In the Saddle with Jon Holling

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Running Holling Eventing is a full time job, but Jonathan Holling still finds the time to compete at the CCI**** level and coach the Area 4 young riders team to success as well. We were recently lucky enough to speak with Jonathan about his favorite competition, how he braves the cross-country phase, what products contribute to his success and his favorite memories. Continue reading

How to Utilize Horse Jumps

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Once you are at the point where you and your horse have developed your foundation of flat work and are ready to start successfully jumping, you and your trainer may want to explore putting different jump patterns together to create a full course.  Setting a jump course is a great opportunity to allow yourself to be creative and come up with new ways to challenge your horse that are rewarding for both of you. Continue reading

William Micklem: The Surprises and Delights of Life

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We are pleased to have recently added two new bridles from William Micklem to our collection- the Micklem Deluxe Competition Bridle for jumping and eventing and the Micklem Diamante Competition Bridle for dressage. Learn more about William Micklem as he speaks about his recent Lifetime Achievement Award, Irish jumping greats, what is to come and the value of a small horse in this guest post straight from his pen: Continue reading

5 Tips to Keep Your Feet Warm with Winter Riding Boots

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With the arctic, winter weather that arrives in January and February, keeping your feet and toes warm can be difficult during long hours outside while you take care of barn chores and spend time with your horse. The right pair of riding boots is the place to start with ensuring warm feet, but if you have a hard time keeping toes warm, these tips can help get you through the winter comfortably. Continue reading

Dover CEO, Stephen Day, Featured in Chronicle of the Horse!

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Last month, Chronicle of the Horse featured our very own CEO, Stephen Day, in a fascinating interview and story of his career in the equestrian world. Steve started to ride when he was twelve years old and hasn’t stopped since. He has worked with prominent trainers and Olympic riders, started riding schools, managed riding facilities at a Playboy Club, owned a range of equestrian supply companies, trained many OTTBs and currently has farms in Hollis, Massachusetts and Aiken, South Carolina. Continue reading

5 Tips for Keeping Hands Warm with Winter Riding Gloves

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As winter progresses and the air gets even colder, it can become difficult to keep your hands and fingers warm while riding, mucking stalls, filling water buckets, changing blankets and taking care of everything else at the barn.  The right pair of winter riding gloves can go a long way in keeping your hands warm, but if you struggle with cold fingers here are some tips to help you stay warm so you can enjoy the time at the barn regardless of temperature. Continue reading

Ringing in the New Year with Riding Resolutions

riding resolutionsEvery New Year’s many of us make resolutions to improve areas of ourselves and our lives that will help us be happier and live better in the new year. As equestrians, so much of our life is about the time we spend with our horses, so this year we came up with some resolutions just for riders. Not sure what to commit to doing this year? Here are some of our favorite New Year’s resolutions for horseback riders: Continue reading

Favorite Horse Holiday Memories from the Dover Staff

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This time of year is full of special holiday memories that will stay with you forever, such as loving time spent with family, the recollection of a warm, delicious meal or a particularly memorable gift that made a dream come true. As you make your own memories today, we wanted to share some of ours from over the years. These are our favorite holiday memories of equestrian gifts we received that still hold a special place in our hearts. Continue reading

How to Keep Your Barn Dogs Warm – Dog Blankets & Other Tips

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For many equestrians, horses are not their only four-legged friend, and a barn dog is not usually very far away. With the weather turning colder, you may be leaving your dog home more often when you go to the barn or even shortening your walks for fear that your pup is cold. While it’s true that time spent outdoors may be limited in low temperatures, you can take some key steps to help your dog stay warm and happy so he can continue to enjoy time with you on walks and at the barn this winter. Continue reading

Visit Us At the All American Quarter Horse Congress!

dover quarter horse congress For the first time ever, Dover Saddlery is exhibiting at the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. The first Quarter Horse Congress horse show ran in November of 1967,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA with over 5,000 riders attending. The event was considered an outstanding success and over 40 years later is still drawing huge crowds as the world’s largest single-breed horse show. Typically, Quarter Horse Congress has over 17,000 entries each year, with almost 6,000 Quarter Horses coming for the three-week long event.

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