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Practical Horseman Podcast
32 minutes | 2 days ago
Liz Halliday-Sharp is a powerhouse female athlete on the international eventing scene. After nearly 20 years in England training and making her name known in the sport, she returned to the states full-time in 2020. Following a massively successful season including nine international wins and an additional 16 national wins, Liz was named the 2020 U.S. Eventing Association’s Rider of the Year, making her the first female to win the award since 1981—that’s 39 years. In this episode, Liz speaks candidly about her path from young Pony Clubber to USEA leaderboard-topping eventer. She also talks about some of the most influential horses in her life, from a horse in England called “Cheese” to her current Olympic-qualified mount, Deniro Z. Plus, Liz let’s us in on how her experience as a race car driver applies to her career as an international eventer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | 5 days ago
Accomplished five-star eventer and Team USA member Doug Payne is a man of many talents—he is a well-known international competitor, trainer, judge, coach and author. In this episode, Payne talks about his journey in the sport, his biggest mentors—Jim Wofford and Annie Kursinki—and three of his horses who are qualified for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Plus, Payne shares his favorite training exercises and what he believes the majority of riding students need to work on. Payne has produced several horses to the top level of eventing and rode Starr Witness on the U.S. Equestrian Team at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, earning team gold and individual fourth. In April 2021, he and Vandiver finished 12th at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian CCI5*-L. In addition, Payne competes in grand prix show jumping and upper-level dressage. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
59 minutes | a month ago
An accomplished international five-star event rider, Courtney Cooper is also well known for her domestic and consignment horse-sales program at her C Square Farm. In this episode, she talks about what you need to know if you’re planning to buy a horse from how to begin to how to try out a horse to what to consider in the bill of sale. She shares many details that will give you the best opportunity to buy a horse that will meet your specific goals and dreams, including six factors that affect the price of a horse. She offers advice on the questions to ask sellers to make sure you’re zeroing in on the details that are most important to you as well as how to keep your emotions in check. This podcast episode is sponsored by Bimeda. To read a full transcript, go to www.practicalhorsemanmag.com/podcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
Irish eventer Tim Bourke grew up in Ireland and inherited his love of horses from his grandmother. He achieved an A-rating in Pony Club and later attended Gurteen College for equine studies and business. Upon graduation, Tim traveled to the United States to work for Bruce Davidson for two years, and later he worked for eventer Sharon White for about six years. With his wife Marley Stone Bourke, also an eventer, Tim moved into his own stable, Stone’s Throw Farm, in 2014 in Berryville, Virginia, where they operate their riding and training business Bourke Eventing. Tim rode Luckaun Quality at the Kentucky Three-Day Event five times. Four of those times, they finished in the top 20, and two of those times, they had the fastest cross-country time of the day. They also competed at the Burghley Horse Trials in 2015, and in 2018, they were named the traveling alternates for the Irish Eventing Team at the World Equestrian Games.In this episode, Tim talks about:• his Luckaun Quality and what makes him special• his mentors including Bruce and Sharon and Olympic gold medalist David O’Connor• his training philosophy, what makes a good horseman and more.To read a transcript of this podcast, visit practicalhorsemanmag.com/podcast. Scroll to “Podcast Transcript: Tim Bourke.” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 minutes | 4 months ago
Ron Danta showed on the Illinois hunter/jumper circuit in the 1960s before heading south. He eventually landed in Camden, South Carolina, merging his training business with hunter rider, trainer and judge Danny Robertshaw. Several horses whom Ron trained were U.S. Equestrian Federation Horses of the Year, and he’s won over 20 hunter championships at top A-rated shows. For several years, he chaired the task forces for the USHJA International Hunter Derby and the Green Incentive Hunter Derby and sat on the USHJA Hunter Working Group. In addition to his professional success, Ron is equally well-known as co-founder of Danny & Ron’s Rescue, a nonprofit that rescues and rehomes more than 900 dogs a year. In 2018, they were featured in the documentary “Life in the Doghouse,” available on Netflix, which tells the inspiring story surrounding their rescue work.In this podcast, Ron talks about hunter derbies, what makes a good horseman and training Thoroughbreds. He also shares how he and Danny started their dog rescue, what it’s like to have 90 dogs living in their home at any given time, how they manage the pack dynamics and the emotional aspect of animal rescue.To read a transcript of this podcast, please visit practicalhorsemanmag.com/podcast. Scroll down to “Podcast Transcript: Ron Danta.” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | 5 months ago
Katie Monahan Prudent
Katie Monahan Prudent’s stellar career in the hunter/jumper world began as a Junior with wins in both the AHSA National Hunter Seat Medal Final and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship followed by multiple championships in the hunter ring before she emerged as an international jumper star. A member of the 1986 gold-medal World Championship show-jumping team, she has won almost every major grand prix in the United States and was named American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year three times. In 2000, she was named Coach of the Year for developing riders by the U.S. Olympic Committee. She currently runs an international training program with her husband, French equestrian Henri Prudent and their son, Adam. They divide their time between Wellington, Middleburg, and France.During our conversation, Katie shared what she learned from competing in Europe, how she creates a bond with her horses, the importance of having a system, what she sees many riders struggling with and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
