I hope that the USF Equestrian team can one day get to this level! :) 

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Journey of a Dressage Student: What is Dressage?

Journey of a Dressage Student: What is Dressage? | Equestrian | Scoop.it
I promised a posting on the first phase of eventing -- Dressage -- and here it is! Dressage is my discipline of choice but its still the most difficult for me to explain. I'm asked all the time what it is and I have difficulty explaining it to ...
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I can't even explain the discipline myself, if I did, I'd have to say it's like ballet but the horse performs all the movements while you navigate and move them.

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USF has Basketball, Rugby, Soccer...And Equestrian?

USF has Basketball, Rugby, Soccer...And Equestrian? | Equestrian | Scoop.it

I'm creating a club on campus at USF, called "USF Equestrian Team". Right now I'm in the works of creating a budget proposal and getting everything together. Soon by the Fall semester of 2014, we will have a competing team ready for training and the competitive season of 2015!

 

It's a lot of hard work, meeting with the right people, and constantly recruiting students to join the team. However, it's all worth the effort and energy because if all goes well, we will have something for new students that are interested in equestrian. Maybe, on school tours as they pass through Koret, they'll say, "We have basketball, soccer, rugby...and we even have an equestrian team."

 

How many universities located in a populated and very diverse city can say that?

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My take on my work-in-progress project, USF Equestrian Team :) 

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Ayden Uhlir First Equestrian Athlete to Sign with Nike - NikeBlog.com

Ayden Uhlir First Equestrian Athlete to Sign with Nike - NikeBlog.com | Equestrian | Scoop.it
Nike, Ayden Uhlir agree to an endorsement contract this week. The 18-year-old dressage rider is the first US Equestrian athlete signed by the Swoosh.
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How cool is it to sign with Nike?? Apparently Nike being the huge conglomerate sports apparel store in the nation wants to become involved in the Equestrian world. I wonder how long this will last, or if it's just a trend.

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Talking Horses: Best bets for Newbury in our daily racing blog ...

Talking Horses: Best bets for Newbury in our daily racing blog ... | Equestrian | Scoop.it
There is competitive racing both on the Flat and over jumps this afternoon as the sport enters its baton-switching phase and the hurdlers and chasers begin to make way for Classic contenders. The three-mile handicap hurdle ...
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Steeplechase is one of the most exciting disciplines of the equestrian world to watch.

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Hip Hop Dressage

This horse is poppin' yo. Andreas Helgstrand at the World Equestrian Games 2006 wowing the crowds with his unconventional music choice.
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This is a great choice of song for both rider and horse, as the horse moves effortlessly with the rhythm and sound as the rider stays focused and maintains concentration.

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What In The Hell Is Going On Here?

What In The Hell Is Going On Here? | Equestrian | Scoop.it
Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that originated thousands of years ago to involve your mind, body, spirit soul and ... horse?

That's right, we said, horse.



Fine, so maybe the original yogis didn't anticipate an equine element, but aft...

Via Susie Blackmon
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"This is absolutely incredible..."

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France Galop fait miroiter la fortune sous le sabot d'un cheval

France Galop fait miroiter la fortune sous le sabot d'un cheval | Equestrian | Scoop.it
Le monde des courses de chevaux veut séduire les familles et attirer les investisseurs en relançant la copropriété.

Via Cavaliers Aubiac
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"These are exciting times for the French as they continue to invest time in their horses and jockeys during this intense racing season."

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My Best Friend

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I miss my best friend more and more everyday. He was faithful. He was fun. He had a quirky attitude. He made me laugh. But what I think was most important about our relationship, was the trust we put in to one another. He was my most trusty steed, and he was my horse.

 

I got Tetsch (nicknamed Teddy) from my cousin a few months before my 12th birthday. He was the symbol of the ultimate responsibility for a young girl; caring for a 1/2 ton animal is not an easy task, let me tell you. I spent hours upon hours grooming his sleek coat, oiling my saddle and tack, and picking up his stall and providing him with the supplements and pellets he needed to sustain his active lifestyle. Right off the bat, I learned what it took to be a great horse owner and to get the most out of having a large animal as a great friend.

 

On the weekends, my parents would drop me off by 7am to go and watch my brother's baseball tournaments in LA and I would spend basically 12-14 hours per day caring for my horse. Trail rides, conditioning, washing, cooling down, warming up, braiding his tail and mane, scrubbing the water, food, supplement, and carrot buckets, there were thousands of things to do at a stable. And I never got tired of any of it.

