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The Equitation Equation

Most would agree that the North American equitation classes are doing their job as a stepping stone for riders hoping to compete at the grand prix level. Year after year, medal finals winners make the transition to the leaderboard of the world’s biggest jumping classes, in part due to the foundation laid in their quest for an equitation finals victory. Although the end result is the same – to produce effective and disciplined students in the sport – there remains a divide in the depth of talent when comparing the Canadian equitation classes with those in the United States. A leg-up to the world stage Erynn Ballard has been a force in the jumper ring since she graduated from the junior ranks with almost every conceivable accolade under her belt, including a win in the 1998 ASPCA Maclay Finals. She believes that the horsemanship, dedication, work ethic, attention to detail,…

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