Progressive Riding Program

Progressive Riding Program With our passion for our horses & our students, & our dedication to the total horsemanship approach t
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At Progressive Riding Program, we have a real passion for our horses and our students. Our dedication to the total horsemanship approach to riding is what makes us special. With a goal of understanding full horse management, our students are trained by renowned instructors in riding theory, practical horse training, and management techniques. Laying a solid foundation for a future of equestrian pu

rsuits, we’re dedicated to equipping our students with the tools to be successful in riding, competing, and caring for a horse.

Tack room hen
08/22/2023

Tack room hen

08/16/2023

Come join our high school Interscholastic Hunt Seat team.

All IEA riders need to pay attention to this if you would like some financial aid this year.
08/08/2023

All IEA riders need to pay attention to this if you would like some financial aid this year.

FINANCIAL AID Applications and HUNT SEAT Supplemental Rider Grant Applications are DUE TUESDAY, AUGUST, 15, 2023.

Find out details on the OPPORTUNITIES FOR RIDERS page on the IEA website: https://www.rideiea.org/opportunities/for-riders/

In addition to the IEA Financial Aid applications, IEA has TWO opportunities to apply for additional financial support through two generous individuals/families who have donated funds to assist our Hunt Seat riders.

The Colantuoni Family Supplemental Grant is open to Hunt Seat Riders in grades 4-12 that are registered for the 2023-2024 season and who demonstrate financial need.

The Lettie Teague Supplemental Grant is open to Hunt Seat Riders in grades 7-12 living in NY, NJ, and CT that are registered for the 2023-2024 season and who demonstrate financial need.

After reviewing the applications, if you still have questions about applying, email [email protected].

08/08/2023

PRP is starting a team for the Interscholastic Equitation Association Program. We could use two high school age riders to round out that team. We also need a couple of grade 4-8 riders. We are in zone 3 region 6 .

Getting ready on the C train.
07/23/2023

Getting ready on the C train.

07/23/2023

One of many free demonstrations at the stampede.

A quiet spot on the fairgrounds.
07/23/2023

A quiet spot on the fairgrounds.

The Indian encampment part of the fairgrounds where the demonstrated games,dances,and dress.
07/23/2023

The Indian encampment part of the fairgrounds where the demonstrated games,dances,and dress.

One side of the Grandstand at the rodeo.
07/23/2023

One side of the Grandstand at the rodeo.

More of the stampede.
07/23/2023

More of the stampede.

Calgary during the stampede
07/23/2023

Calgary during the stampede

07/19/2023
Give the reward for the correct response to the aid.
07/11/2023

Give the reward for the correct response to the aid.

Bill Steinkraus told THM in 1983: “I cannot stress too much the vital importance of restoring all aids to their normal state as soon as the horse has complied with them. Once the horse has gone forward, ease up on your driving aids; once it has shortened, open your fingers again enough to reward. It is very common to see exactly the opposite: the rider gets the horse to come back once, but never releases his closed fingers again, and spends the rest of the hour hanging in the horse’s mouth, or, having gotten the horse to go forward, spends the rest of the day with his legs stuck halfway through the horse. The reason you want your aids to be effective is so that you can teach the horse to respond to them more and more sensitively – and so that you can use them less and less."
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2021/08/four-showjumping-masters-part-2-william-steinkraus/

07/11/2023

The well-traveled career of multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Drafted has come to a close after eight seasons on the racetrack and visits to 10 race courses across three continents.

07/07/2023

Learn about 14 kinds of equine colic and their prognoses.

This is an important message. Don't waste time crying get busy fixing it.
07/07/2023

This is an important message. Don't waste time crying get busy fixing it.

Venus Williams sends a message to her fans following her elimination from Wimbledon 💜

06/22/2023

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06/16/2023

Learn how horses go from metabolic to laminitic and ways to manage them

Just a bit of history.
06/12/2023

Just a bit of history.

Since the first woman trainer to win the Belmont Stakes happened today, here is a piece on Mary Hirsch who helped blaze the way for women trainers.

This is an original 1938 photo of trainer Max Hirsch and his daughter Mary who also a trainer at Jamaica Race track.

Mary Hirsch was the first woman granted a license to train Thoroughbreds throughout America in 1935. She had applied in 1933 but was denied until the following year where she was granted a license to train in Illinois and Michigan.

Hirsch became the first woman to train a winner at Saratoga.

When her horse No Sir ran in the 1937 Kentucky Derby, Mary Hirsch became the first woman to train a runner in the Kentucky Derby. No Sir finished 13th to War Admiral.

