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International Luxury Equestrian Lifestyle Magazine

Cold Weather


Fun Acessories and more

Dressage Training Pyramid

Visiting Florida? Polo and More

Volume 21, Winter Complimentary


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EXCEPTIONALLY EQUESTRIAN 20 Boots & more! 26 Horse Needs & A Great Read 28 HIS & HERS R. Scot Evans Making Horse Shows Green

International Luxury Equestrian Lifestyle Magazine

Cold Weather

Fun Acessories and more

FASHION Dressage Training Pyramid

Art & Antiques Editor: Dr. Lori Verderame Equine Art Editor: Jeanne Chisholm Fashion Editor: LA Sokolowski Legal Editor: Avery S., Chapman,Esquire Contributing Writers Lisa Lazarus Karin Matey Lynn Palm

18 Cold Weather Fashion

32 FASHION A Girl And Her Influence

Visiting Florida? Polo and More

Volume 21, Winter Complimentary

30 Equine Mortality Insurance


34 Western Dressage PYRAMID

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SUN & STEEDS If you are heading to Florida, USA to experience the warmth and equestrian ac�vi�es, here are some things you are sure to enjoy! 36 POLO 38 Fox Hun�ng Elite Equestrian is a registered trademark owned by Elite Equestrian LLC. No article, photo, or part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Management reserves the right to approve or refuse any advertiser or contribution for any reason. EE does not endorse any product or advertiser and is not responsible for accuracy of info/opinions provided by advertisers or article content. Photographs are submitted by writers of each article who assume responsibility for usage approval. ©2020





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A fly season must have, Shires Equestrian Products’ fly masks provide unmatched protection for your horse! To keep bugs at bay, these masks feature a fine mesh for unobstructed vision, fleece padding along the seams to act as a barrier while providing additional comfort and adjustable fastenings. Available in 5 different styles, with optional ear and nose protection. Offered in sizes ranging from small pony to extra full, in black and teal, while supplies last! shop.shiresequestrian.com

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The owner of this one-of-a-kind estate ranch told me that when he was a youth, he would have to go out to a spring and haul water into the house – it le� an indelible impression on him – and he vowed that a source of fresh water would be an essen�al part of his future home. When this great ranch property in the midst of piney woods became available, the first thing that got his a�en�on was the artesian well flowing perpetually through the property!

The artesian well became the source of fresh water when the owners designed and constructed this 4 bedroom and 3.5 bath two-story structure. An equestrian stable with 8 stalls was added, and an exis�ng cabin on the property was renovated as a caretaker’s home. The pictures tell the story of elegance and style put together by one of the country’s foremost interior designers who is the wife and mother to the family that has occupied the oh so comfortable yet posh abode. An electric gate entry leads to the Aus�n quarried stonewalls surrounding the motor court. The entry foyer is grand, with the stairway going to the upstairs level guest rooms and study. The main level encompasses the 2 level Great-room with floor to ceiling windows and a fireplace, Master Bedroom, Library, Game room, and a kitchen with every amenity and high-end appliances and granite countertops for the gourmet chef. Four fireplaces inside and one outside add the warm ambiance.

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With colder weather upon us, check out our fashionable foot ware selections whether you want to keep warm or look hot!

SEECAAS: SHOES WITH HEART AND SOLE When you’re not galloping on your horse, Seecaas wants you to enjoy classy and comfortable shoes that you feel great wearing! Seecaas has put countless hours into making you the perfect shoe! The new go-to flat, The Ella Flat ($150 on www.seecaas.com), has just arrived and we know you will love it! Not only are they the new trend in footwear, they are on a mission as well and come in trendy prints (like this snakeskin Ella Flat) and beau�ful solids.

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Designed for some of the coldest condi�ons, the Arc�c Sport II works great in nearly every environment. These fun, sporty colors make them perfect for trekking in the back woods or just enjoying the great outdoors. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS • 100% Waterproof • 5mm Neoprene Boo�e for Comfort and Performance • Warm Fleece Lining • Extended Rubber Coverage • Comfort Insole • EVA Midsole for Added Comfort • Rugged Outsole • bioDEWIX An�microbial footbed insert topcover with NZYM for odor control and moisture management Price: $175 Also available in mid-height



At Seecaas they strive to bring awareness to adop�on and help aid in funding adop�ons with their Seecaas Hope For Adop�on Founda�on. A proceed from every sale at Seecaas goes to the founda�on to help families with adop�on costs, which can be a barrier when families are looking into adop�on. Triangles are a symbol of the adop�on triad! So we made sure to place them all thought out our design process. With every detail of the Ella Flat perfectly planned — From the triangles on our removable insole for easy washing, to the triangle in Seecaas’ Hope for Adop�on Bracelets. They want everyone to know that when they purchase Seecaas they are helping build families.




