Can Horse Shows Be Affordable?

An affordable horse show is an oxymoron, but making a horse show more affordable is not. Horse shows are expensive. Entry fees alone are costly, but when you factor in related expenses, the costs can become exorbitant, especially for riders desiring to show on a regular basis. While horse shows will never be inexpensive, these tips may help owners minimize some of their costs.

By |October 13th, 2015|Articles|

USEF Should Immediately Ban Hooked Safety Stirrups – They’re Simply Not Safe

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) needs to protect its children and junior riders by prohibiting rubber band and hooked safety stirrups from being used at recognized competitions. There is a long history of riders getting caught on the hook part of the safety stirrups when dismounting or falling. Riders have had the hook catch their belt or clothes on the way down. Some riders have had the hook rip through their clothing and cause mutilating injuries to the abdomen, genitals and groin. These injuries have been known to occur in the riding community for several years and, yet, they are used by many young riders at horse shows every day. This puts child riders at continuing risk of horrible injuries. The USEF should address the risk of injury these stirrups create and protect its members by prohibiting their use at shows.

By |August 3rd, 2015|Articles|

A Simple Catch Ride… Maybe Not – The Plaid Horse

As long as there are ponies, there will be a need for pony catch riders. Tiny children matched with green or mischievous ponies present notable challenge, especially on a horse show day. A catch ride with a more experience pony riders is a useful training tool and remedy in the right situation to resolve a pony’s spoiled bucking, rearing, spooking, or refusing to jump. Young and often inexperienced riders can get scared when ponies act up and make things worse. Other times, trainers may just need a catch ride in the pony under saddle because a child has two ponies.

By |August 1st, 2015|Articles|

USEF Protests, Charges & Grievances – The Basics You Need to Know

You are competing at a USEF show and see that a competition is not being run properly. One of the judges is not scoring the class correctly, and your horse is improperly penalized. A competitor or exhibitor at a USEF show must know what to do when the rules of competition are broken in a class or at a show by an official or show management. When that happens, a Protest should be filed against the official or show management as soon as possible. A Protest is just one way violations are brought before the USEF Hearing Committee for adjudication. Charges and Grievances are other ways in which violations of the rules of fair competition are charged and remedied. Here is information to help you understand the way these rule violation remedies work.

By |June 23rd, 2015|Articles|

Horse Care Is More Than A Clean Brush – The Plaid Horse

Whether at home, on the road, in the air or at the show, our horses require care to prevent injury and maintain peak condition. The administrative aspects of horse care are often overlooked because horse owners and professionals feel the paperwork creates more hassle than benefit. Unfortunately, the days of sealing a deal on a handshake are fading, if not gone already. Barn owners, trainers and horse owners must have the documentation for proper horse welfare. Keep reading for some of the often overlooked aspects of horse care administration and documentation.

By |June 23rd, 2015|Articles|

How the USEF Can Revive the Sport Through the Affiliates – The Plaid Horse

I recently attended a USHJA Town Hall by Bill Moroney with exhibitors at a top quality hunter jumper show in my area. Information was exchanged about programs and rule changes, but much of the discussion concerned the loss of smaller B and C rated shows and decrease in USEF membership. The increased costs of showing at USEF recognized shows is putting the sport out of reach for more people each year. The plethora of fees and date licensing are major factors in these increased costs for exhibitors.

By |May 14th, 2015|Articles|

After the Sale: Heartburn or Afterglow? – The Plaid Horse

The excitement of a horse purchase rests on the dreams and hopes of a new horse and rider coming together and embarking on a new adventure. When the fit is right and the horse can perform as intended, a warm afterglow is shared by buyer and seller. When the fit isn’t right or the horse goes lame, relationships deteriorate quickly. Although litigation was never contemplated, the potential for a buyer feeling duped and the seller being sued exists.

By |April 14th, 2015|Articles|

Avoiding Protracted Litigation After the Sale

Most often, the bill of sale marks the completion of the sales transaction, with the buyer getting the horse anticipated and the seller receiving consideration. The thought of litigation is not the foremost of considerations. But the potential for a buyer feeling duped and the seller feeling vulnerable to suit exists and basic measures could be taken to minimize the risk to both parties.

By |March 24th, 2015|Articles|

Leone Equestrian Law Launches EquestrianCounsel.com

Leone Equestrian Law, founded this fall as a legal services and consultation firm for equestrian professionals, is proud to unveil their website: EquestrianCounsel.com.

Providing legal counsel and representation to equestrians ranging from riders and trainers to owners and show managers in the FEI disciplines, Leone Equestrian Law was created by Armand Leone, an experienced member of the horse sport community. With extensive presence in the equine industry, Leone is bringing more than a decade of legal expertise to the sports he loves.

By |March 14th, 2015|Articles|

Between Rounds With: Armand Leone – The Chronicle of the Horse

Should We Be Concerned About the Growing Number of Foreign Riders Sponsored by U.S. Owners?

The globalization of sport has created an increasing diversity of nationalities playing on national teams across many professional sports. The English football Premier League is one example where English players account for less than one-third of the playing time, and restrictions on the number of foreign players have been imposed. Professional ice hockey teams contain a high percentage of players who are of differing nationality than the country where they play. Players go where the money is.

By |February 14th, 2015|Articles|