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Standing Ovation by Ovation Riding: Equestrian Sports on International Women’s Day

March 8 is designated annually as a day to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We’re taking a moment to spotlight female equestrians at all levels and niches of our industry.

Every four years, our attention turns to the Olympic Summer Games, and every four years, we like to remind the world that equestrian sports are the only ones in which men and women compete equally, side by side — an empowering truth in a sport that has more than its fair share of ups and downs, triumphs and heartbreaks, thrills and spills, not to mention the incredible bond shared between horse and rider.

International Women's Day | 2019

"There's no wrong way to be a woman." – Serena WilliamsThis International Women's Day it's time for you to show the world just what makes you, you. Chase your goals, fight your fears, and make sure… nobody ever keeps you down. 💪

Posted by Fédération Equestre Internationale on Thursday, March 7, 2019

Perhaps you recognized your favorite female equestrian athlete among the many represented in the above video! We’re proud as equestrians that men and women compete equally across the board in our sport, regardless of discipline — the only Olympic-level sport to boast such a statistic.

But there’s a lot more to the equestrian industry than just these top riders in the world — and while we’re not seeking to take anything away from them (like, let’s be real — I’m never going to rein like Mandy McCutcheon and I’ll never jump like Beezie Madden, more power to you ladies) we feel that it’s time to celebrate ALL women in the horse world.

Let’s take a moment and think about the women working at all levels of the equestrian industry: the instructors; the coaches; breeders; trainers; grooms; exercise riders.

The list goes on: veterinarians; farriers; chiropractors; saddlers; equine shippers.

We should also remember the designers who styled this year’s hunt coat or horsemanship top; the small business owner who designs and sells her own custom fly bonnets or grooming tools; the equine authors who inspire us; the equine artists who recreate our beloved horse in film, painting or sculpture.

The horse industry is far larger than it might appear when you’re watching a flawless dressage test or clear round over cross-country. I’m lucky enough as managing editor of Horse Nation to work with some of the funniest, most creative and dedicated female equestrians I’ve ever met, and while our corner of the horse world might not be the cornerstone of equestrian sport, we’re so happy to count ourselves as part of this industry.

On this International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate all women in the equestrian world, at all levels of the sport, working in the spotlight or behind the scenes.

Go riding!

Many thanks thanks to Ovation Riding for their support of both Horse Nation and individuals and organizations that are doing good work in the horse world. If you know someone who deserves a Standing Ovation, we would love to recognize them in a future post. Email the name of the person or organization along with a message about the good work they do to [email protected] Photos/videos are always welcome, and include a link to their website if applicable.

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