How To Prepare for Indoor Finals

Qualifying for and attending indoor finals is a popular year-end goal for many riders. There are several ways you can prepare for these high-pressure events as a rider, trainer, manager, and groom to ensure a positive experience. Pack Extra Layers for Your Horse and Yourself It can be
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The BarnManager Q&A With: Kimberly Graves

The BarnManager Q&A With: Kimberly Graves, Manager and Flat Rider at Hesslink Williams, located in Wellington, FL What are three things that are always in your ring bag? Click above to learn about what Kimberly Graves keeps in her ring bag. That’s a hard one because I practically
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Things To Check For in Your Horse’s Paddock

Turning horses out is an important part of their everyday routine. During this time outside, horses can eat, graze, walk around, and just be horses. Since turnout is supposed to be a relaxing and enjoyable time for your horse, it is important to routinely inspect their paddock or
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What To Know at an FEI Show: The Warm-Up

A successful warm-up is the key to a winning performance in the competition ring no matter what discipline. At the international level in a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) show, there are particularities to be aware of when warming up. Being mindful of the specifics will ensure your warm-up
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A Day in the Life of Stephanie Kramer

Stephanie Kramer works as a head groom for top amateur jumper rider Vanessa Hood and U.S. Olympian Kent Farrington. Keep reading for a day in Stephanie’s life at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival Week 5 during the CSI5* Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ) Team Competition in Williamsburg, MI.
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What You Need To Know About Flying with Horses

While the concept of flying with horses is pretty straightforward, the specifics of how the horses get from one place to the other smoothly are less obvious. Understanding more about the process can help you be relaxed and prepared when the day comes. It is always essential to
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The BarnManager Q&A With: Alyssa Ferguson

The BarnManager Q&A With: Alyssa Ferguson, Professional Groom at Ilan Ferder Stables, located in Wellington, FL What are three things that are always in your ring bag? I always have the heaviest ring bag! My friends like to joke that the only thing I don’t have is the
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Must-Watch Live Streams in August

As the summer show season begins to wrap up, there are several exciting events slated for August. Continue reading to find out where you can watch the top show jumping, hunter, equitation, dressage, and eventing competitions this month. ECCO Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) World Championships: August 6-14, 2022
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What To Know at an FEI Show: The Stabling Area

Competing at the international level in a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) show comes with its own set of rules and regulations. From the stabling area, to the warm-up arena, to after the round, being aware of these intricacies can help you stay organized. The first step to having
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Six Tips To Spruce Up Your Barn

There is no better feeling than walking into a clean and well-kept barn. Although everyone appreciates a neat and organized stable, it is a lot of work to maintain. While you may not have time to scrub stall walls every day, there are several simple tasks you can
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Getting Paperwork Organized for an FEI Competition: The Check-In and Jog

Even after preparing the horse’s passport and completing all of the registrations and entry paperwork, there are still some steps before being accepted at a Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) competition. Staying aware of everything you need and the timing of the FEI schedule at the show can help
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The BarnManager Q&A With: Eliza Heyl

The BarnManager Q&A With: Eliza Heyl, Groom at Hillside Farm LLC, located in Wellington, FL, and Greenwich, CT What are three things that are always in your ring bag? I always carry treats, a hoof pick, and a few veterinary supplies like vet wrap, silver spray, etc. I
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Six Tips To Organize Your Feed Room

One of the most frequently used places in a barn is the feed room. Keeping this area organized is necessary to ensure that horses are receiving the correct grain and supplements. Keep reading for some tips from BarnManager on how to keep this room clean and neat. 1.
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Getting Paperwork Organized for an FEI Competition: Registrations and Entries

You’re excited to participate in your upcoming Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) designated competition, whether that be as a rider, groom, manager, or owner, and you’ve been charged with making sure the paperwork is organized. The horse’s passport is ready to go, so what do you need to do
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Tips To Balance Work and Horse Showing

Horse showing with a full-time job is a challenging task that requires a lot of commitment and planning ahead. Keep reading for a few tips from amateur riders who are professionals at balancing their work with a busy competition schedule. Julia Weiss Senior Director, Media at Giant Spoon
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The BarnManager Q&A With: Kyle Gambino

The BarnManager Q&A With: Kyle Gambino, Assistant Trainer at Lionshare Farm, located in Bedford, NY, and Wellington, FL What are three things that are always in your ring bag? Besides the obvious helmet, stick, and spurs I always have sunglasses, a clean pair of gloves, and a pack of
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Tips for Staying Organized With a Busy Show Schedule

Now that this year’s horse show season is kicking into high gear, it means lots of traveling to different competitions. Barns are often at a show for two weeks, home for a week, and then off to another new venue. This constant movement can make packing and unpacking
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Getting Paperwork Organized for an FEI Competition: The Passport

Making the step from national to international- level competition is always exciting! Of course, participating in shows governed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) comes with its own set of rules and paperwork. If you travel internationally, you need a passport, and similarly, your horse needs one to
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