Ellen Rosenberg

Joe Mangravito Uses A Light Touch On Horses

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Joe Mangravito Uses A Light Touch On Horses

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Joe Mangravito has a simple philosophy: every horse should be trained the way every zebra must be trained. And he should know. In addition to his five dogs and seven horses, Joe owns two zebras. He drove to Texas to get them last July. They were three days old. “You have to get them when they’re babies,” Joe said. “Any older, and more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

IEA’s Finals Bring Crowds To Jim Brandon

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IEA’s Finals Bring Crowds To Jim Brandon

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Parking was hard to come by April 24-26 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Riders, families and well-wishers had traveled from all over the United States to participate in and support the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Hunt Seat Finals. Established in 2002, the IEA provides riding and showing opportunities for students in grades 6 to more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

The Fascinating Life Of Show Judge Linda Zang

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The Fascinating Life Of Show Judge Linda Zang

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Linda Zang is a well-known and highly respected judge who has graced the booth of many shows, large and small. Just being in the same room with such a renowned woman felt like an honor. Zang is a U.S. Equestrian Federation “S” rated judge, the first U.S.-based judge to reach FEI 5* status, and one of only 25 FEI “O” level dressage more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Keeping Your Horses ‘Sound Year Round’

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Keeping Your Horses ‘Sound Year Round’

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Thursday, March 26 was the final installment of this year’s Lunch & Learn series at the Winter Equestrian Festival. While attendees enjoyed a fried chicken lunch, the learning part was a talk titled “Sound Year Round,” sponsored by Theraplate. The speaker was wonderfully down-to-earth, and what she had to say made a whole lot of more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Bridle Creator William Micklem Visits WEF

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Bridle Creator William Micklem Visits WEF

TALES FROM THE TRAILS There’s an old saying: build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. William Micklem didn’t build a better mousetrap; he built a better bridle. William’s father was a horse dealer, and he grew up surrounded by horses and ponies at their home in western England. As a youth in Pony Club, he competed in the national more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Shooting A Music Video With Caroline Roffman

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Shooting A Music Video With Caroline Roffman

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Monday, March 30, was a gorgeous day, with the tail end of a cold front still lingering. No one had any complaints about the weather at Lionshare Dressage in Palm Beach Point, where about a dozen people had shown up to shoot a unique music video featuring internationally famous contemporary violinist DSharp and Grand Prix dressage rider Caroline more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Casperey Stables Event Features Camp Program

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Casperey Stables Event Features Camp Program

TALES FROM THE TRAILS The weather couldn’t have been more perfect on Sunday, March 22 — a mix of sun and clouds, light breeze, not too hot — when students and parent volunteers stood ready to greet each car, handing out balloons and fliers, and directing them to parking spaces at Casperey Stables. The lush 10 acres at 2330 D Road in Loxahatchee Groves has been more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Julie McKean Looks Forward To A Long Career

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Julie McKean Looks Forward To A Long Career

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Julie McKean grew up a long way from Wellington, in the small boating village of Camden, Maine. Her father offered day trips on his windjammer, and Julie naturally grew up sailing. Ah, but then horses caught her fancy. She started pony lessons when she was 8. “They were such naughty, willful ponies,” she recalled. “They’d do everything more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Need A Break? Time For Shopping Therapy!

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Need A Break? Time For Shopping Therapy!

TALES FROM THE TRAILS There’s a lot more to do in Wellington during the Winter Equestrian Festival than participating in and/or watching shows. The somewhat chilly weekend of Feb. 20-22 featured a couple of special sale events. The Tackeria had its 40th Anniversary Sale. They’ve been at their current location, at the corner of Pierson Road and South Shore Blvd., more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian

Finding The Perfect Pony Takes A Lot Of Effort

By at March 20, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Finding The Perfect Pony Takes A Lot Of Effort

TALES FROM THE TRAILS Buying a horse isn’t like buying a car. Every car feels and runs pretty much like every other car of the same model. Sure, you can order different colors and accessories, but they drive identically. Finding the right horse is a little like finding the right mate. You’ve got some pretty definite ideas about what he or she should look like, more...

Ellen Rosenberg , Equestrian