Not many horses have the talent for a great sliding stop, but it’s one of the traits that sets the Quarter Horse apart from other breeds. For the A-Z Archive Challenge letter “Q” it seemed appropriate to highlight one of those special moments that cowboys and cow horses share, when the ideal sliding stop comes together with a confident, balanced effort and lots of flying dirt. So much fun!
The top 12 finalists in the United States Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Athletes Program traveled from throughout the nation to Country Ridge Stables in Mundelein, Illinois, to spend four days being evaluated on their riding skills, horsemanship abilities and horse care knowledge. Event organizer Kimber DiTallo even offered up her own horse as a subject, and he was a patient soul while he was poked with needles during the acupuncture session, prodded during the veterinary examination and chiropractic evaluation, and […]
I stopped by Virginia Equine Imaging today to shoot some photos for an upcoming article in In Stride. My friends Christy and Lisa had everything set up perfectly when I arrived, complete with necessary medications and the ideal model, a gleaming chestnut with a lovely white star. Froelich posed alertly, ears pricked, for the requisite shots, as if he’d spent his life in front of the camera. Then, when we were near completion and the treats weren’t forthcoming as quickly […]
The IHSA Nationals features many of the country’s best intercollegiate riders. These students compete for the honor of their respective colleges and universities, and the horses do too. Cornell University’s Clifford traveled from New York to Lexington, Kentucky, to carry students, mostly from other schools, seeking national championships. Even though he’s called horse No. 43 at the competition, Clifford may end the weekend a hero in someone’s eyes.