Later Mary would train Thanksgiving to win the 1938 Travers under Eddie Arcaro.

Mary Hirsch trained for five years, 1935-1939, and her cumulative earnings were $104,285 representing 84 wins. Her best year was her first, when she won 29 races with earnings of $34,850.

These were earnings which came in the midst of the Great Depression when stakes purses were quite small.

Mary Hirsch ended her training career when she married Charles McLennan, a prominent racing official, in 1940.

06/11/2023

To keep your horse healthy and comfortable as the years pass, focus on the five areas of equine health most affected by aging. It’s natural to worry about your horse’s health as he grows older. Whether you’ve owned him for most of his life or he only recently joined your herd, you know that, w...

06/11/2023

Photo by Ann Holbrook VERSAILLES, KY — (June 10, 2023) It’s a girl! There was great joy last night in welcoming ZENYATTA‘s eighth foal, a beautiful filly by War Front. She arrived during sunset, 9:18 PM, at Lanes End Farm. The foaling was filled with ease and elegance and both mom and baby are...

06/11/2023

It’s not that two people should ride the horse – well, unless you want to do that too.

06/08/2023

After the TDN published two opinion pieces which recommended a return to synthetic surfaces, one by Earle Mack in the May 31 TDN and one by Bill Finley in this Monday's TDN, we have been inundated by comments, questions, and opinions about the relative safety of one surface versus another. Some of t...

06/08/2023

The 170th edition of the oldest horse show in the country, the Upperville C**t & Horse Show, kicked off Monday in beautiful Upperville, Virginia. The show still is held at its historic home on both sides of U.S. Route 50 at the Grafton Farm and Salem show grounds.

05/10/2023

Royal Windsor Horse Show is the latest major show to introduce healthiest body condition awards for equines taking part in 14 showing classes

Buy cheap boots, wear yoga tights but, don't  be cheap with your helmet! Buy the very best helmet you can afford! Then, ...
05/09/2023

Buy cheap boots, wear yoga tights but, don't be cheap with your helmet! Buy the very best helmet you can afford! Then, USE IT!

Everyone needs to pay attention to this. Two local riders have been seriously hurt this week after falls from their horses. Under no circumstance should you ever sit in a saddle without a helmet on. If you ride English, wear a helmet. If you ride Western, WEAR A HELMET. If you're jumping, you should be wearing a helmet. If you run barrels, you should absolutely be wearing a helmet! If you're out on the trails with your friend, both of you should be wearing a helmet! Check your ego and your coolness factor at the door. A cracked helmet could have been your skull. Not everyone comes away from a fall okay. Some people are left paralyzed and worse yet, some people die. Don't take your life for granted by not wearing a helmet.

05/08/2023

This picture has a thousand meanings to me and as I stare at it with memories flowing through my mind, I’m overwhelmed with the emotion that fills me up.

From the fear I had as a little girl afraid to fall off, to heartbreak of losing my heart horse. The lonely times when the only one who seemed to understand were my horses, to the struggles of how would I possibly be able to pay my electric bill let alone afford to ride. From painting my first saddle with hoof black, because I wanted a dressage saddle so badly, but could only have an all purpose saddle, to not knowing how I would ever learn to properly sit the trot.

It’s been a journey, a very long battle of struggles throughout the years. My story can’t really be summed up in a social media post but for those of you who can relate to wondering if it will ever happen to you, if all the hard work and the good deeds will come back around, if you ever feel like why is it so very difficult sometimes, or why can’t I just catch a break. Maybe you’re not even close to achieving what you hope and it feels impossible? You have a lot of nay sayers that said you didn’t have what it takes, or you were too old, or you don’t have enough money to play the game, or maybe you live in the wrong part of the country, maybe you have all the odds stacked against you. DON’T BELIEVE THEM.

It only takes one person to give you a chance. One scrappy thoroughbred who loves you more than his talent can bare. It only takes one person to see you working, grinding, and recognizing you have something. It only takes one girl with an incredible horse give you a chance. Just one moment of happenstance and the rest is history.

Believe…..work hard……enjoy and love your horses……be a student…….and dream. Then repeat. It really will happen, I promise!!

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05/08/2023

The team behind GI Kentucky Derby winner Mage (Good Magic) was still savoring the c**t's Classic victory on a rainy Sunday morning in Louisville, while taking a wait-and-see approach about a potential start in the May 20 GI Preakness S. “The horse is looking very good. I checked with the vet, and ...

