Question: What advice can you give for regaining confidence? Answer: Rebuild from square one. Then, start stepping up the ranks again. You have to start at a level that you're comfortable with, even if it feels too small or too easy. Keep practicing and keep it as simple as possible. Work on the basics of a good, solid rhythm and work your way up. At some point, you’ll push a little harder than you’ll be ready for and you'll make a mistake. But if you want to keep going up th
The Plaid Horse Magazine's July 2018 issue features Mandy and Milano from the pair's win in the $60,000 KindredBio Grand Prix at the Temecula Valley National Horse Show. To read the full story, please click here.
Question: How do you familiarize yourself with a new horse? Answer: It depends on its age. If it’s a very young horse, chances are good that I'll work with it in hand and/or put it on the lunge line to see its mannerisms and see what it does—to get to know its personality a bit. When I'm first riding the young ones, I'm asking them a lot of basic questions to check rideability and how they respond to lateral work and to leg. Gas pedal, brakes, and turns—those are the most imp
Question: What is your fitness routine for yourself and for your horses? Answer: I ride a lot of horses every day. I’m actively moving a lot, all day long. I do yoga so I can work on my strengthening and flexibility. For my seasoned horses, I love working them on the trail. In their normal schedules, they go on the walker every morning and then they get ridden. Given the chance, I love to work them a couple days outside of the ring. I actually give them a chance to work—going
Question: Do you have any advice on moving up? Answer: My advice is to be consistently accurate at one level before moving up to the next level. Consistency and confidence are key. What I see far too often is people moving up way before they’re ever ready. You have to check off one box before you move onto the next level. Just because your horse knows the job, it doesn’t mean you can walk right into the ring and do the higher height before you're ready. I like to build. It go
Temecula, Calif. - June 2, 2018 - Equestrian competition resumed at Galway Downs for the penultimate day of the Temecula Valley National Horse Showseries Saturday, with Mandy Porter adding to her recent streak of wins aboard Milano and WT Ca Pow! by securing the victory, a third place finish and the main share of the purse in the $40,000 Aon Grand Prix as the week's big winners. During the $40,000 Aon Grand Prix, the highlight class of the week, Olaf Petersen, Jr.'s (GER) 16-