Western

  • Special Events,  Western

    Join Us for USPC’s First Ever Gymkhana and Western Trail Invitationals

    To welcome Pony Club’s two newest disciplines, USPC is hosting Gymkhana and Western Trail Invitationals at the USPC Festival Championships 2021 Presented by SSG Riding Gloves and Sponsored by State Line Tack. These two disciplines are brand new to Championships and all equine enthusiasts (current Pony Club members and non-Pony Club members) are welcome to attend and compete in this special opportunity. The events will take place this summer July 19-23, 2021 at the legendary Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, KY. As invitationals, neither competition requires members to earn eligibility before registering.  If you love the thrill of racing the clock around barrels, poles, cones and flags, Gymkhana is the…

  • Slices of Life,  Western

    Equine Land Conservation Resource and American Trails Offer Private Equestrian Trails Webinar

    Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR), in partnership with American Trails (AT), will be presenting the free webinar Successful Models in Developing and Maintaining Private Equestrian Trail Systems on July 30, 2020from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time). The webinar, sponsored by Aretes Structures, will spotlight how three different communities have developed and maintained successful equestrian trail system on private land. Privately owned land is the most at-risk component of our equestrian landscape.  Boarding barns, competition venues, trails, hunt fixtures and hayfields are being lost every day as a result of development, misunderstanding of liability issues by new owners of land, and rising demand for land around urbanizing areas.  Access…

  • "Say What?" Quiz,  Dressage,  Eventing,  Play Games,  Polocrosse,  Show Jumping,  Special Events,  Tetrathlon,  Western

    Texting at Championships East 2015

    With all the technology available in this day and age it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed with information but this is one service you’ll want to subscribe to during Championships East 2015. Hear all of the late breaking news for Championships East! Everything from last minute changes to competition schedules, find out when and where scores are posted, change of venues, and emergency weather notifications. Make sure to sign-up to for the topics that YOU want to keep up with! Have mom and dad sign up too so they’re in the loop as well. Simply text the appropriate discipline keywords (listed below) to 81010! Shortly after you will receive…

  • "Say What?" Quiz,  Dressage,  Eventing,  I Ride! - Pony Club Discipline News,  In The Spotlight,  Play Games,  Polocrosse,  Show Jumping,  Special Events,  Tetrathlon,  Western

    Championships East is Almost Here!

    Look out! From July 22nd to the 26th The Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA will be invaded by USPC Championships East. Disciplines include: Eventing, Tetrathlon, Show Jumping, Quiz, Games, Polocrosse, and Dressage (including Western Dressage). The entries are already opened, but don’t miss out, the closing date is MONDAY July 6th at NOON EST. Get your entries in today! Awesome CHMJ, Board Member, and Crazy Sock aficionado, Yvette Seger, did a fabulous webinar regarding Championships East. It can be viewed at this link! There is lots to see and do in Lexington, Virginia including; Natural Bridge, a ghost tour of Lexington, golf, many historic attrations, and the Zoo. For…

  • Dressage,  Eventing,  Lesson Plans,  Show Jumping,  Tetrathlon,  Western

    Airs Above Ground- The Flying Change

    It is a movement every rider who jumps or does top level dressage wants to achieve. It is also one of the toughest things to train a horse. It is… The Flying Change! The dictionary defines a flying change as a movement where the leading leg is changed in the air without breaking gait. This movement is used across the board from racing, to dressage, eventing, hunters, jumpers, reining, polo, and so on. Horses who perform this movement in competition use it to show collection, precision, balance, and obedience. It is important to note, a flying change should not be trained too early in your training. Your horse must have…

  • I Ride! - Pony Club Discipline News,  Western

    What is Western Dressage?

    Western dressage originated when a couple of western trainers got together to look for a discipline that would suit a nontraditional western horse and rider. Today’s equine industry is ever changing, and the need for east to meet west was great. Western dressage is based on classical dressage principles, but follows a system of training for the western rider. Similar to classical dressage, western dressage is held in a large or small dressage arena. Judges are still looking for a relaxed, soft topline, good movement, harmony, and accuracy. The difference being that the tests reflect the movements and maneuvers asked of a Western horse. Inclusiveness is important to the Western…

  • Eventing,  Foxhunting,  I Ride! - Pony Club Discipline News,  Play Games,  Polocrosse,  Show Jumping,  Tetrathlon,  Western

    Warming Up the Older Horse

    When getting your horse ready for a show you do conditioning work. You have regular flat days, jumping days, bath days, and rest days. You also have a plan on how to warm your horse up at shows. If it is a new horse to you, you create a new plan. If it is a seasoned competitor, you know the horse has a set routine. The best idea is trial and error. Whatever works for you, may not necessarily be the best for your horse, and vice-versa. Each horse is different. Factors to take into consideration include age, temperament, difficulty level, and discipline. Today we will focus on some ideas…

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