Category Horse Event/Activity

Equestrian Ian Millar at Royal Winter Fair, Toronto

Toronto: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Again; Ian Millar Wins Again!

Equestrian show jumper Ian Millar is one of the greatest under-recognized athletes Canada has ever produced. My opinion was confirmed, once again, Saturday, November 5, 2016, after watching the Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championships Round Two at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Sure, he’s been dubbed decades ago ‘Captain Canada’ by Canadian horse […]

Heavy Horse Hitching – Fall Fair Competitions Demystified Part 1

Heavy Horse Hitching competitions are something I know nothing about, except that those who participate are dedicated. Really dedicated. You have to love driving a team of draft horse around a ring for about 15 minutes in order to transport several large draft horses and a full sized wagon big enough to move the contents […]

Celebrity Alert! Meet Team Millar Canada’s Equine Royal Family

Amy and her father Ian Millar – Captain Canada and equestrian extraordinaire – fielded questions from a packed audience of about 200 horse fans, horse owners and horsey young girls from local barns.

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Travel Las Vegas: Tournament of Kings – the Thunder that Rocks Horsey Girls

If you’ve been to Medieval Times, the Tournament of Kings is similar – it opens with feast hosted by a king and attended by a wizard who set the story stage. Actors and dancers fill the arena more than horses, and dinner – Cornish Hen or ravioli if you’re vegetarian.

Southern Ontario Fall Fairs … with Horses. Gotta have horses.

Fall Fairs intended to celebrate the bounty of harvest (even though the food consumed is deep-fried from a truck rather than fresh from the ground), and there are many across the continent.

Most follow the same format: a midway of crazy often over-priced rides, much guilty pleasure unhealthy fried food, barns of competitions for the best cookies, quilting, knitting, wheat … you name it along with competitions for the biggest vegetables grown – one tone or more pumpkins being the most popular.

RCMP Musical Ride: Horses, Heart and Magnificent Hanoverians

You haven’t seen precision riding until you’ve seen the 32 riders of Canada’s RCMP Musical Ride. You haven’t seen beautiful Hannoverian/thoroughbred crosses until you’ve seen the 36 horses that travel with the RCMP Musical Ride. And you really can’t call yourself Canadian until you’ve seen … ok, you get the idea. If you’ve seen the […]

Guest Post: Ontario Wine. Horses. Awesome day. Check.

A day in Southern Ontario’s Wine country enjoying vino and horses sounds like an excellent adventure. Check out this guest blog post by Maegan MacKimmie of Adventure Bound: Adventure Bound It is interesting how goals change over time. As I step back from the show ring, more and more I realize what I have been […]

Horsetrotting.net is a BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Award Nominee – Again!

Always a bridesmaid … not yet a bride. For the second year in a row, horsetrotting.net is nominated for a BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Award in the “unconventional pet” category. What’s an unconventional pet? Essentially, not a dog or cat. (For the record, I have one of each). I’m thrilled regardless of […]

Hagersville, Ontario: Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue

The tack shop is open and it’s for a good cause. Need another reason to buy more horse stuff? Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue in Hagersville, Ontario (about 30 minutes west of Hamilton) renovated a barn and stocked it floor-to-ceiling with ten years of donated Western and English second-hand horse tack. A wall of saddles, piles […]

Medicine Cards, Merlot and Horses

From a deck of Medicine Cards, I pulled a snake as my totem animal. The snake represents transmutation. Now, I need to figure out what that means. I’m at Silver Willow Farms, not far from my home, participating in the ‘Medicine Cards and Merlot’ painting workshop. (Yes, with wine). Silver Willow Farms is a private […]

Equine assisted therapy horse

Horse Sense: Equine Assisted Therapy Part I

When I’m on a horse, the world disappears. Unless, I’m trail riding when travelling – then the scenery around me intensifies. There’s no better way to be in the moment. When riding, it’s about you, your horse, staying balanced (literally) and breathing. Frequently. Horses are intuitive animals. As herd members, they are highly in-tuned to […]

Horse featured at the Spirit of the Horse exhibit at the Royal Winter Fair 2015

What was awesome in 2015? Top Six Horse Pics of Horsetrotting 2015

Last year at this time, I was thinking about the next year and all the places I’d like to ride.  This year, I’m reflecting on the past 12 months and all the fun I’d already had. Here’s a list of the top six pics I loved from last year. Some are because I love the […]

Contest: Win a Kurgo Harness … for your dog

“If you’ve got a horse, you’ve likely got a dog,” was the statement I overheard at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario recently as a vendor was selling a horse owner merchandise. It’s also where I found out Greenhawk – a large equestrian supply company – recently bought the chic urban Bark & Fritz pet […]

Eventing Royal Winter Fair 2015

Travel (Toronto): The Royal Rocks Part II: Eventing Jumping Finals

I’m not sure if Indoor Eventing is my favourite equestrian event. Riders race through a jumping course designed to resemble outdoor obstacles – water features, platform jumps, and wide pie-shaped blocks of gravel – at breakneck speeds. And the risk of breaking necks (and legs) seems high too … too high for my taste, anyway. […]

show jumping horse Jill Henselwood

Toronto, Ontario Royal Fun Part I: Canadian Show Jumping Championships … and Plenty of Horse Love

  Another year at the Royal! Once again I was there opening weekend celebrating the best of Canadian show jumping. Jill Henselwood took home the $100,000 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship title November 7, 2015 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 2015 in Toronto, Ontario.  After round one Friday, she was leading the event with a […]

Travel Rockton, Ontario: World’s [Greatest Horseshow] Fair

Fall is fleeting. Figures it’s my favourite season. Cool, crisp and country – country fairs that is and every year I attend one (or two) in Southern Ontario because, let’s face it, they’re very similar… except for the horses. Clearly, country fair and horse show combos are the way to go. I figured if I was gioing […]

Metamora, Michigan: Living and Breathing Horses and a touch of France

Metaphorically, Metamora, Michigan is a one-horse town. Literally, it’s the small town at the centre of Michigan’s horse country. “If you love horses, you have to stop at Metamora,” almost everyone in Rochester, Michigan said when I visited last spring for the Rochester Writers Conference. So I did. Who would have thought I’d discover a […]

ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES

I enjoyed reading this American perspective about the Queen and her passion for horses originally posted on http://www.equineinmind.wordpress.com, so it was time to share…. Source: ALL THE QUEEN’S HORSES

Guest Post: Dublin Horse Show – Part 2 by Moira Duncan

Originally posted on Official Blog by Aspire Equestrian Riding Academy:
It’s Friday, which means the Aga Khan Trophy. This is the biggie. The world’s best showjumpers – and I have seen Scott Brash with my own eyes, so I know he is here – pitch up in teams of four for an afternoon of thrills…

Contest! Win a Kurgo Dog Harness at www.horsetrotting.net

Attention all horsey dog-lovers! Few horse lovers don’t have dogs so here’s a great chance to win a great product that I use on my dog, especially while travelling…