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Practical Horseman’s Magazine Highlights Cavallo Farms Trainer

Practical Horseman’s Magazine Highlights Cavallo Farms Trainer

“We want to honor the unsung heroes of our sport—trainers who work tirelessly to improve the education of both riders and horses. And we need your help! Nominate a trainer for Practical Horseman’s 2022 Trainer of the Year award. The trainer must strive for excellence in the disciplines of hunters, jumpers, eventing, and dressage. “ Top […]



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Never Stop Learning

Never Stop Learning

Life is like riding a horse. “To keep your balance you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein “Another great day of horsemanship learning! Our crew yesterday started with morning feeding which included haying first; bringing in (proper leading discussions), feeding and the differences between concentrates, forages, and supplements; turning out; proper stall cleaning; and the […]



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A Lifelong Journey of Education

A Lifelong Journey of Education

USHJA IN STRIDE MAGAZINE



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Cavallo’s Champion Circle

Cavallo’s Champion Circle

Ian McFarlin and Cavallo riders win national honors! Our Trip to IEA Nationals: The Interscholastic Equestrian Association, providing team and individual equestrian competition to middle and high school students, just celebrated its 20th year during its National Championship. Riders and Teams compete up to five times during the regular season and if qualified, continue to […]



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Sometimes We Are Called…

Sometimes We Are Called…

“Sometimes we are called trainers, but we are more than that.” – Janet Cawley “There is a difference between a trainer and a mentor. A trainer teaches you how to ride and a mentor teaches you how to be a horsewoman. A mentor is someone you call for their endless equine medical advice. Someone you […]



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An “Unparalleled Family” of Equestrian Excellence

An “Unparalleled Family” of Equestrian Excellence

“As a relative newcomer to the horse world, I can say without hesitation that my Cavallo family has been instrumental in making me the rider I am today.” Ian McFarlin Cavallo Farms touches the lives of both students and their horse companions. The leadership style of owners Amy Center, and Janet Cawley creates an environment […]



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Competing @ The World Equestrian Center

Competing @ The World Equestrian Center

Please be sure to check out our events calendar. We can’t wait to see all of our local riders at our next show! Check out the prize list to see all of the fun opportunities for this year! Our Next Event is the Handy Hunter Class on February 26th. Join us for some great opportunities […]



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Horse Riders Have The “Right Stuff”

Horse Riders Have The “Right Stuff”

What is the “Right Stuff”? and why do Horse Riders have it? nounInformal. Usually “the right stuff”. The necessary or ideal qualities or capabilities, as courage, confidence, dependability, toughness, or daring. According to a study done by the German Equestrian Federation there are several character elements to horse riding. This study was conducted on 411 riders with […]



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SHJA Awards Banquet at Cavallo Farms

SHJA Awards Banquet at Cavallo Farms

We had a phenomenal time hosting the SHJA banquet this year. Such fabulous prizes, food, camaraderie and fun! Congratulations to everyone on a great year. A brief history on the SHJA: “The first Maclay class, called the Horsemanship Cup was introduced in 1933. Audrey Hasler – Chesney won the very first Maclay Championship in ‘33. Back then, […]



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Thankful For Horses

Thankful For Horses

Horses are everything to be thankful for. We appreciate horses in a multitude of ways, but in short here are the main 3 reasons. Health Horses help are extremely beneficial to one’s health and well-being. Tending to horses alone will have you racking up steps and lifting weight with buckets, hay bales, and saddles. There […]



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Clinic with Legendary Judge

Clinic with Legendary Judge

Pictured is Paddy Downing-Nygard who has acted as a USEF “R” Judge in the Hunter/ Equitation/Jumper area for 25 years. She has played a part in several judged shows such as Harrisburg National, Plam Beach Equestrian Festival, Devon, Arabian Nationals etc. Cavallo hosts a Halloween horse show every year that yields the most creative crowd […]



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Riding: Tips, Tricks, Rewards

Riding: Tips, Tricks, Rewards

Great show on September 18th! Thanks to everyone who came out! Congratulations to all the riders! Fabulous trips all around! Pictured below are the top three in the $500 Tractor Supply Derby.1st: “Wishful” ridden by Hayden Center2nd : “Fever’s Mine” ridden by Callie Sweeney 3rd : “Classic Marq” ridden by Maddie Pretti How to correctly […]



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Pulling Back the Curtain…

Pulling Back the Curtain…

Everyone who is involved in, or a fan of, a sport would love to have the chance to see how the “best of the best” do things.  I recently accompanied my family to a day at the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s Summer Training Camp.  Now for those who don’t know football, the Bucs are the reigning […]



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Coaching the FSUS Equestrian Team

Coaching the FSUS Equestrian Team

Cavallo Farms is proud to coach the FSUS Equestrian Team, a member of the IEA (www.rideiea.org). And for all riders of all schools in our area, including home-schooled, join us on the Tallahassee Riding Academy team! VARSITY EQUESTRIAN · FSUS Equestrian Team “While our teams are hosted at Cavallo Farms, riders do not need to be students […]



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A History of Equestrian Olympic Competition

A History of Equestrian Olympic Competition

The Olympics have been occurring since 1896 with the art and athleticism of riding being added in 1900. The 1924 Olympics was the first event where equestrian competitions were held under the authority of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI). The FEI is celebrating its 100yrs in 2021 as the world governing body for […]



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What Is The USHJA’s EAP?

