Nonpareil Equine

(919) 265-9209

Nonpareil Equine Services offers horseback riding lessons for children and adults, from beginners to horse show ready riders, as well as professional grooming services, and an informative blog on horsemanship.

Services currently offered in western and central Pennsylvania.

Come ride with me in western Pennsylvania!

Finally the weather is starting to improve here in western Pennsylvania! With the recent warmup, I am excited to get back in the ring. I offer english riding lessons, specializing in huntseat equitation and hunter/jumpers. I am getting back to teaching horseback riding lessons this month, so now is the time to get a lesson spot! I am offering lessons at two great facilities in western Pennsylvania. Both barns have indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and viewing areas for parents and friends to relax while they watch lessons. They also both have wonderful school horses and lots of opportunities to not only learn how to ride, but make great friends at the barn!

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For those living in Pittsburgh or a bit to the north towards Wexford or Hampton, I will teaching at Black Dog Stables in Gibsonia. This is a lovely little facility right off of route 910. They offer summer camps and hopefully our own barn horse show this summer!

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And a little further east, I am offering lessons at Hillside Farm and Stables in Smicksburg. This is in an absolutely beautiful area north of Indiana, PA, and close to Kittanning and Punxsutawney. Hillside is a large facility located off route 954, with several school horses and a great barn family!

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Feel free to email me at nonpareilequine@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a lesson. I hope to see you at the barn!

~ Meagan

The Value of the Livestream

In today's day and age, everything has the potential to be recorded and broadcasted to the world. That has worked against some riders as their temper tantrums or questionable riding techniques were shared and went viral on social media. But for most of us, it is highly in our favor... 

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These days, almost all of the big "A Circuit" horse shows are livestreamed. The value of these livestreams is immense. We have all heard that watching others ride can improve our riding. But when we actually go to horse shows, we spend more time talking to our friends or with our face in our phones. What if we were able to watch horse shows on our phone, without these distractions? We absolutely can, thanks to websites like USEFNetwork.com and eqsports.net.

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The advantage of watching horse shows is to be able to see what all the things your riding instructor yells at you are supposed to look like. Like when they tell you to shorten your reins, but you feel like they are incredibly short already, until you watch a few hunter rounds from Devon, and realize, ooh... they're not really short at all. Or improving your two-point position, or your leg position, or your release over fences. It's all there for you to see. Simply watch a few rounds of the hunters, the equitation, the jumpers, wherever your goals point you, and then watch a video of yourself jumping. Don't get discouraged. This is a lifelong sport, where we are always working to improve our riding. Sometimes we even see that well-known professional riders make mistakes. Nobody is perfect, and we all have something to work on. But don't forget to work on it...

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The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is running through this weekend, and the Upperville Colt and Horse Show starts June 4th, both livestreamed on the USEF Network. These are two of the oldest and most iconic horse shows in the country. Do your homework and tune in!