 

The years flew by. Next thing I knew, I was 16 and had just got a car from my parents, the best gift I had ever received next to Teddy. I got so into driving around from home and school, picking up friends, taking them places, going on road trips. My typical weekend routine at the stable with Teddy became less and less of a routine until I only made it out every other weekend, and definitely not for 12 hours at a time. I could tell that my time and my passion was dwindling for the sport, and I knew there would be a point when I would have to say goodbye and make my way to college. I just didn't think it would be happening when I was still in high school, and at age 16.

 

The news came to me when I sat at my desk at home one night studying for an exam. My parents wanted to speak to me and about the option of selling Teddy to a young girl who was very into horseback riding and wanted a horse for her own. At first I was unhappy and did not want to give away my horse to some other girl, since I had had him as a young girl, too, and there was a part of me that wanted to hold on to him forever. But deep down I knew he would be happier and well taken care of with a new, young girl who would love him, too.

 

I agreed that summer for him to be picked up by his new owners and go back to Scottsdale, AZ, where he originally came from. I was able to see him a few months after they picked him up, and he looked happy to have a little pasture all to himself with new horsey friends surrounding him. He looked good too, and well taken care of, which I was happy to see.

 

There are certain things that you wish you could hold on to forever, like those memories we cherish and hold on to from our childhood. The hardest part about growing up and maturing is deciding what to hold on to and what to let go. It was a smart thing to let go of Teddy when I became less inclined to spend time with him and give him the attention he deserved. It was the right thing to do to have a new girl in his life and to be able to ride and care for him her own way.

 

Teddy got the second chance he deserved, and now he's happily out to pasture munching on grass with his buddies. I hope I can continue to make the right decisions as I continue to mature and decide what to hold on to, and what I can move on from and let someone else take on.

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My story about my horse growing up. A bittersweet story, but definitely a nice little tale :) 

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Horse racing: Constitution wins Florida Derby - The News Journal

Horse racing: Constitution wins Florida Derby - The News Journal | Equestrian | Scoop.it
Chron.com Horse racing: Constitution wins Florida Derby The News Journal In only his third start, not to mention his first stakes race, Constitution won a fierce stride-for-stride battle down the stretch with Wildcat Red to take the Florida Derby...
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This is horse is fierce and a definite athlete as he takes home his first stakes race. I will be keeping an eye on him for future races this season.

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Running with Thoroughbreds

Running with Thoroughbreds | Equestrian | Scoop.it
It’s 5:15 on a dark, chilly late-March morning, but Belmont Park is wide awake. At the track where Man o’ War and Secretariat set records, horses are already lined up for their morning workouts.
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It's a busy time getting ready for the upcoming season on the track for thoroughbred racing. These are some of the best and amazing equine athletes.

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Trainer says working with horse is all about trust

Trainer says working with horse is all about trust | Equestrian | Scoop.it
Trainer says working with horse is all about trust
Tri-State Neighbor
Sandy Berens of Chancellor, S.D., and other horse lovers gave a calming demonstration of natural horsemanship at the Tri-State Expo this month at the W.H.
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I  completely agree. Building trust in a relationship is the first thing we tend to do. So, building that bond between horse and rider is especially important when trusting the horse to bend to our will and do whatever the rider asks of him. 

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The real-life unicorns: Magical shots of wild white horses racing through French marshes at Camargue

The real-life unicorns: Magical shots of wild white horses racing through French marshes at Camargue | Equestrian | Scoop.it

"The horses were captured on camera in southern France after photographer Marco Carmassi searched for more than two days for the wild animals."  via @SusieBlackmon


Via Susie Blackmon, GranGoddessa
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I could not ask for a more beautiful representation of white horses. These are majestic creatures each with a spunk and personality of their own. 

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Brian MacSweeney to run Army Equitation School in Dublin - Horse & Hound Online

Brian MacSweeney to run Army Equitation School in Dublin - Horse & Hound Online | Equestrian | Scoop.it
Horse & Hound OnlineBrian MacSweeney to run Army Equitation School in DublinHorse & Hound OnlineFormer manager of the Irish junior three-day event team and young rider squad Commandant Brian MacSweeney will run the Army Equitation School in Dublin.

Via Horse Collaborative
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If only I could attend here! Hopefully one day. I've heard that this school is nationally recognized and many qualified riders attend.

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