Sep 23, 2016

Tips and Tricks of the Trade: Kathleen Murray's Secret Grooming Weapons

Copper Beach looking impeccably groomed at the Rolex Kentucky First Horse Inspection. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

Tips and Tricks of the Trade is an article series that gives you the industry secrets from the best grooms in the country, and it is brought to you by Athletux.

At any show impeccable turnout is essential. From your tack to the braids to the sheen of your horse’s coat, how you present yourself and your horse makes a lasting impression. Want to up your game? Make a note of the three things world-class groom Kathleen Murray wouldn’t head to a show without:

Kathleen and Ballynoe Castle RM. Photo via BDJ's Facebook Page.

My Quarter Mark Brush - A good quatermark finishes your look, and you want it to last. It all starts with your brush. You want a brush with very stiff, short bristles. My favorite is the Haas Kinderwurzel brush.

Witch Hazel – Traveling from show to show means new stalls, shavings and places to roll! This also means the word we all dread: hives. Worry not, witch hazel can save the day. I keep a spray bottle of witch hazel and mist it over the horses in their daily grooming to keep skin problems at bay.

Braiding Kit – Stand out braids start with the right tools. Compile a kit, and leave it in your trailer so you’re prepared at all times. Here’s what I always include:

  • Quickbraid, or hairspray if you get desperate!
  • A large, dull metal needle with a large eye for easy threading
  • Mane pulling comb to create perfectly even sections
  • Small scissors
  • A stool, to make your life easier!
  • Wax thread for perfect, tight braids that last all day

Whether you’re at a schooling show or riding down the centerline at Rolex, turnout is of the upmost importance, and the right tools make all the difference! Happy showing!

Sep 16, 2021 Competitions

Weekend Quick Links: September 16-19

Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.

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The 2021 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is Three Months Away!

The 2021 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention is three months away, and this year USEA members will reunite in Area X! Every USEA member is invited to celebrate the 2021 competition season in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Dec. 9-12. The week will be packed with educational seminars, committee meetings, open forums, and the annual awards. Start planning your trip to Albuquerque!

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The USEF Amateur Task Force is requesting your valuable feedback on several USEF Amateur Rule changes under consideration by the USEF Amateur Task Force.

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Fast Facts: 2021 Plantation Field International

Plantation Field International celebrates its 14th year of competition this year with CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, and CCI2*-S competition kicking off on Thursday, September 16, and running until Sunday, September 19. Tucked away amidst the hills of Unionville, Pennsylvania, the event is known for its stunning cross-country backdrops and the top field of riders the competition draws in.

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