Category Horse Event/Activity

Toronto One of Kind: Horse Art for Horse Lovers

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

Royal Winter Fair Horse Show Part II: Canadian Show Jumping Finals

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)

Travel Toronto, ON: The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show… Eventing Finals

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

Travel Michigan: Step Back in Time in a Horse-drawn Mackinac Island Carriage

‘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.

dogs and horses quote

Dogs and Horses…

mini horse at Dunville Fall Fair 2018, Dunville, Ontario

Mini Horses and Country Fall Fairs. What’s not to love?

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

Check out the Tyron Equestrian Center host to FEI 2018 … and many more horse events

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 […]

Paris, ON: Ontario Saddle Club Youth Team Tournament

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

Horses, Paint and Sangria … saddle-up for pony painting at Pinot’s

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

Travel Lexington: Saxony Farms – birthplace of a Derby Winner?

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 […]

Toronto: One of a Kind Horse Creations are a Calling … Happy 40th!

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, […]

horse at Hollandsche Manege Riding School in Amsterdam, Holland

Travel Amsterdam: High Tea at The Hollandsche Manege – Housing Horses Downtown

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 […]

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

Travel Toronto (Part IV): The Royal International Accumulator Show Jumping Challenge

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

Travel, Toronto (Part III): Dressage at the 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.

Horseware Indoor Eventing at the Royal Winter Fair 2017

Royal Winter Fair (Part II): Horseware Indoor Eventing Competition Finals

Unlike the sport’s show jumping cousin, Eventing is a little more rock and roll – literally. Rocking loud music plays, the audience is encouraged to cheer while horse and rider compete and commentators talk during the ride.

Amy Millar Royal Winter Fair Horse Show 2017

Travel Toronto (Part I): Amy Millar wins Canadian Show Jumping Competition! #RWF2017

On Saturday, November 4, 2018 Amy Millar won the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championship at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario, for the first time in a two-decade career.

Fall Fair MIniature Horse Judging Competition

Miniature Horse Showing: Fall Fair Competitions Demystified Part II

What are the judges looking for while kids and adults walk their minis into the ring then stand, for what seems like days, waiting for the announcer call their numbers?

Horse jumping competition at the Norfolk County Fair, Simcoe, Ontario

Loving the Fall Trifecta: Horses, Country Fairs, and more Horses

Thursday at the Norfolk Fair, it’s all about the jumping, with some heavy hitch, wagon and junior single-horse hitch driving competitions happening nearby. After 11 am, hordes of school kids flood into the fair to see the livestock, biggest pumpkin competition and poultry barn – including a new category: rainbow chickens.

Binbrook Fall Fair Heavy Horse Hitching Class 2017

Horsetrotting’s Top Five Fall (Horse) Fairs in 2017

Giddy Up! It’s Fall Fair Season. And what’s a fall fair without horses? An afternoon at the 163rd Binbrook Fair started my Ontario Fall Fair Tour off last weekend – this year I’ve booked one a weekend and I’m determined to get to each bright and early to catch all the horse shows. (No horse show? […]

Four horses and trainer during Cavalia Odysseo show

When Cavalia comes to town: Journey with Odysseo Horses. Here’s why.

A galloping Palomino plowed into a tumbler knocking him down during the Grand Finale of Cavalia’s Odysseo August 5, 2017, in Mississauga, Ontario. It was a hard reminder that horses are powerful creatures with free will (and fear) that demands respect. Fortuitously, after the first act of Odysseo when nine ‘liberty’ (unsaddled and unbridled) horses […]