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As winter approaches, prepare your self and your horse with these great finds for stuff and your soul!

PREMIER AUSTRALIAN BRAND Each ingredient was selected for its par�cular cleaning or condi�oning OAKWOOD PRODUCTS

proper�es. For example, lanolin penetrates leather’s lower layers to maintain its natural feel while beeswax provides advanced water resistance and protec�on from everyday wear and tear. Emu oil works with lanolin to prevent leather from drying, cracking and fading by penetra�ng its deepest layers with natural moisture that keeps it so� and supple.

Makes U.S. Debut with Line of Leather Cleaning and Conditioning Products Oakwood Products, Australia’s 30-year-old premier brand of pet care and leather care products, has launched a line of leather care products in the U.S. The Oakwood Complete Leather Care System consists of five products designed to address the three essen�al areas of leather care, helping users properly clean, condi�on and maintain all of their horse tack, from riding boots to saddle gear.

• Oakwood Liquid Saddle Soap • Oakwood Glycerine Leather Cleaner • Oakwood Leather Condi�oner • Oakwood Leather Oil Oakwood products are independently tested and guaranteed to meet the highest • Oakwood Everyday Leather & Synthe�c Wipes performance expecta�ons. The line conAlso, Oakwood Pet Grooming And sists of the following products: Pet Care Products.

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JOURNALIST’S Journey My twenty-year journey with my horses has been nothing like I once imagined it might be when I was a little girl growing up on my parents’ farm in Germany.

Clean boots and bandages all winter?

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For horses - Give the gi� of health and vitality with Aloeride, an organic, natural aloe vera supplement for hooves, skin and diges�on. £55.20 for month’s supply.


Back then I pictured myself riding with my horse to the highest level in dressage and show jumping, but I never once thought about what it would be like to actually care for a horse. I did plenty of chores around the farm as a kid but I never put two and two together in that respect. In my imagination my horse would never get sick or need food, there were no medical bills, horses’ hooves needing trimming, or desperate searches for the highest grade of hay. Dreaming about horses will not teach you the responsibility of having one. My horses taught me how to ride, not the other way around; they taught me commitment and trust, how to live life in the present moment, and the right meaning of self-love. Horses don’t judge, but they understand. My dream of having horses could never have prepared me for the life I have with my horses today, because all our dreams must evolve and survive many hard knocks along the way. My horses and I have had many happy moments sometimes followed by sadness and even loss that in a miraculous way was turned into triumph. In this book I have recorded some of my experiences with my horses, in part because of all they have meant to me, and also in the hope they may provide you with some interest, information, and insights on your own journey with your horse or horses. I would not trade my adventures with my horses for anything in the world, for they have shaped me into the person I am today. You can find my book at www.karinmateybooks.com

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HIS Talking Trash with

R. Scot Evans, Creative Director

&HERS with L.A. Sokolowski

for GREEN is the NEW BLUE

Dorothy, we’re not in Litchfield anymore. Green Is The New Blue isn’t just a clever riff off the Netflix series but an organization underscoring a growing and relevant concern: what role should American horse shows play in a community’s efforts to reduce, re-use and recycle? Funny you should ask… because GNB creative director, R. Scot Evans, has some suggestions. Two GNB goals are to empower horse show exhibitors and managers about best practices for sustainability and ecological safety, and then to provide them with the tools to make those changes easy and straightforward to implement. From refillable water bottles to recycling ribbons, GNB is spurring change and few horsemen could be handling the reins better. Scot was a founding board member and former president of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, worked in sponsor relations for Stadium Jumping, Inc. and the Hampton Classic, and remains a respected trainer, clinician and USEF “R” judge in hunter, jumper and equitation, who has pinned such major shows as the ASPCA Maclay Finals and IHSA National Championships. HERS: What do you remember about your first horse or pony? HIS: It was more like my first donkey! I rode him in my little racing saddle and attempted to teach him to jump over a log. Needless to say I learned to fall off -- and often -- at a very early age. HERS: What do you like best in a horse? What do you like best in a person? HIS: In a horse, to be willing to please and work together as a team. I like being trustworthy in a person. HERS: Is there a job in your past that was never included on your résumé? HIS: When I was 14 my first paid job was living on the road with horses for a summer, grooming and learning with a top rider like Maryann Steiert Charles. HERS: If you had to work outside the horse world what would you be doing? HIS: Philanthropic work, using my voice and energy for the greater good. HERS: What is your favorite quote? HIS: The Golden Rule, about doing unto others…

