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                Horse jumping is one of the most widely known events within the world of English riding. It is an extreme sport that requires focus, good body control, and balance.  Horse jumping also requires a lot of trust between you and your horse. Your horse has to trust you to lead him into the right direction, and you have to trust your horse to take you over the fence. Without that trust, the rider might become nervous and therefore making the horse nervous. Confidence is key when it comes to this sport! Horse jumping doesn’t have to be just a show event. Jumping is a great way to...
                Barrel racing is a Western timed, speed event that requires you and your horse to maneuver around three barrels as fast as you can. However, this sport isn’t just about speed. It is all about body control, concentration, and synchronization between you and your horse. Both horse and rider have to work together as a team in order to accomplish the task at hand. Otherwise, your race isn’t going to go well and you or your horse could get injured.   The Barrel Racing Setup:                 A barrel race is held within a closed arena, and it includes a starting line and three...
          Show jumping is also known as stadium jumping, open jumping, and jumpers. This English riding discipline is commonly found throughout the world at many horse shows, including the Olympics. The overall intent for jumpers is to complete a course of fences and obstacles, within an allotted time frame, with the least amount of faults. Showing jumping is recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).  So if you looking for a challenge in the jumping world with a bit of speed, you have found the perfect sport in...
show jumper horse
       Hunt seat horseback riding is a style of forward seat riding whose roots are based in fox hunting. In a hunt seat competitions, you can show over fences or on the flat. Hunt seat is an extremely popular sport of horseback riding in the US. It is recognized by the United States Hunter/Jumper Association (USHJA) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  While hunt seat is not an Olympic discipline, many show jumping and event riders begin there jumping careers with riding hunters and hunter equitation competitions. So if you are new to the English jumping world, hunt seat...
hunt seat horse and rider
Flash Saddlery is a brand that provides high-end handmade saddles for the western show ring and the barrel racing ring.  The Flash Saddlery brand saddles are designed by equestrians for equestrians.  Who better to know the fashion trends and desired features in a saddle then your fellow riders?  The saddle designs undergo an extremely strenuous testing before any saddle undergoes final production.  All Flash Saddlery saddles are designed and tested in the United States.    Flash Saddlery works on the forefront of saddle technology.  One can say that Flash Saddlery designers are the innovators...
The equestrian sport of vaulting is often described as gymnastics on horseback.  Vaulting has a history that can stretch back a least two thousand years.  It is believed that vaulting started in the Roman games, where acrobats performed on the back of cantering horses.  Still others believe that vaulting started in ancient Crete during the tradition of bull leaping.  The present name is from the French term “La Voltige” which was acquired during the Renaissance as a form of drill and agility riding.  Modern vaulting was developed in post war Germany as a way to encourage children into...
Horse with vaulting tack
          Have you heard other horse enthusiasts talking about gymkhana?  Have you ever wondered what gymkhana is?  In this article gymkhana is described and how to get involved in gymkhana is discussed.             Gymkhana is a term used to describe an equestrian event that consists of speed events. These events include barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole, keg race, and flag race. These competitions often center on children participation. Most gymkhana competitions are put on by young rider groups such as Pony Club or 4H.               In other parts of the US, this type of competition may...
Horse Pole Bending
Dressage, often referred to as “horse ballet,” is an equestrian sport where horse and rider work together in harmony through a series of precise movements. Dressage is a French term that means training.The purpose of dressage is to develop a horse to its highest potential through a progressive training method. This sport emphasizes the natural ability of the rider’s mount. Dressage has its origins in Europe, but became a popular equestrian sport during the Renaissance. The riding masters of old developed a stepwise training system that was later coined Classical Dressage.This classical...
Dressage Horse
Eventing is the equestrian sport that tests a horse and rider combination across three different disciplines: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping (stadium jumping). Originally the sport developed from the Calvary test. The competition can be run in a one-day or a three-day format (the three day format is now being more commonly run as a four-day). The three phases of the eventing format test each horse and rider combo. The dressage phase tests the rider and horse’s harmony and obedience. The cross-country phase tests the horse and rider’s stamina, bravery, and trust. The final phase,...
Eventing Horse Going Cross Country
Saddle seat riding is a form of English riding that is designed to showcase horses with a high-stepping trot.  Saddle seat riding can trace its origins back to two sources.  The first being the Plantation style of horse riding, where a smooth moving and high-stepping horse was used.  The second source of saddle seat riding was an European influence of a flatter English show saddle.  These riders typically showed off their high stepping horses by riding them through the parks on Sundays.  Hence the term “park horse” was coined and is still used today.  The biggest differences in saddle seat...
English Saddleseat Traditional Show Leather Caveson Set

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