July 2019 - The Gallop


Steffen Peters shares anxiety issues while endorsing CBD as part of the solution.

by Kim F. Miller

Seeing “Steffen Peters” and the word “anxiety” in the same sentence jumped off the page while reviewing a recent press release. It was sent on behalf of Trove LLC, a new line of CBD  -- cannabidiol -- products that the four-time Olympic dressage rider is endorsing while pursuing a fifth Olympic appearance in Tokyo next summer.

July 2019 - In the Aftermath


SafeSport is necessary unless and until we all do better.

by Kristin Medall Simpson-Ferguson Hardin (posted on Brian Sean Wee’s Next Level Horse Business Facebook group.)

Facebook has been a mob since Rob’s decision.

I’ve never been more saddened by people’s lack of decorum and lack of respect for the dead, those left behind, the victims, and the human beings who did the multi-year investigation.

July 2019 - Rob Gage Suicide


Well-known trainer’s death stirs intensified debate about SafeSport.

Well-known hunter/jumper trainer, rider and coach Rob Gage took his life on June 12, sending shock waves throughout the sport and beyond. He was a three-time World Cup Jumping Finals rider in the 1980s and, more recently, partner in Judge My Ride. He was an active coach with many friends and supporters in the industry.


July 2019 - Fear No Fear


Elevate your ride and enjoy it more.

by Darby Bonomi, PhD

Fear can be debilitating. It can also be highly motivating. How do you transform nerves that negatively impact your performance into an internal fire that focuses your mind, elevates your ride, and opens the door to more joy in the saddle?

First, let’s talk a bit about fear and nerves: I place fear into three general categories: Realistic, Physical, and Mental.

July 2019 - Robert Ridland Honored


Long and ongoing career honored with induction into Show Jumping Hall of Fame.

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame recently held its annual induction ceremony at the Devon Horse Show in Pennsylvania. Among the four new inductees were Olympic veteran and current U.S. Chef d’Equipe, Robert Ridland; long-time announcer and horse show manager, Peter Doubleday; Olympic rider and coach and the first President of the USET, Colonel John W. “Gyp” Wofford; and Bold Minstrel, the only horse to win medals for the U.S. at the Pan American Games in two different disciplines.

June 2019 - Rabies Prevention


Annual vaccination offers a responsible approach to protecting against core diseases.

All core equine diseases pose grave dangers, but rabies presents the most serious threat for exposed horses and humans who encounter them. Annual vaccination is the only way to protect your horse against rabies — which is 100% fatal to horses once clinical signs appear.

July 2019 - Healthy, Not High


Therapeutic benefits of CBD gain acceptance in the equestrian world.

Steffen Peters’ endorsement of Trove LLC’s CBD products may move the needle toward clarity in the confusing swirl of information surrounding the use of hemp-plant derived cannabidiol, aka “CBD.” As the four-time Olympian shares on page 10, he began taking Trove’s CBD in late January to help with extreme performance anxiety and has experienced remarkably positive results.


July 2019 - USEF Response


United States Equestrian Federation responds to wide range of opinions on SafeSport policies.

The recent and unexpected death of Rob Gage has been shocking to the equestrian community. Any time a life is lost, it is a tragedy. In recent days, a number of member concerns have been raised regarding processes used by the U.S. Center for SafeSport (the “Center”). There has also been an increase in the distribution of incorrect and misleading information, as well as the bullying, harassment and blaming of survivors.


July 2019 - Five-Star Frankie Thieriot-Stutes


California amateur eventer does more than “get by” with a little help from her friends.

photos: Sherry Stewart

“Wow, just wow!” is how California amateur eventer Frankie Thieriot-Stutes summarized her CCI5*-L debut at the Luhmühlen Horse Trials in Germany June 13-16, when she and Chatwin finished a remarkable fourth.


July 2019 - Time To Ride Welcomes 62 Programs


American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance effort underway with 2019 pilot program to promote youth engagement.

The new Time To Ride® program is designed to introduce school-age children to horseback riding and horse care in a safe, welcoming environment.

The goal is to familiarize school-age children with horses through an initial series of six to eight lessons that include basic horse care as well as riding.

The lesson series are offered through schools, local youth organizations and recreational leagues.

June 2019 - The Gallop


Moving Forward After the Unthinkable: IEA Nationals success reflects resiliency of the Black Fence Farm family.

by Kim F. Miller

There is no “getting over” the death of 20-plus horses, but there is “looking for positive things to keep going” for Black Fence Farm’s Katie Flanigan.

One September morning in 2015, Katie arrived at her Clovis training barn to several horses showing clear signs of distress. Along with those who have already died from feed containing an ingredient toxic to horses, another 10 owned by Katie are in “hospice care” with her. They are comfortable and appear healthy, but cannot be ridden because sudden collapse is a possibility after poisoning by monensin, an ingredient intended for cattle feed.

June 2019 - Save the Date!


Woodside Day of the Horse expands to three days of equestrian celebration in October.

by Nan Meek

Celebrating 15 years of equestrian festivities, the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) is expanding their traditional Woodside Day of the Horse celebration of all things equine into three days of equestrian activities. Now, more than ever, there’s something for everyone, equestrians and not-yet equestrians included.

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