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HERS: Describe yourself in one word? What word might your friends choose? HIS: Content. HERS: Share an instance where you faced and solved a difficult problem. HIS: Working with a horse who had a reputation of being very difficult and, when getting back to the bare minimum, literally riding without a bit, I was able to rebuild his confidence in humans.


HERS: Where do you see horse sport headed? HIS: The quality of performance across various horse sports is better than ever. The breeding of modern sport horses is leading to higher quality whether it’s hunter, jumper, dressage or another discipline.. HERS: What can every horse show do to go greener? HIS: Start with supplying proper recycle bins and work towards reducing single-use plastic at equestrian centers and horse parks. HERS: What is the single greatest waste byproduct left behind from a show? HIS: Single-use plastic. It comes in all shapes and sizes. HERS: What role do you hope GNB plays in a greener future? HIS: Implementing green practices at horse parks and equestrian centers that will then inspire equestrians to use similar practices at their home and stable. HERS: What has this pandemic experience taught you? HIS: When slowing down, one catches more of the details along the way, as well as developing a greater appreciation for my friends and family.

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WHO TO CALL WHEN THE TIME COMES: Equine Mortality Insurance Notice Provisions

By Johanna E. Sheehe, Esquire

I recently experienced the day that every horse owner dreads – the day my equine companion and partner passed away. With the flurry of phone calls and waves of emotions, it would have been easy to delay informing my insurance carrier of this event. But experience has taught me that the failure to provide timely notice of death or injury can result in a breach of your obligations under an equine mortality insurance policy — and a denial of your claim. Similar to life insurance, equine mortality insurance policies are designed to pay the insured horse owner a sum of money after the death of a horse by accident, injury, or illness. These mortality policies typically contain a “notice” provision requiring the owner to provide the insurance company with “prompt” or “immediate” notice of death, illness, or lameness. The language of notice requirements varies among insurers, but the proposition is the same: to receive benefits under the insurance policy, the carrier must be informed of the animal’s death as soon as practicable. The notice requirement is a condition precedent to recovery under the policy.

determine what information is required to process your claim. To avoid unnecessary stress as you are grieving, be prepared. Read your policy carefully and keep it in a location that is safe and easy to access. Most carriers provide 24-hour “Emergency Hotlines” to assist with your claims. They are prepared to receive calls at all hours and on weekends and holidays. The death of your horse is an emergency and you will want to contact the carrier directly, not your agent. If you are unable to speak to a representative immediately, leave a voicemail with your name, contact information, policy number, and a short summary of the facts. In my experience, an agent will return your call that same day. Often, the carrier will wish to speak to your veterinarian. It can be helpful to allow the carrier that opportunity. And keep in mind, most insurers ask to be consulted before an insured horse is euthanized. While thinking of insurance at such a difficult time might seem insensitive, it is necessary to safeguard the protections you put in place. Should you be unable to make the call, have a trusted loved one handle the initial outreach on your behalf. If you have experienced the death of your beloved animal, please rest assured that the insurance companies are there to help, and the earlier you contact them the better.

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In other words, if you fail to provide “prompt” or “timely” notice, coverage could be forfeit. Why do such provisions exist? A sad reality is that insurance carriers are commonly presented with fraudulent insurance claims. Therefore, an insurance carrier will often require additional information to process the claim. For example, the carrier might request a certificate of health, testing, or necropsy (post-mortem examination), to be conducted by a veterinarian. Prompt notice allows both you, and the carrier, to

For more corporate information or to discuss your contractual issues, feel free to contact attorney Johanna E. Sheehe at Sheehe & Associates, P.A. Miami Office (305) 379-3515. www.EliteEquestrianMagazine.com




This is the story of the modern American equestrian girl. She is passionate about life and appreciates her quality time spent outdoors with the horses and her community of like-minded equestrians.