38 minutes | 6 months ago
Australian native Ryan Wood started competing in eventing at 8 years old. He completed his first CCI***** at Adelaide when he was 19 years old and continued to compete successfully throughout Australia, garnering top placings at Melbourne CCI****, Sydney CCI**** and Warwick CIC-W****. In 2008, Ryan moved to the United States and started working for Bruce Davidson before moving to Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania. He now runs his own business, Woodstock Eventing out of True Prospect Farm. Since moving to the U.S. Ryan has become one of the top event riders in the country. In 2016 he won the Jersey Fresh CCI***, Bromont CCI*** and the USEA Adequan Advanced Gold Cup Final at the American Eventing Championships—where he also earned the reserve championship. In 2018 Ryan finished 8th at Pau CCI***** and was named the reserve rider for the Australian eventing team at World Equestrian Games. In addition to competing, Ryan also enjoys teaching and developing young horses.In this episode, Ryan shares his overall training philosophy, how to introduce cross-country corners, what he looks for in an eventing prospect, how he deals with the lows of the sport and more. This episode is sponsored by SmartPak. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | 7 months ago
Named an inductee to the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame in 2020, John French has won countless championship titles at prestigious shows around the United States. He’s a four-time winner of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association World Championship Hunter Rider Professional Finals and he won the inaugural $100,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship riding Rumba in 2009.After riding and competing on the West Coast for more than 30 years, John teamed up in early 2020 with Olympian Kent Farrington to develop a comprehensive hunter division under Kent’s business, KPF. In this podcast episode, John talks about his new business venture with Kent, his overall training philosophy, what he thinks makes a good horseman, howhe quickly adapted to different horses as a catch rider, his favorite training exercises, influential horses in his life, how he handles competition nerves and more. This episode is sponsored by Perfect Products, makers of Perfect Prep and Joint Impact. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | 7 months ago
Award-winning photojournalist Nancy Jaffer edited the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation’s book Riding for the Team: Inspirational Stories of the USA’s Medal-Winning Equestrians and Their Horses. The book chronicles the lives of those who dreamed about competing for their country and “made it,” sharing inspirational stories from the eight equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting, reining, endurance and para-dressage. Readers are immersed in the personal histories of the medal-winning riders, drivers and vaulters who have dominated American equestrian sport over the past 28 years. Athletes tell their stories and those of their horses during the years they honed their talent and dedicated their lives to representing their country in the Olympics, World Equestrian Games, World Championships and Pan American Games. You can purchase the book at www.uset.org/riding-for-the-team-book-sale/.In this episode, Nancy recounts anecdotes from the lives of many Olympians, including show jumpers Kent Farrington, McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Rich Fellers and Lucy Davis; dressage riders Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, Guenter Seidel and Debbie McDonald; and eventers Boyd Martin, Karen O’Connor and Amy Tryon. This podcast is sponsored by Perfect Products. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49 minutes | 7 months ago
After a self-funded successful Junior career, California hunter rider Nick Haness started his own training and sales business, Hunterbrook Farms in 2009. The next several years were filled with multiple top placings in the hunter divisions including back-to-back wins in the 2012 and 2013 WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge and the championship in the 2016 First Year Green divisions at the Devon Horse Show and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. More recently, he and Verdict were the reserve champion at the 2019 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, and a month later, he finished first and second on Crowd Pleaser and Reese’s at the $50,000 Stal Hendrix Green Futurity Finals at the HITS Saugerties Championship. He earned the 2019 USEF’s Emerson Burr Award and was voted by his peers as the 2019 USEF National Equestrian of the Year.In this episode, Nick talks about his early catch-riding successes, starting his own business at age 21, what he looks for when buying a horse, building trust with horses, furthering his education in the jumper ring, and enjoying the collection of rescue animals living at his farm. This podcast is sponsored by Perfect Products. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
56 minutes | 8 months ago
