Living without access to horses sounds bleak, yet I’ve been taking a bit of a break this year after my lesson barn closed and I spent a year writing about horse rescues. Learning what too often happens to these animals after an (almost) lifetime of service can damper the romantic perception of the equine barn. […]

Canadian Jumping Competition Royal Winter Fair 2018

Saturday’s event (after The Indoor Eventing Event) was round two (and three) of a competition that started the night before and saw Nicole Walker riding Falco van Spieveld in the lead. Falco van Spieveld is a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding.

The Royal Winter Fair Indoor Eventing Competition (horse jumping)

Let’s hear it for the girls. Women dominated Saturday night at Toronto’s 96th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show. November 2, 2018 was the night of both the second round of the Indoor Eventing Championships and The Canadian Show Jumping Finals. First, the Horseware Indoor Eventing Challenge 2018: 10 top US and Canadian riders participated […]

carriage horses of Mackinac Island, Michigan www.horsetrotting.net

‘Downtown,’ essentially Main and Market Streets, Mackinac looks like the film set of a wild west movie but with draft horses pulling multi-seat carts (the $5 shuttle from the ferry terminal to hotels) and no gun-wielding cowboys.
Victorian style carriages pull up in the u-shaped driveway (no need for parking lots) in front of hotels like the Mission Point Resort and individuals who’ve booked private tours around the island – like me – climb aboard.

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mini horse at Dunville Fall Fair 2018, Dunville, Ontario

Country fall fairs are in full swing and what better place to indulge a deep-fried guilty pleasure and see many horses – sometimes. Farm animals definitely, but some fairs have more room for horse events than others.

Tyron International Equestrian Center, North Carolina

The Tyron Equestrian Center and Tyron Resort in North Carolina is the most impressive equestrian facility I’ve visited yet – it’s what I expected the Caledon Centre in Ontario (that hosted the Pan Am games a few years ago) to look like, or at least close to it. Nothing I’ve visited yet, comes close to […]

I’ve taken a bit of a break from riding for while, or at least writing about it. But it’s time, as they say, to get back in the saddle again – figuratively and literally. I’ll be starting lessons again this fall at a new barn (stay tuned…) and I’m back to writing about great horse […]

abstract horse painting at Pinot's Pallete

With a glass of sangria in hand, apron tied tight and an easel, paint and brushes set up in front of me. I’m ready to paint a horse. A picture of a horse – specifically, an abstract horse.

thoroughbred horses in a paddock at Saxony Farms, Lexington, Kentucky

The first week of May and my thoughts turn to Kentucky – specifically Lexington. Lexington might not be home to the Derby, but it’s likely home to the next Derby winner. Many thoroughbred breeding farms dot the Lexington landscape, and many are open for public tours, by appointment. One of the newest on the list […]

Thursday I’m headed to the 40th Annual One of a Kind Spring Show in Toronto, Ontario and guess what that means: I’ve been attending the One of a Kind Spring Show for 40 years. Always running near my birthday, it’s often my present to myself.   Or more accurately, anything horse-themed is on my list, […]

“Who would object to a race horse retirement sanctuary?” I ask during a tour of Old Friends, a thoroughbred retirement farm near Lexington, Kentucky.  (It’s not far from the Kentucky Horse Park.) “No one thought it was possible,” the guide tells me. The idea of Old Friends – a farm where retired racehorses, famous or […]

horse at Hollandsche Manege Riding School in Amsterdam, Holland

Horses aren’t necessarily top of mind when you think Amsterdam. But here I am, in the Netherlands, walking through a European-style subdivision past rows of narrow Brownstone-style contemporary homes looking for a riding stable. Yes, a stable. In a subdivision. I stop and ask a woman pushing a stroller along the sidewalk: “I think I’m […]

 What Better Way to Celebrate Valentines Day?  Great Idea! The Old Friends Annual  “Share the Love”  Horse Share Certificate Sale This Valentine’s Day help share the love for our Old Friends residents with a Share Certificate donation. Now until February 14th, we’re offering our popular, personalized certificates in a special holiday sale. You will receive […]

Downton Abbey Equine Costume horsetrotting.net

“It’s all about the gear,” someone said as I shopped for, well … riding clothing at The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto last fall. Granted, I can’t get enough horse embossed hoodies, jackets, coats, bags and boots. There’s something classic about equestrian style and, thanks to the tights-as-pants trend, it’s easy to pull off in […]

donkey at Donkey Sanctuary of Canada horsetrotting.net

“Ownership is essential,” Lesley Bayne, director of the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC) says about equine rescue. “We don’t adopt animals out because you never know what happens to them,” she says. The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada located in Puslinch, Ontario about one-hour west of Toronto, does indefinitely foster out several of the donkeys and […]

kissing a horse on horsetrotting.net

Happy New Year! I kissed a horse and I liked it. Ok, I do that all the time. New Years’ Eve, no exception. Clearly, in this photo I’m not shivering in negative 20 degree Celsius winter temperatures in Ontario, Canada. In this photo, I’m at the Farmer’s Pantry pick-your-own-apple farm (last fall) located in Clarksburg, […]

horsetrotting.net six equine products 2017

A couple nights after Christmas and all through the house, visions of Boxing Week sales are dancing in my head. On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen (assuming these are horses) let’s get to the equine tack shops this week for all the discounts on off season coats, boots, chaps, breeches and more. I’ll […]

International Accumulator Show Jumping Challenge at The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario.

The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair 2017 has wrapped up for another year – but not before I got to experience the most edge-of-your-seat horse jumping competition that (almost) beat Indoor Eventing for white knuckle tension.

On November 9, 2017, McLain Ward of the US won the International Accumulator Show Jumping Challenge at The Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario.

Dressage Invitation Grand Prix Freestyle Cup Royal Winter Fair 2017

Megan Lane of Collingwood, Ontario left the Royal Thursday night $20,000 richer after she and her 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Caravella won the Dressage Invitation Grand Prix Freestyle Cup – for the second year in a row.