Models: Yulia Bratkovskaya (standing), Nazanin Behzad (riding) On Nazanin: Estella Long Sleeves Schooling Shirt Black + Red Black breeches- Samshield; On Yulia: Estella Long Sleeves Schooling Shirt Green + Brown , Green breeches– Aisling Equestrian; , Horse tack – MajykEquipe; Jewelry – Vanessa Quintiliano

Her fast-paced, contemporary lifestyle does not allow for going home to change multiple times a day. The barns she frequents are usually located in wellknown “equestrian zones.” These are communities of horse loving people, so equestrian clothing is a common sight while shopping and eating in local businesses. This compliments her natural passion for fashion, which carries over to her choices in riding wear.

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Women have been expressing themselves through fashion since the beginning of time. Beautiful garments designed for riding horses not only have their own storied history but have also continued to inspire fashion trends for decades. Times may change but above all, our desire to look and feel our best while displaying our equestrian abilities has never wavered.


Modern producers of equestrian and athletic clothing brands are constantly innovating their work to �nd the perfect balance between style, comfort and performance. Real equestrians juggle multiple rides and tasks throughout any given day: dressage work, jumping work, schooling, trail riding, lunging and of course therapies and grooming treatments. The weather is always subject to change from perfect to extremely sunny, windy, rainy, hot, cold, etcetera. As equestrians, we also want variety: short sleeves, long sleeves, mesh sleeves, open collar, buttoned up, a higher waist, a stretchy pant, the list is endless. We also participate and compete in clinics, horse shows, exhibitions and other special events. The life of an equestrian requires an extensive wardrobe!

Social media platforms offer much needed access to those equestrians looking for new pieces to accent their wardrobe. It also offers individual brands the opportunity to showcase their newest products in real-world situations to a receptive audience. Pieces are mixed and matched in the closets of leading equestrian fashion authorities, providing audiences with fresh perspectives and inspiration. At the same time, these creative collaborations open doors to new audiences and equestrian communities for the brands as well. The central piece showcased in this photo shoot is an equestrian shirt by the brand Criniere Life. Recently in 2019, Victoria Asuaje was struck by the idea of designing a shirt that would serve multiple needs for the modern horse girl. It needed to be feminine and dynamic at the same time, �������������������������������������������������������� hours and intense wear. After successfully bringing her vision to life, Victoria invested her time into researching and meeting like-minded equestrians through the vast and in�nite social media networks. Among the many contacts, she met @yulia_brat, a professional show jumper, horse trainer, model and ������������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������� agency called Stable Productions. They currently produce outstanding, eye-catching equestrian content such as the campaign featured here.


Amelie Long-sleeves Show Shirt in Black Black breeches – Queen Equestrian Black travel bag – Tucker Tweed.

��������������������������������������������������������������� with multiple looks, both on herself and her client. The purpose being to emphasize how one timeless, classic piece such as the shirt can serve different needs for the wearer and compliment other brands. ���������������������������������������������������������ponent of this campaign is the message of support. The viewer thinks they are just looking at a nice photo, but in reality, we are delivering a message about how the chosen wardrobe components support each other to become a whole. Also, how we two women are a team, each of us supporting the other and our barn while working hard and smiling with joy. Last but not least, how our beloved horses support our desire to become a little bit better every day.”

Photography by @Simplee.focused – Lori Ovanessian Produced by: Stable Productions inc.




Palm Partnership Training™ Building a Partnership with your Horse


One of the best things about dressage is that it builds upon itself and every step is based upon a training pyramid. When you understand all the “building blocks” in this pyramid, you increase your ability to achieve your goals.

EQUINE Training & Showing

The Dressage Training Pyramid is a wonderful guideline for the natural training of a horse. We must not forget that dressage is a French word that means “training.” The pyramid is the guideline to which we refer as we develop our horse’s body in order to advance his training through correct collection. The Dressage Pyramid is also our guideline for the physical conditioning of our horses through progressive development. Obedience is achieved with “increasing thoroughness” when using the pyramid. Thoroughness is simply riding the horse from “back to front,” thereby connecting the legs aids to the hand aids, or, in other words, the horse’s hind legs to his mouth. Let’s take a look at each step of the Dressage Training Pyramid: 1. Rhythm 2. Relaxation 3. Connection 4. Impulsion 5. Straightness 6. Collection


Rhythm describes the horse’s gait. Rhythm is the energy and tempo in each gait and the speed within the gait. You must achieve control of your horse’s rhythm because without it, you will lose the connection from the horse’s hind legs to his mouth. Relaxation is the elasticity and suppleness throughout the body of the horse at work. When a horse is relaxed he is confident, accepts the aids, and is willing. Relaxation always tells me that my horse is supple in his muscles throughout the body, especially in his neck and back. When relaxed, the hind legs swing under the horse with power and allow him to show a natural self-carriage.