Based in Wellington, Florida, Geoff Teall has been involved in the horse industry for more than 40 years. He started out at age 8 foxhunting in upstate New York, learning from Mike Kelly and Gordon Wright. As a young professional, Geoff joined forces with many successful young trainers including Missy Clark and Kip Rosenthal. During this time, his student Laura Bowden won the 1991 AHSA National Hunter Seat Medal Final win. He eventually moved to Wellington, Florida, and continued to run his thriving business, Montoga, Inc., training students to accolades at top shows across the country. Geoff earned his U.S. Equestrian Federation “R”-rated judging license and has judged prestigious competitions such as the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal Finals and the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals to name a few. He has also served as the vice president of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, the president of the American Hunter Jumper Foundation and on the board of directors for those two organizations and the USHJA Foundation and the USEF. In this episode, Geoff talks about how he pushed himself and was encouraged by others to try a variety of jobs in the horse industry and his training philosophy of “simplicity, basics, discipline and habit.” He also shares his system for teaching his students how to “see a distance” and his thoughts on SafeSport. This episode is sponsored by Perfect Products. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
Sarah Maslin Nir
Sarah Maslin Nir is a staff reporter for the New York Times and author of the book, Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal, published in August 2020. Sarah describes her book as “a reported look at obsession”—the world’s obsession with horses as well as her own. Through solid reporting, Sarah allows readers to live vicariously through her first-hand exploration into lesser-known corners of the horse world. These include the long-buried legacy of black American cowboys, the adorable but powerful Marwari horse of India and a study of how imported warmbloods are flown across the ocean in a 747. Woven throughout these stories and more are personal anecdotes and reflections of how she fed her horse fix growing up in Manhattan to non-horsey parents. As a Times reporter, Sarah was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. Before becoming a staff reporter in 2011, she freelanced for the paper, reporting from West Africa, the Alaskan wilderness, post-earthquake Haiti and wildfire-ravaged California. She currently owns three horses and competes in the Adult Amateur Hunter division. Thank you to SmartPak for sponsoring this podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | 9 months ago
Eric Navet represented France at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics after being partnered with J’t’adore just three months earlier. After that, he and his homebred Quito de Baussy enjoyed several years at the top of the sport. They earned individual and team gold at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, team gold at the 1991 European Championships, team bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and team silver at the 1994 World Equestrian Games. He also earned a team silver medal at the 1998 World Equestrian Games with Atout d’Isigny and team gold and individual silver at the 2002 World Equestrian Games and an appearance at the 2004 Olympics with Dollar du Murier. In this episode, Eric shares what it was like growing up as a third-generation horseman on his father’s breeding farm, competing at the 1984 Olympics at age 25, riding legendary horses Gem Twist and Milton at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, moving to California in 2013 to be the personal coach for grand prix rider Karl Cook and more.Thanks to ADM Animal Nutrition for sponsoring this podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19 minutes | 10 months ago
Third-generation equestrian Hannah Isop teaches and trains at her family’s Harkaway Farm, in North Salem, New York, with her aunt, Tracy Freels, and her mother, Susie Isop, who manages the barn. Her grandparents, Jeri and Bob Freels, were both horse trainers. Hannah has earned top placings in many hunter and jumper divisions, including several wins in national and international hunter derbies, second place in the 2011 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show’s Grand Prix, second in two consecutive years at the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Developing Pro Challenge, first and second at the 2018 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson II, and a top-10 finish in the 2018 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.In this episode, Hannah shares how she brought back one of her top horses from a collateral ligament injury, what she likes about the hunter and jumping disciplines, how she handles losing and insight into her training article that appeared in Practical Horseman’s Summer 2020 issue: “From Hunters to Jumpers: How to Retrain a Former Hunter to Become a Competitive Jumper.” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | a year ago
Finding and developing good sporthorses has been Don Stewart’s forte for 45 years in the business. During that time, he’s proven his expertise by winning innumerable championships as a rider and a coach at all the major shows, including Devon, the Pennsylvania National, the Washington International and at the National. As a rider, Don’s list of accomplishments is long and distinguished with many AHSA/USEF Horse of the Year champions. He also was Leading Hunter Rider at the Devon Horse Show in 1992, and earned the same title at the National Horse Show in 1993 and 1995.Although buying, showing and selling top hunters is a large part of Don’s business, he’s equally well known as a coach for junior and amateur riders. His students have won many Horse of the Year titles and equitation championships, including his daughter Erin’s 2002 ASPCA Maclay National Championship.In this episode, Don talks about what it’s like having Erin in the same business, how he helps his students handle their nerves, what he looks for in a good horse, the importance of being trustworthy in horse sales, his favorite training exercise and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 minutes | a year ago
Natalie Gavi is a lifelong rider and registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in sports nutrition for the equestrian athlete. Through her practice, Gavi Nutrition, Natalie develops individualized nutrition plans to help riders reach their goals and optimize their health and performance.In this episode, Natalie explains how nutrition plays a role in a rider’s performance, the importance of timing your meals with your rides, how riders can find the right nutrition plan for them and more.This episode is sponsored by Straight Arrow, Inc. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20 minutes | a year ago
