Finding and developing good sporthorses has been Don Stewart’s forte for 45 years in the business. During that time, he’s proven his expertise by winning innumerable championships as a rider and a coach at all the major shows, including Devon, the Pennsylvania National, the Washington International and at the National. As a rider, Don’s list of accomplishments is long and distinguished with many AHSA/USEF Horse of the Year champions. He also was Leading Hunter Rider at the Devon Horse Show in 1992, and earned the same title at the National Horse Show in 1993 and 1995.
Although buying, showing and selling top hunters is a large part of Don’s business, he’s equally well known as a coach for junior and amateur riders. His students have won many Horse of the Year titles and equitation championships, including his daughter Erin’s 2002 ASPCA Maclay National Championship.
In this episode, Don talks about what it’s like having Erin in the same business, how he helps his students handle their nerves, what he looks for in a good horse, the importance of being trustworthy in horse sales, his favorite training exercise and more.
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