Connection is the acceptance of the bit through the acceptance of the aids. This is when the horse responds to the leg and rein aids when cues are given. The rider can control the horse’s body alignment and his frame. When horse and rider have a good connection, the horse will reach for the bit and round his spine correctly. The horse will bear more weight on the hind legs, bring the back up and break at the poll correctly. Impulsion is the next step of development. Impulsion is when a horse will increase energy and thrust from the hindquarters and legs to propel himself forward. This development is necessary for the horse to bear more weight on the hind legs and lighten the forehand in order to collect his body. A horse that continues to be encouraged to bear more weight on the hind legs will engage his legs deeper under the body, thus having more energy and impulsion for self carriage, balance. He will also have more ability to do advanced movements, such as lengthening the trot and canter. More bend from the horse’s body, lateral training, and lead changes cannot be accomplished without impulsion. Straightness is a necessity for the horse to be balanced. Correct balance from the horse cannot be achieved without straightness. Controlling your horse’s body alignment through your leg and rein aids is how you will accomplish ideal straightness and balance in your horse. To transition your horse’s frame from long and low in training level, to developing an uphill balance and self-carriage frame in first level, you must have straightness in order for the horse to collect his frame. Collection is what we all want to achieve with our horses. Collection is accomplished by strengthening the horse’s muscles and uphill carriage. The formula of “rhythm, relaxation, connection, impulsion, and straightness” is the only way you can achieve correct collection. Collection is increased engagement, lightness on the forehand and correct self-carriage. The most important formula to the pyramid of training is TIME. It takes time to develop the horse’s confidence and understanding. It is important that you take the time to become a correct rider for your horse. You should never blame the horse; only improve what you are doing to achieve positive results from your horse. You need time to learn and teach your horse the training levels. Take the time to understand that your horse will tell you when he is ready to move to more advanced maneuvers by responding with positive results. Time is the only formula that can be used to develop the horse’s strength so he can carry himself correctly and with collection.








If you’re heading to the southern USA for the Winter Show Season, you’ll surely want to find some fun equestrian events to watch or even participate in. Here are some great things you should check out! Look for our special edition Florida Show Season Guide which is the best resource to find all the shows and events at venues across the Sunshine State.

The Ocala Polo Club


I would like to introduce the second coming of the Ocala Polo Club. In August of 2020 the United States Polo Associa�on granted Team Resolute the Right to operate the OPC out of the Florida Horse Park a�er over a decade dormancy since the original Ocala Polo Club has operated. The USPA has stringent requirements for facili�es and administra�on of a Club. Team Resolute will be managing the opera�ons while the Florida Horse Park provides the facili�es as a part of their mul� use Equine Park. The club thrived thru the 80’s but dwindled as some of the founding members aged and upkeep of the fields became too expensive. The Florida Horse Park is working to serve Equine enthusiasts of all disciplines and levels which coincides well with Team Resolute’s plan to foster a club where polo enthusiasts of all levels may par�cipate to train themselves, their horses and enjoy the sport. The Ocala Polo Club is open to all members who are willing to enjoy the sport of polo, from beginners to professionals of all ages and backgrounds. The OPC is proud to bring Polo back to the Horse Capital of the World to show them how fun the sport is and share this fabulous sport with other equine entusiasts. Team Resolute has been training aspiring players and fostering a community of polo players that they hope will become the founda�on of the OPC and enjoy polo for years to come. David Eldredge

Arena Games at Tamarian Farms 4615 NW 110th Avenue, Ocala FL 34482 O: 866-580-3276 Tami@tamarianfarms.com Doors open: 6pm Games Start: 7pm • November 21 • December 12 • January 9 • February 6 Stalls are available for rent at Tamarian Farms, for season or year-round.