05/07/2023

This is an original 1956 photo of a drawing by artist Eric Miller who visited Swaps’ stall at Garden State Park to sketch the special sling sent by Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons to trainer Mesh Tenney holding the 1955 Kentucky Derby winner’s left hind leg off the ground.

In October, while training for the Washington, D.C. International at Garden State Park, Swaps fractured his leg in two places: in his left rear cannon bone, then a week later banged his leg in his stall, breaking his cast, and extending the fractures into his pastern joint.

Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, the trainer of Nashua, sent him a special sling from Belmont Park. He initially had to be raised and lowered every 45 minutes and trainer Mesh Tenney stayed with the horse and performed the function for the first 36 hours.

In November 1956, despite losing 300 pounds during the ordeal, Swaps beat the odds and jogged away from his ordeal and was saved for stud duty.

05/02/2023

As Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Mexico developed into a neck-and-neck competition between the U.S. and Mexico, the pressure on Laura Kraut increased. 

05/01/2023

You decide who will take home 20k and be featured on the cover of Muscle and Fitness Hers magazine!

Interesting read if you like thoroughbred horses.
04/27/2023

Interesting read if you like thoroughbred horses.

This weekend's Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event will showcase a number of Thoroughbreds at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

That is some serious money!
04/27/2023

That is some serious money!

A c**t by champion Arrogate lit up the board with a $1.45 million final bid late in the opening session of the OBS Spring Sale in Ocala. Signing the ticket on Hip 253 was agent Donato Lanni, accompanied by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, also the trainer of the deceased champion. Purchased on beha...

04/25/2023

We are reaching out to the wonderful Virginia horse community about one… Rhonda Williams needs your support for Help a member of our Virginia Horse Community

04/24/2023

Winchell Thoroughbreds' GII Louisiana Derby runner-up Disarm (Gun Runner), who most recently finished third in the Apr. 15 GIII Lexington S. at Keeneland, worked five furlongs in 1:00 with jockey Joel Rosario aboard for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen at Churchill Downs on Monday morning. The ba...

More Derby info.
04/24/2023

More Derby info.

Highlighted by breezes from Kentucky Derby (G1) favorites Forte and Tapit Trice, nine 3-year-olds recorded workouts April 21 across the country toward starts in the 1 1/4-mile classic May 6 at Churchill Downs

Another star in the making.
04/24/2023

Another star in the making.

Stonestreet homebred American Rascal (c, 2, Curlin–Lady Aurelia, by S**t Daddy), the first foal out of international superstar and two-time Royal Ascot winner Lady Aurelia, romped on debut in a jaw-dropping 'TDN Rising Star' performance for Wesley Ward over the Keeneland main track Thursday aftern...

04/23/2023
04/22/2023

I think perhaps we can all agree that equestrians are a special breed. We are often hardworking, dedicated, tenacious, and perhaps even a little bit irrationally stubborn (I say that with nothing but love). 🫣😅

We also tend to have a somewhat unique way of prioritizing things. For instance, my barn aisle will likely *never* look like a hurricane went through it (EVEN if one has!), but my kitchen is a different story. 🫣 My horses have had more bodywork in the last week than I have in the last decade. And I am fairly certain that things like cleaning gutters and mopping floors are an exercise in futility, but cleaning stalls five times a day is just what civilized people do.

That being said, I have created this handy dandy list of equestrian priorities as a cheat sheet for the uninitiated. I am sure it will be appreciated.

*Also, kidding on the shower as a maybe. Living in Florida that's like a 3 times a day thing. 🫣😂

More Kentucky Derby Info!
04/22/2023

More Kentucky Derby Info!

Two Phil's Kentucky Derby Context profile

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No Lessons today Saturday Jan 23.
Lessons this weekend $50 per group. Call by Thursday to get a spot.
Jan group lessons $50 weekends 1PM and 2PM weather permitting.
Judi please check your messages!
Congratulations to Megan De Michele for making the Emerging Athletes List!
Wednesday lessons 7 PM this week.
Oh, how I wish we lived closer, Cuz!
We are now offering blanket washing to local barns with free pickup and drop off. 25% discount on the total order of 10 or more blankets. Please let me know if you would like to schedule a time, or have any questions. Thanks!
This week PRP starts the Spring Session. We are going to be working on training techniques for the owner rider to prepare our students for horse ownership. Once you own a horse you become a trainer every time you ride. Learn how to do that. Come ride with us.