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Nautica’s First USDF Show

Thankfully, dressage-Nautica put on his big-boy pants and braved the rain with me, albeit tail tucked and ears in “airplane mode”…


Nautica works hard and plays even harder and is happier and healthier because of it!

August Recap

We are ten days deep into September, or, as the general consensus seems to suggest, “March 193rd” …

The Chambon for the Saddlebred Sport Horse

When retraining a saddlebred for dressage, particularly one with a saddle seat background, a big challenge comes in encouraging the horse to lower the base of his neck and bring his hind legs forward underneath him…


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About Me

Follow American Saddlebred, Nautica, and owner Sheila Palmer’s journey as they transition from saddle seat equitation up through the levels of dressage.

The blog at Show Horse Sport Horse is a personal blog where I record and share my progress, accomplishments, and challenges of re-wiring a longtime show horse’s brain and body for an entirely opposite discipline. My goal is to share my experiences as an amateur rider and “off-breed” competitor in dressage, as well as to promote the American Saddlebred as a very versatile and capable sport horse.