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Balancing Act: How Riders Keep the Good Horses

The world of horse sport is a very unique environment; no other sport shares the spotlight with a live, unpredictable animal. To make it in this world you must be a good rider, but equally important, you must have the right horse. “Team horses are the one percent of the one percent; a very elite group of animals,” says top Canadian show jumper, coach and trainer Chris Sorensen, owner of Sorensen Stables in Palgrave, ON. Horses that compete at this top level in the Olympic disciplines can cost in excess of a million dollars, and in some cases, such as show jumping, you may need several of them to remain competitive in the global arena. Bless the brave investors Most riders don’t have the financial means to invest in one horse, let alone a handful of them. In the majority of cases, top riders around the world rely on a…

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