What Is The USHJA’s EAP?

This article titled “Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program” breaks down how it works, regional and national equestrian training, as well as their commitment to safety. “The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program was created to provide opportunities for young riders to advance their horsemanship education and riding skills. Since the EAP’s inception […]



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A Ride to Victory for Team Cavallo

A Ride to Victory for Team Cavallo

Cavallo Farms Owners, Janet and Amy, only had good things to say about their team this past week at the World Equestrian Center as their riders really give it their all. “I am so proud of all our riders this past week at the World Equestrian Ocala show!!! There were many successes and lessons we […]



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STABLE CHALLENGE!

STABLE CHALLENGE!

Get your equestrian thinking caps on people, it’s time for the HQC Stable Challenge. Starting June 15 you and everyone you know can take the HQC practice test. Make sure to put your trainer down as Janet Price Cawley so everyone’s tests count towards Cavallo Farms!! Good luck and keep learning!! USHJA Event Details When: June […]



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How to Stand Out Against the Competition

How to Stand Out Against the Competition

We found a great article hosted on the Practical Horseman by Danny Robertshaw called What Makes a Winning Hunter Round We encourage you to check it out. Here is a short excerpt… “What Your Riding Is Telling the Judge”  “Although your position and technical riding skills don’t affect your score directly in hunter classes the […]



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A Second Generation of Equestrian Athleticism

A Second Generation of Equestrian Athleticism

“More than fluff: Tallahassee fifth grader to compete at National Equestrian Finals” Cavallo Farms very own Kiersten Cawley and Marshmallow make the news for her stellar competitive performances and riding prowess. Read more on WCTV’s article below. “I’m lucky,” said mom Janet Cawley. “She says she’s nervous, but she’s a very good competitor in all […]



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Ten Famous American Horses

Ten Famous American Horses

Authors: Heather Cox Richardson, Michael S. Green 1) Traveller General Robert E. Lee rode Traveller (spelled with two Ls, in the British style) from February 1862 until the general’s death in 1870. Traveller was a grey American Saddlebred of 16 hands. He had great endurance for long marches, and was generally unflappable in battle, although […]



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Grooming is an Integral Part of Your Daily Routine with Your Horse

Grooming is an Integral Part of Your Daily Routine with Your Horse

Grooming is an integral part of your daily routine with your horse.  Make sure that you are taking advantage of this activity for both yourself and your horse.  Everyone tends to be rushed and many riders today rely on others to groom their horses.  Find ways to integrate this valuable time into your personal schedule […]



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Competition Can Be a Positive Addition to Any Sport

Competition Can Be a Positive Addition to Any Sport

Competition can be a positive addition to any sport.  Competition creates drive, humility, discipline, and passion.  Being successful in competition takes talent, hard work, confidence, resources, passion and attitude.  I have always loved the saying “practice like you have never won; compete like you have never lost.”  One cannot always control their talent and resources, […]



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Horseback Riding and Frame of Mind

Horseback Riding and Frame of Mind

The mental benefits of horseback riding are numerous. The psychological value of therapeutic riding is well-established for emotional disorders such as PTSD and Autism. So, it’s only natural that all levels of equestrian participation can provide relaxation, focus, discipline, trust, socialization, and mood enhancement. In a survey of 2,650 amateur and professional riders, all participants […]



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Fitness and Horseback Riding

Fitness and Horseback Riding

Beginning Riders: Horseback riding requires more physical exertion than most people realize. Riding at beginner paces is a moderately intense exercise equal to cycling, or tennis doubles, AND it’s a fun way to exercise. For those who count steps, 2,000 steps are about the equivalent of horseback riding for fifteen minutes. Riding horses can help […]



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Local Equestrian Earns National Honors Out of the Saddle

Local Equestrian Earns National Honors Out of the Saddle

Fifteen-year-old Ian McFarlin, a sophomore at Saint John Paul II Catholic High School, expressed an interest in riding horses just three short years ago.  Coming to the sport a little later than most, but with great enthusiasm and talent, Ian has moved up the ranks of the Hunter/Jumper discipline quickly.  While his riding skills continue […]



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Local Equestrian Competes at the National Finals for IEA

Local Equestrian Competes at the National Finals for IEA

Hayden Center, a local student qualified to compete at the IEA National Hunt Seat Finals held in Syracuse, New York; April 20-22, 2018.  The event was held at the Toyota Coliseum on the New York State Fairgrounds.  Horses were provided by area Universities, riding academies, and local training stables.  Riders draw an unfamiliar horse, and […]



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A Father’s Recollection of Janet and Horses

A Father’s Recollection of Janet and Horses

I never knew about horses until our daughter, Janet, had what we call “horse fever’ – also known as “irrational love for horses”. Actually, she was born with it. That was when I was a Surgery Resident and we lived pretty far out in Gainesville because rents were a lot less at the edge of […]



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