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Conditioning the Rider Tips

Conditioning the Rider Tips

A subject often overlooked is rider conditioning. Most riders who compete their horses are focused on their horses’ condition, but rarely do they think of their own. Just as with horses, riders have aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Riders can also do interval training. The question is, how fit should the rider be in correlation to […]

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Boots & Bandages Edition

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Boots & Bandages Edition

Open Front Boots These boots are designed to protect the horse’s leg like splint boots, but leave the shins unprotected. This allows the horse to feel the impact if his legs hit a rail of a jump. Ankle or Fetlock Boots These boots are shorter than splint boots and give protection in the fetlock area. […]

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Noseband Edition

Let’s Not Get Tacky – The Noseband Edition

Cavesson A cavesson noseband is a single piece of leather that fastens above the bit around the horse’s nose. This noseband should rest one or two adult-sized fingers below the horse’s cheekbones. It goes inside the cheekpiece, next to the horse’s face. It should be snug but never uncomfortably tight. You should be able to […]

No Bits About It – Common (and not so common) Bits and Their Actions

Snaffle Bit A Snaffle Bit has two rings (one on each end) and a mouthpiece, which is usually jointed and made of smooth metal, nylon, plastic, or rubber. (Rough, sharp, or twisted wire mouthpieces are discouraged for Pony Club riding.) Snaffle bits work by direct pressure. This means 1 ounce of pressure on the reins […]

2014 Prince Philip Cup Recap

This year’s Prince Philip Cup (this was the 30th!) was filled with a lot of “firsts”: the first time it’s been played in the Rolex Stadium, first time in recent history there’s been a tie-breaker, first time regions represented, and first time there’s ever been a proposal! This year’s teams were: Defending champions, Tootsie Pops […]

Local Riders Earn Their Way to Prince Philip Cup at Rolex, 2014

Congratulations to Lake county teens, Megan All from Sorrento and twins Jean & Jane Thomas from Eustis. They are all members of Wekiva Basin Pony Club based in Lake County. All three girls competed in the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) Championships this past summer in Lexington, VA, in the Mounted Games competition. They, […]

Defining Mounted Games

Defining Mounted Games

By: Betsy McLeod Mounted Games is frequently referred to as the Pony Club discipline with “a need for speed.” It could, however, be more accurately be known for its need for balance, accuracy, rider-pony communication, and teamwork. While initially created by Prince Philip in 1956 to offer competitions for pony club members who didn’t have, […]

 
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