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I am an equestrian focusing in dressage. I am also a riding instructor. Horses are my passion.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Riders4Helmets Contest Entry

Hi, guys! Here's a link to what I had to write for a Riders4Helmets contest to win a Charles Owen helmet. If you want to see why I think we as riders should all wear helmets and how important I think this campaign is, you can read it here:

http://www.riders4helmets.com/2011/11/charles-owen-“strap-one-on”-helmet-contest-entry-24-–-by-madison-hood/

Thanks! :)
Sunday, November 27, 2011

PostHeaderIcon December is Going to be Busy!

Guys, I have an extremely busy month coming up. There's so much that I'm doing. For starters, I am participating in/working an AHA (American Hippotherapy Association) Equine Skills and Treatment Principles Level II workshop. I am also planning on filming for my PATH International Instructor Certification on the 7th. Then Ryan Bell, one of my favorite instructors, is coming back into town and I plan on taking a lesson with him on Oreo. Not to mention getting ready for Christmas.

Needless to say, I am going to be busy. However, I will still come on here and give you guys updates.

One more update before I sign off...I am going to enter the USDF University Program in January. I am so excited! I've been looking forward to it for a while now. :)

ttyl! :)
Saturday, November 12, 2011

PostHeaderIcon My Top 10 Reasons to Wear a Helmet

Hey, everyone! As some of you may know, I am a BIG supporter of riders wearing helmets, no matter the age or discipline of the rider. Well, I entered a contest with Riders4Helmets where I had to list my top ten reasons why you should wear a helmet. I thought I'd share those with you all. Here's the link:

http://www.riders4helmets.com/2011/11/top-ten-reasons-to-wear-a-helmet-–-by-madison-hood-troxel-helmet-contest-entry-34/

Visit http://www.riders4helmets.com/ to learn more about this awesome campaign. :)
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Lighten Up Dressage Show 10/15/2011

Hi, all! To those who remember, I said earlier this year that I wanted to show Oreo (who I am now leasing) at a dressage show later this year. Well, I was able to do that! We showed in Intro A and Intro B with final scores of 70.00% and 63.125%, to place first in both classes! Here are some pics of the show:

Right before they rang the bell


After Intro A

Oreo's a ham...gotta keep an eye on that camera! :p


Halt down center line


Oreo and his ribbons :)

I plan on moving Oreo up to Training Level in the next year. We are having a blast with dressage, but we still stay well rounded...doing trails and some jumping. He's a fun pony!

Well, that's it for now! ttyl

Certificates and Honors

  • AHA clinic "Long Lining: Maximizing Your Horse's Potential" September 2010
  • Kerrits Performance Riding Apperal Ambassador since December 2010
  • AHA clinic Level I Equine Skills Feburary 2011
  • AHA clinic Level II Equine Skills December 2011

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