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Sylvana Smith

Sylvana Smith
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Sylvana is an active hunter/ jumper/event rider and trainer who competes at USCTA horse trials with her homebred sporthorses, and starts youngsters of all breeds for other owners/ breeders. Sylvana has developed her journalism skills in graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been a professional journalist and marketing communications writer for 21 years—producing books, brochures, executive speeches, and trade journal articles.

Ray Hunt Clinic Report

Written by Sylvana Smith Being Worthy of the Horse— Thoughts on Humility in Horsemanship A Five-Part Report on Ray Hunt's Colt-Starting and Horsemanship...

Pas De Deux With a Cow: Cow-work for the dressage horse

Written by Sylvana Smith We dressage riders pride ourselves on riding with precision, executing transitions and figures with accuracy and accountability.  The sport of dressage...

Should You Start Your Own Colt? Some ideas to consider if...

Written by Sylvana Smith This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.28 Spring is finally here, and that homebred colt that was born in your...

Conversation With a Critic

Written by Sylvana Smith This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.14 If you’ve been around “natural horsemanship” circles for any length of time,...

The Mental Connection – When you and your horse operate as...

Written by Sylvana Smith This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.7 A new tack catalog arrived in the mail today. More than 100...

Ground Games for Kids – Turning serious horsemanship into kid-sized fun

Written by Sylvana Smith This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.6 For her 12th birthday a few years ago, a young friend received the...

The Biggest Schooling Arena 40 Things to Do on a Casual...

Written by Sylvana Smith This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.5  "What did you work on today?" asked a friend, who knew I’d volunteered...

Getting to the Hindquarter

Story and Diagrams by Sylvana Smith This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.4 My first car after college was a sultry ‘72 Bonneville that...

Integrate your horsemanship clinic exercises into showday schooling

Written by Sylvana Smith This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.1 It was a Wednesday schooling show in January, halfway between Aberdeen and...

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