Equestrian Ian Millar at Royal Winter Fair, Toronto

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 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 […]

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.

Tournament of Kings Las Vegas horsetrotting.net

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.

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.

St. Lucie Florida Riding on the Beach Jennifer Merrick

Hayes grew up ranching and passed on his love of horses to his daughters who “were riding before they could walk”. They now also work at the family-run tour company. Although they do excursions of all kinds, it’s the 90-minute beach tour that is the most popular.

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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 […]

Foal at KOLI Equestrian Center, Arizona

It’s busy out here – especially after sunset – but this morning at the crack of dawn when my ride starts, the desert is inhabited by harmless birds of no interest to horses.

The Mechanical Horse sculpture The Kentucky Horse Park

Where can you find a life-sized stainless steel horse sculpture? Wait, it’s also complete with moving parts waiting to canter away (almost) at the push of a button. Outside the doors of The Kentucky Horse Park visitor’s centre “The Mechanical Horse” is ready to run – in slow motion. While bronze sculptures of famous horses […]

Get other people hooked on riding? I’m game. Anytime someone who hasn’t ridden horses before (or in a long time) suggests they’re interested in giving it a try, I’m more than happy to sign up a potential new enthusiast. Most of the time, they’re referring to trail riding Western-style rather than an introductory lesson in […]

Belle Meade Plantation Horse Nashville

Belle Meade Plantation features a silver inkwell made from real horse hooves. Yes, that was my reaction, too. But these are not any horse hooves. These earned a special place in former owner General Jackson’s Nashville plantation study. Clearly, a horse-hoof inkwell is not an ideal desk accessory. But this one dates back 100 years […]

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? 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 missing out on from the equestrian industry. A large portion of my 11 years of horse ownership involved competing in the hunter ring at…

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 […]

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 […]

Wordless Wednesday, one day late because life isn’t perfect…. enjoy!

Horse with Baggage Gardiner Museum Toronto

At every art museum I visit, I look for the animals. Dogs, cats and yes, horses – these are the pieces I’m drawn to because, I guess, everyone wants to see replicated that which they admire the most. I also love clay, glass, and pottery – any ceramics really. So why I waited so long […]

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 […]

horseback trail riding Caledon, Ontario

I had the nerve to do it: I signed up for the ‘Cowboy Up’ two-hour trail ride and lunch option at Rawhide Adventures Inc. It’s a cattle ranch and trail riding operation along the conservation lands of the Bruce Trail in Mulmur, Ontario about 60 minutes from Toronto. Approximately 110 heads of grass-feed cattle roam […]

rabbit jumping bunny hopping

    Rabbit Show Jumping. Yes, it’s a thing. Bunny hopping is one of my favourite things to watch at the fall Royal Winter Fair in Toronto every year (next to actual horse show, of course) thanks to the Ontario 4H club, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. At the Royal event, it’s kids who […]