Cindy Hale

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Cindy Hale’s life with horses has been filled with variety. As a child she rode western and learned to barrel race. Then she worked as a groom for a show barn, and was taught to harness and drive Welsh ponies. But once she’d taken her first lessons aboard American Saddlebreds she was hooked on English riding. Hunters and hunt seat equitation came next, and she spent decades competing in those divisions on the West Coast. Always seeking to improve her horsemanship, she rode in clinics conducted by world-class riders like George Morris, Kathy Kusner and Anne Kursinski. During that time, her family began raising Thoroughbred and warmblood sport horses, and Cindy experienced the thrills and challenges of training and showing the homebred greenies. Now retired from active competition, she’s a popular judge at local and county-rated open and hunter/jumper shows. She rides recreationally both English and western. Her Paint gelding, Wally, lives at home with her and her non-horsey husband, Ron.

Show Your Skills in Hunter Hack

Hunter hack is where an all-around English riding horse can really shine. This popular class is divided into two parts: flatwork and jumping. Hunter hack…

Using a Martingale

There are all sorts of training aids designed to help keep a horse’s head in place. Most of them are not permitted in the show…

A Ribbon for Yancy

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Hunter Show Secrets

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The 5 Lesson Horses You Meet

Horses have a wide variety of personalities and temperaments, just like people. The hardworking horses used in lesson programs and at riding camps, however, seem…

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