Eighteen-year-old Brian Moggre has taken the show-jumping world by storm. In March of 2019, Brian and his Westphalian gelding MTM Vivre Le Reve, or Erkel, picked up their first international win at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala. Moggre was just 17 at the time. His World Cup qualifier success continued into the next season, where he and Erkel won yet another qualifier—this time in Lexington at the prestigious National Horse Show. One week later, the pair placed third at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto. In late January, he was awarded the 2020 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy, presented annually to a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who demonstrates the team’s values of sportsmanship, horsemanship and shows great potential. Brian’s success continued in February when he delivered a double-clear performance in his senior Nations Cup debut to lead the U.S. team to a decisive victory in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Wellington CSIO4*. Brian ended up finishing third in the World Cup Eastern Sub-League rankings, which means he would’ve been realizing his dream of competing in the World Cup Final next month, which of course, has now been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.In this episode, Brian shares how he deals with pressure, what he thinks makes him a strong competitor, his future plans for his riding career and more.This podcast episode is brought to you by Cosequin® See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | a year ago
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, international show jumper Andrew Welles developed his passion for horses at a young age. He grew up in the sport and eventually trained under equitation and show-jumping trainer Missy Clark and finished out his Junior career with her North Run crew. Andrew took a year off before he started college to train with Olympic gold medalist Chris Kappler, who we worked with for four years before starting his own training and teaching business in 2010. He made his first Nations Cup appearances in 2009, representing the United States in Austria and Portugal. He also represented the U.S. at the 2018 Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO*****, and the 2019 FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Canada held in Langley, British Columbia. Most recently, Andrew finished out the 2019/2020 North American League season by qualifying for April’s 2020 World Cup Final, which has since unfortunately been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew’s stable, called Team Welles, is a jumper-focused boutique operation based in Wellington, Florida and now also in Mettawa, Illinois which is on the north side of Chicago. In this episode, Andrew shares his overall training philosophy, why he believes there is too much emphasis on “seeing a distance,” what makes him a strong competitor and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | a year ago
A Special Episode
We’re trying something new this week—reading one of our favorite training articles from the magazine. One reason we’re releasing this special edition podcast is that this is the first full week of the coronavirus pandemic taking full effect in the United States. Some of you are working from home for the first time. Others of you are still going to work but your schedule has been vastly changed. And others of you may not be able to work at all, which must be extremely stressful. As with just about everything else, our lives with horses have changed. Some of you may be able to spend more time at the barn with your horse, while others of you may be facing barn closures and having to spend time away from these wonderful animals who give us so much comfort. Whatever your situation, we hope that listening to some of our favorite stories that have run in the magazine over the years will help.In this episode, Practical Horseman Editor Sandra Oliynyk reads “Get ‘In the Zone’ for Better Jumping” by Shelley Campf. Sandy chose this article because reading it brought her back to a time in her riding when she was so happy. Shelley Campf was her trainer on the East Coast many years ago. When Shelley started teaching at the stable where Sandy rode, she was at a pretty low point in her riding. She really thought that she was not a good rider, largely because she was convinced that she could not see a distance to a fence or at least not for an entire course of fences. To make matters worse, Sandy felt like most everyone else could—that they were just naturally better. As a result, Sandy worked really hard right up to the base of the fences to see distances and get her horse to jump. Shelley helped her realize that, in fact, the opposite was true—that she had to do less, that she was not responsible for making my horse jump. Instead, she needed to allow him to jump. This story addresses this common training challenge—learning how to allow your horse to jump without interfering for smoother rounds. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | a year ago
Grand-prix show jumper Karl Cook believes that understanding and tending to his horses’ physical well-being is critical to effective communication between horse and rider. This concept is something he has learned, in part, from Eric Navet, the 1990 World Equestrian Games team and individual gold medalist, who moved from his native France in 2013 to become Karl’s coach. Another valuable member of Karl’s Pomponio Ranch team is French international veterinarian Philippe Benoit. The team is mixing old-fashioned horsemanship with Karl’s ideas for looking outside the box for new ways to improve their horse-centric methods.In this episode, Karl shares more about his horse care and management program, what he thinks makes a good horseman, how his Pomponio Ranch team is videotaping horses and combining that with new software to evaluate how a horse moves to analyze his health, and more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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