Sandra Cooke

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Reaching for Rolex, Part II: Happy to Finish

Three eventers who completed the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event for the first time this year share what it was like to actually be there after all the getting ready.

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Reaching for Rolex, Part I: Building Partnerships

Lots of riders who have demanding “real” lives dream of riding in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Meet three who did.

Leslie Law and Shear L'Eau at 2003 Rolex Kentucky CCI****

Eventer Leslie Law: Law & Order

Although Britain's Leslie Law mostly stayed out of the "limey-light" at Rolex 2003, his trademark quiet, purposeful riding and good horsemanship turned an initially disappointing weekend into one of solid accomplishment.

Colleen Rutledge and Shiraz at the 2011 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Two Eventing Riders Live Their Dreams

How two dedicated eventers—Colleen Rutledge and Martha McDowell—keep lofty goals in focus despite daunting challenges.

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Liza Boyd: All About Family

Liza Towell Boyd credits her own achievements and the success of her family's Finally Farm to a mix of balance and teamwork.

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Show Jumping Star Rodrigo Pessoa: To Be the Best

Brazilian show jumping star Rodrigo Pessoa made history as a three-time show jumping World Cup Champion, but the ultimate test of whether he's the rider he wants to be awaits. Read this flashback profile to see how far he's come.

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Laine Ashker's First 4-Star Finish

Meet Laine Ashker, an eventer who left several Olympic veterans in her dust at the 2006 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

At 20 months, Chris was already practicing his crest release. | Photo By Chris Ewanouski

Chris Ewanouski: 'Big EQ' and Beyond

Chris Ewanouski came from behind to make history at the New England Equitation Championship in 2005. Now he's hoping to make his mark on the entire hunter/jumper world.

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The Right College Degree for a Horse Career

Planning a career that involves horses? The opportunities are there, and so are degree programs that qualify you for your area of interest--while building in additional options for the future.

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Video: Making Falls Safer

There is a better way to fall off your horse--you can learn, and it can make a difference. From the editors of Practical Horseman magazine.

Frangible pins, which allow the front rail of some types of fences to fall away on impact, were mandatory for appropriate jumps beginning December 2008. | ? Sandra Oliynyk

Ensuring Eventing's Future

Does eventing need to be fixed--and if so, how? Reprinted from the August 2008 issue of Practical Horseman magazine.

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Basic Qualities of the Perfect Fly Sheet

Thanks to advances in fabric and design, a fly sheet is a more effective option than ever for helping your horse stay comfortable during bug season.

Normandy Manor broodmare Bliss and her new 2004 foal. | Photo courtesy of Deborah Borra

Set Up a Successful Horse Breeding Business

When Deborah Borra made the leap from real estate and harp-playing to commercial Swedish Warmblood breeding, she equipped herself with as much business knowledge as possible. Written by Sandra Cooke for Practical Horseman magazine.

This is the correct positioning on the horse's neck for insertion of the microchip. The small square has been shaved. Illustration courtesy of Electronic ID, Inc.

Microchip Your Horse for Foolproof Identification

It's painless, invisible, permanent, inexpensive and tamper-resistant: electronic microchip identification for your horse. By Sandra Cooke for Practical Horseman magazine.

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What Blanketing Does Your Horse Need?

Take the guesswork out of blanketing with Ox Ridge barn manager Sue Louther's easy-to-follow system.

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Temporary Paddock Fencing Options

A temporary paddock is a great option to have along whenever you travel with your horse. Use these tips to decide which of the two basic types is best for you.

A portable electric-tape corral. | Photo by Mandy Lorraine

Horse Camping with Portable Panels and Electric Tape

Tips for making overnight trips with your horse easy, fun and safe using a portable pen. By Sandra Cooke for Practical Horseman magazine.

Master the One-Bounce Mount from the Ground

The one-bounce mount from the ground is a must-have skill for the trail, and easy to develop at home. By Sandra Cooke for Practical Horseman magazine.

Posse Power: Volunteer Mounted Patrols

Even if you don't have your own horse, it is possible to spend time with other horse people, build riding skills and help keep public trails safe for others. A very successful volunteer mounted patrol group in Ohio can tell you how.