Nonpareil Equine Services

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.

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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 and

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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!

HOMEWORK: Watch the George H Morris Horsemastership Training Session

George Morris is one of the horsemen I respect most. (In fact, his book "Hunter Seat Equitation" will be January's book of the month!) Not only is he a great rider and trainer, but he holds very high standards for horsemanship out of the saddle in addition to in it. Yes, he can be a bit brash and to the point, but that's part of what I love about him. Each New Year, I have a tradition of watching the George H Morris Horsemastership Training Session on Our country's best young riders are invited to ride in this intense three day clinic in Florida. One of the things I love about it is that the riders each have to take complete care of their horse; no grooms or trainers allowed. Oh, and the riding portions of the clinic are livestreamed for FREE on It's like getting to audit an amazing three day clinic from the comfort of your couch...

This weekend is looking a little icky for us in North Carolina, as our first winter storm is appoaching. Perfect timing to allow you to binge watch talented riders, brilliant trainers, and the beautiful backdrop of Florida in the winter. The livestream starts Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8AM. While George Morris himself no longer teaches at this event, most everyone that does has trained with him. This clinic will get pretty in depth. Some of it might not make sense, but I assure you that you will still get a lot out of watching any of the sessions.

For more information and to watch, visit