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Misty Morning Hounds


Welcome to drag hunting

Photos by Allene Rachal and Susan Sponenberg Courtesy of Misty Morning Hounds

If you have never ridden to hounds before, those antique hunt prints that have adorned walls throughout history are about to take on a whole new meaning. For most people, a brisk morning, fresh horses, and baying hounds are indeed a life-changing experience. We hope it will be for you. Stand forewarned, however, no matter what your riding discipline, it can become addictive. We hope that your experiences with us are invigorating and inspiring and simulate as closely as possible the sport of foxhunting. Drag hunting has, in fact, been a part of foxhunting for centuries. Then, as well as today, drag lines were laid to insure sport on poor scenting or ceremonial hunt days when it would have been deemed somewhat of a disaster

to have a blank day (a day in which no fox was found to run). Today, drag hunting has these same advantages, as well as several others. Since more control can be exercised over the terrain to be crossed, hunts tend to be safer and more controlled. This, however should not be confused with a slower pace. In fact, drag hunts often move at a faster pace than fox hunts. In areas where territory is limited, full advantage can be taken of the lay of the land. Natural and man-made obstacles can be utilized, and a safer run for hounds can be provided which guides them out of harms’ way. In the end, nothing is killed except a brown bag of meat scraps mixed with dry dog food.

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KORNER “I’m just a regular

HORSE CRAZY KID who loves & rides horses. I want to share my ups and downs in the sport, and let you know trying is everything. Believe in Yourself.”

Kat Fuqua •Three time Grand Champion JR Hunter KY Summer Series 2020 •USDF Bronze Medalist, FEI Prix St. George Competitor, 3rd 2020 National Dressage Festival of Champions, Childrens •World Championship Hunter Rider, Small Jr Hunter WEF6, Ranked 2nd Southeast WCHR, 2020 •Grand Champion 2018 USEF Pony Finals & Champion 2019, Large Pony •Champion at USEF Pony Medal 2019 •5 Times USEF Horse of the Year Awards 2018

Questions sent in to KatFuquaEquestrian Instagram

Luisa Zieglerova. Do you have any �ps on ge�ng a pony’s head down? Kat: Make sure that you have your pony going forward before you supple your reins with a light contact. If your pony is green have pa�ence and take your �me. Dahmoon Alghamdi. How old are you? Kat: I am 13. I have been riding since my mom put me on my miniature horse that she walked me around in hand at my one-year old birthday party. Giagrigorian.eq. What are your �ps about ge�ng into Pony Finals? Kat: Focus on your training and riding. Keep prac�cing and the ribbons will come. I always watch my favorite riders on video. I study their posi�on. Work with your trainer and you can also get good learning exercises in magazines. Learning & Prac�cing is the key. Remember Never Give Up & Believe in Yourself.

TRAINING & Showing

Isabella_poole07. How do you get over your nerves before going into the ring at a show? Kat: I always make sure I learn my course well and know exactly where I’m going. Try to watch as many rounds before you show. You can learn if the lines are long or short to know how to ride your pony or horse more forward or collected. Be prepared. McKeena Goodson. How do you afford lots of horses? Do you have a job besides riding & school? Do you want to go to college? Kat: I’m only thirteen so I don’t have a paying job. My parents leased me my first pony. I could not get a second one un�l I let the first one go back. I cried and cried. Because I kept growing I had to get a medium pony from my small then eventually large ponies. I always cry every �me I have to let go of my ponies or horses. I had trainers who let me ride their ponies. I sold my ponies for the next one up. I learned that 42

nothing is free. That is the hardest part of the sport. I love them each so much. My parents only support me because I work hard prac�cing. I am respec�ul to everyone, my trainers, horse helpers and farm staff. I always jump in to do the work, including tacking up, cleaning tack, bathing my horses, turning them out and pu�ng them on the walker. I even walk my courses alone if I have to in case my trainer is helping another client. I go to regular school full �me. When I take a Friday off I always do the homework or tests in advance. I focus on good grades, a strong work ethic, eat healthy and sleep well. I definitely want to go to college, and maybe one will want me on their Equestrian Team. Kennedyki.eq. What’s the highest you have jumped? Kat: I have shown six �mes at an Interna�onal Hunter Derby with 4’ to 4’ 3” op�ons with CupidoZ, Consent & Cornell22. I have prac�ced up to 4’ 9” with Cornell22.

