Children’s Jumper Championship

One of the exciting events at the Washington International Horse Show is the Children’s Jumping Championship, offering $10,000 in prize money. The picture above shows the course for this year’s Children’s Championship. As you will see, there is plenty of math in show jumping. Learning to read the course design and understand the written information is…

From Mexico to Canada on Wild Horses

On April 1, 2013, Ben Masters and three buddies saddled 12 wild mustangs and set out on a six-month, 3,000-mile journey from Mexico to Canada. They followed a patchwork of public lands from Nogales, Arizona, to Montana’s Glacier National Park, crossing the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone along the way. Only one of them had grown up on…

plow horse portrait

Draft Horses at Work

Did you know there are still many people in North America who use horses – not tractors – to farm their land? The Amish, have been ploughing with horses for centuries. Many small farmers have also found it more convenient to use equine rather than turbine power, said Vernon Yoder, the general coordinator of the…

pole bending race

Young Rider Wins Pole Bending Championship

“Now that’s a cowgirl,” the announcer said as Brookside Elementary School’s Lauren Flaherty, riding her sister’s horse, Rocky, rode their victory lap. Lauren, a hard-working seventh-grader, is headed next month to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N.M., because of her accomplishments on May 19 in the California state finals. Lauren is California’s…