You've probably never heard of Wilmington, Ohio before. It's not a major city (population 12,520) and doesn't offer much in the way of attractions or amenities... unless you're an avid equestrian. The World Equestrian Center, formerly Roberts Arena, has been hosting horse shows in central Ohio for decades. But improvements over the last five years and a recent re-branding have turned this venue into a premier destination for winter circuit horse showing for those in the Midwest.

Guest Post by Mary Beth Rohaly, Founder of Braid Secrets and the Frugal Equestrian Blog Did you know that judges form their first impression of a horse in just seven seconds? What message will your horse's turnout send to the judges this year?  Passionate equestrians create turnout that reflects all of the hard work they put into riding and caring for their horse. One of the ways they achieve this is by transforming their horse’s mane into perfect braids. The key to creating perfect hunter braids on your horse is knowledge. I too struggled with braiding -- but I was fortunate to find professional mentors who taught me their secrets and I worked hard to perfect my skills. I already knew how to braid when I met them, but what I didn’t know was what details to focus on each step of the way, and their braiding secrets. That’s what I’m sharing with you. So, let’s get started improving your horse’s turnout with some tips on mane evaluation and preparation, and how to braid down the mane like a pro.So what's holding you back from achieving top-notch turnout of your horse? Are your mediocre braids detracting from an otherwise pleasing picture? You can change that starting right now!

A brand new show venue is in the process of being built in Central Ohio: Willow Way Equestrian Center and people are excited. While the farm itself (Willow Way) has been around for quite some time, connections with the farm purchased land behind the existing facility, excavated it, and are building a showgrounds. I had the opportunity to compete at the inaugural horse show at Willow Way Equestrian Center, and while it's far from finished, what is complete is phenomenal and it's easy to see the facility's potential.

I was lucky enough to have a four-day weekend thanks to the holiday, so of course I spent my extra time off at a horse show! New Vocations is a well-recognized and nationally renowned Thoroughbred (and Standardbred!) adoption program located right in my backyard. Every...

Last week was pretty hectic, and by the time Friday arrived, I had adopted the following attitude: Just Fuck It. I had to work a full day on Friday (no half-day for me), so I didn't arrive at the showgrounds to school until just after...

Despite some tough questions this last horse show raised, I'm officially calling this last weekend a success, even though I didn't bring home a single ribbon. That, in and of itself, is a big deal as I am currently attending meetings for Satin Lovers Anonymous...