Dohmoon. How did you get so far in your career? Kat: I have been showing and riding for at least nine years, and competed at WEF for seven years. While other kids are going to the beach for family vaca�ons or snow skiing, water skiing, camping, or traveling, I am always with my horses prac�cing, showing or just taking care of them. Katy Hacke�. If your parents are dressage riders, what made you switch to the Hunters. Kat: I never switched. I started out on a lead line class in the Hunter Discipline when I was four. I love jumping and my mother encouraged me to follow my heart. However, she always brought in top dressage trainers to teach me strong basics in her sport. At three years old my first real trainer was Gil Merrick, my mother’s friend who worked for USEF as the 2008 Dressage Team Leader for the Olympics. He also interpreted with the US Coach Klaus Balkenhol from Germany. He was really nice to me. Find Kat on Instagram and submit your questions!







Did you know that your horse may know what you are thinking before you do? That’s why you need to be relaxed, focused, and ready to work with your horse partner in a harmonious and productive way. Meditation helps in the expansion of awareness to bring you into a state of balance. We are energy, and when we are in a more balanced state of mind, we radiate this out to the world, benefiting everyone we come in contact with, animals included, and we feel uplifted and peaceful. Meditation has brought many health benefits into my life. I feel so much more relaxed and connected to my inner self since beginning this practice. I usually meditate 30 minutes a day, and that’s enough to bring me into a more relaxed state of mind. When I am relaxed, I feel much happier and can focus better, and am more prepared to go into the horse ring. In order to reap all the benefits of meditation, you must be consistent in the daily meditation practice. Meditation feels like daydreaming and it’s fun! It allows me to think about what I like to have in my life. As I relax, I focus on my breathing. I breathe deeply and count my inhales and exhales. After a few minutes of focusing on my breathing, I notice how relaxed my mind and body have become. Later, with my horses, I am much calmer and more focused in my training. Today, I would not think of entering into a training session with my horses without meditating first and being certain that I am focused and ready to be utterly attentive to my horse. There are so many benefits to meditation. I am convinced that if everyone, including young children, would learn and include meditation in their daily life, ninety-nine percent of the world’s problems would be eliminated fairly rapidly. There are many forms of meditation and you can find the type that is right for you. Meditation and visualization are complementary. Together, they are helpful tools that can be used to accomplish a goal in the horse ring or anywhere else you might like to apply them. To visualize, all you have to do is close your eyes, relax while focusing on your breathing, and then focus on something you would like to accomplish 44

and allow your mind to go through the process just like you were really doing it. Later, when you are actually doing the task, you will notice how much easier it can be done if you have taken the time to visualize it first in your mind. Visualizing is not complicated and we visualize all the time anyway. I learned long ago to use visualization in preparation for my dressage tests. Did you know that your mind does not know the difference between visualizing a test and actually performing it in the arena? The mind sees images or pictures in both instances. Visualization is a dry run before you engage in some activity. Before I start my training, I close my eyes and see myself moving through the dressage arena. I visualize everything beforehand, in detail. I always visualize that my training sessions go very well, and end with a positive outcome, and so they do! My practice of meditation and visualization has helped me enormously in the show ring and in training with my horses at home. I was first introduced to meditation and visualization when I trained in the martial arts. Meditation is a practice that has been used in the martial arts around the world for many centuries. In my martial arts training I learned that whatever I wanted to achieve I had to first be able to visualize in my mind’s eye. In order to become a good visualizer, I had to make meditation part of my daily life. Over the many years of my martial arts training, I realized that meditation and visualization go hand in hand. Meditation can help us reduce or prevent injury to our horses. Horses are flight animals and if the trainer cannot be relaxed and calm while working with horses, that nervous energy is then projected to the horse. My dressage arena is close to the road. Sometimes motorcycles or a big farm tractor comes driving by making a lot of noise. Sometimes the kids rev their engine thinking it’s cool, and when they do this, I have a hard time staying calm. By breathing deep and relaxing deeper into the saddle and staying calm and relaxed myself, this energy is transferred over to my horse. My meditation helps me turn a bad situation around. It helps me visualize and think ahead. When I hear a big tractor or motorcycle approach, I calmly ride away from the road side of the arena and stay in a circle with my horse on the bit until the noise and any danger has passed. Horses are extremely intuitive and can sense your state of mind instantly. It should be easy to understand that any relaxing practice that calms oneself, centers oneself, keeps one alert, and facilitates inner peace would be a natural part of a horse trainer’s daily life. Karin Matey is the author of My American Horse Family, Sebastian’s Adventures: Diary of a Champion and her newest book Horse Dreams: Horsemanship with Heart. For more information, please visit her author’s web site at www.karinmateybooks.com or email: karinmatey@outlook.com. www.EliteEquestrianMagazine.com










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